As soon as Jeff, the tall, dark and handsome collegiate interloper walked into the picture, we all knew in our hearts where this was going. But it didn’t mean we had to like it.
It was unthinkable. Zack Morris, the boy who could bend time to his will, was being rejected by the girl of his dreams. The girl whom he had seemed destined to be with. This rejection resonated on a deep level with us because for Zack, if being with Kelly was the realization of his dreams, then her subsequent rejection of him was a commentary to us all saying, “You may have dreams and you may aspire to certain stations of life, but if a really attractive guy named Jeff wants it more, then all your work and devotion will count for nothing.”
In a sense, Kelly wasn’t just breaking up with Zack; she was divorcing all of us from the innocence of our aspirations.
While history now bears out that this was a blip on the radar of their relationship, in the moment, it was a monumental shift in the fabric of our understanding of TV, love and destiny.