Check out the trailer for the reboot of our beloved 90's classic sitcom below.
As a teenager who aspired to be Zack Morris - finishing the entire series in under a week during spring break as a junior in high school - I was definitely looking forward to a Saved By The Bell reboot starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffany Thiessen. Kelly Kapowski was the reason I woke up in the morning, but after seeing the trailer, let's just say Zack can have this one.
Interestingly enough, Peacock is bringing this show back. I'm not shocked since Disney even brought back Raven Simone on the That's So Raven reboot. I'm just amused at the fact that witty one-liners and winks at the camera have remained intact for Bayside thirty years later. Anyway, here's the plot:
When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state- including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can't be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.
Zack being one of the most powerful people in the state of California comes as no surprise to me. Like, it's not even a crazy storyline. That's what we expected! Honestly, the show looks fun! They bring back some of the original cast, with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley looking younger than before (thanks Hollywood botox). They didn't bring back Screech who's probably snorting a line off a hookers butt-crack. Actually, it turns out he died in the show and it was brushed off with laughter. In the pilot, he's said to have gotten killed by a biker for showing him a magic trick. Typical Screech. Lisa and Mr. Belding remained uncasted. No clue why, my best guess is that Belding is probably breathing from an oxygen tank at this point.
The plotline seems ridiculous. Rich guy closes poor schools and is now forced to lump their students in with the rich. I'm guessing in the end the rich kids figure the poor aren't so bad after all? A little boring, if you ask me. And you didn't because you're a true Saved By The Bell fan who doesn't listen to any badmouthing of Slater and the gang. We both know we're going to watch this, even if it sounds bland. I also like how there's no audience in the reboot. It looked like a very modern show in terms of production. I enjoy how even in the trailer the fourth wall was being broken, I'm thankful that aspect remained true to its roots. It'll be executively produced and written by Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer-producers Tracey Wigfield, Peter Engel, and Franco Bario. I don't know these names but I know their show got called back for findings of blackface being referenced, so I'm in to see what else they got.
I think they did a great job of casting the young Zack. Mitchel Hoog plays Harriet, the son who's rich and "privileged". Handsome with streaks of blonde hair, he has very big shoes to fill. He has to pull the "hottest babe" in school, get accepted to Yale, and be a stock market wiz. All in under a season! This easy bake oven version of Zack won't do, which is why I'll be paying close attention to Mark Gosselaar's dialogue. He really needs to sound like he's oozing with charisma, cheesy canned one-liners, and incredible wit. This is Zack Morris we're talking about, you can't skimp out.
All in all, I'm excited for another round of Bayside's favorite gang. The the rudimentary plot line and jokes seem to be there, but most importantly, Kelly Kapowski. Peacock, please don't ruin this segment of false reality for me, it's all I can use to cling to a high school life where I wasn't a total nerd.
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