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If you were a tween or teen in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, you watched 'Saved by the Bell' every Saturday morning. If you are a female, you crushed on either Zach or Slater. If you are a male, you probably fantasized about Kelly Kapowski more than Jessie Spano and Lisa Turtle. You wished your school principal was Mr. "Big Bopper" Belding, and not the tyrant that runs your school.
We were all sad when the show ended, and we never dreamed that a reboot would ever come to fruition.
Fast forward to November 25, 2020. Peacock dropped the first season of the SBTB reboot, and despite the dozens of glitches being reported by viewers, a decent amount of people tuned in!
The 10 episode reboot was chock full of 90s nostalgia: caffeine pills, Slater shaking his groove thing at a party, a time capsule, the excessive use of the term "preppy," a performance of "Friends Forever," by Zack Attack, and the mention of "Jeff (who was played by dreamy Patrick Muldoon in the original series)."
Let's talk about the characters:
As we all know, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez, and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren reprised their iconic roles. Lark Voorhies also appeared in a brief scene.
The influx of new students at "exclusive" Bayside High is due to Governor Zack Morris closing inner-city schools. Students are bussed to Bayside and paired with a current Bayside student. For the most part, the pairings work out.
As excited as I was for the reboot, the first season left me cringing. Here's why:
The theme song.
It was just plain awful. There was only one episode where they used the original theme and it was great! The new theme is so overly produced and it sounds like garbage. Lil Yachty remixed the original song to appeal to the current generation, but it's just bad. Listen for yourselves:
My issues with the OG storylines:
Also, what the fuck is up with turning the OGs into overly sexual people? Don't get me wrong, I'm anything but prude. However, the hyper-sexuality with the OGs kind of takes away the magic of their characters from the 80s and 90s.
How I feel about the younger cast:
When it comes to the younger cast, I think they were all generally amazing.
Bottom line is: The theme song is a piece of shit. The younger cast is amazing. The OG characters were butchered and bastardized.
Should there be a season 2? I definitely want to see more, but if they fuck up the OG's in a second season, I will be extremely pissed off. They need to do better with the OGs.
Readers: What did you think about the reboot? Let me know in the comments below, or hit be up on social media.
Shauna S has been an online content provider since 2010. Her work has been featured on AOL, Yahoo, Helium, Examiner, Bubblews, Hubpages, and more. Just like all of you, while I'd like to ignore pop culture, I just can't get enough of it.