Okay, so, reports keep coming in that Phil is reprising his role of Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes. You would think I would be over the moon about this, yes? I watched Life on Mars for Phil. He was the reason I was watching the show. I have been a Phil fan for years.
But I really don't want this to be true. Out of all the possibilities for Ashes to Ashes - this is pretty much the one I do not want.
Gene Hunt is an awesome character. But he's an awesome character in counterpoint to Sam. I do not want to see a Gene without Sam. I really don't. Not a canonical one. With fan fiction, okay, because there are multiple possibilities and we're not making up the official fiction, but in an official spin-off? NO. En Oh. No. Maybe, if it were a reprise for like... twenty minutes? Okay. I might just be able to handle that. But the way they keep talking about it makes him sound like the main character and... DO NOT WANT.
I almost can't believe how vehemently I am opposing the thought, but... well... okay, I trust my LoM boys. I do. They're awesome. But they're human. And can make mistakes. And Gene is a character for which so much can go wrong. It just keeps coming back to me that a Gene without Sam is an imperfect coin - he's not fully formed, he's one part of a whole. I don't want to see that Gene on the screen. It would change the character for me in ways that I don't want him to change.
There's any number of ways they can go about it.
We could have a Gene who never met Sam - who would just suck, really. How could we see the man he wants to be if there's no Sam to draw him out? And if there were a Sam-like figure, I might just scream and rant and rave.
We could have a Gene who had lost Sam - who would break my heart. Really.
A Gene who is not quite the Gene Sam imagined him as from his memories as a four year old. He would also suck, because he then wouldn't be the Gene we know and love.
I am hoping these reports are wrong. Very wrong! Or, if not wrong, the role is twenty minutes of Gene being the awesomeness we know he is and then going off into the background somewhere, where I can imagine him in my own fluffy little universe where he's with Sam forever.
Also, this keeps confirming the theory that Sam returns to 2007 - which I started believing as soon as they said it was '2007' anyway, and ... man, that's upsetting in and of itself.
Heh. Scary rabid fan. I knew there'd come a day when I'd care about fictional characters so much I'd start to doubt the creators. No. I need to stop being so negative. These are fantastic guys - they're developing Ashes to Ashes, they must have a relatively good idea of what they're doing. ... But I keep thinking that Life on Mars took 6 years, and this just kind of seems tacked on the end because the show was more popular than they thought, and it wouldn't be the first time good writers sold out.