The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
A frenetic, surreal British comedy series drenched in pop and geek culture. Tim and Daisy are two strangers who pretend to be a couple to score a flat. All the while they deal with their dead-end lives, ex-lovers and bizarre coterie of friends.
Spaced tells the story of a pair of twenty-something Londoners, Tim Bisley and Daisy Steiner, who serendipitously meet in a cafe and become fast friends. Bisley is an amateur comic book artist and comic book store employee, while Daisy does mostly odd-jobs to fund her writing. She is occasionally published in non-fiction periodicals as well. They bond over a few similar interests, but mostly the fact that they're both flat-hunting and getting desperate. When they both come across an ad for a place that seems too good to be true, they see that it's only open to a working couple. They decide, in a sort of reverse Three's Company-style, to pretend to be a couple in order to rent the place. The landlady, often horny and more often drunk, Marsha Klein also lives there with her teenage daughter, the perpetually unseen force of nature Amber, also lives there along with tortured artist Brian Topp. Frequent visitors are the duos best friends: Twist Morgan, a vapid woman in the "clothing industry" (dry cleaning), and Mike Watt, gun-enthusiast and erstwhile Territorial Army member. The series focuses on their various, often somewhat surreal, misadventures around London with some slow-building sexual tension thrown in for good measure. The series also features a great deal of references to various pieces of American and English pop-culture, most especially science fiction and popular movies. Tim's love of the original Star Wars trilogy is well documented, as are his feelings of betrayal at Episode 1 and Daisy is a chronic procrastinator.