‘Mr King’ began with a waving field of corn and a classroom decorated with charming nature-themed artwork that becomes much less charming and much more ominous on a second viewing. It introduced us to Reece Shearsmith as new teacher Mr Curtis, an outsider in a remote and insular Welsh community untouched by the modern world. He’s the straight man to Steve Pemberton’s jovial bumbler Mr Edwards, a character whose clumsiness with words and technology mark him out as a harmless clown. More fool us.

Initially, it’s Curtis who seems to be the potential threat to this rural idyll. His angry outbursts, pill-popping and doctor-mandated gentler pace of life hint at unpredictable malevolence. As the half-hour progresses, Shearsmith’s character goes from threat to hero -tackling head-on what he thinks is a child abuse cover-up – and then finally, from hero to victim.

Not that the pupils of Class 9 see it as such. The role of Corn King in their harvest festival is clearly a position of honour. Being sent back to the goddess’ womb tomb to reinvigorate the soil is only a happy privilege – just look at their smiling faces! That shift in register as their assembly rehearsal switched from cutesy eco-consciousness to rarefied Pagan talk of sacred rites was priceless. And then the John Barleycorn rendition. Talk about children of the corn.

Annette Badland’s school cleaner went through a similar transformation, from comedy simpleton to shimmying priestess of evil. Great work from costume designer Yves Barre in that final procession. (I wonder if that corn king head-dress is currently in the home of either creator ready for this Halloween?)

Airing on the cusp of May Day, the date of Summerisle’s own ancient rite, this episode also couldn’t have been better timed. It’ll still be fresh in the minds of anybody who hears the jangle of a Morris dancer’s bell or the squeeze of an accordion next week. All that’s left to say: Inside No. 9, you did it beautifully.

Source: Den of Geek

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

My red bra will keep a more successful marriage than you – Uche Maduagwu fights dirty with IK Ogbonna

Nigerian actors, Ik Ogbonna and Uche Maduagwu have traded words online following…

Could We Get Another Amber Heard And Johnny Depp Trial? Here’s The Latest

One of the big reasons that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were…

“What happened to Kunle Remi?” – Fans react as actress Bimbo Ademoye reportedly engaged to VJ Adams

Actress, Bimbo Ademoye has been allegedly left the single ladies’ group as…

Jackie Appiah celebrates 39th birthday with stunning photos

Ghanaian actress and filmmaker, Jackie Appiah celebrates her thirty-ninth birthday today, 5th…

“This Is Coming From the Deepest Part of Me” – Adeniyi Johnson Apologizes To Wife After He Was Caught With another Woman

Popular Nigerian actor, Adeniyi Johnson has told his side of the story…

My son’s father is a deadbeat one – Yvonne Jegede opens up on challenges of being a single mum [Video]

Actress Yvonne Jegede has disclosed that her ex-husband, Olakunle Fawole is a…

Recently Engaged DJ Cuppy Shares Adorable Video With Her Fiancee As They Both Jump Into A Pool With Their Clothes On

Singer and disc jockey, Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, and her lover,…

After 17 Years Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet And The Original Cast Of The Holiday Are Reportedly Coming Back For A Sequel

Arguably one of the best romantic comedies to watch at Christmas, writer/director…

Wizkid wasn’t talking about you – Dj Tunez to Nigerian rappers days after his controversial ‘Rap is dead and boring saga’

Wizkid’s official Disc Jockey, DJ Tunez has said the comment made by…

Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s Sequel Has Found A Director, And They Know The Supernatural Franchise Well

After the Ghostbusters franchise briefly went down the reboot path in 2016…

Rema in Joyous Mood as Football Fans In 2022 Qatar World Cup Vibe To His Song ‘Calm Down’ [Video]

Undoubtedly, Afrobeats is now a music genre that has been recognized globally…

Megan Fox Drops Photos Of A Daring Outfit And Apparently Side Butt Is The Latest Thing

At this point Megan Fox is almost as synonymous for daring fashion…