Dear US Whovians/YA fans,
Tonight is your first chance to watch Class, the spin-off written and directed by British-American YA author Patrick Ness. If you have heard of it, you might have heard it’s been cancelled. This is a rumour printed by tabloids - Steven Moffat, Patrick Ness, and most of the cast have confirmed that NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE YET. The decision is pretty much guaranteed to be made based on the American audience. It didn’t get much of a British audience, not because it’s bad - there is a very dedicated fandom right here on Tumblr who have got SO MUCH OUT OF IT and please, please join it! - but because it aired at ridiculous times and there just wasn’t enough promotion.
So anyway, this is a longwinded way of saying watch Class. Here’s why:
- A cast who really, really care about the show and their characters. Fady Elsayed, for example, he’s done about as much as anyone to promote the show tbh and he does an amazing job of taking a character who at the beginning of the series is essentially the ‘popular sportsperson’ trope and developing him into something a lot more complicated and a lot more loveable than that. He plays Ram with such depth that Patrick Ness’s writing really shines through. All the other characters are amazing too and played with such honesty and emotion it’s just really great to watch.
- REPRESENTATION. THERE IS NOT A NAMED STRAIGHT WHITE MALE IN THIS SHOW. The main cast is much up of two white women (one of whom has a disabled mother), a (disabled) Sikh boy, a black girl who’s also a prodigy - she skipped two years of school which DOES NOT HAPPEN in England, a Polish boy - and his boyfriend, Charlie, your new problematic fave. However, while they talk about their experiences as minorities and problems like homophobia and ignorance about religions come up they get to have adventures and struggles and drama and lives outside of this. It’s no big deal at all that they’re not straight white men.
- Men are allowed to cry and show different emotions and be human - one’s a geek with a questionable side, one’s really into sports and acts like an idiot but has a secret heart of gold, one’s adorable and sweet but will not hesitate to hit you if you threaten his boyfriend. Girls are allowed to be strong in a variety of ways - one makes a big deal out of being strong but still nice, another is a badass who would hurt you without damaging her six-inch heels and designer clothes if you called her nice, and the third is just super woke and intelligent but also starts learning to fight physically.
- Patrick Ness, as a YA author, understands how to write about teens. We see them deal with shock, grief, difficult relationships with parents, friends and themselves, as well as the other stuff teens worry about realistically - while still being part of a dramatic save-the-world story. This is why I think you should give it a try if you’re a YA Fan but not a Whovian.
- It plays with the whole ‘Alien’ concept really well by having aliens with a strict moral code that… isn’t human? It’s really hard to describe how this works but… the two main alien characters have emotions which we can 100% relate to (fear, guilt, love, loneliness) but they obviously aren’t human. They don’t see moral dilemmas the same way we would because the alien societies they grew up in different rules to ours and this is FASCINATING from an ethics point of view. Patrick Ness literally created two whole new moral codes and it is so amazing and interesting to see these interact with our way of doing things.
- Twelve has a f***ing awesome cameo in episode one, if you love Peter Capaldi’s doctor. If you’re not such a fan, the rest of it is the Class characters dealing with stuff - the whole point is what happens when the doctor leaves people behinf
- We have two major adorable ships who are just the actual cutest. Also… well-handled sex scenes with clear but not shoe-horned in consent, one of which is between two boys. Just saying.
the end was really feelsy and we really really need Patrick Ness to play with our emotions in a season two ok
Ok, there’s more but I’m going to leave it there.
Just… Give this show a chance, ok?