Sure-fire way to ruin my day? Point out to me that FOX is set to Ameri-make™ my most favorite of cult classic Brit television series, "Spaced." Want to make it worse? Tell me that it's being written by "Will & Grace" and "Desperate Housewives" writers, and helmed by "Chuck" and "Supernatural" creator (and "Charlie's Angels" director) McG.
If you haven't seen this fine series, and you like smart/funny things, and/or nerd things (i.e. Star Wars, comic books, science fiction, zombies, videogames, movies, etc) I highly recommend picking up a copy at the usual location. Better yet, if you have a region-free DVD player, you can pick up the excellent 2-season box set from amazon.co.uk. It has loads of extras, including a Reference-O-Meter subtitle track to help you make sense of the few references you missed.
UPDATE: In case you are hesitant to download a show you know nothing about, the first episode is available on YouTube.
It took me a while to get off my can and publish the first episode of Spaced, but it is finally time. I was going to go through the rigamarole of torrenting and whatnot, but seeing how Dreamhost just octupled my monthly bandwidth allotment (I currently have 1014 gigs a month, which will increase by 8 gigs every week from here on out), I'm now saying "fuck it" and am posting the actual avi.
UPDATE: Sorry, due to potential problems with my host, I'm taking these down. You should purchase it at amazon.co.uk, and if you have a cpable dvd player you can watch it that way. Here's a cheap good one that is region-free after inputting a special code. This player also handles the PAL->NTSC conversion on the fly as well, so you won't need a special TV.
Spaced is one of my all-time favorite shows, due in large part to the comedic genius of both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. This show is chock full of pop culture references, many of which are really subtle (the rest are blatantly obvious), but it never stoops to the craptastic levels that Shrek and all the other Dreamworks CG films do with the in-jokes. Due to music licensing problems, this show will probably never appear on DVD in the U.S., so I'm gonna go ahead and make it available for all you that don't have region-free DVD players like me. (If you do have a region-free DVD player, you can purchase it online from various retailers, including amazon.co.uk.)
This show, like many British television programs, consists of 2 series of 7 episodes each. I'm going to post one episode a week for the duration of the first series, and if there is demand, I'll then do series 2 as well. If you could let me know what kind of transfer speeds you get, or simply how long it takes you to get the whole episode, I would appreciate it greatly.
This first episode takes a couple minutes to get moving, but once it does it's all uphill from there, so please give it a fair chance. You'll be glad you did. Oh yeh, I've prepared a clip as well, which you can read on to see.