Dylan McKay vs. Brandon Walsh – I’m sure some of you think we should have saved this for the number 1 rivalry, but with the new 90210 coming out, I figured we needed to unleash this rivalry immediately. To stay focused, let’s stick with the early years of the series.
Let’s discuss Dylan first:
Dylan – The mistreated son of a morally bankrupt business tycoon (and senator) Jack McKay and hippie ex-wife Iris McKay, Dylan starts the series with a reputation for being a dangerous loner. After he stands up to a bully for freshman student Scott Scanlon, he is befriended by Brandon Walsh and through Brandon; Donna Martin, Kelly Taylor, Steve Sanders, Brenda Walsh and David Silver.
Dylan grows close to all of them, and they help soften his rebel
attitude. Dylan eventually starts dating Brenda, and despite her
father’s (Jim Walsh) protests, the two soon fall in love.
Throughout the first two seasons, Dylan’s relationship with Brenda
helps him through several traumatic events, including his struggle with
and his father’s arrest (and eventual conviction) for several
white-collar crimes. However, when Dylan takes Brenda to Mexico against
her father’s wishes, her father forbids her to date him. Brenda refuses
to obey and moves in with Dylan, who becomes increasingly unhappy in
the relationship since his feud with Jim. Their new living arrangement
annoys Dylan to the point of him nearly ending their relationship. At
this point, Jim proposes to send Brenda to France for a French
immersion program (in Kelly’s place) for the duration of the summer.
With Brenda in Paris, Dylan starts spending a lot of time with Kelly
by helping her babysit her little sister and entering a doubles beach
volleyball tournament with her. The two (who had feelings for each
other when they were younger) have an affair. Dylan proposes to leave
Brenda for Kelly, but Kelly (out of loyalty to Brenda) goes against her
own feelings and breaks things off with Dylan. Upon returning from
Paris, Dylan and Brenda reunite. This doesn’t last long though, as
Brenda (who also has an affair) runs into the guy she was seeing in
Paris at a video store and starts seeing him behind Dylan’s back. Dylan
and Brenda break up, and Dylan heads straight for Kelly. This doesn’t
last long either, because Brenda, upon seeing them on a date, gets mad
at them, causing them to take a step back from their potential
relationship. Dylan, frustrated with the situation, takes a road-trip
to get away from them. When he returns, Kelly and Brenda tell him to
make a choice. He eventually chooses Kelly, and leaves Brenda
When Dylan’s father is prematurely released from prison, Kelly helps
Dylan re-establish a healthy relationship with his father. However,
this does not last long; Jack is killed by a car-bomb planted by the
mob because he could not pay a debt.
Dylan spends the remainder of the third season managing his
relationship with Kelly, and graduates from West Beverly High School
with the rest of his friends in the season finale.
Brandon – During the show’s run, Brandon gained notoriety for having a remarkably
high number of relationships, sometimes only for one episode, played
largely by series guest stars. Among the most notable were the troubled
Emily Valentine (Christine Elise), who tried to burn down the West Beverly High Homecoming float; the bigoted Brooke Alexander (Alexandra Wilson), who assumed Andrea Zuckerman was rich just because she was Jewish; and sophomore Nikki Witt (Dana Barron),
a persistent girl who comically wore down Brandon’s defenses during the
episode “The Back Story.” Brandon even had a brief relationship with a
married university professor, Lucinda Nicholson (Dina Meyer). Ultimately, his deepest love was for Kelly,
a once-posh girl who attempted to win Brandon’s heart twice throughout
the series, succeeding the second time (in “Mr. Walsh Goes to
Washington”), and gradually becoming a more compassionate character
after moving in with him once his parents and Brenda had moved away.
Decision – Dylan, he was our generation’s Fonz, he was cool, rebellious, and got any chick he wanted. Brandon’s sole purpose on the show was to be annoying.
Deem’s 18th Favorite Band
Regina Spektor – I like to think a good woman needs 4 qualities: she needs have some smarts, she needs to be crafty, she needs to have a streak of explosiveness, and she needs to be loving. Regina has all four parts and puts them together perfectly. Too many women singers go to soft and feminine, or they come off as too sensitive or broken, Regina is empowered and imaginative, you never know what the next song will sound like. If you haven’t seen her live, it’s a must, she’s really funny and pretty good with the piano, guitar, or drum stick. Stand out song – Apres Moi – no woman puts out such a complete and powerful effort, complete with her not so subtle eccentricities and building wave of sound.