Inside No. 9

Inland Empire

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Do we have to put things in spoilers after the episode has aired?
It's up to you, but there have been a few times when I've forgotten there was a new episode out and opened the thread without thinking. Maybe just do it if you're posting on the evening of broadcast or the next day.

I took it to be a blend of Charon, the ferryman to Hades, and an ode to The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water
I love this interpretation! Very appropriate too given that there's an episode about public information films coming up.
 
I felt the "twist" that Darren (was that Steve Pemberton's character's name?) was dyslexic was better than the ending twist. Purely cause I didn't pick up on the hints earlier in the ep until I read a review. Misreading the invite and the pedo/pedalo jokes! Genius!
 
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Inland Empire

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Ehh, that one was a bit mid. Obvious very early on where it was going, and it didn’t really subvert the Wicker Man story except vaguely tying it into climate change? I’ve been wanting an environmental episode from them for a while now, but bloody Orphan 55 was more affecting than this.

Also, the ending was a huge letdown. I realise grievous bodily harm isn’t gonna be on the BBC at any time, but come on. You can’t reference The Wicker Man, which is literally famous for its downer ending where we see the protagonist burn to death with our own eyes, and end it with…a child’s drawing of the sacrifice that’s about to happen.

On a lighter note though, the Creepy Folk Song was good, and I already know it’s gonna be stuck in my head as much as the Maypole song.
 
Meh, if anything episode 2 was more comedy than anything else. I found myself laughing at a few moments throughout.
 
Sorry for the double post, but I loved episode 2. I’m seemingly dense, as I didn’t see the twist coming at all and found it more disturbing than comedic.
 
I enjoyed the end when everything went batshit crazy peaking with Annette Badland in that costume! And, as usual, I like how everything ties together!
 

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I found the 2nd episode boring (even though I hate that criticism). It just didn't grab me like they usually do.
 
Hmm, I'm a huge fan but I really wasn't here for two Englishmen painting the Welsh as backwards and isolated in 2022. It's such a tired trope, and according to the postcard the location of the school was in the South Wales valleys which is hardly the middle of nowhere.

And they made a mistake by referring to Ofsted when Wales doesn't have Ofsted, so there.
 
Hmm, I'm a huge fan but I really wasn't here for two Englishmen painting the Welsh as backwards and isolated in 2022. It's such a tired trope, and according to the postcard the location of the school was in the South Wales valleys which is hardly the middle of nowhere.

And they made a mistake by referring to Ofsted when Wales doesn't have Ofsted, so there.
Thought the same. I’m a teacher in Wales and the Ofsted comment stuck out like a sore thumb.
 

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Well uhh, this one was a total miss for me. I liked the direction and editing, and there were a few good gags, but the plot wasn't very engaging and the characters felt uncharacteristically one-note. All three guest stars were great, but they were given barely anything to work with.

The title also made me think Daisy Haggard's character was gonna reveal she was pregnant and that tie into the twist in some way, but...nope? They really missed a trick there.
 
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