Shortly after the first season premiered, it was determined that Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993) was coming across as just a watered-down remake of the original Saved by the Bell (1989) series. In an effort to make it more of a stand alone series, the characters of Scott Erickson, Barton "Weasel" Wysell and Vicki Needleman were eliminated because they copied the original's respective characters of Zack Morris, Screech Powers and Jessie Spano too closely. The vacancies were recast with new characters of Bobby Wilson and Brian Keller while Sarah Lancaster's guest appearance as Rachel Meyers was expanded to a full-time starring role for season 2. Dustin Diamond's return as Screech Powers was also included for the series season 2 revampment not only due to the failure of the Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993) series, but also to help bridge the gap between the two high school classes. See more »
[trying to convince Screech to give her a passing grade in Driver's Ed]
C'mon, Screech! Have a heart. Remember when YOU were 16? Driving is more important than even... breathing.
Samuel 'Screech' Powers:
Don't stop breathing! I once stopped breathing and a bunch of strangers started hugging me with a Heimlich.
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If the original Saved By the Bell was stupid fluff, then this show is idiotic junk food for kids who had no taste. Why is that? Because it was the exact same show, only with different actors and names for the characters! You had a new schemer, a new bad boy, a new ditz, a new love interest, and a new dork! I think his name was Moose. And if I'm right...MOOSE?! What the hell? I'm reminded of a Seinfeld episode where Elaine meets the bizarro versions of her friends. Kramer's bizarro guy is named Feldman. I mean, Feldman? Please! Oh, AND MOOSE? What is going on in those producers' heads, anyway? Then they somehow convinced that Mr. Belding fella to come back. I don't know how much they gave him, but it could not possibly have been enough. Then they even managed to pull Screech back into the mix! And sorry, but when Screech is no longer a skinny little guy but someone who is taller than Belding, the annoying voice and clumsy antics just aren't funny anymore (if they were at all). I would like to apologize to the guy who played him, however. I've seen his stand-up comedy and it's obvious how much he hates these shows now. Props to ya, buddy! Anyway, they cancelled this show pretty fast, because everyone had moved on to Beverly Hills 90210 or the Smurfs or something. I don't know. But these characters were not interesting in the slightest, and none of them could act. Especially the bad boy/idiot who wore the leather jacket. He went out with the love interest and eventually they broke up in a scene that's so high school theater it made me want to gag. And I don't know what these kids went on to do afterwards, but I hope it was an Ovaltine commercial or work on the radio. They deserve it! 1/4 stars
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