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post Aug 19 2005, 10:56 PM
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Slightly later than planned but here's my little (<that's ironic of course) in-depth look at episode 1.3, Art.


Second Tim dream sequence in a row, but this one's a bit different. It's dark and Tim is killing zombies in the flat. We're constanly level with Tim but we see the zombies from an upward angle, so we're both emotionally with Tim and intimidated by the zombies. We're are therefore immediately aware that Tim's mind is unsettled, which is soon shown when he half wakes from his dream and sees Daisy. We now look down on Tim and up at Daisy as he's nervous and unsettled while Daisy is fresh and innocent of his paranoid state of mind. Tim then turns back round and screams at the reappearence of the zombies. There's a sense of forboding with the start of this episode.

(You can see the cameraman reflected on the side of the car as the 'D' of Spaced goes by the screen. smile.gif )

At first we're back level with Tim as he plays Resident Evil on the Playstation but when he reveals he's been up all night because he's still up to his eyeballs on cheap speedwe look down on him. Instead we draw level with Daisy as we agree with her about it being '...so tacky.' But just as quickly we go back on level terms with Tim as he not only agrees with Daisy, and therefore us too, he also explains that he was more or less forced to take under duress so we kind let him off. Daisy asks where Mike is. Off his nut in a park as it turns out - but Tim isn't too concerned as he's still in the affects of the speed.

Daisy says she'll just go and get her rejection letters. This is visually represented by a female being shot down in the game. When she comes back Tim nearly blows their cover again by loudly announcing he met a nice girl at the pub the night before. While he cocily dismisses Daisy's hushing tones he gets his karmic comeback as the said girl gave him his own phone number. Having said that, it's another sign that he's getting over his split from Sarah reasonably fine.

We're with Daisy as she despairs over her employment - or unemployment - situation. But as she whimpers about going to see Richard and insisting Tim doesn't try to stop her, she's unaware he has no intention of doing so anyway. Daisy's trait of mis-interpreting her surroundings is once again in full flow. Happily her mood is switched when she notices she has an interview for Flaps and immediately thinks about getting ready. Though, not actually getting ready. It's Daisy after all. Tim asks about Richard, as she was originally all set to visit him. Daisy, though, merely responds with a 'Who?'. This is a recall from earlier when Daisy asked Tim about Mike, but rather than be distracted by cheap speed her mind's excited about the job interview.

Again, there's a downward look on Tim when he whines that as an adult he's supposed to leave porn on railway sidings. It's not that we disaprove this time, we just pity him.

Brian enters the flat as Daisy leaves, keeping the flow of the scene going. They all seem informal with each other so we can presume that tim and Daisy like Brian and visa-versa. It benefits both as Brian is keeping their secret and they inadvertantly provide him with a safe haven from Marsha. While we saw a familar Daisy trait earlier it's, as ever, countered with a familar Tim one. His nosiness shows itself again as we learn that he's been reading Brian's mail. Brian, as always, notices the discrepancy in Tim's reasoning ('We've both got 'I's in our names.') but sees the bigger picture and doesn't question it.

Tim has a dismissive view of what Brian and Vulva's artwork was probably like, harking back to his view of Brian as an artist hinted at in 'Beginnings' and 'Gatherings'. As with then he doesn't seem to recognise Brian's approach as relative art. At least not relative to him. He sees it as flouncy and pretentious. As it turns out, Brian's work with Vulva was very close to how Tim imagined. But he views it differently. It was art in the truer sense and beyond Tim's understanding. So from their own approach to art Tim sees Brian as pretentious while Brian sees Tim as an artist of limitation.

Daisy prepares herself for her interview but the signs aren't good. She says the magazine is for '...modern, go-getting young women...'. However, we've already established that Daisy isn't what you'd call fully up to date with her contempories, but that's part of her charm anyway and why we love her. Sadly that doesn't make her the right person for this particular job at Flaps. Daisy's still determined that she's the right candidate, though. Another showing of her mis-interpreting ways.

Daisy then has a foreshadowing of what's to come as she has a paranoid trip of her own after just one toke on Tim's South African drugs reefer style spliff doobie, briefly sharing his addled mind. See, drugs aren't always fun kids!

At the Flaps offices Daisy is still feeling the affects of the spliff as she tells a fellow interviwee how she kept seeing a squirrel following her on the way there. A fantastic Patrick Cox joke follows. Even if you don't know who Patrick cox actually is you understand what a gaff Daisy has made when she thinks the woman has borrowed the shoes she is wearing. Her mis-reading situations is reaching new heights.

Yolanda, Flaps editor and interviewer, then comes into the room. We're immediately looking up at her as, like Marsha when we first saw her in 'Beginnings', she is the most important person in the room. She also kows the person she's seeing out ('Give Josh a big kiss from me. See you Saturday'). So Daisy is already on the back heel for getting the job as she's never met Yolanda before, represented by the downward turn of the camera on Daisy. She also knows the woman Daisy has been chatting to and notices the Patrick Cox shoes with obvious approval. It's not looking great for Daisy but, as always, she doesn't notice and thinks Yolanda shares her mistaken observation about the shoes.

We're in Brian's flat as he practices his opening line to Vulva. We see it entirely in the mirror as it is all about how Brian sees himself rather than how we actually see him.

Daisy is now in her interview and falsely believes she's on a level with Yolanda, which is shown by the initial level camera angle. But as the interview progresses Daisy slowly realises that she's fighting a losing battle as she's not what they are looking for. As she slips into a daze she mis-interprets a question ('Well I do drink pint...') and spectacularly caps off the interview by bleating 'Girl Power!'. Daisy has reached a new zenith in crash and burn. However, we look up at her as we're glad she hasn't sold herself out just to fit in with the post feminist sycophants we now look down upon. Yay!

It's time for Brian to have a paranoid dream sequence. His fear of meeting Vulva again is getting the better of him and his frustrated about what to do. We stay level with him as we understand why Brian is fearful after being given an idea of what Vulva is like in his dream. could Vulva be why Brian is so quiet and reluctent to get close to people?

Daisy returns home. True to form, rather than say outright what her problems are she hangs back for Tim to ask. And unlike Daisy, Tim is quick to understand what's really going on (* continuity: Tim's hand flits from his chest to the bean bag and back again).

We're reminded about Mike's not altogether clear whereabouts when he calls from Sheffield, still coming down from the cheap speed. This also reminds us that Tim will still be feeling it's affects too. We're given another flashback to glean some more insight into Tim and Mike's friendship (* look out for the boom in shot on the top right of the screen as Tim looks up) but again it's cut short and we still don't know what it means.

Despite telling Brian to his face that he looks pretentious, should burn what he's wearing and says he has no intention of going with him and Daisy to Vulva's play, as soon as free booze is mentioned Tim's up and ready to go (* You can actually hear the russle of the jacket as Simon rushes to get ready for the joke). Carrying on with his nack for taking the chance to have a good time, as seen in 'Gatherings', Tim shows himself to be an oppotunist. Brian caries on his short lived belief that Tim and Daisy aren't arty enogh to get into the play. But maybe it's more he's nervous about them seeing Vulva as the better artist?

Great opposing doorman joke. Rather than blocking Tim and Daisy he actually freely invites them in. Brian's last line of defence has broken down. As they follow him in Tim and Daisy mock Brian's hissy fit. Daisy couldn't possibly be starting to view Brian as Tim does, could she?

Suddenly Marsha pops up. Did she know Vulva, then? To get an invite at least. Maybe she met him on a previous project he did with Brian. Anyway, neither Tim or Brian are pleased to see her, marked by their collective spits of 'Shit!', but Daisy doesn't initally realise the awkwardness and cheerily says hello. Slowly cottoning on, Daisy steadily rolls her hand over Tim's arm to give a 'couple' appearence. Marsha jokes about spying on them but Daisy just gives her a nervous laugh. This is to remind the audience that Marsha doesn't know they're not really a couple. With Brian practically ignoring her as he walks by, we start to feel quite sorry for Marsha as she's clearly desperate to communicate with Brian. We feel this as the camera stays locked on her pained expression. Probably the only reason she went to the gallery in the first place was to se Brian as she said she hadn't seen him for a while. Unrequited ove isn't just for the young.

We're level with Tim, Daisy and Brian as they take their seats for the play as like them we are unsure of what's to coming next.

Vulva's performance begins, alongside new cohort Hoover. Tim is still feeling the affects of the speed and lack of sleep as he forgets where he is and still thinks he's at home playing the Playstation. Is a dark room with flashing lights the best place for him? Mmm...

As the show goes on we see each of their reactions. Brian thinks it's beautiful - as he knows Vulva he's probably one of the few people who gets its meaning, Daisy is reflecting on her day as she realises just how awful her Flaps interview went and Tim thinks he's back in his game of Resident Evil - probably due to the flashing lights and drink and drugs in his system.

At the end Vulva is quick to let the audience know that they shouldn't clap yet ('It's not finished...it's finished.'). As seen earlier, in Brian's dream, Vulva is a bit of a bully. What he says goes and he'll belittle anyone who says otherwise. Even when to clap at the end of a performance.

Daisy's getting back into the saddle after her crappy interview and seems to be moving on as she approaches Hoover. Possibly her mis-interpreting has it's benefits as Hoover isn't exactly interested but it stops Daisy dwelling on her failings.

Brian on the otherhand seems to be having a very successful meet up with Vulva. Too successful? Vulva seems uncharacteristically accomodating while brian is uncharacteristically confident.Then it's revealed it's all in Brian's head as he watches Vulva from across the room. Brian comes over and Vulva is immediately dismissive. Brian's lack of confidence, probably largely shattered by Vulva in the first place, means all the words he'd had to say to Vulva in his head are all jumbled when he tries to say them out loud. As we say level with Brian we feel his intimidation from Brian. But Vulva may just have a little chink in his PVC armour. Through his rantings it's clear that Vulva is incapable of working on his own and that he needs someone with him to bolster his personality. He's also possibly furious that Brian left him and is jealous he's able to work solo, which is why he's so dismissive towards him.

Brian is obviously still carrying scars from his relationship with Vulva. But we've also seen this with his reactions to Marsha when they're in the same room. Brian is someone who is deeply effected by every relationship he has with anyone. This could be why he knows to keep Tim and Daisy on side. This is rewarded, inadvertantly, as Tim - Brian's new and only male mate - comes to his emotional rescue by smacking Vulva one in the jaw in a drunk, drugged, twigleted up way - a recall of Daisy's earlier paranois spliff trip in the flat, only more violent. The rest of the scene is Tim's deteriorating grip on reality as his bad trip reaches it's peak as he repeats his scream at the zombies from the start of the episode.

Though, I'm confused as to why Daisy is lying so much to Hoover. Skydiving lessons? huh.gif

Once again, Brian sees the artist merit of something that's otherwise not obviously artistic in Tim's punch. Daisy mis-interprets at first but on this occasion we don't roll our eyes at her as Brian's taking an unfamilar step into talking freely and taking a stance against Vulva, albeit away from the person him/her/itself. He also seems to accept Tim's simpler view of art as he reflects on the punch. We look up at Brian as he finally faces his past and is prepared to move on which is reflected by the cheers from the television. But we're reminded that he's still our sensitive, quiet artist as he squeaks at Tim's growl, again reflected by the sound from the television; this time by laughter.

After waking up and getting a rejection letter from Flaps (next day? That was quick!) we fish the episode with a staple Tim and Daisy relationship trait. Tim initiates an idea while Daisy takes it forward into fruition. Tim frustratedly tells Daisy not to make such a performance out of everything after she melodramatically describes herself as 'a rabbit, trapped on a road to nowhere...frozen in the lights of the 21st Century.' Daisy takes a leap - could she be learning from Tim? - and turns her thoughts into art. The whole show is her expressing her frustration of her wasted efforts. 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit...' replaces her earlier fervent 'Research, research, research...' and she repeats her interview with Yolanda, 'Oh...like a little flower. Thank you for coming. It's been very useful.' In the background hangs the naked manniquin made up to look like Yolanda. Unlike Brian, Daisy gets her bitterness out now rather than let it fester for years.

As an end line, and to tie the whole episode up, Tim seems to accept Brian's more complicated view of art as he realises how much effort and thought actually goes into a piece of modern art.


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post Aug 19 2005, 10:58 PM
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post Aug 19 2005, 11:00 PM
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post Aug 19 2005, 11:17 PM
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More constructively:

QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Aug 19 2005, 11:56 PM)
Slowly cottoning on, Daisy steadily rolls her hand over Tim's arm to give a 'couple' appearence. Marsha jokes about spying on them but Daisy just gives her a nervous laugh. This is to remind the audience that Marsha doesn't know they're not really a couple. With Brian practically ignoring her as he walks by, we start to feel quite sorry for Marsha as she's clearly desperate to communicate with Brian. We feel this as the camera stays locked on her pained expression. Probably the only reason she went to the gallery in the first place was to se Brian as she said she hadn't seen him for a while. Unrequited ove isn't just for the young.
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QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Aug 19 2005, 11:56 PM)
Tim is still feeling the affects of the speed and lack of sleep as he forgets where he is and still thinks he's at home playing the Playstation. Is a dark room with flashing lights the best place for him? Mmm...

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The rest of the scene is Tim's deteriorating grip on reality as his bad trip reaches it's peak as he repeats his scream at the zombies from the start of the episode.
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Actually, you'll experience this effect if you've played computer games for long enough, whether or not you've taken drugs. You don't trip on speed - it's Resident Evil that's warping Tim's brain.

QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Aug 19 2005, 11:56 PM)
Though, I'm confused as to why Daisy is lying so much to Hoover. Skydiving lessons?  huh.gif
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post Aug 19 2005, 11:30 PM
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QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Aug 19 2005, 11:56 PM)
Suddenly Marsha pops up. Did she know Vulva, then? To get an invite at least. Maybe she met him on a previous project he did with Brian.
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Marsha's keen on pretty much anything related to Brian so she must have gone because of him,( especially as she doesn't really express a knowledge in modern art at any other time in the series), she even sports a beret, which as we know, is totally not her style but very much Brians. It probably would have been easy for her to aquire a ticket as Vulva's show wasn't exactly a success with punters, as we know from the doorman allowing Tim and Daisy to come in without an invite.
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post Aug 19 2005, 11:39 PM
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I kinda said that at the end of the paragraph as an end of scene conclusion but I didn't really go into detail. It took me 3 hours to type! I couldn't write everything!

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Though, I'm confused as to why Daisy is lying so much to Hoover. Skydiving lessons?  huh.gif


I always assumed it's a concentrated attempt to seem interesting, worldly, experienced (all things she feels she's not after the Flaps interview)...the problem being, she has no idea where to begin to make herself seem interesting to an avant-garde artist. happy.gif
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post Aug 20 2005, 12:20 AM
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Ahhhhhhhhh...now why didn't I think of that in the first place?

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post Aug 20 2005, 01:20 PM
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Do you reckon there's any significance to the fact that the woman Tim met was a psychic? This is the third major reference to characters being psychic in the show (that I can remember), the first two happen in the 1st episode with the ''fucking psychic house hunters'' line and the bit where Tim reads daisy's mind after their tense moment with Brian and Martha

Daisy: (Thinking) whew that was close.
Tim: (out loud) You're telling me.

Could this be some sort of strange subplot? Since their are real psychics in the Spaced universe is Tim a burgeoning one only just discovering his powers, like Tetsuo in Akira (referenced in Episode 1.7)?

I also thought it was quite interesting that in Daisy's interview she hears the Magic Roundabout theme in her head. This occurs when she is being bombarded with buzzwords about the magazine and the grown-up nature of the job that confronts her. As such, sghe reverts to hearing something from her childhood (she would have been old enough to watch MR when it was on TV) as a way to escape from the fact that she may be out of her depths in an adult situation even though she is meant to be an adult.
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QUOTE (maian @ Aug 20 2005, 02:20 PM)
Could this be some sort of strange subplot? Since their are real psychics in the Spaced universe is Tim a burgeoning one only just discovering his powers, like Tetsuo in Akira (referenced in Episode 1.7)?

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Yeah, i think they do try to convey that Tim has supernatural powers, this being especially accentuated with the "wish i had another talent to fall back on'" spoon-bending scene.
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My. God. Wife of Rolex, you are truly a geek, in the best way possible, and I salute you in my lesser-geekdom. Not only do you pick up on this stuff, but you convey it in a way people like me can understand. I'm totally saving that post onto my compy.
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Wow! Praise indeed. College wasn't a waste after all! Don't worry, you can call me a geek. I geek, therefore I am.

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QUOTE (Wife Of Rolex @ Aug 21 2005, 01:25 PM)
Maian & Spacegurl - Shh, you'll spoil one of my observations for 1.4, Battles.  wink.gif
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