Saved by Bell, the 1980/1990 teens system, is getting reboot treatment at Peacock – and the new broadcast service seems to be taking a page from Movie Brunch Bunch the playbook and by making this a conscious show, the meta show that it clearly comments on its previous repetition. Check out the newest trailer below, which features an entirety about Jessie Spano̵7;s celebrity “I’m so excited!” caffeine pill fiasco.
Saved by Trailer Bell
Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez have returned as Jessie Spano and AC Slater, respectively, and it seems both may have stuck to high school experiences alone more or less in the intervening years. Slater works as a fitness teacher at Bayside, skipping a dance and reminiscing about his high school glory days. And while the trailer takes time to introduce a new class of students (and to throw a Kardashian joke there because they are always funny), the video hits her furious climax during a moment when Jessie wildly recounts her accumulated caffeine situation with a caffeine to a stern Bayside student in the hallway. Personally, I can not think of a more perfect metaphor for how our culture resolutely refuses to give up its nostalgic connection to the entertainment of its youth.
Here is the official summary of the restart:
When California Gov. Zack Morris plunges into hot water to close many low-income high schools, he proposes that they send affected students to the state’s top schools – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives Bayside’s most privileged children a much-needed and ridiculous dose of reality in this comedy inspired by the classic ’80 / early ’90s system of the same name.
The idea of Zack Morris becoming governor of California is so ridiculous that Ferris Bueller grows up to become Secretary of State. But based on this trailer, it looks like the show will be aware enough to know that it needs to explicitly address Zack’s unconventional turn towards civic responsibility. Whether a new generation of viewers who did not grow up watching the original show will relate to these characters in the same way as my generation did when I was young remains to be seen, but it will take much more than that for get me to start a new streaming service.
Saved by Bell is “coming soon” on NBCUniversal’s new Peacock flow service.
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