The follow up to Rob Thomas' fun noir-fueled high school/college drama is a fun bit of nostalgia that taps into many of the elements that made the show a lot of fun.
That being said, it never fully feels divorced of the show, playing like an extended episode. The cast are as good as you'd hope, returning after roughly a decade. And many of the dynamics that fill the show return.
But, some odd editing choices (commercial breaks?) and a few plot beats that don't fully resolve (sequel setup?) drag this one down.
If you're a fan of the show, you'll definitely enjoy this prologue, but it never lives up to the series' highest points.