In 2000, seven strangers moved into the Belfort mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were all extremely diverse yet formed incredibly amazing bonds that were supposed to last a lifetime. That did not happen but The Real World Season 9 did and it shook MTV. Fans loved the season, the cast, the house, the location- it literally had it all. As an almost seventeen-year-old, I had never been more mystified by a place in my life that was not Disney World. Looking into colleges that specialized in hotel management, the University of New Orleans did just that so seeing this RW helped me feel so much more secure and connected. I had been given a personal tour thanks to Danny, Melissa, Julie, Jamie, David, Kelley, and Matt. Aside from Jamie and David, everyone left with these insane bonds. *Quick refresher: they lived in the house, worked at a local cable access channel, Julie was Mormon and went to BYU so had no idea if she could go back to school, Kelley met a resident and was never there, Danny was gay but his bf was in the military so his face was always blurred, they had race convos, went to South Africa, went to Mardi Gras, left thinking it would all be amazing until it wasn't.*
Now it has been twenty-two years and everything has changed for The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans the third in the reunion installment. They cannot live in the Belfort so they have different arrangements and lives. Entering the home is not the problem. David is now Tokyo and is much more receptive to his roomies which is great. However, the previews show there was a great divide between some of the housemates and Julie who is now done with religion. She arrives last and there is a lot of tension between her, Danny, and Melissa. Apparently, they were supposed to do speaking engagements and work with children but she interfered with the others getting the jobs. She spoke quite poorly of them and it has taken all this time for her to apologize. Julie does admit she wronged Danny but she feels the issues with Melissa were highly misconstrued. They were supposed to live in Cali together and Julie maintains they were at each other's homes but Melissa claims this never happened. Tokyo finally offered Julie some advice and now she must decide how she will go about it.
It was great to finally get to the root of the issues and to see them back together. However, this was a much-hyped homecoming that fell flat. I was excited to go home again since I have not been back since I last visited in 2004. Yes, I went to school there for a year and a half so I am very bonded to the show and NOLA. I also understand the need to hash stuff out to make it less awkward. Yet, have a toast to being back and go out to see what has changed in twenty-two years. Then hash out your crap. I felt like I was in the middle of high school drama and I realized they completely forgot some of them did not realize how blessed they were to have this unique experience. First episode: 5/10.
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