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What it lacks in monsters though, Class makes up for in good intentions. That's not intended as damning with faint praise. Representation matters and Class is doing a proper job of reflecting 2016 in a way that far too many shows still don't.
What Class doesn't have yet is its very own reason to exist. It generally riffs on the kinds of plots and premises that have been Doctor Who's stock in trade for decades, but on Class, those storylines feel a bit threadbare and padded.
It's true that Class has the diverse, beautiful look of a modern series, and tries to walk that effortlessly self-aware path that much of the best modern genre television does so well. But unfortunately for Doctor Who fans, it rarely comes close.
Indeed, if the prime goal of a spin-off is to capture the spirit of its source show whilst simultaneously standing on its own too feet, Class has already ensured Torchwood has been well and truly schooled.
Class' main attraction is its cast. The young actors are all very talented and have no trouble handling the show's heavier material. In fact, I found myself wishing there had been more than just eight episodes.
Social progress and body count aside, though, most of the episodes feel like something you've probably already seen. This was the kind of storytelling Buffy was doing 20 years ago and the kind of storytelling Teen Wolf is doing right now.
The performances are solid, the actors - especially the younger set - are sympathetic and appealing. Ness has made an effort to make them seem like real high school kids, even having a gay couple sleep together.