Spaced

Season 1 Episode 2

Gatherings

1
Aired Friday 9:30 PM Oct 01, 1999 on Channel 4
8.9
out of 10
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89 votes
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Once the new roommates have finished unpacking, Daisy is looking for any excuse not to sit down and do some work. So, she persuades Tim to throw a housewarming party, complete with the paperboy as a guest, a homemade foil mirrorball, and Prefab Sprout on the stereo!moreless

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  • Gatherings

    10
    Gatherings was a perfect episode of Spaced. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there were more characters introduced after Tim and Daisy decide to throw a little party and some very funny stuff happens. I also liked Tim's dream in the beginning. The party doesn't turn out the best as a girl upstairs is also hosting a party and the ending of them going up there was great. I liked the humor, the story and characters. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A bit of a let down after seeing such a strong first episode.

    7.0
    I was actually a little disappointed that this episode was not as strong as the first. This episode was all about character development and the initiation of sub-plots.



    At the beginning of the episode we are seeing Tim and Daisy doing their 'work' and we can see the first trouble with Daisy is her writer's block. After a short time there is a scene of sexual innuendo which spurs on the Who's the Bossish romance between them. Is it, was it... oh, not yet... tune in next week for possibilities.



    The latter half of the episode is all about their housewarming party, but what it's really about is getting to know Mike and Twist as characters, as well as seeing the relationship between Marsha and Brian, whatever it may be. With all the characters in one room, and watching them interact, it is integral for our first impression.



    Yet there is one problem that is consistent in most films and TV shows that wish to capture the sense of boredom, and that is they're boring. Once the party begins the show begins to head downhill, and it never really recovers. It's quirky and uses the same edgy cameras and feelings, but it doesn't seem to gel as much as it did in the first episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Daisy sings along to Prefab Sprout's 'The King of Rock and Roll' and gets the words wrong singing: 'Alma cookies' rather than 'Albuquerque'.

  • QUOTES (1)

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  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • One of the songs played at the party, "The Time Warp" drives Tim out of the room. This song is from the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    • Daisy says "If we have it they will come", about her party. The voice-over suggests that this is a reference to the famous line "If we build it, they will come" from Field of Dreams

    • Daisy says the housewarming party will be like "Warhol's Factory". This is refering to the pop-artist Andy Warhol's studio called "The Factory" and was a popular gathering point for the art-hip crowd. The original Factory was at 231 E. 47th St in New York and was covered in tin foil - another theme Daisy uses.

    • Daisy opens the door to Tim's room to reveal a brilliant light - this scene is a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    • Daisy ponders whether the freezer is 'self-aware', in an allusion to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Brian: "I see it as a tribute to Christo, the artist"
      Christo is an Bulgarian artist who is most famous for creating installation art. His most famous works include Wrapped Reichstag where he wrapped the famous building in plastic, and The Umbrellas, where large blue an yellow umbrellas were placed in the countrysides of Japan and USA.

      Brian may be referring to Christo's method or wrapping objects, or just that the baco foil glitter ball 'makes the world a more beautiful place', what Christo aims to do with his art.

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