I was watching my trusty old re-run of Beverly Hills 90210 last night when I had a change of heart. Kelly Taylor was supposed to be the heroine, the girl who everyone loved and who always did the right thing; back in the day, I subscribed to this idea, but as I watched her take on a holier-than-thou attitude for what seemed like the 90th time that episode, I decided that she was annoying and that Valerie Malone, her mortal enemy and the alleged villain of the show, was totally right: Kelly did suck.
Since I watch the re-runs all the time on SoapNet, I’ve probably seen each episode no less than 40 times (slight exaggeration). While Valerie did do some crappy things ““ she attempted to break up Kelly and Brandon multiple times, lied to her married boyfriend about being pregnant and having an abortion, etc. ““ she wasn’t that awful. At the very least, she was loyal to the people she loved. I was able to overlook her “badness” because I was so irritated by how everyone treated her. It seemed like she was always getting ragged on for how many men she slept with, how she ran her business, what she wore, everything. It didn’t seem fair or justified, which is why I had no qualms rooting for the alleged villain.
Villains usually wind up making shows a lot more exciting, and for that, I thank them. Who is your favorite villain? Are there are any new ones on shows that you would like to recommend?