Spaced: The Complete Series Review

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Spaced follows the lives of two young roommates– Tim, a heartbroken wannabe comic book artist and Daisy, a work adverse journalist.  During the show’s two season run, writers Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (who do double duty playing the show’s main characters) successfully captured the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in your twenties: good video games, bad part-time jobs, and ugly break-ups.

Frequent nods to Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Star Wars and other popular flicks make the show a real winner for movie geeks but inside jokes don’t provide the only entertainment.  Tim and Daisy’s crazy circle of friends provide laughs for all.

There’s Brian (Mark Heap), the eccentric painter that lives downstairs and Marsha (Julia Deakin), the duo’s boozy landlady.  Mike (Nick Frost), Tim’s weapons welding side-kick and Twist (Katy Carmichael), Daisy’s ditzy best friend, complete the cast.

Edgar Wright also deserves a shout-out here.  Wright shows a lot of promise as the show’s director; potential that would come to fruition during Wright and Pegg’s future collaborations (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz).

In addition to the show’s original 14 episodes, the 3-disc set offers hours of bonus features including “Skip to the End” a feature length documentary, cast and crew bios, outtakes, a photo gallery, delete scenes, raw footage, Osymyso‘s “Spaced Jam” music video, and snippets from a Q and A session with Pegg and Wright.

Each episode also has two commentary tracks.  There’s the original version from the UK release plus a bonus commentary where pop culture icons weigh in on the show.  Guest commentators include Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Diablo Cody, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Hader.


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