Class 1.2: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo - Episode Review
The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo make for a less cohesive story than the premiere but it does deserve praise in a number of areas.
Regular parallels with early Buffy the Vampire Slayer seem inevitable with this show, but in this case Class does actually come out on top. Buffy famously begins by introducing Xander's best friend Jesse as if he will be a regular part of the group, only to kill him off ruthlessly in the opening two-parter. But, curiously, he's basically never mentioned again. Similarly, that first two-parter served as an origin story for what would become known as the 'Scooby Gang' yet from the very next episode you'd think they were all lifelong friends, despite only having been thrown together by circumstance and chance. In contrast, Coach sets out to deal with Ram's trauma from the gruesome death he witnessed in the premiere while exploring how this disparate group of jocks, nerds and aliens aren’t suddenly best friends just because the Doctor made an inspiring speech at them.