Archive for ‘2. The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo’
October 23rd, 2016
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After the series premiere got the ball rolling with a bang (and then some), Episode 2 of Class slows things back down as Ram takes the spotlight in a battle against his own personal demons, but it’s a battle that’s just as important – if not more so – as his showdown with Corakinus.

You’re always left to wonder where a series will go to next after the first episode, and more importantly whether or not it will be able to maintain the pace and momentum of its opening story. You needn’t worry about that in the case of Class, though, as The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, while a very different kind of tale, still manages to draw you into the aftermath of the horrifying events of the Autumn Prom.

It is Ram who gets most of the attention in this episode, which is the least they could’ve done when you consider just how traumatic and psychologically damaging his experiences at the Prom actually were. It’s no surprise, then, that he’s struggling, both emotionally and psychically, to accept the sheer scale of his ordeal, and not even the distraction of his favourite pastime can help him this time. 1-0 to the Shadow Kin… or is it?

Described as a “football jock” in the official character bios, Ram proves here that he is far more than just a soulless sportsman. The story gave us the opportunity to crack away at his hard-faced exterior to delve deeper into the inner-workings of his mind, something which we’re sure we’ve still only touched the surface of. Fady Elsayed’s performance perfectly conveyed Ram’s overwhelming sense of mourning and grief, whilst highlighting his desperation to perform well on the pitch in what he feels is his only platform in which he can truly succeed (and let’s not forget to mention the fact that for the second time in as many episodes, he ends up with blood all over his face – he’s just getting careless now!).

Patrick Ness said that Class would be character driven, and an episode like this one just reaffirms it. The rest of the cast had their fair crack at the whip, too, as this story brings them one step closer to accepting their new found responsibility as Earth defenders. We’re sure they’ve all pretty much got their heads around the crack in time and space now (that is, just as soon as they’ve settled on a name for it – we’re getting ‘Bunghole of Time’ on a t-shirt!), and no doubt the rest of the protagonists will each get their chance throughout the series to rise to the challenge and escape the confines of the social stereotypes in which they are currently confined.

In a nutshell, The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo was a well-paced story with an interesting premise, although after such an intriguing build up, we couldn’t help but feel that the climax was somewhat anticlimactic. At least Ram got to find some form of acceptance, though, in a sci-fi ‘your football coach is skinning people alive’ sort of way. Miss Quill was on hand to offer some well-timed comic relief, too, as she got tongues wagging with a second, separate adversary who had taken the guise of an ominous Ofsted inspector. It looks like it’s only just the beginning of that particular arc, so it was a nice little teaser of what’s to come. Suffice to say, you’ll never look at your own coach in quite the same way again. Don’t worry, though. You are in control.

October 22nd, 2016
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Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.

Class finally hit the airwaves today and it was a double whammy of drama as we got two episodes for the price of one. Now, you can’t say the good ol’ BBC never give us anything…

As the adventures at Coal Hill School continued in The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, we rejoined our new gang of honourable heroes as they struggled to accept the traumatic events of their Autumn Prom, as well as their new found responsibility as Earth defenders.

Admittedly, some members of the group were finding it harder to adjust than others, as football jock Ram stepped into the spotlight to face up to his personal demons at the hands of his over bearing coach. There were otherworldly forces at work as he refused to admit defeat, while Miss Quill was dealing with an altogether very different kind of threat, Ofsted. Basically, the end of the stinkin’ world was nigh. But alas, nothing was quite as it seemed…

So, two episodes in and what are you making of Class so far? Who are you loving? Which storylines are intriguing you the most? And did this latest episode change how you feel about your own sports coach? Leave your ratings and reviews in the comments section…

October 12th, 2016
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We already know that Class will be landing on Saturday 22nd October (just 10 days to go!), but now we know what time it will be landing, too!

It’s been confirmed that the first two episodes – that’s For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo – of the brand new spin off will be available to stream online from 10am on premiere day, which means that you’ll be able to kick start your weekend in style with a double whammy of drama. It will be our first proper visit to the Whoniverse this year, so you definitely don’t want to be late.

If the prospect of a new series wasn’t exciting enough, the Doctor himself will be making a cameo appearance in the first episode, and he even got his own teaser alongside the main trailer which was released at the weekend. Class is a-comin’, just make sure you’re there when the bell rings, and be sure to share your anticipation in the comments section below!

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October 6th, 2016
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The brand new Doctor Who spin off Class is just around the corner and the BBC have added to the anticipation by releasing the official plot details for Episodes 1 and 2.

Entitled For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo, both episodes will be released online on BBC Three on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a special cameo appearance from Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor himself in the eagerly anticipated premiere. Basically, it’s all pretty exciting stuff! Read below to find out what lies in store as the new term at Coal Hill School kicks off…

We can expect loads of Class related goodness over the weekend (including a trailer!) as the cast will be participating in a Q&A panel at New York Comic Con tomorrow (Friday).

Episode 1 – For Tonight We Might Die
Saturday 22nd October 2016, BBC Three

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…

Episode 2 – The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo
Saturday 22nd October 2016, BBC Three

Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.

But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.

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