February 4, 2023

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Class “The Lost”

The spin-off series comes to an end with more than a few unfinished storylines.

Well, here’s the end of Class, after a mere eight episodes and…it’s kind of a shame that it never went any further than this.

To clarify, Class on the whole was not a bad show.  Will I be missing these characters?  Well, not most of them.  But there were moves made over the course of the eight episodes, right down to this last one, to show there was a lot of room for growth and perhaps even a plan going forward for what was going to happen next.  Ms. Ames explained a little about what the mysterious Governors were all about, namely academics who were working to an event they called “the Arrival”.  And it may involve the Weeping Angels as one of them kills her by episode’s end.  But that’s all I got.  The Governors, when they appeared, were what looked like stuffy, middle-aged scholarly types who said Ames was a disappointment who would not live to see the Arrival.  Cue the Weeping Angel.

But right up until the end, there was character growth, and this finale’s worst fault is it crams too much into one episode.  Tanya’s role in the group was always the vaguest.  Here, she sees the Shadow Kin murder her mother and decides to become the tough one, earning Quill’s respect and some fighting lessons.

Speaking of Quill, the fact that she shows any of the kids respect is a step forward, and she does do what she can to save the world when the time comes, fighting off a Shadow Kin herself to save Tanya’s brothers despite being obviously pregnant, giving Tanya lessons, and even rescuing Charlie at the last minute when he finally does open the Cabinet of Souls.

Ram may get the short end of the stick, seeing his father die in the opening minutes as the Shadow Kin return, but he does what he can to help the others even as he’s in the midst of mourning.  He gets the word he wants from April, that she wants to love him but didn’t before because she was afraid to, and he’s there when she falls.  Also when she gets back up again.  I’ll get to that.

Charlie pulls the trigger on Quill’s gun to take out both April and the treacherous Corakinus, something April encouraged, and something he was reluctant to do, something that made Charlie the king of the Shadow Kin for the brief moment before he opened the Cabinet of Souls to let the souls of his people wipe out the Shadow Kin in London with one noteworthy exception.

That exception was April, who finally found a lot of courage, understood Corakinus was going to wipe out the human race no matter what Charlie or April did, and let herself die…only to wake up again in Corakinus’s body.  Her confused voice coming out of his mouth was maybe not the best effect, but the Shadow Kin in general had a unique look to them compared to other aliens in the Doctor Who universe, and if there was one character I might have liked to have seen more of going forward (other than Quill), it was definitely April after, well, that.

And Matteusz, well, he provides Charlie with much-needed moral support.

So, really, there’s a lot of potential here that was never realized.  Like I said, that’s too bad.  This isn’t the best Doctor Who spin-off I’ve seen, and to be honest, despite it being rather good, I think I would rate it as the worst.  Torchwood, once it got its feet underneath itself, was much better at doing a mature-themed story, and The Sarah Jane Adventures was just a delightful bit of fluff almost from the beginning.  But who was Class intended for?  That’s the show’s biggest problem.  It doesn’t have a clear audience.  It’s too mature for Doctor Who or The Sarah Jane Adventures and its not mature enough for Torchwood audiences.  It just…is.  I don’t regret watching these episodes, but I think I have seen enough of these characters.

To clarify, I am aware that Big Finish did some Class audio plays with the entire original cast returning for at least the first couple (Quill and April were recast in later audio plays).  Do Big Finish plays count as canon in Doctor Who?  Um, maybe?  The BBC actually lists the fan theory “Season 6B” as an official thing online, and as near as I can make out, in part because continuity never meant much to the original Doctor Who, it may be the one sci-fi franchise where everything is actually canon, even the things that don’t seem to fit with the others.  But at this point, I have no plans to track those plays down and give ’em a listen.  Big Finish is good for extra material, even taking a pair of supporting players from a single Tom Baker serial and giving them a series of their own, but that doesn’t mean I need to track them down.  Maybe at some point in the future, but I am not that much interested in doing so right now.

So, for this show, let’s say 8 out of 10 lost guns.

Of course, that just means it’s time to go back to see what the Doctor is up to next.  I mean, there is apparently one more quasi-spin-off I found on Tubi, but I may get to that one later.  For now, that Time Lord is the thing I want to see the most.

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