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Class Season 1 Episode 6 Review – ‘Detained’

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Alex Moreland reviews the sixth episode of Class

The truth came clear and had to be said.

Nothing about this episode should work.

It’s a bottle episode, restricted to one setting, and relies on the fairly simplistic, even cliché, premise of the gang being put in detention. The central conceit – a rock that prompts the characters to tell the truth – is seemingly little more than a piece of pure artifice.

There was, at the outset, every danger that this episode would prove to be the one that brought the tower of cards tumbling down – a piece of filler that couldn’t meet the quality of the episodes around it.

Rather surprisingly, though, ‘Detained’ proved to be the best episode of Class yet – possibly the closest it’s come to a genuinely resounding classic that could stand alongside the best of Doctor Who.

In many ways, it’s because this »

- Alex Moreland

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Class Season 1 Episode 5 Review – ‘Brave-ish Heart’

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With Doctor Who spinoff Class returning for a BBC One airing, Alex Moreland continues his reviews of this Ya hit…

When your entire people are being killed before your very eyes, then you can talk to me about monsters!

In many ways, this is a chessboard episode; it feels almost like a perfunctory piece, dedicated more to establishing important details about future episodes, rather than being concerned with how it works as an hour of drama in its own right. In fact, ‘Brave-ish Heart’ lampshades this at the end, as Dorothea Ames (Pooky Quesnel) comments “now we know quite a lot more about young Charlie and about the Cabinet than we did before”.

Unfortunately, these revelations feel somewhat out of focus. Much of Charlie’s plotline in this episode is concerned with the Cabinet of Souls, and its potential use as a weapon of mass destruction; the plotline is presented »

- Alex Moreland

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