OK, so I work for VH1, which is basically the home of the instant-nostalgia machine. (Gosh, do you remember last week? Don’t you miss it?). Far be it from me to knock anyone else’s attempts to prey on our generation’s capacity to go weak in the knees at the mere hint of a cast reunion from one of our favorite shows or movies. (Wow, remember two days ago, when we got excited over a Dawson’s Creek reunion on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23? That was awesome.) It’s more than just a chance to see some great characters again, it’s a chance to bond with all of our peers over how much we love that thing. But when I saw the new Old Navy ads, starring Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Luke Perry and Gabrielle Carteris, I wondered if maybe we’ve had our fill… at least of 90210 nostalgia.
The ads in and of themselves are pretty cute. And I love how they only obliquely refer to the show (especially the Brandon/Andrea one, which is mostly about a girl whose new Old Navy outfits make everyone mistake her for a new girl). But I’m just not sure we were itching for another get together of this crowd. They already had a reunion special back in 2003, just three years after the show went off the air. Then Kelly, Brenda and Donna reunited on the CW’s 90210 — which is in itself the spawn of nostalgia for the show. And of course, don’t forget that Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green (Steve and David) played themselves in the movie 2005’s Domino (that Keira Knightley model-turned-bounty-hunter movie).
But maybe I’m wrong and just not superfan enough to appreciate this? Maybe I just don’t like being reminded how old the cast is, and therefore how old I am. Also, I am thinking way too much about a couple of OLD NAVY COMMERCIALS. Anyway, weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.