Greetings, HuffPost Comedy Club members! We're here to discuss Season 1 of Spaced.
A bit about the editors who will be discussing the series with you:
Carol Hartsell, Comedy Editor
Next to Clint Eastwood and the horse in Winter's Tale -- who could totally kick War Horse's ass by the way -- Daisy is my personal hero. She's completely, awkwardly, shamelessly genuine, and she puts all of today's "adorkable" leading ladies to shame. I originally watched "Spaced" after a friend told me, "It's by the 'Shaun of the Dead' guys!" but I walked away completely in love with the comedic genius of Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson).
Katla McGlynn, Deputy Comedy Editor
I first saw “Spaced” when I got the DVD box set for Christmas in 2009, and since then it has become one of my all-time favorite shows. The abundant film references, the oh-so-90s clothes and music, and Daisy and Tim’s perfect will-they-or-won’t-they non-relationship are what interest me the most. Let's do this!
Ross Luippold, Associate Comedy Editor
I have never seen "Spaced" before, but I did have an unhealthy obsession with "Star Wars" as a kid -- I'll make bantha poodoo out of you at "Star Wars" Trivial Pursuit -- and I love everything else Edgar Wright has ever done. Also, I love England! And friendship! And liveblogging! Let's do this.
Christine Friar, Associate Comedy Editor
I'm watching the show for the first time, so if you're confused about something or dying to talk about that quote from your favorite character, find me! I'm probably dying too! And let's keep a running list of funny British ways of saying things while we're at it. Here, I'll start: lorry.
Seena Vali, Comedy Intern
I tend to gravitate to comedy that deals with social awkwardness since that's an almost constant aspect of my life. I'm also a big fan of science fiction, comic books and other nerdy stuff like that, so if you want to discuss possible references to "House Of M" #7 that you see, I'm your man.
For me, what makes the chemistry between Tim & Daisy so engaging is that (at least in my opinion) the overall question of their relationship isn't "will they or won't they get together," it's "will they or won't they fully commit to their friendship."
It's as if instead of a one-night stand that turned into a relationship, they had a one-night hangout that turned into a living situation. In the casual-sex-turned-relationship situation, the parties often wonder if they're in a relationship more of convenience than anything else. Similarly, we've seen Tim keep Daisy at varying degrees of arm's length over the first season. His issue isn't whether he should be sleeping with her or not, but whether he should think of her as a legitimate part of his life or not.
Daisy on the other hand seems to have immediately recognized Tim's value to her, and she pines for his acknowledgement of her role in his life, if not his affection.
When episode 7 opens, we see them in perfect, domestic bliss: two best friends, lying on the floor in their pajamas watching skateboard wipeouts. When the phone rings, they playfully battle like two kids at a slumber party to get to it. It's only when Tim realizes that it's ex-G-friend Sara on the phone that he throws his armor back up and relegates Daisy back to "other person in the flat" status.
Tim's choice in this episode seems to be between what he thinks should make him happy and what actually makes him happy. With Sara, he can dive back into a life of quiet domesticity, but he won't necessarily become a fully realized human being capable of handling an adult relationship. Ironically, with Daisy, who is more of a playmate than a girlfriend, he can attune himself to the things that actually matter: friendship, community, joy, being in the moment, not taking anything for granted. It's only through that playful relationship that he can learn to be present for a mature one.
In a sense, Daisy is further along than him. Her biggest obstacle throughout the series hasn't been recognizing the value of her closest friends, it's been work. The season ends with both Tim & Daisy facing their personal demons and overcoming them; a direct result of a friendship that propels both of them forward.
Of course, we're also treated to a particularly great "American Psycho" reference along the way. And if there's a last scene more sublime than Tim & Daisy dancing to "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" while Colin watches from the table, I haven't seen it.
One of the most memorable moments of the series one finale, "Ends," has to be the walk Tim (and later Brian) does after finding out his ex-girlfriend Sarah split up with Duane. You know, the one where he jubilantly struts down the street, does a cartwheel, hugs a stranger and head-bumps a soccer ball, all while the infectious song, "S'il Vous Plait" by Fantastic Plastic Machine plays in the background?
Yeah, that one.
While searching for the song on YouTube to share with you, I came across this old Funny Or Die video where two girls re-create the scene on the same street in London where it was filmed. Unfortunately, they don't include the cartwheel or soccer ball, but they do hug a stranger! Check it out below:
I think I could watch the Mike Watt dance scene all day and never get sick of it (and in fact, I am testing that theory as we speak). The TA hardman starts out somewhat reserved, wearing his military garb and drinking from a cantina, but as the night goes on, he loses his inhibitions and gradually collects more and more accessories. Eventually, we are treated to this:
Mike Watt leading a group of clubbers in a dance routine to "The A-Team" theme song while wearing a pink spandex shirt, ski goggles and a jester hat. "Spaced," you win.
My favorite of his dance moves? Obviously the one where he mimes sticking a gun in his mouth and blowing his brains out. Timeless.
Oh, ravers. The ecstasy and techno-fueled counter-culture had become somewhat of a parody of itself in England by the 1990s, so it's only natural that "Spaced" would have an episode dedicated to the scene and the show's principal raver: Tyres O'Flaherty.
Tyres, Tim's bike messenger friend, is one of the funniest characters introduced in season one, but not just because he can dance to the sound of a ringing phone and a boiling tea kettle at the same time. As I've generally obsessed about thus far, he's also calls bullsh*t on Tim and Daisy's, "platonic indo-gender malarkey" and implies that they really are more than "friends" (as he loves to air-quote when referring to them).
After Tyres psychoanalyzes the non-couple's night in playing scrabble, Daisy is obviously affected. Later in the park she wonders what Tim meant when he said, "Daisy's not like that" after Tyres thought they were an item, and follows up with "What am I, chopped liver?". This results in a fight when Daisy, pre-Internet speak, says Tim has a "V-big problem" with his "Ex-G friend" and wouldn't even notice if another available woman wanted his attention (cough cough, nudge nudge).
But as this show does so well, Tim and Daisy make it through the squabble to a hedonistic night out at the club with their entire crew (minus Marsha) and end up reconciling without putting a definitive label on their feelings for each other. And the audience doesn't mind. With these characters, we don't need to see an American "Office" Jim & Pam-style engagement to unfold, but merely watch two people who are obviously meant for each other fondly embrace in the "chill out" room as they plan their drug-fueled fantasy of being the "King and Queen of Club Land." That's all.
As a side note: the drug use in "Spaced" is very subtle -- always implied but never really talked about out loud. Another difference between British and American TV series?
We noticed this too!