We’ve all heard of the Cornetto Trilogy; those three fantastic films made by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the sake of getting free ice cream.
Between Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, these movies parodied their respective film genres in wonderfully intelligent and insightful ways. That’s to say nothing of the quality of the movies themselves, whose camerawork and editing gave Edgar Wright’s unique filmmaking style the chance to display its full potential.
It didn’t start here though, and if you were fortunate enough to come across it before, you might recognise these things from a certain sitcom of the late 90’s.
Spaced was a TV series that aired in 1999, written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and directed by Wright. It follows the two writers as a pair of unemployed creatives in London, their struggle to stay above the poverty line and still find fulfillment in life.
With a talented and colourful supporting cast, this series set the expectation for the later films that Pegg and Wright would pen together.
Surreal, hilarious, with a surprising capacity for emotional turmoil and an ultimately heartfelt tone, Spaced is a hidden gem bursting with merit and worthy of recognition.
My passion for all things Sci Fi goes back to my earliest days, when old VHS copies of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet gripped my tiny mind with their big, noisy vehicles and terrifying puppets. I'd like to say my taste got more refined over the years, but between the Warhammer, Space Dandy and niche Star Wars EU books, perhaps it just got broader.
I've enjoyed games of all calibre since I figured out that dice weren't just for eating, and have written prose ever since I was left unsupervised with some crayons next to a white wall. I got away with it by calling it "schoolwork" for as long as I could, and university helped me keep the charade going a while longer. Since my work began to get published, it's made all those long hours repainting the walls seem worth it.