Friday, 15 January 2016

Assignment 1

I've looked at the Sapphire and Steel series in full, and the audio books, but let's go with watching it story by story, with the first being... well, these don't have names.

We start with a simple house (which is quite large), and a kid doing homework. Slowly clocks throughout the house stop ticking, which is already incredibly evocative, and then we get the sound of the rest of the family upstairs disappearing. Then two strange people turn up at the house, and proceed to deal with things way above everyone's head.

And that's one of the best things about this series. It does not give any fucks at all about explanations. We get some rather pseudo babble about the corridor of time, but do we have any idea what they are doing the rest of the time? I'm still not entirely sure what the end of the episode is all about. How did they move the ghosts down, and what did Sapphire do to enable them to remove the block, and... just what the hell?

As we know, this was intended as a children's series, but it was never going to last. And not just because of Lead's incredibly creepy acting towards the kids. This is also unusual in that each set of episodes is of different lengths, not that people know this yet.

From what I remember, I'm sure I didn't catch this particular episode, and I'm not sure I would have been allowed to. But we'll come to that later...


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