'Saved By The Bell': Charming roles to superb plot, here are 5 reasons why you should watch hit sitcom's sequel
If you're not sold on watching Peacock's 'Saved By The Bell', a sequel to the original series that aired from 1989-1993, here are five reasons why we think you should get excited about its arrival.
Usually, sequels and reboots of original sitcoms that aired in the '90s don't seem to be well-accepted by the now adults who grew up watching it. But Peacock's sequel has been met with excitement considering it's not a reboot, rather a true sequel with both the return of our favorite old characters, played by the same actors and new ones that seem to push the storyline forward and not overshadow the original series.
We think the sequel has the potential to be a great series considering it's geared toward young adults, or if we're being fair young teens, but at the same time will also cater to audiences who watched the original series. The target seems to be a large age gap, which makes sense and so is welcomed. We're hoping the series lives up to the hype, with it comes to it's silly hilarity — for now, we don't have any doubts that it won't.
Return of old characters
Mark-Paul Gosselaar will return as Zach Morris now the governor of California, Mario Lopez returns as A.C. Slater, now Bayside High gym teacher, Ed Alonzo returns as Max now the owner of The Max, Tiffani Thiessen returns as Kelly Kapowski, Mac Morri's mother, Zack Morris' wife and the First Lady of California and Elizabeth Berkley returns as Dr Jessie Spano, Jamie Spano's mother.
Unfortunately, Dustin Diamond will not be returning as Screech. Not to mention Lark Voorhies returns as Lisa Turtle, and Patrick Thomas O'Brien returns as Mr Dewey, the Bayside High math teacher from the original 90's series.
Charming new characters
While we're all excited to see the old cast return, Peacock promises an exciting sequel with new characters played by Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Belmont Cameli, Josie Totah, and John Michael Higgins. As per Variety, Velazquez plays the role of Daisy, described to be "a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down." Hoog plays the role of Mac Morris, "the handsome, charming, privileged son of Governor Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski."
Pascual-Pena plays the role of Aisha, "Daisy’s fun-loving, but an ultra-competitive best friend. She grew up playing on boys’ sports teams and causes a stir when she tries to play football at Bayside". Cameli plays the role of Jamie Spano, "the captain of the Bayside football team and Jessie’s sensitive man-child son". Totah plays the role of Lexi, "a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students" and Higgins plays the role of principal Toddman of Bayside High.
Dexter Darden as Devante, "a troubled, loner kid with quite a reputation. Secretly, he dreams of reinventing himself and believes his opportunity has arisen when he is transferred to Bayside High."
The original sitcom 'Saved By The Bell' (1989-1993) followed a group of high school friends that attended Bayside high and their antics with their school principal. It was a short episode sitcom that focused on comedy but also shed light on issues such as homelessness, drug use, and women's rights. Peacock's sequel now takes on another relatable storyline as Zack Morris, now the governor of California is under a microscope after he decides to not only close many underfunded high schools but send the students affected by the closure to well-funded state schools such as Bayside High.
The story according to the trailer (below) shows the dynamics of the highschoolers when those with privilege have to step down their high horse — something they've never had to do before. One can understand how this is quite relatable to how normal society functions, and while this won't be the first series to touch on this topic (let's not forget 'Gossip Girl' or even more recently 'Elite') it is a fresh touch for those who grew up watching the original series. Watch the trailer below:
If you've watched the trailer, you would notice that the new cast (as well as the old) is very inclusive in representation. This is very important in the modern-day narrative. In a recent tweet, Pecock shared pictures of the newcomers and the returning cast side by side.
"Saved by the Bell premieres in just 13 days! (Enjoy these sneak peek pics while you wait.) #SavedbytheBell on #PeacockTV, November 25," they tweeted. The cast representation practically jumps out of the picture - we're all there for that!
Saved by the Bell premieres in just 13 days! 🔔 (Enjoy these sneak peek pics while you wait.) #SavedbytheBell on #PeacockTV, November 25. pic.twitter.com/d46PCcs97p— Peacock (@peacockTV) November 12, 2020
'Saved By the Bell' airs on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, on Peacock.