Spaced: 10 Things To Love About Edgar Wright's Hidden Gem

9. Painfully 90's

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The 90's were an ... interesting time to be alive. In history's list of drunken episodes, this was the night that ends with waking up in a strange apartment, shoes missing and shirt covered in regurgitated kebab.

Released just before the turn of the millennium, Spaced will take you back to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that was London in this decade. Between the oversized cargo trousers, the prominence of The Phantom Menace, and the existence of typewriters beyond just hipsters, there's no doubt of when this series is set.

Viewers of UK television from this era will also recognise the appearance of Robot Wars, from its geek-ish excitement to the excessive efforts people took to win it, up to and including explosives.

The UK rave scene is another surprising inclusion, with an atmosphere and music set that quite simply could not fit in at any other point in history. The universe just wouldn't allow it.

As a series engaging with geek culture before the widespread use of the internet, not to mention the struggles of job hunting and finding a home, Spaced bleeds the 90's as much as it bleeds film references.


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.