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17th-Mar-2010 05:12 pm
Life on Mars (Gene Watches You)
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"He's in his office and he's looking at this poster of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with a scotch and a fag in his hand, and Sam Tyler walks in and says, 'Which one are you?' And Gene replies, 'I'm all three.' I love that, it just sums him up."

Yes, Philip. Yes. I agree. Because that IS Gene. It's the self-knowledge and the acceptance and the quietness and terror all at once. It's partly why I always remember that Matthew Graham is one fucking amazing writer. He encapsulated that character in one reference, one line. I'd kill to have that ability. (I'm saying this now, because there's every chance in two months time, I'm going to have a huge "I hate Matt so, so much" post, and, it's a one-sided love/hate relationship, okay, guys? I may curse his name occasionally, but I also tend to view him as a demi-God.)

But you never feel people are laughing at Gene; his ignorance is based on knowledge.

And again, yes. Which is what makes him so terrifying. I do sometimes laugh at Gene, but it's not the same as when I laugh at the BNP. He's --- he's tricky.
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17th-Mar-2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
"He's in his office and he's looking at this poster of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with a scotch and a fag in his hand, and Sam Tyler walks in and says, 'Which one are you?' And Gene replies, 'I'm all three.' I love that, it just sums him up."

Yes, Philip. Yes. I agree. Because that IS Gene. It's the self-knowledge and the acceptance and the quietness and terror all at once.

Absolutely.

I think that Gene identifies "officially" with the good, mind you. (As foreshadowed in 1x01, when Gene slams interloper!Sam against That Poster, and Gene's face and cigarette are exactly mirrored by Clint's face and gun - all of which are looking/pointing straight at the hapless Sam.)

But Gene freely acknowledges his dark side too, using that disarming combination of self-awareness and brutal candour that is his trademark. In that respect he's far more honest about himself than Sam is.
18th-Mar-2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Gene definitely sees himself more as the force of Good, for sure. But he knows he has his bad side. He knows he isn't always right, despite what he proclaims. That's why he accepts Sam.

And Sam? In comparison he has very little self-knowledge. He doesn't even realise he's come to love 1973. He is that ignorant of his own wishes.
17th-Mar-2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
That's one of my all-time favorite Gene moments in the series. He really seems to have a self-awareness that Sam lacks - he knows exactly what he is and where he stands, and occasionally he lets the bravado slip and that knowledge shines through. It's for the same reason that I love the scene in the closet in 1x06 (in that case, I love it for what it says about all three characters - it's a moment of such *honesty*), and the end of 1x07.

*grumbles* A2A Gene seems to be lacking some of that subtlety. (In particular, the swelling of heroic music in certain scenes was a bit grating.) But I haven't seen S2 yet, so maybe that improves...
18th-Mar-2010 09:22 am (UTC)
I'll confess that Gene's honesty is what made me love him.

Oh God, the heroic music. I have no doubt in my mind that Ashley intended it to be totally ironic, because that's the way he rolls, but I'm not so sure about Matthew.

S2 Gene is WAY more like LoM Gene.
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