My love for Matthew kind of knows no bounds --- in the sense that I think he's a very naughty man, an irresponsible writer, but God, he amuses me. In the sense that he can piss me off more times than anyone else, and I'll still come back with puppy dog eyes and rampant grin.
I really loved this. The second part was better written than the first and it was all rather fun.
We get confirmation that, despite it being Christmas, this actually isn't set in the narratively impossible time of 'after the jump'. Good. This renders my fic null and void, but that's okay, since most of my fic is null and void and it never seems to stop me. So --- it's set in a mythical Christmas time. Christmas in July? Fine by me.
Great line: Sam lay his hand suddenly upon her chest, feeling the gentle throb of her precious imaginary heart.
Matthew has Sam thinking about Gene as 'the Hunt'. This amuses me a lot, because I constantly refer to Phil as 'the Glenister'. And it's just funny.
He has Sam wanting to hit a suspect and then hitting a suspect --- which is something I've always believed - that part of Sam actually does like Gene's violence. I think I've written that a couple of times. There's a line in 'No Sweeping Exits or Offstage Lines'; "There’s more than one emotion in [Sam's] expression that Richie doesn’t understand. Compassion. Anger. And maybe that flicker there is enjoyment."
Raymondo, Samantha, set phasers for stun. --- HEE! But once again, that's Gene making a reference he never would. In what parallel dimension is Gene Hunt a fan of Star Trek?
He's revised Gene's weight! (Okay, so there was no way in hell that Gene/Phil was ever anywhere near 20 stone, but that's an amusing exaggeration I would have stuck with.)
They bundled over one another in what (to an observer) could have smacked of a homoerotic clinch. - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OH, WIN. Playing with us, but with reservations. The brackets! "It could have been a homoerotic clinch, but it wasn't, because Sam loves Annie, see? He loves her! Her and only her! And Gene? Straightest man ever to walk down Princess Street. It just looks homoerotic. It's not." *snerk*
... Why is everyone else surprised Matt would use the word homoerotic?! Ashley did. They did know, y'know, guys. The strong vibes of Sam/Gene weren't completely unintentional - they were just meant as an aside; it's a staple of the buddy cop genre.
Great lines: Had Sam wanted to embrace certain death he would have obliged. Instead he opted for almost certain death and pressed on towards the cab.
I get the feeling Matthew would really like writing Life on Mars fan fiction, if he weren't so busy getting paid for writing other stuff. He could be wholly self-indulgent, then. Lines would only be cut if his beta reader thought they really didn't fit (and unlike me, who's a very bad person, he should have a beta reader.) He'd not have to bow down to censors or expectations. We need more Sam/Annie fic. He should do that. (Since he clearly has already.)
The thing that I absolutely adored reading in LoM: The Official Companion 2 was Matthew talking about loving writing. And he's good, he really is. I think he's terrible in that he takes so much time thinking about ways of manipulating audiences as opposed to writing well-constructed stories, but he still does this wonderful, wonderful characterisation with amazing lines and his badinage and interplay are better than many other writers can manage.