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November 19th, 2016
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The whole gang is thrown into detention by Miss Quill. Locked in her classroom, they are terrified when an explosion propels them out of space and time: trapped, claustrophobic and floating in blackness with no way of escape.

As Class continued, the gang were thrown into the detention to end them all when an alien fragment sent them to the edge of nowhere. Coal Hill School will never be the same again.

Last week we got an epic sci-fi venture on another planet and this week we got an intimate yet claustrophobic tale set within the confines of a classroom. That’s the basic premise of Class in a nutshell, really, but Detained proved that they can both be just as dramatic as the other as the gang were pushed to their limits (and then some) and a ‘Meteor of Truth’ forced them to examine their own unconventional friendships and underlying insecurities…

Things went from bad to worse and an AWOL Miss Quill was nowhere to be seen (but more on that next week!) as the ruthless rock revealed some ugly home truths, but what did you make of the latest episode and its accompanying shocks and surprises, of which there were plenty? This week’s discussion is now open for you to discuss your reactions, so get typing!

November 19th, 2016
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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…

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…

November 12th, 2016
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Battling through the Shadow Kin realm, April knows that there is no going back: she has to defeat Corakinus. On Earth, the invasion of the petals is rapidly snowballing. Confronted with the threat of the planet’s extinction, new headmistress Dorothea attempts to force Charlie into making a transformational decision. But Miss Quill has other ideas for him.

Class continued this weekend as April and her ever Brave-ish Heart found themselves in a whole new world and Miss Quill’s dangerous new alliance with the headmistress put the future of an entire race at stake. It was business as usual and April was really p*ssed off.

Well, wouldn’t you be, if you were sharing your heart with a murdering alien and had to cut a hole into his world in order to destroy him? This episode was an epic, sci-fi jaunt that transported us on a journey that took us underneath the universe itself, but it wouldn’t be the show we have grown to know and love if things weren’t just as bad here on Earth, too.

As the invasion of the flesh-eating flowers continued, our heroes were forced to re-examine their priorities and Charlie in particular was faced with an impossible choice that looks set to have long-lasting ramifications for those he holds dearest. Back in the Shadow Kin’s realm, April joined forces with Ram to kill the King once and for all, but it was to be a mission that neither of them could expect to get out of alive. We hope they’ve done their homework.

So, what did you make of the latest episode?

November 12th, 2016
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Class continued this week as Miss Quill entered a dangerous alliance and April and Ram joined forces to explore the Underneath (if you’ll pardon the expression). We’re not in Coal Hill anymore, Toto.

If you thought poor April had been through the mill and back again (and then some!) in last week’s episode, just wait until you get a load of this. She is really p*ssed off. Seriously, though, will somebody just give that girl a break?! There’s just no rest for the god damn sensible, however, as our honourable hero found herself in uncharted waters – and, you know, a whole different planet – when she was transported through a crack in the universe on a vengeful mission to kill the King once and for all. We hope she finished her homework.

Luckily for April, she wasn’t alone. As ever, she was followed in hot pursuit by her knight in shining armour, Ram, although let’s agree to ignore the fact that she literally had to rescue him within seconds of his arrival. He tries his best, and he definitely gets bonus man points for tailgating her into the path of certain doom. As romantic gestures go, that isn’t half bad. Besides, it all makes for an awesome pre-titles sequence, which finally unveils the Shadow Kin realm in all its fiery, Tolkien-inspired glory. We almost expected Gollum to show up at one point, because that’s the sort of show that Class is. Cue the opening titles…

Back on Earth, Dorothea’s true identity is revealed and, surprise, surprise, it turns out that she actually is more than just your average headteacher after all. But we had all pretty much figured that one out already. Suffice to say, her timely proposition gives Miss Quill (man, that gal can scream!) something to chew on as she suddenly holds the future of an entire race quite literally in her hands. Don’t worry, though, she has a history. Whatever floats your boat.

As the invasion of the flesh-eating flowers continues, priorities change and the ensuing drama serves to shine a fascinating light on Miss Quill and Charlie’s unconventional relationship. History looks set to repeat itself as they’re forced to examine their conflicting motivations and morals, and Katherine Kelly puts in a stellar performance when she gives us an all but fleeting insight into her character’s underlying emotional trauma.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are left to pick up the pieces as Tanya explains to April’s parents that their daughter has been sharing her heart with a murdering alien and she’s cut a hole into his world to destroy him. Which makes the whole thing sound crazy, when you put it like that. Still, it’s nothing that they’re not used to by this point, and so they all face up to the escalating threat with the usual bravery, wit and pluck that we’ve thus far come to expect from our far from cowardly Classmates. We can’t deny it, they’re good in a crisis.

Brave-ish Heart is a well-executed story with various story strands which are all given a fair share of the spotlight. Amidst all the sci-fi (and this one gets really sci-fi), there is still a strong heart beating throughout the chaos, and the underlying themes just affirm what a brilliantly rounded platform this genre is, and what a perfect match it has found in the Doctor Who universe. It’s pretty good, this Young Adult malarky. No matter how bad things are looking, we have faith that everything will be OK in the end… ish.

November 6th, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the first series of Class, but it just goes to show that time really does fly when you’re having fun. Or rather, when you’re being chased through school corridors by dragons and robots and Shadow Kin, oh my…

So, what’s your verdict thus far, then? The first four episodes have been one hell of a ride, firmly establishing this latest era in Doctor Who’s ever-expanding mythology as its own force to be reckoned with. We’ve met new friends and foes alike, but has Coal Hill School Academy been worth going back to?

While Charlie’s been getting to grips with life on Planet Earth, Ram’s been splattered with blood (more than once), Tanya’s had a chinwag with her deceased father and April’s been battling her inner demons as the co-owner of a lonely heart. Oh, and Miss Quill has been keeping herself busy too, though it looks like there’s lots more from her to come, if this dramatic new trailer previewing the rest of the series is anything to go by. Yup, it’s just one thing after the other for our honourable heroes, but how have they been holding up?

Let us know how you’re feeling at the halfway point of the series in the poll below, and don’t forget that you can also delve deeper into the drama in our individual Discussions for every episode. What and who are you loving? What’s disappointed you? And what are your hopes going forward? We wanna know, so start talking/voting, right… about… now!

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Brand new episodes of ‘Class’ are released at 10am every Saturday on BBC Three.

November 6th, 2016
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We’ve reached the halfway point of Class (yes, already!) and the BBC have taken it as a chance to tease what’s to come in a brand new trailer previewing the remaining four episodes. Aw, they know how to spoil us, don’t they?

And boy, does it look dramatic! If you thought the adventure thus far had been off the scale, it looks like “things are gonna change around here” as it builds up to its grand finale. Take a look for yourself in the player below, and don’t forget to have your say on all of the action thus far in our Discussions for the latest episodes. Basically, brace yourselves.

Brand new episodes of ‘Class’ are released at 10am every Saturday on BBC Three.

November 6th, 2016
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Patrick Ness has revealed that he has high hopes that Class will be picked up for a second series.

The first series of the Doctor Who spin off is currently being released weekly on BBC Three (you can Rate & Discuss the latest episode, Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart, here) and its creator and writer told Sci-Fi Bulletin that his fingers are “really, really crossed” that there will be more to come. “I would love the chance to do a second series,” he said. “I’ve just got to get people to keep watching, which they are, so I hope so. I’m optimistic, but not certain.”

He went on to say that the response to the show thus far has been “a genuine pleasure”, as its debut was shrouded with “nervousness”. He explained: “It came in as part of a 53 year old long established universe, but I like a challenge. The reaction from young viewers has been very heartening. They seem to love the characters and the cast, so I’m relieved.”

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.

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