Ok, Don't judge me! Could have been the heat, or the fact I was tired at the end of a long holiday weekend, but I found myself watching last nights Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story! Was it most interesting about this is that I never really watched Saved By The Bell when it was on the air. I mean I remember when it aired, and maybe watching a scene or two (and that intro), but except for a short-lived, but rather beautifully intense crush on Mark Paul Gosselaar, the show held no interest.
Even my Gosselaar gushing wasn't based on the show, but more his shirtless images in teen magazines. The movie last night was surprisingly not that bad. The insults were minimal (except a quick slap at Jennie Garth, who missed out playing this Kelly, but went on to play another). I supposed Mario Lopez was not written as exceptionally gifted in the beginning, but they didn't dwell on any serious personality flaws in the cast.
The movie was mostly written from the view point of Dustin Diamond, also one of the films producers. I say mostly, as although they removed the forth wall now and again so the character could talk directly to the audience, there were other sections of the movie where it was impossible to be coming from his viewpoint. Dustin Diamond, and his Screech character, actually came off fairly sympathetic. I have always thought of him as a bit of a joke, especially after his porn attempt, but the movie really had me understanding how difficult it must have been to a part of this older and for the most part, beyond beautiful cast.
Not sure how much was completely true, but except for a few moments with Gosselaar, Diamond didn't seem to have any connection with the cast except for my Dennis Haskins (Principal Belding) and an extra whose motive for friendship was to further his own acting career. Diamond was also the only cast member to flow through 12 years, and all four incarnations of the show, starting with the 1988's Good Morning Miss Bliss through t=The New Class which ended in 2000. The show rise in the ratings, and attention it received came mostly due to it's two hunky star, leaving Diamond, and the female cast members, often left on the sidelines.
Behind the scene movies like this are usually fun, if not always accurate, and this one was really quite harmless. In fact, the only real offensive moments involved Zach (Dylan Everett) and his beyond fake looking wig. Other than that, there are far more offensive, and far less enjoyable, things on television to end your holiday weekend with.
For many, this is the week students officially return to the classroom. For the most part I enjoyed school, I was an fairly decent (not great) student and had a lot of friends. I always tell those struggling in school that the key for me was making school about everything but your classes. I could not wait to get to school because I was on the basketball team, in the school musical, participated in student government, yearbook and canoe club. When you have things you enjoy, the classes become just something you have to get through before practice or rehearsal.
Usually by the time September came around, I was excited to go back. See friends I had not seen over the summer and show off my new pair of jeans. There was however always that little bit of anxiety, for me, usually in August with the onslaught of the back to school commercials. I do know for some, school is more difficult, even painful. That is why turning to Frisky Frolic, for a little scholastic inspiration is always a great idea.
I have said before, that the work of Frisky Frolic's JayBee often mentally takes me back to my school days, the artistry, the colors, the joy and fun. I remember counting the days down til graduation, and the sense of freedom when finishing University. Looking back now, a year where I could focus just on going to school seems like a dream! I remember when I was 19 at university, wondering what the experience was like for those mature students who returned. I remember students in their thirties, forty's, fifties and sixties, sitting, usually alone, concentrating on the lectures. I wish I had made more of an effort to speak to them as I am sure, compared to the others closer to my age, they had the most interesting stories. Happy Back to School for all those of any age returning to the classroom.