The late 80’s and early 90’s. What a time to be alive! If you are a middle aged grumpy bastard like me, these were golden times. The Cold War was over. Dance music was getting really, really good. There was no such thing as social media. We knew all our friends telephone numbers off by heart. High school was ending and the whole of life stretched out in front of us, like a Yellow Brick Road leading to opportunity.
Little did we know that road actually led to crushing disappointment, mortgages, long hours, the horrors of parenthood and, eventually, death.
Still, at least back then we had Saved By The Bell. Cheery, happy, shiny Californian teens doing Californian teens things. If only Lark Vorhees and Dustin Diamond had known about the Yellow Brick Road of Future Misery maybe they could have avoided the alleged stabiness and drug-related libel cases.
So it is with trepidation that we see a revival coming down the track towards us. No Screech, no Belding? No sale! Do we really need to view Zack Morris, something of a loveable rogue to our teenaged eyes, through the lens of adulthood and be forced to realize he was actually a trash human? It looks like he is at it again, too:
“When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over-privileged Bayside kids a much needed dose of reality.”
Original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez are also returning with Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
In the plus column is Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer-producer Tracey Wigfield as showrunner. A comedic revival, treating it’s source material with respect, and plenty of good nods back to the past? Like Cobra Kai meets Mean Girls? Probably not. We are not allowed nice things. Still, guess we will fine out on Wednesday, November 25th.
Here’s the full trailer: