No Happy Endings: The Lo-fi Brilliance of ‘Spaced’

Spaced

One night, Tim (Simon Pegg), Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Brian (Mark Heap) spend the evening watching the Star Wars Trilogy. As the credits roll on Return of the Jedi (1983), Tim, moved to tears by the films, explains to Brian that the events of the entire trilogy can be attributed to the actions of one minor character: the gunner on the Star Destroyer in the first film. Inspired by this new information, Brian then expounds on Chaos Theory, “the notion that reality as we know it—past, present, future—is in fact a mathematically predictable preordained system,” connecting it to the idea of fate in the Star Wars films. Tim, Daisy, and Brian pause to reflect on the heady concept before Tim, wide-eyed and excited, realizes that he has some “fuckin Jaffa Cakes in [his] coat pocket!” They exclaim in joy and then debate who has to get up from the couch to go retrieve them.

It’s a scene that feels so eerily familiar to my life even though it’s from the late-90s UK show Spaced, created by Pegg and Stevenson and directed by Edgar Wright.

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Breaking Bad: S5E10 “Buried”

The tenth episode of the final season of Breaking Bad sets up the Whites vs. the Schraders, while Jesse remains mute and Lydia makes waves in the meth world.

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Breaking Bad: S5E9 “Blood Money”

And we’re back. Breaking Bad returned this week after a year-long mid-season break, and we’ve got the last word in recaps for the first episode (of the second half, making it episode 9 of the season), “Blood Money.” But warning, spoilers ahead…tread lightly.

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Meet “On Air,” Our iOS Magazine

Introducing On Air App

For the last eight months, our writers, editors, and developers have been laboring on a secret project. A small team has been working on a big idea. And today I have the honor to share what we’ve been doing: The Airspace is launching a digital magazine for smartphones and tablets called On Air. For $2.99 a month (less than a cup of coffee), subscribers receive access to exclusive essays and articles from our writers. “Culture, Technology, and Scholarship” from around the world will be delivered right to the palm of your hand.

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5 Acts You May Have Missed At Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza always has its highs and lows. But each year, the highlights come from the smaller acts who can surprise and win over crowds. While the rest of the masses and festival recappers were attending more popular shows at bigger stages, five acts secretly stole the show.

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Rewind: Harvey Danger Was More Than “Flagpole Sitta”

Rewind: Harvey Danger

Rewind is a new feature at The Airspace. It’s a personal look at the bands and records that didn’t really reach commercial or critical success but still deserve praise.

In the first segment, writer Josh Terry covers Harvey Danger, a band whose talent and music goes far deeper than their one hit, “Flagpole Sitta.”

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Whatever & Ever Today: Snowden’s “Blueprint,” Grown Ups Watched ‘Grown Ups 2′ & The Best Action Flicks Since ‘Die Hard’

Whatever and Ever Today

Snowden hangs on to more documents, Despicable Me 2 tops box office, and Vulture made a list of action movies

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Yeezus Talks: Sinking Into Kanye’s New Album

Yeezus Talks

Airspace writers Blake J. Graham, Josh Terry, and Tony Russo gathered around the (virtual) table to talk about Kanye West’s latest album Yeezus. Lyrics, music, and history are deconstructed then analyzed as the trio determines if Yeezus is an album worth remembering.

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A New Symbol for a New Age: ‘The’ Gets Shrunk to ‘Ћ’

More sketches by Mathis

When communicating 140 characters at a time, you must constantly be on the prowl to lose verbal baggage by drop a letter or word here and there. To do this, we’ve invented an entirely new kind of lexicon. Lol-ing, wtf-ing, smh-ing, and yolo-ing our roflcopters has taken control of the way we talk. Our abbreviations transcend the phrases they originally reference and become symbols themselves. Paul Mathis, a 52-year-old Australian restaurant magnate, decided to take on the most common word in the English language “the” and create his own symbol without using “t” “h” or “e.”

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“I” Before “E” Except After “C”

The Alphabet doesn't even follow the rule

Our intern Elliot looks at the merits of spelling’s favorite rhyme: “i” before “e” except after “c.”

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