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25th-May-2009 06:59 pm
Loz Calming
I don't have much to say, although I tallied up things such as "this incidental music is creepy and awesome, also it's nice to have new incidental music", "Under Pressure is such a great fucking song", "I love Gene with little old ladies, n'awwwww", "Blackadder reference", and "The Man Who Sold the World!", but 2.05 of Ashes to Ashes was delightful.

I might even ship Alex/Gene, just a little bit.
25th-May-2009 10:09 am (UTC)
What was the Blackadder reference?
25th-May-2009 10:17 am (UTC)
"Rearrange the following words..." --- Gene then proceeds to say a series of words out of order (I believe it was leopard, spots, their, change, never.)

In Blackadder II, Blackadder and Melchett have been kidnapped and Melchett suggests they play word games, to which Edmund responds with, "make a sentence with the following words: gob, shut, your, sodding".

I'm not saying it's wholly original, or even necessarily a Blackadder reference --- just that I recognise it as having that potential.

I once also used this exact device in a fic, which is why I noticed it.
25th-May-2009 10:11 am (UTC)
I'm so behind with Ashes. Is it worth catching up then?
25th-May-2009 10:23 am (UTC)
I've really been enjoying it! I find the writing really solid, and I sort of adore Alex now. I'm still well sceptical about the 'mystery', but all of the episodes are tying together interestingly. I'd recommend catching up, yeah!
25th-May-2009 11:18 am (UTC)
I might even ship Alex/Gene, just a little bit.

I think is because it's been handled much better this time round. More tension and subtlety and allowing Phil do that thing he does so very well.

I don't know, I mean, I didn't read any articles or press leading up to the series so I don't really know, but I think it might also be because they didn't ram it down our throats this time?

It can be very tiring being told how awesome something is instead just letting that awesomeness show through. (Which is why I prefer S2 Gwen to S1 Gwen for Torchwood - they spent so much time telling us we should love Gwen that they forgot to actually make her lovable)
25th-May-2009 11:25 am (UTC)
It's exactly that. Apart from one scene where they did the eye-fluttering, romantic music thing, this series Alex and Gene interaction has almost all been subtle --- or deliberatly subversive, like in 2.04. (And the former scene, apart from the eyefluttering and romantic music was basically a Sam & Gene scene in all kinds of ways, so it amused the fuck out of me.)

Alex is a better, more rounded character. Gene is back to his old bastardy but heart of gold self. And they're not bombarding us with Gene drawing pictures of Alex *bleugh*, or him staring at her arse *bleugh*, or her having dreams about him being in her bed (you guessed it - *bleugh*.) BUT we have been gettingGene trusting and respecting Alex, such as in regards to SuperMac. And Alex trusting and respecting Gene.

It's a proper relationship as opposed to a bit of over-the-top sexual attraction.
25th-May-2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Which is what makes it feel more real. I mean, okay, Sam/Gene will always come first - but now I'm actually on board with Gene/Alex.

I don't know who did it - but whoever got Matt & Co to realise where they'd gone wrong with the first series deserves a medal.
25th-May-2009 11:36 am (UTC)
They're brilliant writers. They knew certain aspects of the show didn't work, they said so. To be fair, they had 6 years to work on refining Life on Mars, on where they wanted to take it and what they wanted it to be. They had about 3 months with Ashes to Ashes. They worked on Boxing Day! So, I know I've always been ultra-bitchy about it, but I always had confidence that when they'd had more time to think about what they were doing the show would be better written --- and it is.

I am kind of in love with the concept of Alex/Gene now, although I essentially want Alex to get back to her daughter. Gene was making me go all heartfluttery when he was saying he might have to put a comforting arm around Alex. I was sitting here going "oh, go on, you know you want to!" Last series my reaction would have been "DIE IN A FIRE."

This episode was written by Julie Rutterford, who wrote my least favourite episode of Life on Mars (2.03, when Ray almost gets blown to smithereens), and my least favourite episodes of The Lakes. I have to say, I was plesantly surprised by how awesome it was, even though her episode of A2A from last series was really good too.
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