Spaced

Season 1 Episode 1

Beginnings

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Sep 24, 1999 on Channel 4
8.9
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Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) and Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson) meet each other in a cafe and are soon planning on moving in together. The only problem is the advert for the flat they're planning on renting is for a professional couple only. Tim suggests they pretend to be a couple. They do this and are soon living in the flat below the Landlady and above the strange man in the basement.moreless

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  • Beginnings of a funny and entertaining show!

    9.0
    Beginnings was a superb start of the series Spaced. I really enjoyed watching this episode because the actors were good and the story was fun. There was a lot of humor and character development. I liked how they portrayed time moving forward as Tim and Daisy spent time at the diner together. It was funny watching them go through the interview with Marsha and even funnier when Marsha visited them late at night to vent and they slipped up on their story a few times. The ending was awkward as each new roommate tried to come out of their room after saying good night. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Although not a true pilot, it is the first episode, hence titled 'Beginning'.

    9.0
    As a first espisode this is very successful. In my opinion the whole point of a first episode is to maintain viewers and attract more viewers usually by word of mouth. This first episode does this in spades by delivering a tight episode.



    Immediately we are introduced to the characters and their situation, one that has happened to almost everyone... flat hunting and heart-break. There is an immediate on-screen chemistry between the two main characters, and their stories pull us in. There is a strong sense that this is kind of rom-comish as the montage in the coffee shop show their relationship progressing and them becoming closer and closer to each other, including the very cliche wiping the other's face after eating. Nevertheless, it's done in a non-cheesy way and we are almost hoping to see the development of their possible romance.



    Other than strong lead characters, the way it was filmed seems to be quite original. That is perhaps the strongest part of the series, or what separates it from the other shows. There are many references to other media including films, TV shows, music, comics, etc., and although a great deal is within the fantasy/sci-fi genres, there is a wide range (from The King and I to The Dukes of Hazzard to The Shining) to appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers. These references are sometimes only verbal, such as the Terminator 2 reference in the first scene, while others are taken more directly from the source, as can be seen later in the series.



    Other than referencing other works, the style of filming is very distict and very edgy, such as the scene where the three are listening to the argument upstairs, camera looking down on the table... as the person storms down the stairs so too does the camera pan down. This is but one of many possible examples of how the camera is used to make the entire sense of the show as something new.



    Finally, the plot of them having to act as a couple and rehersing for the interview/viewing of the apartment is a clever way for the characters' backgrounds, as well as other characters, to be introduced. By the end of this episode we are not only fully aware of the backgrounds of the characters, but also the main premise is introduced, including the ever popular romantic thread, making this all in all a nearly perfect opening episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The band Tim designed an album cover for is called "God's Third Leg" - they were a real band featuring Simon Pegg on drums.

    • The newpaper advert for the flat read:
      NW5, spacious two bedroom apartment, fully furnished, £90pw. Professional couple only. 0171-405 0763

    • The song that plays over the montage as Daisy and Tim meet in the diner/coffee shop is 'Getting to Know You' from the 1956 film The King and I

    • In the sequence with the strange twins, the still images of Daisy and Tim are taken from episode 4 of series one.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Sarah: (with a confused expression) Daisy? Who's Daisy?
      Tim: She's a girl I'm moving in with.
      Sarah: What do you mean? When did you meet her?
      Tim: About two weeks ago.
      Sarah: And you're about to move in with her?
      Tim: Well, yeah, yeah, you've got absolutely no right to be upset. OK. You're the one who ended this, you're the one seeing someone else. You know, I've got to get on with my own life and I'm sorry if that upsets you, but that's just the way it is. You can't dangle the bogus carrot of possible reconciliation in front of my face whilst ..whilst riding some other donkey. I'm moving on, Sarah. If you don't like that, that's too bad.

    • Marsha: You can move in when you're ready.
      Daisy: Really?
      Marsha: Yea.
      Daisy: Don't you want to see our photos?

    • Tim: You are scared of mice and spiders. But oh so much greater is your fear that one day the two species will crossbreed to form an all-powerful race of mice-spiders who will immobilise human beings in giant webs in order to steal cheese.

    • Tim: Look, modern Science Fiction can be pretty interesting. The thoughts and speculations of our contemporary authors and thinkers have probably never been closer to the truth.

    • Daisy: You were born in Highgate to John and Julia Bisley on the 17th September 1974.
      Tim: Right.
      Daisy: You've got a little sister called Katie, who once used all your Batman comics to decorate her cardboard car. Unable to salvage the comics you drove the car into the pond, hitting your head on the concrete fountain. Which is where you got your scar. Erm, you've got a best friend called Mike, who's a weapons expert.
      Tim: Er, yeah.
      Daisy: You have a potentially deadly allergy to Brazil nuts.
      Tim: Yes, I have no memory of Christmas 1979. Mind you I have no memory of Christmas 1994 either.
      Daisy: Oh. Why not?
      Tim: Dunno.

    • Daisy: (crying) I can't do this anymore!
      Tim: Don't...Whoa there, Pickle.

    • Tim: Hi
      Daisy: Hi
      Tim: How's it going?
      Daisy: Same as always
      Tim: That bad, huh?
      Daisy: (Sighs)

    • Tim: (to Daisy) Skip to the end.

    • Brian: So you had sex before you kissed?
      Tim and Daisy: Yeah

    • Daisy(Thinking): It's times like this I wish I was telepathic…don't you Tim…damn!

    • Tim: So do you like my comic?
      Daisy: Yeah…yeah. Oh that reminds me actually, I was talking to Marsha about the rubbish…

    • Tim: Hi…eh…we're…eh…
      Daisy: A couple.

    • Daisy: You're not one of those sci-fi nerds are you? You don't spend your evenings on the Internet discussing symbolism in the "X-files" do you?

    • Tim: What are you looking for?
      Daisy: What have ya got?
      Tim: What?
      Daisy: What have you got?
      Tim(points to the newspaper): No, what are you looking for?
      Daisy: Sorry, I thought you were a drug dealer…

    • Tim: I'm the assistant manager.
      Daisy: Oh, how many people work for you?
      Tim: It's just me and Bilbo.
      Daisy: Who's Bilbo.
      Tim: He's the manager.

    • Tim: You think I'm unemotional don't you? I can be emotional! Jesus, I cried like a child at the end of Terminator 2!

    • Daisy: Do you rent downstairs?
      Brian: Do you mean 'Am I gay'?
      Daisy: No, do you rent the downstairs flat?
      Brian: Oh... yes.
      Tim: Are you?
      Brian: What?
      Tim: Are you gay?
      Brian: (pause) No.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In 2007, Jessica officially switched to using her married name as her professional name, though she was still 'Stevenson' when she made Spaced.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Tim: Hi
      Daisy: Hi
      Tim: How's it going?
      Daisy: Same as always
      Tim: That bad, huh?
      Daisy: (Sighs)

      This dialogue has been lifted from an exchange Luke Skywalker and Han Solo have in The Return of the Jedi

    • After they move into the flat Daisy looks in Tim's room and sees a massive box. As she creeps towards it music from 2001: A Space Odyssey plays.

      This is a reference to the the black monolith from the film.

    • Daisy: You're not one of those sci-fi nerds are you? You don't spend your evenings on the Internet discussing symbolism in the "X-files" do you?

      The X-files was a sci-phenomenon back in its day, and still is in the 00's. Following the travels of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, as they encounter many unexplainable occurrences, it ran for nine seasons. And it was considered to have shaped most science fictions TV shows today, a prime example being Supernatural, a CW programme with a similar backdrop.

    • Daisy and Richard's pet names for each other are 'Daisy Duke' and 'Boss Hogg', which are characters from 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.

    • Whilst Tim and Daisy insist they were always Freddie and Daphne when playing Scooby-Doo, their clothing suggests they are now more like Shaggy and Velma.

    • When Tim and Daisy open the closet, there are two VERY creepy little twin girls in there.

      They look a lot like the twin girls from the Shining.

    • Tim & Daisy: When Tim & Daisy are faking their holiday photographs this is an allusion to the film "Green Card". This is the first of the many many pop culture references made throughout the course of the show.

    • Tim & Daisy: References to Tim's object of fantasy while pleasuring himself
      Gillian Anderson, among sci-fi fans, is one of the hottest women. And before Jeri Ryan came into the picture in 1997, she was voted hottest woman in sci-fi on numerous sci-fi magazines.

    • Tim: Bilbo Bagshot
      In LoTR, there is a character who's name is Bilbo. And among the sci-fi/ fantasy crowd, the name Bilbo is well known. Bagshot is a reference to the road on which Bilbo's house was located (Bagshot Row).

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