From Our ReadersZenon: Girl of the 21st Century is the Best TeacherFrom Our Readers

I imagine there exists a big warehouse, like the one in Raiders of the Lost Ark, somewhere on Disney premises. In this warehouse, buried underneath endless stacks of crates, is a treasure trove of Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s. All of our favorites are there: The Luck of the Irish, Smart House, The Thirteenth Year. I imagine them to be dusty, tucked away in their meager VHS sleeves, just waiting… waiting for the day that a Disney Exec realizes the money that could be made by converting them into DVDs and selling them to nostalgic 20-somethings who are looking to relive their childhoods.Alas, that day has yet to come. Until then, we are left to reminisce about the “golden days” of Disney Channel.

Back in the day (1999, to be exact), the reigning queen of the Disney Channel was Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Her intergalactic lifestyle, her stellar hairstyles and her captivating catchphrases (say it with me, Zetus Lapedis!) made Zenon the quintessential ’90s teen-girl heroine. Am I getting over emotional here?

Okay. So, she’s no Buffy. But still, there will always be a special place in my heart for the girl who took on the corrupt Space Station Chief, Mr.Wyndham. Not only did she inspire me to apply to space camp (yeah… I didn’t get in…), but Zenon taught me a things about life:

1. Tablets are the technology of the future.

The moment I got my hands on an iPad, I opened up Facetime, called my BFF and attempted to reenact Zenon and Nebula’s quippy conversations.

Yes, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century foretold the rise of the tablet… which, in my mind, makes Zenon more prevalent than ever. Now we just have to work on making livable space stations… but no worries.

Zenon takes place in 2049. We still have time.

2. It’s okay to like boy bands.

Listen. Call Me, Maybe has nothing on the infectiousness of Protozoa’s Supernova Girl (Zoom Zoom Zoom). Seriously. And while I never was really into boy bands like Zenon was, I appreciate their place in society. Heck. I even appreciate their place on my iPod shuffle.

From the Monkees and New Kids on the Block, to One Direction, boy bands are a constant part of pop culture. So give in to the temptation and turn on the tunes. After all, it’s interplanetary, mega-stellar, hydrostatic…

1. There will always be a place for brightly colored spandex in this world… erm… universe…

Every so often, I “cleanse my closet”. This is an attempt to rid myself of clothes that I don’t wear on a regular basis. Every time I go on one of these cleaning binges, I come across the same problem. Neon leggings. I argue with myself. Do I need these leggings? How many times have I worn them? Am I too old to wear these? Then I realize the leggings are nestled in between my Gryffindor dress robe and a novelty Top Gun tee… and I decide it’s okay to keep them.

Here’s my point: whether you are hitting up your best friend’s 80s themed party, or going to jazzercise class, it’s okay to keep a pair of obnoxious leggings. Guilt free. Mark my words. The moment you get rid of them, you’ll be called upon to thwart an evil plan on board an international space station.

You can read more from Noey Buffam on her blog.

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  • Chelsea Anne

    I remember Zenon!! Oh my goodness I loved her!

  • Sarah Hamilton Scroggins

    Oh em gee. This was one of my faves…along with totally crushing on Erik von Detten in Brink! Love this post.

  • Kimberly Nagaran

    Oh this is brilliant. Zenon is HANDS DOWN the best DCOM they made. Love it and love this! Makes me heart go BOOM BOOM.

  • Karen Valenzuela

    This is so fantastic. I miss all of those movies SO HARD! Although I must say, Brink was my absolute favorite. It’s the reason I bought rollerblades and skated around my driveway like a nut all day every day. I even tried to skate to the Sav-On down the street and turned back after twenty minutes. Hahaha!

    • Noelle Buffam

      Ah, yes. Brink! I too, spent many hours rollerblading in my driveway. However, instead of imagining myself as a super cool speed skater, I pretended to be a back-up dancer (or back-up-rollerblader-dancer) for Aaron Carter. Not my proudest moment.

  • Maggiee Underwood

    zoom zoom zoom.make my heart go boom boom.My supernova girl ;]

  • Lyndsay Gervais

    Yes! I haven’t seen Zenon in years, need to watch. These 90s movies are gems.

  • Marlo Engels

    I have all 3 Zenon movies on VHS and will be getting them converted to DVD very soon. I wonder if there is some way, once they are converted I could sell them. If you’re interested in copies, please message me through facebook and we can work something out.

  • Phyllis Cammiso

    Zenon!!! Loved that movie. My other favorite was Rip Girls – Kohna anyone? beautifullllllll.

  • Alyssa Bacon-Liu

    Disney Channel Original Movie premiers were like the highlight of my life when I was in middle school. So many good ones! Zenon was definitely one of my favorites.

  • Jessica Cannon

    I agree. Those made for tv Disney movies were the best! I still watch “Luck of the Irish” when they play it every year for St. Patty’s. Zenon was one of the fun one’s too! Thanks for the memories! :)

  • Danielle Mitchell

    As a teenager I loved the Disney movie Wish upon a star. Who knew that before Grays Anatomy and now Rom COm fame, Katherine Heigel was playing a popular, ditsy teenager who swaps places with her nerdy younger sister! Brillaint, sheer genious.

  • Michelle Pacheco

    I tweeted this at Kirsten Storms and she responded and loved it!!! :) A childhood dream come true. I LOVE disney channel original movies.

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