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13 December 2016 @ 09:15 pm
Class seems to be at its best in tighty focused episodes which are as much about the characters' emotional lives as they are about the science fiction. I would rate Night-visiting and Detained as the two best episodes of the first season and they both share this structure.

Locking all your characters in a room with no outside interaction is a device that can work well in a story. It is tempting to compare this to Edge of Destruction (having watched that recently) where the original Tardis crew find themselves trapped inside the Tardis. One of the clever things, arguably, about Edge of Destruction is that there is no alien threat, though the flipside of that is that the story fails to explain the characters' somewhat histrionic behaviour. Detained on the other hand has a clear external threat which, moreover, makes them feel angry and requires them to speak the truth in order to escape. As a device to scrape away the veneer of friendship in the group and expose the underlying tensions it is somewhat heavy-handed, but effective for all that.

Detained's position in the season is very obvious. Having, up until this point, built fragile alliances among its teenage protagonists, Class now shatters them just in time for the looming series finale. It's a strong episode but possibly a little heavy-handed in its execution.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/225476.html.
fififolle: Clyde/Lukefififolle on December 14th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
I really liked this one! I thought they pulled it off excellently. I mean, it could have been pants, lol. Miss fifi didn't like it as much as others, but I really liked :)
louisedennis: Classlouisedennis on December 15th, 2016 08:48 am (UTC)
Interesting that she was less taken with it. I suppose its a little less whizz-bang than some of the others, but I would have thought it made up for it with the focus on the characters.