Oh, lots. Much more than I was expecting, really.
Gene, for instance? SO MUCH FUCKING LOVE. This Gene is awesome. Matt ramped up the parts of Gene I really, really like and added in a couple of other elements and --- why the FUCK do you keep saying he's an archetypal icon when you keep giving him so much depth, Matthew? It's frustrating. (Gene on the phone was just brilliant. Gene at Luigi's? Oh yes. [The only one not being a complete and utter arse - a mirror of how he treats Nelson.] Gene with the blanket? HELL YEAH.) See, it's Gene, but it's... not. It's the flexibility of his character that really makes this work for me. He has, actually, changed. And why doesn't he respond to Alex mentioning Sam? Well, because he knows Sam is well and good and is trying not to think about him too much. So there :p The fan service at the end with Gene looking at Sam's picture and then downing some whisky made me grin, wildly.
Ray and Chris, of course. Both of them this time mostly bringing the comedy. Dean was the one who made me laugh out loud first. His reaction to Alex waking up after he said, "cracking pair of puppies" had me in stitches. Chris towards the end was made of win.
The sets! Gorgeous. The checkerboard pattern of the station is to die for. Heh heh heh.
There's already a scene that Alex isn't in, which I find interesting.
Rainbow!!!!! OH MY GOD. I was so jumping up and down, it wasn't funny.
"Don't waggle your fingers when you say my name." (Minus the unneeded repetition.)
The Chris De Burgh reference. Okay, so I love that one because, to me, it's a Bill Bailey reference. Which, you know, it's probably not. But. Still. Much giggling.
Molly as a hallucination/projection. I, er, may love this one because I predicted it in Alex in Wonderland.
The new random authentic CID boys. They amuse me.
Shaz and Chris are cute.
The mythologisation of Gene. His characterisation is pretty fucking amazing, but the huge lead up music and zoom in work, and 'I could kiss you' comment is horrible. It's funny, because it's something I've actually done with Sam - really made it over the top, Sam thinking Gene's an absolute legend. And now I realise how annoying it is. Oops.
The unoriginality (Alex's parents) is still annoying me, have to admit. The whole "oooh, something larger is at work" aspect is quite boring, really. Sorry.
What happened to Annie?!
The music is awful. Way too over the top, even by early 80s standards. I don't mean the tracks playing (although, once again, much like S2 of LoM, not as seamless as I'd like), but the incidental stuff. It's --- truly making my ears bleed. I almost can't believe it's still Ed Butt.
The playing for laughs shoot-out. Blech.
The Stuff I'm Still Not Sure About
Alex. I hate to say it, but as yet, I'm not quite sold. Then again, in the very beginning, I didn't really care much about Sam, either. That only came with the second rewatch of the first series. I think I have the potential to love Alex, I just have to get to know her more. Currently, she's kind of too much like Sam for me to do so. Or, at least, to be fair, too much like fanon Sam. (We always exaggerate certain aspects of Sam's character - the analysis, the [sexual] tension with Gene, the disbelieving anger of his situation, and Alex is now taking that role.) The self-knowing humour aspect creeping through was brilliant, though, and exactly what I wanted to see. The screaming? Not so much.
The way it's shot. Some of the camerawork pisses me off more than anything. And there's too much reliance on slow motion.
On the Whole
I reacted pretty much identically to how I thought I would, except for being impressed with what Matthew did with Gene's characterisation, which I hadn't thought would be as finely tuned as it was (even with Ian's description), given his habit of saying incredibly dumb things about the stuff he writes. I can never get over how Matthew can say one thing and give something entirely different. Does he become another person when he writes fiction? It isn't all Phil.
It just --- it feels like fan fiction. It feels, oddly, like my own fan fiction. With all of my fan fiction's massive flaws. Okay, yes, the pacing is much better. And I find that disconcerting. I like it, it's enjoyable, but it's beyond derivative, really. I'm not sure if that's a negative or a positive, though. It is meta, and I like meta. I may just have to get used to it.