Editorial: Why Class Failed

For the past eight weeks, I’ve been reviewing the first (and now only) series of Class. It’s been announced that the show has been put on hiatus and that Patrick Ness, the show’s creator and writer, has stepped down. As of now, the show will most likely not return.

So, it seems we have a failed experiment. Why? I have a few theories.

First of all, the promotion was sparse at best. It originally aired online a year before Doctor Who returned, and that was the only way it could be watched before it came to BBC TV. I think this wasn’t a good idea, especially since it seems as if it was only available to British markets. Also, when the show did air on TV, it was placed in a timeslot that, for British TV, wasn’t a good one. I hear it did good here in America, but we’re not the target audience.

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Class: The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

metaphysicalWriter: Patrick Ness

Director: Wayne Cheyip

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Summary: While the kids are in detention, Quill meets with Dorothea and Ballon. Dorothea has found the Metaphysical Engine, which will sever the Arn from Quill, allowing her freedom.

(Note: This is a synchronous episode with the previous episode, “Detained”, showing what Quill did while the class was in detention.)

Review: OK, so remember at the end of “Detained” how Quill comes back and goes on about how she’s free and gets in Charlie’s face, and she has a scar? Well, this is supposed to explain that. And now I understand why “Detained” was a bottle episode. Bottle episodes are often a way to save money on a sci-fi show. This episode was loaded with beautiful backdrops, so it was obvious that they would need a cheaper episode to meet the budget. I’m not saying this was a bad idea, and I love how “Detained” ended with a cliffhanger that made you wonder what happened to Quill. Quill is really a loose cannon. She’s too caught up in winning her freedom than her loyalties to everyone else, and it’s become a liability. I’m now curious to know if she will betray everyone in the series finale next week. Also, what’s Dorothea’s deal? She doesn’t seem benevolent. I like that the show is leaving you wanting more, even with its flaws.

Overall Review: 7/10

 

Twelfth: The Pyramid at the End of the World (Part II)

pyramidWriters: Peter Harness and Steven Moffatt

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, ep. 7 (part 2 of 3)

Summary: A pyramid has suddenly appeared, causing all of the world’s clocks to count down. Bill learns the Doctor has been hiding his blindness from her.

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Twelfth Doctor: Kill the Moon

kill the moonWriter: Peter Harness

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, ep. 7

Summary: Courtney Woods, the delinquent student from the previous episode, is angry that the Doctor doesn’t think she’s special, so she stows away on the TARDIS.  To placate her, the Doctor takes them to the year 2049. A team of astronauts have discovered a new life form on the moon that they feel must be destroyed.

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Twelfth Doctor: Extremis (Part 1 of 3)

extremisWriter: Steven Moffat

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, episode 6

Summary: The Pope requests an audience with the Doctor because they wish to execute Missy. And what is the secret of “Veritas”?

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