NBC The Peacock has released another trailer for their upcoming Saved by the Bell reboot, which follows a new generation of teens at Bayside High. The first teaser dropped back in April and gave us a lot of Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez as adults with teenaged kids. This trailer focuses more on the kids and fast Tracey Wigfield-style jokes. Tracey, the reboot’s creator/writer, worked on 30 Rock, The Mindy Project, and was the showrunner for the cancelled-too-soon Great News.
The trailer features zero signs of that Lil’ Blonde Bitch Zack Morris, who apparently went on to become the goddamn Governor of California (Arnie’s all, “What, like it’s hard?”). But don’t worry, IMDb says Mark-Paul Gosselaar appears in only three of the ten episodes. Phew!
Here’s the trailer:
The trailer gets points for squeezing in a pretty good Rob Kardashian dig and going meta to mock the Andrea Zuckerman trend of casting full-on adult actors as teenagers. The writers also threw in a clunky reference to Jesse Spano’s two-day-long caffeine pill addiction. But fans of the original (at least the ones in the YouTube comments section) are horrified. They’re pissed that the new show feels like a “parody” of the original (um, I think that’s the point), that it’s shot in single-camera, and it features… gulp… sarcasm.
Sigh. Yes, the original Saved by the Bell was a stunningly written, exquisitely acted, groundbreaking televisual masterpiece that perfectly captured a realistic 90s high school experience, putting crap like My So-Called Life to shame. So maybe give the reboot a break, because how could it even come close to achieving that kind of greatness?
But if this shit flops, we’ll know exactly why. The absence of one Lisa Turtle and another Samuel “Screech” Powers, also known as Lark Voorhees and Dustin Diamond. Tiffani Amber-Thiessen I can take or leave, since I’m a strong believer in the world according to Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth.