Monday, September 12, 2011
Why Zack and Kelly Should Never Have Broken Up
That's right, I still watch Saved By the Bell. And this morning was no exception.
TBS makes its way through the entire series' run from time to time. They begin with the early shows starring Hayley Mills as Miss Bliss and work their way through the alternate universe episodes featuring Tori, the biker chick. Today I was treated to the very first episode of the proper Saved By the Bell series.
In it, Zack Morris wakes up excited about the first day of school. His reasoning? Kelly Kapowski. And what 9th grade boy wouldn't be excited about that? Zack is a kid who carries a certain amount of arrogance with him, but still becomes weak in the knees when it comes to the girl of his dreams. He wants to ask her out, but finds himself too nervous to do so.
But it's easy to see that Kelly would say yes, whether she had a thing for Zack or not. Sure she's the hottest girl in school and, for some reason, is captain of the cheerleaders as a freshman in high school. Beyond that, she's probably one of the nicest people you would ever run into. You can see that in her character's personality. Screech could have walked up to her and asked her out and you get the impression that she would at least give him a shot.
Fast forward a couple years. Zack and Kelly are Bayside's dream couple. You just know that these two are gonna be together forever. And then Kelly dumps him. And this is where I have a problem. For Kelly, that's just completely out of character.
No matter how they grew up, Zack always kind of stayed the same. Kelly pretty much stayed the same hot, popular, incredibly sweet person. Except for that one little act of betrayal that completely went against her nature.
I get it. The writers wanted Zack to be single in preparation for his senior year. He had to be single for their TV movie in Hawaii. He had to be single while he worked at Malibu Sands so he could "fall in love" with Leah Remini. But knowing their characterization, Zack would have been much more likely to cheat on Kelly. But he never would have because you just couldn't have done better than Kelly Kapowski.
So they gave Kelly a job. And they brought in some douchebag assistant manager at the Max that would inappropriately hit on a high school kid because he obviously couldn't get a girl his own age. And then for some reason, in the span of a 22 minute episode, Kelly lost her grip on the reality of life at Bayside High and forgot that she was dating the star of the show.
And that's why Zack and Kelly should have never broken up. Because Kelly would never have cheated on Zack. Zack would never have cheated on Kelly. Never would have happened. Never. Ever!