We start with stars, because, you know, Matt's not actually super subtle at all. All subtlety in LoM is completely accidental. Trufax.
Who is this actor, because he is gorgeous and I want to fangirl him wildly.
SAM WEST. GET IN.
I've always been a bit quiet about my massive crush on Samuel of Westington, which started because Hornblower. Also how I came to love Philip of Glenister. Yes. Pattern forming.
"Give it a day or two. You'll change your tune."
"I'm in the choir. I'm good at changing tunes."
HAHA. MY KIND OF JOKE.
Why do I feel Tom/Zak fic in my future? Why does Matt continually name his characters after his relatives?
Ah, yes, the dreaded GPS. Mine's a bit like that.
The wings are properly ridiculous, guys. Ludicrous. Why do I like them so much?
Pretty worried girl is pretty and worried (also pretty worried.)
I am loving this music.
Awesome credits are awesome.
Ukweli Roach? Yes, please. Fangirling about to commence.
Ash's name is first in the credits... ? Did he come up with the initial idea, then? OH, OH, THIS IS AN ASH EPISODE, TOO. I maybe should have noticed that, but it seemed very Mattish, clearly.
I take it all back. Everything's coming up Ashley.
Tom is adorkable.
Oh, Zak is in love with Hannah. And she won't recognise him because, as we were told in a not obvious way at all, he's changed bodies. Poor darling. Oh well!
Plot stuff I don't really care about! (To be fair to MASH, I very rarely care about ALL THE PLOT you get in first episodes. Didn't care in LoM either.)
"What happens if we get shot in this world?"/"Hurts to buggery." ♥
I like the fact that, already, "don't intervene" has made no impression on Tom at all.
"He's a delusional psychopath with breath like a dying warthog. But he's our dying warthog and we will do the best for him." ♥
... did he just say Mantovani? As in this? Why do I get the feeling this is in line with Ash's Roger Whittaker joke? At this point, I really want to see his record collection, you know it's full of hideous 'music' that Ash claims he likes ironically, but actually finds sort of wonderful.
"I'm not one to complain, as you know" --- MORE TELLING THAN ANY OTHER LINE, OMG.
I am actually enjoying this episode Quite A Lot.
"Zak, I should tell you that I hate and despise negativity."
"Please don't make the mistake of thinking I give a rat's fart what you think, you pompous little singing twat." ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, Zak, you'll learn to appreciate him one day.
Well now, we have a villain. He is evil. And smug. Sam West and Tobias Menzies seem to be trying to out-toff one another. So far, Menzies is kind of winning. I think it's his jaw-line.
Hannah's rather lovely.
Guys, I kind of love Tom. He's SMRT.
INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING. EEEE. Oh, Ashley, you do love the fangirls, don't you? There was so little reason for that moment. So little reason.
Bad Zak, no biscuit. Free will, dude.
Well, this is sweet and creepy at once. I wonder if Hannah thinks he's dead? :(
I find myself sincerely hoping that if Richard has wings (he's a fallen angel, so unlikely, but who can say?), they're JET BLACK.
Oh, Lucy. Oh, Sean.
Yes, Tom, it's the oldest plot in the book, of course he knew.
Zak's already corrupted him, HAHAHAHA!
"If it's Jehovah's Witnesses, tell them they're completely wrong." ♥ ♥ ♥
Really? Really, now? I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that a lot at this show.
"Sometimes you will be sickened, sometimes you will be enraptured, but --- and I give you my word on this --- you will never be bored." OH ASHLEY. YOUR SHOW MOTTO IS SHOWING, DARLING. ♥
Conclusions: Tonally, more A2A S1 than LoM, but that is not a bad thing. The only real reason A2A S1 felt so wrong was that it came after LoM. I would have enjoyed it on its own merits most likely if I'd never seen the predecessor. Very much not as over-the-top ridiculous as Bonekickers, which is also good. It was silly, though, and I enjoyed that about it. It wasn't all doom and gloom, it was the fluffier side of the pillow. Read: GIGANTIC FEATHERY WINGS OF OMGWTF. It had enough complexity in its characters that my interest was sustained. It looked and sounded great --- good production team. Plus, Ashley's dialogue, you guys: always worthwhile.
And, knowing me, we're about to have fic in 3... 2... 1.