‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot: Elizabeth Berkley Says Jessie Spano Is Still Conflicted Over Caffeine Pills

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Peacock launched a brand new teaser for his or her Saved By the Bell revival that featured a callback to the notorious caffeine tablet episode of the unique collection. Elizabeth Berkley reprises her function as Jessie Spano, now a steerage counselor to a brand new class of scholars at Bayside High. 

[Spoiler alert: This article accommodates delicate spoilers for the teaser to Saved By the Bell.]

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L-R: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez | Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

Berkley was on a Television Critics Association panel with new collection creator Tracey Wigfield and the brand new forged members. Berkley and Wigfield discussed the brand new collection’ homage to the unique, together with the return of the caffeine tablets. Saved By the Bell returns this fall on Peacock.

Elizabeth Berkley leaves her personal Easter eggs for ‘Saved By the Bell’ followers

Berkley vouches for Wigfield’s interpretation of Saved By the Bell. Even with a brand new forged and a brand new creator, Berkley says Wigfield obtained what was particular in regards to the unique collection. 

“Even with the new, let’s say edge, and all that, there’s heart at the core of everything still,” Berkeley mentioned. “Which I think is something people also loved about it, the human connetion, relationship, dynamics that really were at the heart of all the hijinks. We still maintain that heart with all of the humor. It can bridge both the people that are nostalgic and a new generation.”

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L-R: Elizabeth Berkley, Lark Voorhies, Mario Lopez | Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

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Wigfield’s scripts pay homage to Saved By the Bell, however Berkley additionally takes it upon herself to present the followers extra Easter eggs.

“The people who are nostalgic, they will get fed all those little gems that they’re looking for, even in the most subtle ways,” Berkley mentioned. “There are often things that I do, even in wardrobe, or things that are just a little wink, a little nod without hitting it over the head but they know if they’ve been a longtime fan.”

Tracey Wigfield isn’t making enjoyable of ‘Saved By the Bell’

Wigfield spent six seasons writing on 30 Rock. She did write a contemporary present, however she needs to be clear she’s not making enjoyable of Saved By the Bell

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L-R: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies | Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

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I’ve my tone and I’ve my comedic voice that I like to jot down in, so you’ll really feel that right here. It was crucial that we additionally deal with Saved By the Bell with the reverence and respect as a result of folks actually love the present. Elizabeth and I’ve talked loads about folks, it means a ton to them as a result of it was on for each second of my childhood. So folks connect loads to it. We wish to poke enjoyable at it in a method you solely can should you deeply love one thing, however we additionally don’t wish to be like, ‘Look how stupid it was.’ That isn’t our intention.

Tracy Wigfield, Saved By the Bell Television Critics Association panel, 8/10/2020

There’s extra to the caffeine tablet episode

The teaser exhibits Jessie snatch caffeine tablets out of a young person’s hand and warn her about getting hooked on the joy. Berkley teased that the entire episode triggers Jessie’s previous habit. 

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“There’s a great episode, I don’t want to give too much away, that really pays homage to that moment where Jessie still has some interesting, let’s say, feelings still about that time,” Berkley mentioned. “That’s a perfect example of having fun, a little wink and still just honoring the things that people loved but then putting it in this moment in a new way.”

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