The new series takes place in the “present,” and it features the return of Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater and Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano (didn’t even have to look up how to spell the names of their characters). Slater is now a gym teacher at Bayside High trying to get his students interested in…his glory days as a student at Bayside High.
This Saved By the Bell series seems poised to address the question that many sane people have worried about since they were in high school: What if the worst of the popular crowd became the educational professionals in charge of our children?
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The new Saved By the Bell presents this horrific scenario as a comedy, but I think we can all agree it’s not. The story of Slater as a has-been teaching at the high school he attended has the earmarks of a serious drama, not a sitcom. Why is it funny he’s talking to his students about having dated (and presumably slept with) their respective mothers? It seems like a power-move worthy of Biff in Back to the Future telling Marty “Say hi to your mom for me.” But we weren’t supposed to cheer for the wretched Biff, so it’s weird that Slater is supposedly the good guy. Slater was one of the popular kids in Saved By the Bell, which I suppose makes his pathetic attempt to relive the glory days from high school somewhat relatable, but exposing the next generation to him is just scary. These people exist in real life!
Though not seen in the trailer, apparently Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris will also return as an evil politician who as ruined everything. (Not a joke!) So the overall theme of the new Saved By the Bell is apparent: Popular kids often grow up to run the world, and as a result, the world is screwed up.
Obviously, Screech is nowhere in sight.
Peacock begins streaming sometime in 2020.