The Fades

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode 2

Aired Wednesday 11:55 PM Sep 28, 2011 on BBC Three
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Episode Summary


The Fades are coming and Paul realizes that he may have to face them head on. Haunted by further disturbing visions and new powers. Paul decides he must choose: life as an Angelic or a normal life. Meanwhile, Sarah watches the living while Neil struggles to protect Paul.


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  • This is not a series as we know them. It's more like a single show split into six parts. And, the premise here is a bit thin, I can't see it holding out for too long, I don't see these zombies being interesting for more than a couple of episodes.moreless


    Again, this episode spends time character building, but is Paul 'special' so that he can help or heal the dead or is he here to destroy them ? By the end of this episode he has decided to be 'Paul the scoolboy' during the day and by night 'Zombie Man', but his new role is still left vague. It also looks like his friend will be his sidekick 'boy wonder' but god knows what use he will be with the zombies.

    One thing I had trouble with here was the fact that the zombies chose to eat the two teenage scroats in the woods. It would have been better if they had snatched a couple of five year old girls surely, much tastier, easier to catch and far more horrific for the viewers. The director even wasted time showing scenes to alienate us against the victims first so that we would not be too concerned at their fate.

    Again, I can still see a future for this show, but it needs to buck up quick.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mac: Okay. So, this is what you missed. The dead are walking the Earth and they're trapped here. And some of them are pissed and trying to fight back. Yeah, I know, and then there's this tribe, gang, posse of people called the Angelics, who have special powers, yeah, and they're thinking they need to stop these dead people, and they end up fighting a dead guy, and there's this Sarah woman, and then this Helen woman. And that's scary. And, oh, there's Paul, who's my best friend. He can see dead people. He's thinking he's mad, now he thinks he's... special. And there's some stuff about Mark, my history teacher, whose wife is one of the murdered ones. Yeah. There's even more. yeah. Now, where's my Star Wars books, then? Nano nano.

    • Mac: Your sister was naked.
      Paul: Well, the important thing was that she was dead.
      Mac: Dead. Naked and in your bed.
      Paul: She was... it was only partial nudity.
      Mac: Maybe you're not special, maybe you're just sick.

    • Mac: Look, the average man spends two weeks of his life kissing.
      Paul: No.
      Mac: There are between six and nine billion condoms produced a year.
      Paul: That's my sister's ball committee, in a way.
      Mac: Men with more active sex lives are more likely to live past 80 years.
      Paul: We wouldn't live past 18. She would kill us.
      Mac: And knowing she was naked in your dream wouldn't push her to homicide?

    • Paul: It's a new low. Being bullied by pre-pubescents. A new low.
      Mac: Or high. Depending on how you look at the world. We're the lowest of the low. No one is as despised as us. That's quite an achievement.

    • Mac: "Your friend is quite the mercenary. I wonder if he really cares about anything or anybody."
      Neil: What?
      Paul: He's quoting Star Wars. Ignore him.
      Mac: I'm not quoting Star Wars. I'm quoting Leia. You can't quote a film, you can only quote a character in a film.

    • Neil: The shit has hit the fan, and you're standing right in front of it.

    • Jay: You going to the ball?
      Paul: Probably. Definitely.
      Jay: Probably definitely?
      Paul: Technically, that is the way I feel about it, yeah.

    • Paul: There's this girl...
      Mac: Yeah?
      Paul: Dead.
      Mac: Fit?
      Paul: You into necrophilia now?
      Mac: Well, I've considered it for awhile. I always thought I had appeal to the dead. Good teeth, you see.
      Paul: Dead people like teeth?
      Mac: Dead people love good teeth. That's why I floss daily.

    • Neil: Do you remember the first time we met?
      Paul: Yeah, you shot at me.
      Neil: Okay, so, so maybe you remember it slightly less fondly than I do, eh?

    • Mac: What are you?
      Paul: Your best friend. I mean, you... you thought it was good I was special.
      Mac: Yeah, it's great. Just don't leave me behind, okay?

    • Mac: So that's it? You're just going to give up?
      Anna: No, I'm going to find a room, lock it, and thrum myself off thinking about just you and my brother in your y-fronts.

    • Paul: This night is going to be the best night. I want us to treat it like it's our last.
      Mac: Then we definitely need to have sex. With girls.

    • Mac: Did you know that bats have sex while flying?
      Tracy: What?
      Mac: Or that pigs have corkscrew-shaped penises?
      Tracy: Did you know someone spat on your back?
      Mac: I did not.

    • Jay: Come on. Let's go find somewhere private.
      Paul: Pri...vate. Why?
      Jay: Private is a euphemism. I'm making an euphemism. I don't know who Alan Moore is. You don't know what going somewhere private means. I guess that makes us evenes.
      Paul: You don't know who Alan Moore is?!?

    • Jay: Sorry.
      Paul: Don't worry. I get it. You're afraid of my sister. A lot of people are. Apparently my first response when I came out of the womb was to cower.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Mac: Nano nano.
      Referencing the 1978-1982 ABC sitcom, Mork & Mindy, which starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork. He visits Earth and stays, ending up eventually marrying Mindy. "Nano nano" is his planet's way of saying hello.

    • Mac: And as Willy Wonka told us all, sex is life.
      Referencing the fictional candy manufacturer created by Roald Dahl in 1964 in the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The eccentric candymaker has since been the subject of a sequel novel and two movies, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971, starring Gene Wilder) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, starring Johnny Depp).

    • Mac: Your friend is quite the mercenary. I wonder if he really cares about anything. Or anybody.
      Referencing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), specifically a line spoken by Leia to Luke, concerning smuggler Han Solo.

    • Paul: Has anyone ever told you you talk like Gollum sometimes?
      Referencing the corrupted hobbit created by J.R.R. Tolkien for his literary works The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally Sméagol, the hobbit was transformed by the influence of the One Ring. He typically talks about himself in the third person and lusts for the return of "his precious."

    • Mac: At the end of A New Hope, they attack the Death Star.
      Referencing the mobile space platform first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader for use by the Emperor, it is approximately 140 kilometers in diameter, holds over a million crew and staff, and contains weaponry capable of blowing a planet to bits in a matter of seconds.

    • Paul: Clark Kent. Peter Parker.
      Referencing the secret identities of two famous superheroes. Clark Kent is Superman at DC Comics, while Peter Parker is Spider-Man at Marvel comics.