Saved by the clock, a teenage sitcom from the 1980s and 1990s, gets the restart treatment at Peacock – and the new streaming service seems to take a page out Brady Bunch movie playbook and make this a self-conscious metafile that explicitly comments on its previous iteration. Check out the latest trailer below, which contains a lot about Jessie Spano̵
Saved by Bell Trailer
Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez is back as Jessie Spano and AC Slater respectively, and it seems like they both may have stuck to their high school experiences only a bit too much during the intervening years. Slater works as a gym teacher at Bayside, cuts a dance and recalls his own college days. And while the trailer takes time to introduce a new class of students (and to throw a Kardashian joke in there, because they are always funny), the video hits its frenetic peak for a moment when Jessie wildly tells her full caffeine pill situation to a vacant Bayside student in the hallway. Personally, I can not think of a more perfect metaphor for how our culture steadfastly refuses to let go of its nostalgic connection to entertainment for its youth.
Here is the official synopsis of the restart:
When California Governor Zack Morris ends up in hot water to close many low-income colleges, he suggests sending the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside children a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality in this comedy inspired by the classic late 80s / early 90s sitcom of the same name.
The idea of Zack Morris becoming governor of California is as ridiculous as Ferris Bueller growing up to be secretary of state. But based on this trailer, it seems like the show will be self-conscious enough to know that it must explicitly address Zack’s unconventional turn to civic responsibility. Whether a new generation of viewers who did not grow up watching the original show will be linked to these characters in the same way that my generation did when I was younger remains to be seen, but it will take much more than this to get me to launch a new streaming service.
Saved by the clock coming soon to NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service.
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