No One Ever Told Tanya Grief Felt So Like Fear in Class

first_img BBC Officially Cancels ‘Class,’ And I’m SadSchool’s Out for ‘Class’ Creator Patrick Ness Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “Nightvisiting,” episode three of Class season one.Grief is a powerful motivator.Almost as powerful as hatred.On the two-year anniversary of her father’s death, Tanya mourns his passing with flowers, tears, and a heart-to-heart with the late policeman.Unlike its parent series, Class pulls no punches when it comes to evil doings in and around Coal Hill School. Writer and creator Patrick Ness knows when to tease out a villain (see “The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo”), and when to just get on with the explanations and the vanquishing (see this episode).Dear Ol’ Dad Jasper is clearly not actually sitting in Tanya’s bedroom, expecting a chat. Just as Ram’s murdered girlfriend Rachel and Miss Quill’s long-departed sister Orla’ath—each sprouting an alien umbilical cord from their back—are not here for a friendly visit.At only 14 years old, Tanya has experienced more emotional trauma than most will in a lifetime; the child prodigy has been hardened to the ways of the world—terrestrial and alien.So when the ghost of her father appears on the anniversary of his passing, she almost shrugs off the situation, saying that she doesn’t think she’s “dealing with this very well.”Frankly, she’s not: It’s her heartache that’s led a grief-sucking race of aliens directly to her bedroom window, like sharks smelling blood. The Lankin travel through space and time to gather wounded souls—just like Tanya’s (and Ram’s and Quill’s).“The more souls we gather together, the more energy the Lankin have,” Jasper explains, urging Tanya to take his hand so “I can ease your pain.”Unable to take people against their will, the chameleon-like Lankin morph into lost loved ones, in an effort to entice new victims (a stranger in a white van full of candy and toys). Then, by taking another life, the alien feeds on the next generation of mourners, creating an unending cycle, as Ram so aptly pointed out (while clinging to Tanya’s pajama-clad leg—a surefire survival tactic, I’ve heard).Tanya fights fear with anger (via BBC)While the hungry alien creature feeds on unwitting Londoners, Charlie and Beau newly homeless Matteusz take their relationship to the next level, just as sparks begin to fly for April and Ram.Bonding over death, destruction, and folk music, the teenagers share a sweet (if not brief) kiss. After all, if the world’s ending, what’s one smooch between diverse classmates forced together by extraordinary circumstances friends?This episode, expertly written by Ness, plays with words and phrasing in a most satisfyingly subtle way. When Matteusz confesses to Charlie that his homophobic father kicked him out because “if I don’t have a boyfriend, he doesn’t have to think about it.”But Charlie—he exists. He’s a “real person.” Unlike those imitations haunting Tanya, Quill, and Ram.Everyone deals with sadness and loss in their own way. Some bottle up their feelings, others set them free. I tend to spend a quiet evening alone, sobbing into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s froyo and watching my favorite Barry Manilow live concert DVDs.Tanya, however, fights back. Younger than her peers, she is at once guarded and hasty; desperate to fit in with the Scooby Gang, she’ll never show her hand to anyone.“My grief may be strong, but my anger is stronger,” she declares to the weakening monster. “And that’s what I gave you. … You don’t get to have my closure.”The bitter taste of outrage was not enough, though, to defeat the Lankin. So Miss Quill drives a double-decker bus into the city-wide vines, forcing it back through the rift.“We beat it together,” Tanya cheers in the end. “Finally we did something as a team”—just as the Doctor ordered.Missed episode two of Class? Check out our recap of “The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo,” as well as our review of Doctor Who episode “Thin Ice.”last_img read more

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These Clever Plugs Let You MagSafe All Your Cords

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple’s breakaway MagSafe connector is a beautiful thing. It’s kept many a MacBook from being unceremoniously yanked off a counter or desk when someone happens to trip over the cord.Other manufacturers have introduced similar solutions for their own devices — Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Book being two of the best-known examples. But why stop there? Surely there are other cords that might ensnare our feet and lead to expensive accidental breakage of things.That’s where Tug comes in. It’s a clever little two-piece adapter that lets you add that device-saving quick-disconnect action to any cord in your house (provide those cords use the standard 2 or 3-prong we lean on in the U.S. and Canada).One end goes in the wall, the other on the end of the cord you’re going to plug in. It doesn’t get much simpler than that now, does it?It just takes a tug (hence the name) to unplug after that… or someone or something snagging the cord at high speed, whichever. If you regularly have small children tearing around your house these gizmos could help you avoid numerous injuries, meltdowns, and unplanned replacements of electrically-powered things. The same goes for clumsy and/or drunken adults, really.Apart from preventing damage to yourself/friends/family and whatever you have plugged in, Tug also prevents annoying plug breakage. You know the sort of thing — when you kick or pull a cord for the umpteenth time and one of the prongs finally shears off in the outlet.How much will this added peace-of-mind and safety set you back? If you’re only buying a single Tug adapter it’ll run you $19.95. Buying in bulk will save you a few bucks: a three-pack goes for $49.95.You can place pre-orders now over at the ILOVEHANDLES online store, and you won’t have to wait too long for your Tugs to show up. They’ll start shipping on March 1.center_img Bitcoin Mining Puts Massive Strain on Electric PowerCalifornia Mandates Solar Panels On New Homes last_img read more

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