Archive for ‘4. Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart’
November 5th, 2016
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April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger. Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

It’s that time of the week again when we head back to Coal Hill School for yet more drama and debauchery. Fireworks aren’t the only thing going off today as we reach the halfway point of Class with an almighty bang. Get ready for Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart!

Suffice to say, we wouldn’t want to be in poor old April MacLean’s shoes right now, as the connection between her and Corakinus grows ever stronger and the Shadow Kin’s influence consumes her beating heart. Her friends are starting to notice that she has been becoming much more volatile as of late, so it’s bad news for her father when he shows up upon his release from prison and April’s anguish only fuels the evil that has been bestowed upon her.

If you thought that meant that the end of the world was nigh, the rest of the students are bracing themselves for parent’s evening and there’s a brand new headmistress in town in the form of the dashingly dangerous Dorothea. Meanwhile, there’s something wrong with the flower petals and the squirrels better watch out. Won’t anybody think of the squirrels?!

So, that’s another episode in the bag, and now the time has come for you to let us know what you made of it! Rate and discuss the adventure in the comments below.

November 3rd, 2016
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April MacLean receives an unwelcome blast from the past in this week’s visit to Coal Hill Academy, but it’s her more recent history that looks set to test her to her limits. Meanwhile, there’s a new headteacher in town, there’s something wrong with the petals… and parent’s evening is looming. Yikes. Basically, it’s all kicking off.

Let’s be honest, though, it’s been kicking off – to put it lightly – since day one. As we reach the halfway point of the series, the drama is notched up to an unprecedented level and all eyes are on April when a sudden outburst about war makes her realise that the connection between her and Corakinus is growing stronger by the minute. It’s a good job that Ram is on hand, then, to offer his moral support (cheesy pick up lines and all), but it suddenly becomes clear that their developing relationship might just turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. The course of high school romance never did run smooth, especially when the ruthless King of the Shadow Kin is but a heartbeat away… Oh, why can’t things just be simple?!

Simple they are not in this episode, which largely feels like it’s setting up the events to come rather than standing its ground as its own individual story. We’re not complaining about that, because there’s still plenty of other stuff going on in the background to keep driving the narrative forward. A particularly intriguing development is the arrival of Coal Hill’s brand new headmistress and lady in red, Dorothea, as played by an actress blessed with what is quite possibly the greatest name in showbiz: Pooky Quesnel. It’s safe to say that Dorothea is introduced as somewhat of an enigma (don’t worry, she won’t bite…), but she’s not one to be messed with. It is an ever suspicious Miss Quill who discovers this first hand when her new boss offers her a proposition she cannot refuse amidst an escalating invasion of squirrel-eating petals. You literally couldn’t write it, but Patrick Ness has.

And once again it is Patrick’s writing that really stands out. The pre-title sequence takes us to an alien world to remind us that we actually are watching a science fiction drama after all, but thanks to its creator’s naturally flowing dialogue, the sinister Shadow Kin’s realm feels just as believable and ordinary as the corridors of Coal Hill. Just when you thought that our heroes were coming to terms with the events of the last few episodes (it really has been one weird month!), their loyalty and friendships are put to the test by their own suspicions and morals, although they ultimately have to agree to disagree when it transpires that there is a far greater loss at stake.

Overall, Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart is a slow burner but it’s one that we hope will pay off in the episodes and fall out to come. Its final moments are certainly dramatic, perhaps even a little too dramatic (her poor mother doesn’t know what the hell’s going on…), and its climactic cliffhanger left us wondering how on Earth April is going to get out of this one. We have no idea what she’s capable of under the Shadow Kin’s influence, but we have faith that the goodness in her heart will fight back. It always does… right?

Prepare for war.

October 20th, 2016
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The BBC has today published their advanced schedule for the first week of November which will see the release of Class’s fourth episode, Co-owner of a Lonely Heart.

It will be available online on BBC Three on Saturday 5th November 2016, Time TBC, and you can read its official spoilery synopsis below.

April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger.

When April’s estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader.

Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

The first two episodes premiere on BBC Three at 10am on Saturday 22nd October.

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