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1st-May-2010 02:50 pm
Life on Mars (Sam & Gene hold hands)


Tom Butterworth & Chris Hurford writing.

Someone's going to have to write Keats/Litton. It won't be me.

Duracell Bunny ;)

Lee Ross is so, so great. ALSO, tiny.

I am in love with their props department. 'Flashes of Gashes', 'Hardcore Hoe-Down'.

Joy of joys. Sounds like a Sam-ism.

Is that meant to be Ben Elton? If so, he just got shot.

I think I may have a huge crush on Daniel Mays. Er...

Dean Andrews is such an amazing actor. I know this, I always know it, and yet I continue to be impressed by him.

I properly love Alex now. Her condescension, when levelled at the right target, is a thing of absolute beauty. ♥ :D

Sam Tyler disappeared. Not died. Not drowned. Disappeared.

"You know there's a line. You don't cross it."

"And where was that line with Sam Tyler? If you lot are up to something naughty, I'd think twice." --- Huh. Interesting.

"What if he's not dead?"/"I think you'll find he is." ♥ CHRIIIIIIS!

Sapphire & Steel! I kind of love the gigantic pause between "and you... are her."

"You give up Frank Hardwick, and I'll give you the story on Sam and Gene." --- Well, that's never going to happen.

Okay, now I'm quite glad they didn't have the real Jacket.

... the stars. Huh.

Litton may be a slimy bastard, but he has some brains.

I am seriously in love with Lee Ross. I would watch an entire show about Litton.

The things they do to Marshall Lancaster. Honestly.

YAY! RAY! SINGING! Oh. Oh :(

SHAAAAAAZZZZZ!

This scene. This scene. Deano's voice. He has such a beautiful, beautiful singing voice. (Also, disturbing and possibly prescient lyrics for the win.)

"What were you covering up about your mate Sam Tyler. Go on. Tell her about what you did to him. And you call me a murdering bastard?" (Interesting to note that the intonation there is all wrong, as if 'murdering bastard' is comparable to another crime. But his next statement suggests he does think Gene murdered Sam.)

"You wanna know the truth, Bevan?" And then we cut away! Those bastards.

"... City are gonna cane United next season." But how would Gene know that?

OMG. VIV. :D :D :D

OMG. OMG. OMG.

I've always sort of shipped Ray and Chris in a way that means I don't have to think about them ever having sex. But here they're holding hands. And oh. They're so delightful.

Keats is... such a weirdo.

Next week looks like a departure from Sam references again, which is a little bit annoying.

Comments 
1st-May-2010 09:42 am (UTC)
I wouldn't read anything into the City-United remark, it's just one of those things that football fans say.

I missed the first 5 mins with the Sam montage or whatever - was it all LoM footage of Sam? I'm assuming if there were any previously unshown clips the squee would be all over the place today.

I think everyone involved in this knocked it out of the park, even Alex who I am liking more this season (maybe not Shaz so much). But yeah, Dean owned it for me. Wonderful acting, and the singing was so lovely (and creepy!). I do like it when the writers give him the chance to prove just how good he is.
1st-May-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
I wouldn't read anything into the City-United remark, it's just one of those things that football fans say.

Yeah, see --- I kind of wonder if that's how we're meant to take it --- given Alex's reaction? But that it's actually a clue. But then, also, it's a very obvious clue if it's that, so --- I can't believe they have me thinking about this. I always said I'd never theorise with A2A. But I have been.

It was indeed all LoM footage, which, I guess fills my "I only wanted a two-minute cameo" wishes, bleugh, but technically it was a cameo of Sam's Jacket in action (if I were going to make it epic win, one of the shots would have been the one where Annie stares longingly at the Jacket in 2.05.) You can actually watch the sequence as an ad: here.

I really, really like how they've written Alex this series. She isn't quite like Sam any more (which I thought many of her moments of win were in S2), but she isn't infuriatingly smug and offputting like most of S1. And, cleverly, they've managed to slot in aspects of her character from S1 and make them likeable. So --- writing win, I think. I actually care about her now.

Shaz, I am confused about, because I do not understand what's happened between her and Christopher and it makes me sad, but she's had so many other moments of "oh, Shaz!" and "Shaz, you rockstar", that I continue to love her, but she frustrates me.

I, too, am so pleased they've allowed both Deano and Marsh to show their true acting (singing, dancing) prowess throughout A2A. They are both so brill, they've deserved it. But sometimes it does bring me back to wishing the show had only ever been a buddy cop show about them.
1st-May-2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen a second of A2A since series 1 ended, and I only saw that much because a friend brought it over and said I was allowed to vent about there being no Sam only if we watched the whole thing, so we did, and I did. :) Alex really aggravated me and I'm still not certain the bad guy makes sense.

But your last two write-ups have had me nearly biting off my hands with anticipation. Yes, it's because of Sam, because I am a tragic, but I think it might be time I gave it another shot. :)
1st-May-2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
On the one hand, I can't help but feel they're fucking with us --- and I feel quite annoyed about the manipulation there. But on the other hand, I am genuinely fascinated in what's going to be revealed. I may have a tin hat, but I am fairly sure the reveal is not going to be 'Sam and Gene were lovers.' However, I do rather like the idea that the reveal is going to be 'Gene knows Sam's alive'.

Alex is so much better in both S2 and here. They finally got her to a point where they could write her as flawed but likeable.



Edited at 2010-05-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
8th-Jun-2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Reviving an old conversation here, but I came down with the flu and it afforded me the time to watch all of A2A, so I did. I'm still too befuddled to know what I think about the finale, but I'd like to thank you for providing the impetus to watch it. Because I think I am glad I did. :)
8th-Jun-2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoyed it, for the most part :D
1st-May-2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hi!

I completely agree with you about how brilliant Lee Ross was! I felt so sorry for him at the end! =( I used to like Jim Keats but after what he did to Litton, I'm going to be looking at him in a different light from now on!

How scary was that bit when Gene told the truth to Bevan that made Bevan panic??? Or maybe Gene showed him Bevan his multilated face?(that's presuming Gene is the dead copper cause I really have no idea anymore!)
I felt like crying when Gene burned Sam's jacket - for me, it was like he did it with no remorse, and his face seemed really unbothered by it! Darn it! - why is it so hard to read Gene's face???
I'm really worried now about what happened 3 years ago! Aarrrgh! I can't wait to find out - only I'm praying that Sam and Gene were good friends and Gene never killed him!

I was really disappointed that Annie didn't get a mention - I mean Police Widows Fund should at least get her a mention!!! I don't know if Annie will appear in later episodes, but I really hope so because she and Alex would get along so well with each other! =) And also Annie has been there from the very start in LoM and she was a main character so should appear.

Wasn't Ray brilliant! Is that really Dean Andrews singing - because if it is, he's got a lovely voice! XD I found that bit with Shaz really touching! And he's seeing stars too!

I'm disappointed with next week's trailer which didn't say anything about Sam at all - hopefully there'll be some more revelations!

I'd just like to say that I spent almost three hours yesterday reading through your fanfics, which were all Brilliant! Supposed to have spent that time revising, but you fics really distracted me - which is a good thing! =)

1st-May-2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hey! :D

Yes, that was really Deano singing. He's always been a professional singer as well as an actor. A few years back some fans went to see him sing live.

Or maybe Gene showed him Bevan his multilated face?(that's presuming Gene is the dead copper cause I really have no idea anymore!)

My only problem with that was that Ray was watching, and possibly listening, and from his deep fear at having seen stars, I do not think he could witness that and not be severely more disturbed than he was. (Though it's interesting to note that he was concerned.)

Thanks so much for the comment about my fics. Good luck with your revision in future. :D
7th-May-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Next week looks like a departure from Sam references again, which is a little bit annoying.

SAM ON! SAM OFF! SAM ON, SAM OFF...THE CRAPPER! ;)

*coughs* I'm sorry, what?

I am adoring Chris tons this series. Like, more with each passing episode. Ray, too, just gets better and better. And he and Shaz singing together just about killed me. It was a glorious thing.

It'll be interesting to see whether that City/United (now there's a fic) comment was actually throwaway or not. Also whether this stars thing is a total red herring.

Gene burning Sam's jacket...I don't think his face was blank. I think it was set, as though he was forcing himself to watch it, forcing himself to make a break with the pain of the past, with whatever did happen to Sam. I thought he looked resolute; hardly emotionless. One of the things I like best about Phil is his ability to be really rather subtle with facial gestures.

I'm glad I'm not alone. I was kind of horrified that I have really been enjoying Alex this season. Was she...was she this much better in S2, too? D:
18th-May-2010 07:28 am (UTC)
I think I may have a huge crush on Daniel Mays. Er...

Versatile and real? Generous, volatile emotional expressiveness? Tall and intimate and a wee bit menacing? Lush, asymmetrical boy/man features and dark attentive eyes? Heartwrenching sobbing as required? (Hm. Erm. Other films. I would be super-pleased with some scenery chewing at the end of A2A, but I'll be OK with them just managing not to offend me by blowing him off or by various other means.) What. Is not. To like? (OK, maybe the snuffly diction. But still. Oy. Yes. Gnawr. *headbang*)

Alex was not so good in S2, IMO, but this season makes me want to go back and reconsider. Poor tightassed li'l sweetie. I like everyone so much this season, and don't want to lose any of them. I just want to hug them all.

I do wonder who is Toto.
18th-May-2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Everything you said. Nnnnnghhhh.

I liked Alex for the most part in S2, because she was a MARKED improvement from early S1.
21st-May-2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Also her hair was better. :-)

OK, you. I do not know why you had to start watching this, but I mock-menacingly shake my fist in your general direction, because if *Loz* likes it maybe I should catch up, and god help me if I'm not all aaaaaaaaaa! right now. All full of the theories and one that even makes LOM 2.08 OK, and haven't been fanning long enough for anyone I'm connected with to CARE so I can't even get my I TOLD YOU SO on.

Aaaaaaa!
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