Archive for ‘7. The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did’
November 26th, 2016
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With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

As Class reached its penultimate episode, there were shocks and surprises waiting behind every metaphysical corner when Miss Quill reaffirmed that she is war itself. To put it lightly.

But just who is she when she’s free? The latest episode – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did – gave us all the answers as Miss Quill went AWOL with our Classmates stuck in the world’s most death-defying detention. Things weren’t exactly rosy for their teacher, either, as she put her trust in Dorothea to help remove the Arn once and for all…

And man, did things get gruesome! Now that you’ve all had a chance to watch it, feel free to let us know what you thought of the episode and its accompanying thrills below. As we prepare for the grand finale, what do you think lies in store? After that huge cliffhanger, it’s impossible to predict, but go ahead and have a go anyway. After all, it’s more fun that way.

November 22nd, 2016
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We’ve reached the penultimate episode but the end of Class is still far from in sight as Miss Quill gets down to some serious business with a little help from the school headmistress… and all she has to do is believe. Be warned, though, because she’ll pluck the eyebrows from your screaming face. But just who is Miss Quill when she’s free…?

Well, she’s war itself, of course, but that much was established all the way back in Episode 1 (remember that? It feels like a lifetime ago…). Just how far this once great and powerful leader would go to retain her freedom is what makes this episode such a thrilling ride from the get-go as it quickly becomes apparent that she would quite literally die to reclaim what she feels is rightfully hers. She’s pre-warned that she’ll end up either dead or free, but it’s a risk that she’s obviously willing to take. At this stage, what has she got to lose?

After forcing Charlie & Co into a a spontaneous detention to keep them out of the way (although as we saw in Detained last week, being locked in a classroom was hardly a walk in the park for them…), Miss Quill and Dorothea join forces and, before she knows it, she’s being “buzzed atomically” to an extraordinary world by the means of a mysterious alien device that even its owner doesn’t completely understand… which isn’t exactly the sort of thing you want to hear from the designated driver, especially if they’re a learner.

Miss Quill goes with it, though, and if you’ve been waiting for the chance to delve deeper into her ever malevolent mind, then this episode is guaranteed to be right up your street. Not only is her name in the title, which is usually a tell-tale sign that she’ll play quite a big part in it, but the story itself is solely dedicated to her mission. We learn lots about her species, too (including their far from conventional birthing and celebration traditions), but it is ultimately reaffirmed that she does actually possess quite a lot of compassion after all. You know, in a weird, genocidal sort of way. Plus, she is quite the screamer…

And then it comes hunting. They’re not alone, though, as we’re also introduced to Chiki Okonkwo as Ballon, a shapeshifter who is enigmatic by design but joins the operation on a journey for his own kind of redemption. Whovians will punch the air with glee when it’s revealed what old school adversary he was masquerading as on Earth, which comes as a nice little reminder that, despite how bonkers this show seems to be getting, it is still taking place under the same umbrella as the Doctor Who universe that we all know and love (which is, in itself, pretty bloody bonkers!).

Ultimately, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did is an adventure that showcases just how weird and wonderful Patrick Ness’ imagination can be when it’s really given the platform to let loose. The episode has one of those “it’s not really happening but they are really experiencing it” sort of vibes, which brings with it a side to Miss Quill that is both enthralling and terrifying in equal measure. We already knew that she was a force to be reckoned with but even she is full of surprises as the episode builds up to its climactic conclusion, which makes for one of the most spectacularly gruesome sequences of the series so far, followed by what is sure to be lauded as one of Katherine Kelly’s defining Quill performances.

We mentioned the nod to the Doctor Who mythology but this episode builds upon Class’ established narrative and adds another level of depth and drama to continue its rise as a fully-fledged franchise in its own right. After the events of this episode, the pieces have been perfectly aligned for what looks set to be the Earth-shattering finale to end them all. And just when you think it’s over, one of the biggest bombshells comes along to hit you right in the face. And we have no idea what to expect next. Bring it on.

The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did premieres on Saturday at 10am on BBC Three.

November 13th, 2016
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The BBC Media Centre has released the plot details for the final two episodes of Class, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did and The Lost.

Episode 7 will be released online on Saturday 26th November 2016, while Episode 8 – the grand finale – will follow a week later on Saturday 3rd December.

Class – Series 1, Episode 7: ‘The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did’

With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

Alongside Ballon, an imprisoned shape-shifter, Miss Quill travels in a metaphysical engine and is taken to impossible, extraordinary and dangerous worlds, collecting materials in preparation for her life-changing procedure.

After an emotional encounter with her surgeon and a nearly-fatal operation, Miss Quill must find a way to return to Earth: transformed and ready for war.

Class – Series 1, Episode 8: ‘The Lost’

Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price?

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge.

But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April’s heart and Charlie’s weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires – and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

Click here to Rate & Discuss the journey so far in our Class episode discussions…

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