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Chapman Baxter
So what do we make of this one? Before watching it again, I thought I'd be giving this a good rating, but now I realise Art has so many great lines and the characters spark off each other so well I'm going to have to give this my first excellent.
QUOTE (Chapman Baxter @ Aug 16 2005, 03:17 PM)
so well I'm going to have to give this my first excellent.

Here, here!
Blind I/O
Fourth'd. Probably my favourite episode, this.
Sean of the Dead
"Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits!"
I had to vote average. I think Art is my least favourite spaced episode. Watching all the other episodes, they are just so original and the dialogue flows and each scene just moves seamlessly to the next, but Art seems to be all filler and could be an episode of any other programme. While it's still good, i think it tries too hard yet here just aren't enough funny moments.

Plus Vulva scares me a bit.
I've given it an average.

I don't know why but I've always felt uncomfortable when Iíve watched this episode.

I like the zombie bits when Tim is smacked out of his head but I'm not a great fan of Vulva or Hoover (perhaps I just don't understand the performance art references) and I don't like the "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" ending either.

Daisy's job interview at Flaps though is classic!

Girl Power! wink.gif
Blind I/O
It's probably to do with my realtionship with modern/preformance art that I like this one so much. Modern feminism too, of course.

"Abstract expressionism is so mid-to-late 80's"


ED: my head is not in a good way sad.gif This week has not been a proud one in the SPaG/Pedantry camp of my mind.
abstract expressionism for me - this is a step above ordinary sitcom. the bizarre otherness of it makes it absolutely brilliant, from the job interview, shouting out 'big fat cocks' to an elderly asian gent, to creating a character called hoover who has a hoover tied to him. walliams is fantastic too.

and it took me about ten watches until i realised 'rabbit rabbit rabbit' was a reference to "trapped! in the headlights of the twentyfirst century!" earlier in the episode. i'd always just laughed at it and never heard the "thanks for coming. its been very useful!" line. the ending ties the episode perfectly and also sets up future ones for daisy's character.

this is the one for me where it really steps up a level.
Wife Of Rolex
I voted excellent for this. It's one of my favourites. It was this episode that I remembered above all others, bar 2.2, until I got into Spaced proper at the start of this year. Pure fantasy but crushing reality as well. I've had an interview like Daisy's and felt Tim's dazed mindings from lack of sleep (but not cheap speed).


Wife Of Rolex
QUOTE (Sean of the Dead @ Aug 16 2005, 03:23 PM)
"Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits!"

...alone merits an "excellent". But there's lots more, as well.

"I knew I should have bought Huge Fat Cocks!"
Average, the botched job interview is a bit too much of a classic sitcom cliche for my tastes and as a whole I think this episode is too ambitious and high concept.
I voted good for this, it's kind of a mixed bag for me. On the one hand the dialogue between Brian/Tim and Brian/Vulva is truly excellent and Vulva must surely be David Walliams' finest hour. But I also find the job interview stuff a bit sitcom by numbers and Hoover irritates me to death, i've never liked Paul Kaye at all really.
I'll heap further praise on this episode, I really do love it - from the integration of the Resident Evil music into the opening title swoosh onwards, it's all great. Some wonderful comedic interplay is seen in this episode.
QUOTE (Chapman Baxter @ Aug 16 2005, 08:17 PM)
So what do we make of this one?  Before watching it again, I thought I'd be giving this a good rating, but now I realise Art has so many great lines and the characters spark off each other so well I'm going to have to give this my first excellent.

Excellent! This is one of my most loved episodes. The zombies, the artists, the dreadlock trick, twiglets, patrick cox's shoes. And let's not forget, this is the episode responsible for SOTD!

You know it to be the truth!
I love this episode but I've only voted good because there are a few things that annoy me. Hoover, as other people have said, because he's just not funny and I just don't find Daisy thinking he's a genius funny either. I dislike Daisy's rabbit thing at the end a little. The main thing for me (and I know how stupid this is) is the dreadlock joke. It's funny when Tim's doing it but they should have left it there. We then see the pair both trying to pull their heads away from each other and it just annoys me as it's so unrealistic. It just seems a bit rubbish to me. Spaced is above that.
Kick in the Head
I voted excellent. Its the dialogue that really seals it for me:

BRIAN: "What are you playing?"
TIM: "It's a subtle blend of lateral thinking and extreme violence."
BRIAN: "What, like It's A Knockout?"

BRIAN: "Do you think I should lose the waistcoat?"
TIM: "I think you should burn it, cos, you know, if you lose it, you might find it again."
having been lazy and only just registering I feel a need to answer this is good, but not great (like the rest of the series). Whixie hit the nail on the head. I think the dialogue is spot on, but the whole high art concept just refuses to embrace me like I'm covered in jam and being eat alive by bees

sorry about that, I went off on one there!
I gave it an excellent.

So many brilliant lines and visual jokes. The interview and all of the bits with the zombies rock!!
I voted Excellent cos this is the episode for me where the series really kicked off. The first two are good but they are designed to introduce all the characters, whereas in this episode all the exposition has been dealt with and they can dive straight into the pool of Fried Gold that is Spaced.

The dialogue throughout is fantastic, particularly some of Brian's bits:

''Brian. Painter, loser. Big FUCKING loser. *Walks in front of mirror and points at himself in an accusatory manner.''

Vulva: Oh Brian, you came.
Brian: No, I just spilled my drink.

Vulva is a great piece of work since he is a character that is so unappealing because not only is he an arsehole, but he's a pretentious, successful arsehole, so he can say anything and be hated and the final punch by Tim expresses what the audience has wanted to do. Walliams' performance is truly wonderful to behold.

I agree that Hoover isn't funny or likeable, but he's not meant to be. So I have no problem with him, he's just there as further proof that Vulva is a horrible person since he hangs out with someone so reprehensible as to have a go at someone who praises them, as he does with Daisy.

Plus there's the Resident Evil references happy.gif , Mike's phone converstaion with Tim:

''I fell asleep on the tube''
''Well where are you?''
''Er, Sheffield''
''The tube doesn't go to Sheffield, Mike.''
''I know, I must've changed at King's Cross''

The interview is just great. It may be a cliche of sitcom writing that a character might botch up an interview, but they manage to make it seem fresh and the whole sequence is amazingly successful at creating a stoned atmosphere to express how Daisy must feel.

All in all, a truly brilliant episode and the first monumental highpoint of the first series.
Timothy Bisley
QUOTE (horseshead @ Aug 18 2005, 07:52 PM)
Whixie hit the nail on the head.

I've just realized that Walliams' performance as Vulva reminds me tremendously of the head Blue Meanie from Yellow Submarine.

"My liiiiiiiiittle glooooovesy doooovesy..... when I think of the shit I used to do with youuuuu..."

See, they're morphing together now....
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