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Old August 13 2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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First Time With Spaced (BBC)

I've just seen SPACED for the first time. For those unaware, its a 1999/2000 British comedy starring Simon Pegg of Shaun Dead / Hot Fuzz fame, in fact by all the same creative talent of those two films. It's about two 20something listless losers (guy and girl) who have to pretend to be a couple to live in an apartment, but it frequently uses cut-away fantasy gags like Family Guy with a heavy sci-fi/fantasy/horror movie homage.

My first impression of it was disappointing. I thought that the show was a sci-fi sitcom like Red Dwarf about them being on a spaceship or something, so when it turned out just to be about people mucking about town I was pretty pissed. As the first series went on I started to take a liking to it, but in the second series I absolutely fell in love with it. I dunno if S2 was that much better but it felt like it was. I also appreciated how each S2 ep had an action premise to it, like the agents pursuing Daisy or Tim trying to retrieve his drawing sample from the guy's office.

By the time the series ended I was wistfully in love with the show, and quite pissed there wasn't anymore, or any kind of ending. It was hilarious... full of homages to my favorite movies... but I also grew to care about the characters a lot.

And any show with a disturbingly affectionate best guy-friends relationship is always a plus in my book

For those who didn't get the new USA DVD release, at the end of the docu they did a little 30 second epilogue scene, showing Tim and Daisy married and with a baby. Tim wants to call her Luke, in spite of her being a girl. Nice to know they got together, anyway!
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Old August 13 2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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Pedantry time - Spaced actually aired on Channel 4, not the BBC.

But yeah, it was a great series. I didn't get into it when it first was shown but bought it on DVD soon after Shaun of the Dead. Couldn't believe that I didnt like it first time round - I suppose I must've been expecting more of a conventional sitcom. Which it blessedly wasn't!

Didnt know about the epilogue on the US DVD. Interesting! Pegg et al had been saying for years that they wouldn't do another series, but may do a one-off special to show where the characters were now. Guess that probably won't happen. But better news is that neither will the McG US remake!
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Old August 13 2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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And any show with a disturbingly affectionate best guy-friends relationship is always a plus in my book
You know what's funny?
Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead are about spending time with your "heterosexual life partner" more than with a member of the opposite sex.

Hot Fuzz? Dude's divorced.
Shaun of the Dead? Last shot is with the two guys together.

Yep.
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Old August 13 2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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It's certainly a reccurring theme with the Pegg/Frost comedy partnership! Pegg's character in Hot Fuzz was supposed to have a female love-interest, but her character was eventually discarded and some of her lines given to Frost.

And as for Spaced - it's a little piece of fried gold that gets better with each viewing.

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Old August 13 2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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It was hilarious... full of homages to my favorite movies... but I also grew to care about the characters a lot.
Yeah, it's a great little series. Short, but very sweet.

And any show with a disturbingly affectionate best guy-friends relationship is always a plus in my book
Nick Frost stole the show, esp. the episode where he gets allowed back into the TA.
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Old August 13 2008, 10:32 PM   #6
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Nick Frost stole the show, esp. the episode where he gets allowed back into the TA.
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Old August 13 2008, 10:36 PM   #7
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It's the cheesy grin and freeze-frame that makes it truly glorious.
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Old August 13 2008, 10:42 PM   #8
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I love the Tyres O'Flaherty charactor, especially the scene were he starts hearing rave music beat in the flat all around him.....and i wont go into his F***ing MOOD SWINGS....

Cracks me up every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMsLLMP5knU&feature=related
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Old August 13 2008, 10:45 PM   #9
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Pedantry time - Spaced actually aired on Channel 4, not the BBC.
If he saw it in the states, it's likely he saw it on the BBC prime or whatever that's now called (I'm guessing).
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Old August 14 2008, 12:28 AM   #10
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Pedantry time - Spaced actually aired on Channel 4, not the BBC.
If he saw it in the states, it's likely he saw it on the BBC prime or whatever that's now called (I'm guessing).
BBC America.

Indeed, Spaced is one of my favorite all time comedy series, if not my absolute favorite. I actually saw Shaun of the Dead before Spaced and acquired the show through "those means". The fact that it finally made itself onto Region 1 DVD is wonderful and I picked it up the day it was released.
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Old August 14 2008, 03:47 AM   #11
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Actually I thought anything that airs in England is under the BBC I thought the government owned the tv airwaves and controlled everything that was made.

I remain only luke warm towards Shaun, and I just rewatched it after seeing Spaced. Hot Fuzz however I absolutely love. Shaun just seems to waste too much time in the first half.
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Old August 14 2008, 03:56 AM   #12
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I spent most of last week watching the entire series of Spaced. I loved Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and had thought about importing the DVDs but I do not have a multi-region DVD player. I really enjoyed the series and think that it will be one of my DVD sets that will be consistently played. I watched the making of but have not got around to the commentaries except for the pilot (well, the one with Kevin Smith). I really liked the team of Wright-Pegg-Frost and look forward to The World's End that will complete the "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy.
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Old August 14 2008, 04:01 AM   #13
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Actually I thought anything that airs in England is under the BBC I thought the government owned the tv airwaves and controlled everything that was made.
Oh god no, not at all.
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Old August 14 2008, 04:01 AM   #14
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I remain only luke warm towards Shaun, and I just rewatched it after seeing Spaced. Hot Fuzz however I absolutely love. Shaun just seems to waste too much time in the first half.
The thing about SOTD is, though, so much of that "wasted" time is important set-up, and the second half of the movie wouldn't be anywhere near as strong without it. Just my opinion, of course, but I think it's pretty necessary.

As for Spaced, I've been a fan for quite a while now, and I think it's one of the most brilliant sitcoms out there. It's hilarious, but it's also got a lot of heart. Plus, it's probably one of the most "real" depictions of twenty-somethings out there (despite all the randomness), especially when compared to fare like Friends. My favourite episodes have to be "Battles" (paintballing) and "Gone" ("gun" fight).
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Old August 14 2008, 04:09 AM   #15
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I absolutely adore Spaced and am currently getting all my friends into it as well. Fried Gold!

Pity it only got two seasons, but what quality! I look forward to the new movie with keen interest.
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