It was back to Class this weekend as our heroes found themselves facing their biggest challenge yet… detention. If being stuck in a room for an hour wasn’t unbearable enough, things quickly went from bad to worse when a mysterious asteroid fragment came along to crash the party. They’re angry, trapped, and there’s a very real possibility that their brains are about to be fried any minute. Is detention always like this?
After last week’s epic sci-fi venture to the realm of the Shadow Kin and back again, it was hard to predict where Class would take us to next. As it turns out, it was just a classroom, but the drama that followed made for one of the show’s most tense – and not to mention claustrophobic – episodes yet. Basically, watching Detained is kind of like watching The Breakfast Club, only it’s set in the middle of space and there’s a weird radioactive rock trying to kill everyone. Ok, so it’s not like watching The Breakfast Club, but you know what we mean. Sort of.
Anyway, back to this weird radioactive rock thing, which causes all kinds of havoc when it falls through a tear in space and time and transports the gang to the middle of nowhere. It’s either deadly or interesting (or both), but it’s what happens next that’s really intriguing. The fragment’s power is inadvertently discovered by Matteusz when he picks it up and it takes over his body to reveal some ugly home truths about his boyfriend. As it turns out, Matteusz is secretly terrified of Charlie and what he’ll do next (wow, dude, tell him what you really think, why don’t you?), which isn’t exactly the sort of thing you want to hear from your beloved other half. Poor Charlie. He’s having real trouble being trapped in a confined space.
And then, inevitably, it all kicks off. Emotions and tensions run high as the Asteroid of Truth (Meteor of Truth?) starts to pick away at our Classmates and their unconventional bonds, but perhaps more importantly it gives them the chance to sit down and talk, which is something they probably should’ve done a long time ago. They really are a diverse bunch, but as always they learn to put their differences aside to save the day, which pretty much sums up what Class has been all about.
Patrick Ness delivers another expertly executed script which perfectly balances the angst and anguish of our teenagers with the overriding threat of their unfamiliar-yet-familiar surroundings. There’s sort of a Midnight Doctor Who vibe going on, too, in that the majority of the action takes place within the confines of one room and the characters are really given the chance to shine. The dialogue is on top form and it’s all brought together under the helm of Wayne Che Yip’s stylish direction which makes a classroom look just as visually exciting as an alien world.
One problem with Class is that the premise of previous episodes haven’t quite lived up to their climax or resolution (most notably The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo), however thankfully this isn’t the case here. By the end of Detained, we know the characters better than ever, despite the fact that the story highlights the fact that they’re still full of surprises. The identity of the fragment is a worthy pay off, too, however ultimately the episode is more about the characters and their relationships rather than the adversary itself.
They’re all in the same boat, prince or no prince, and their latest extra terrestrial encounter brought them closer together than ever before. That’s lucky, really, since we’re about to head into the first part of the grand finale, and with Miss Quill’s new found freedom, they’re going to need all the help they can get. Things are gonna change around here…