The Saved By The Bell reboot trailer dropped this morning, featuring a majority of the original cast, alongside a bunch of new faces.
Saved By The Bell is before my time, but my mom watched it all the time when I was little, so I’m a fan of the original. While I like the idea of a reboot, I haven’t really liked any of them. None of them have lived up to the hype and kind of tarnish the original for me. This one in particular looks extremely over the top cheesy. Granted, the original series also was super cheesy, but somehow it was more charming. Anyways, I’ll get into the specifics of what I think later. For now, let’s focus on the premise of the actual show. If you ask me, it’s pretty dumb, but I’m hoping it will work. Without further ado, let’s get to it.
The Show’s Premise
According to the trailer, Zack Morris somehow managed to become governor and thankfully is still married to Kelly. Good to know they are still Bayside’s number one OTP. As governor, he is dealing with the merger of Bayside High with surrounding high schools due to lack of available funds. Slater is the school gym teacher and Jessie is the new guidance counselor. All the actors who played these iconic characters in the original series reprised their roles for this reboot.
The series basically focuses on the students and administration dealing with this new merger. Some of the new cast includes Josie Totah, who plays Lexi, a popular cheerleader, Belmont Cameli as Jamie Spano, Jessie’s son and Mitchell Hoog as Zack’s son Mac. These characters have to adjust to the new students coming from the lower income high schools which have shut down. It seems like Zack definitely played favorites as governor. How else would Bayside become the wealthiest high school in the area?
Are we excited?
Although the trailer seemed like this is going to be a disneyfied version of Saved By The Bell, I’m actually excited. I know I trashed it earlier, but I am excited. It looks like it fell into the same trap a lot of shows fall into these days. In order to make the show relatable, they make the adults seem like complete morons. Back in the day, the adults were smart and actually helped out the kids. Nowadays they are morons and the kids walk all over them. This is really what bothered me about the trailer, but I think I’ll still give it a chance.
In today’s world, nothing can happen without at least a little bit of controversy. In this case, it comes in the form of former cast member, Lark Voorhies. She is notably absent from this reboot and fans are upset. In an interview with Dr. Oz, she says she was hurt when she wasn’t asked to be a part of it. In her head, it’s because her bipolar disorder may have played a part in the network’s decision not to include her. Both Voorhies, who played fashionable Lisa Turtle, and Dustin Diamond, who played Screech have been left out of many events in the past.
I can understand not including Diamond. He speaks ill of his experience on the show and everyone involved, every chance he gets. There is even a book about how much he hates it. What I can’t wrap my head around is excluding Lark because of her mental illness. I don’t know if that is the actual reason, but if it is, that is not cool. I feel bad for her. Not being included is always upsetting and sad. I hope it isn’t really because of her bipolar disorder.
The Saved By The Bell reboot is set to premiere on Peacock, NBC’s free streaming service, on Wednesday, November 25.
Are you going to watch? Have you seen the original? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments!