Spaced

Season 2 Episode 3

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Mar 09, 2001 on Channel 4
8.7
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Mike and Tim are through to the quarter finals of Robot Wars, but trouble is brewing as a rival team who didn't get through decide to sabotage their efforts. Meanwhile, Brian is invited to do an installation at an art gallery, and Marsha goes along to offer support and enjoy the free booze.moreless

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  • One of the best episodes of the series! Hilarious!

    9.7
    Man I miss this show! Spaced is easily one of the greatest shows of all time, no exaggeration. It's star, Simon Pegg (also known for Shaun of the Dead) is a comic genius! this needs to be brought back, it was just great!



    This is easily one of the better episodes! It has Tim and Mike making it through to the finals of Robot Wars, but after having their robot tampered with, they have to rebuild from scratch.



    The shows style was a little more subtle then most shows, but thats what made it so great! The plots were so odd, but original! One of the best eps has to be the Robot Wars episode, anyone who hasn't seen this show should go watch it now! It's great, and if your not a fan right away, you will be after seeing a few more episodes.moreless
  • A silly episode that takes on 'Robot Wars' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'

    8.5
    I had watched this episode before seeing 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and then seeing how much was probably a parody of that film, I watched the movie and then re-watched the episode, and I'm glad I did. In some cases there are direct from-the-movie references and then there are some various aspects melded together into a sort of reference, yet Daisy's whole job is supposed to be like the mental institution from that film. So, if you've never seen the movie, and want to get more of an insight into this episode, I suggest you watch it (Not to mention the fact that it really is a great movie!), since there are so many references, it's almost impossible to name a few.



    The other major part of this revolves around Robot Wars, and Tim and Mike's creation. If you're a fan of the show, as I am not, you will undoubtedly like this aspect, but even if you dislike the show, there are still some fun and funny moments as always.



    The last story thread is about Brian and how he must, at short notice, create an exhibit or installation as they call it. As luck would have it, it's a success, but it comes at a bit of a price and a lot of luck, either good or bad, depending how you look at it.



    In all three story lines, there is a strong emphasis on working hard, and of struggle, resulting in success. There is one montage of the three different stories at the same moment, all struggling almost in unison. Beyond this, there are no major leaps forward as far as the dramatic side of things. No change in story or direction, making this one a little silly, or at least directed with a comedic more than dramatic edge.moreless

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    • Actor Tim Sampson, who plays the role of 'Chief' during Daisy's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest experience, is the son of Will Sampson, who played the equivalent role in the original film.

      Tim was playing the part originated by his father in a stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when the Spaced episode was being cast.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • When Daisy is chatting to her temp agent about how she has two "conflicting sides" within her, it flashes to her good side, which is an apparent spoof of Sandy (the epitome of goody two shoes) from the popular movie Grease. Then when she mentions her bad side it flashes to Daisy dressed as Sandy when she wears that famous black attire and puts out the cigarette with her shoe.

    • The scene with the robots battling in a warehouse is a take off of the movie Fight Club.

    • At the restaurant Daisy temps at, there is a man washing dishes in the basement. This is a reference to a simliar character in the Kevin Costner film Waterworld.

    • At the end of the episode, when Daisy is leading a walk out, the Indian man steps up. This is like out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • When Tim and Mike are working on the Robot at the beginning of the episode, it is like out of Robocop.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when the viewer is seeing Tim, Daisy, and Mike through the lens of the Robo-wars machine, it is like the scene in Robocop 1, where Robocop keeps coming online and seeing the engineers and designers talking about various parts of the machine.

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