Only in America could someone use ‘The Simpsons Movie’ as inspiration for a serious drama. Well, purportedly serious. After last week’s opener established that there’s now a dome cutting the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill off from the rest of the world, things progress rapidly from intriguing to out-and-out daft.
We’re firmly in the territory of ‘FlashForward’ and ‘The Event’ here, for better or worse. Clichés abound, few of the characters really ring true (the reverend’s comical ineptitude rather undermines his supposed ‘creepiness’) and the show’s delicate internal logic is already short-circuiting.
But none of that matters much – this is a romp with a concept so outrageous that it’s hard not to be seduced. This week sees weirdo hostage-taker Junior messing with the wrong guy, his dad Big Jim stepping into a power vacuum and the world’s lamest hard-rock station turning hard-news provider.
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”