Spaced – An Introduction to British Geekiness

I wanted to devote a post to British comedy and British television in general, but there is just so much to say (probably something I should have done with the Robin post).  So, I’m going to take my time.  The first of many posts to come on British geekery is on Spaced, a television show directed by Edgar Wright and written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) before anyone knew who they were.  Don’t know who they are (how could you?!)? No problem (actually, big problem, but I’ll let it slide), they’ve teamed up to bring you instant classics like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Every great mind started somewhere, and these great minds started here.

With amazing directing and writing involving references to Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, The Shining, and Resident Evil, Spaced brings out your inner geek in full force!  If you really enjoy these things and can find yourself interested in British television/comedy, but don’t necessarily think your geeky enough for the kids playing D&D or Magic the Gathering at lunch, then this show is a perfect way to feed your innermost geek.  The sitcom is based completely around two strangers posing as a “professional couple” (steady relationship, possibly engaged) to rent an unbelievably affordable “flat” (apartment).  You may be thinking that British media in general is over your head with all of the slang lost in translation, but surprisingly, Spaced doesn’t span an endless amount of undecipherable dialogue fit only for Queen and country.  I could give you a brief description of each of the characters and their roles in the show (in fact, I did), when in reality I can just link this awesome youtube video that can do that for me (and better than I can anyway). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szJ07k-cHqU&feature=fvst (sadly, the person who posted this video requested there be no embed code, grrr…).  Hence, I christen the first of a number of British influenced posts and hope you check out this amazing cinematic masterpiece.

Your humble servant,

Tucker Paul Stempler

P.S.  Anyone who knows me, I insist you impose that I share my copy of this program.  No questions will be asked.

P.P.S.  So, long as I can watch it with you.

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    • Emily
    • April 14th, 2010

    I’ll watch spaced with you again just as long as you don’t say all the words 🙂 keep writing and I’ll keep reading

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