Imagine how excited I was to discover that I have nearly all of the College Years episodes, on account of there are like 18 total. I *also* have the entire Wedding in Las Vegas special, so thank your lucky stars that you will get to hear all about this gem. Thank the techno gods for DVRs and the wonder they can bring us all.
Okay, so first off, since I have nearly all these, I’m going to watch them in chronological order as much as I can distinguish. There are just so few that why go out of order!
Zack my dear, you need a different hair style. Compared to the way Mark-Paul Gosselaar is wearing his hair these days, it’s not bad, but seriously – why the skunk look? If Lisa Turtle were going to school with you, she would have some questions! And Pop Tarts for the girl you like? Wow, should I swoon?
And OMG, a reference to Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts being married! I do love the pop culture reference here, because I don’t recall a lot of that in the high school run, but my guess is Julia does not wish to be reminded of this time in her life.
I was always curious about the coed dorm thing, does this really happen?
Of course I love that Zack is telling Leslie this terrible story about Kelly’s fate, then she walks in! Aww, Zack Morris, being around new girls who have no idea what you’re like. How you must love college.
I’d forgotten how much Screech had grown up by this point, I bet Dustin Diamond haaaaaaaaated being stuck in this damn role!
Oh yeah, to catch up on where we are – it’s the first week of college. The kids all just got their schedules and are settling into their new life. Kelly was on the waiting list and moves into the dorm. Can I just say that they all look a wee bit too old to be first year college students? Which is weird because these show as having aired at the appropriate time, right after the gang got out of high school. They just all look like they got a lot older really fast! So anyway, I think the point of me mentioning this is that Slater has a Folk Arts class in which he’s learning to crochet – as a yarn user myself, I love this, it made me laugh.
Ah the mom jeans on Kelly, awesome! And I do adore Alex’s outfits, she’s incredible and definitely the kind of girl I would have wanted to be friends with. I am missing Lisa’s crazy clothes actually…fortunately I have 80 something high school episodes on that blessed DVR.
So Leslie gets irked at Zack for lying about Kelly dying, and tricks him into transferring into terrible classes he thinks she’s in. Although I have no idea how the white out managed to fool him, but whatevs. And I’m insulted that all the kids in the Advanced Mandarin Chinese class are all Asian…you would figure that *someone* else would be taking that class.
I love that Kelly, who was so popular and cool in high school, is basically nothing at Cal U. Despite how silly this show really is, sometimes I think they do a good job at showing you things, like how your life can completely change when you get out of high school and who you are there has no baring on who you are in college and your adult life.
Of course Zack messes up with Leslie and Kelly, and of course they both kick him to the curb, as they should. But we all know Zack Morris and he has a date by the end of the episode.
It’s a little sad to me that it seems like they were trying to make a Jessie and Lisa out of Leslie and Alex respectively. I mean, Lisa wasn’t an actor, and Jessie was bossier than Leslie, but they definitely seem to be similar characters. On the one hand, they wanted to appease the fans. On the other, it was a great opportunity to branch out and they didn’t take it. Ah well, what can I expect from teen sitcoms?