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2nd-Jun-2009 08:12 pm
Phil Glenister (Says Damn)
I'm not all that surprised that A2A 2.07 was written by Mark Greig.

Last series the only two episodes I truly really loved were written by Mark Greig. He's a great writer. He is deft at weaving comedy and drama seamlessly. This episode reminded me of Life on Mars 1.07, which I often regard as one of the best in terms of twisting the knife. And like that episode, in some ways it seemed quite divorced from the rest of the series, whilst at its core it encapsulated it.

There are all kinds of ways in which this episode could have gone monumentally wrong. It could have been hilariously melodramatic, like other scenes in A2A have been --- but I thought it was very subtle and nuanced, for A2A. I was heartbroken for Chris, but I could see so easily how he got caught up in it all. And I feel like there should have been much larger consequences, but Gene's actions were totally in keeping with what we know of him and, in that regard, it worked. In a horrid kind of way.

I still don't really care about the grand mystery of the show and I have to admit that a whole lot of the plot sailed over my head as a consequence. I understood it insofar as we were meant to, but this whole idea of Operation ROSE and Martin Summers feel so tacked on that I am not that interested. But I did feel bad for Alex having to dump young!Martin's body.

Points have to go to the dramatic, if cliché confrontation scene:

"Tell me you didn't do it. Look me in the eyes and tell me you didn't do it and I'll believe you."

(This scene's familiar.

Gene closed his eyes, trying to blot out the world. Pain seared through him. When he spoke again, he was furtive, desperate.

“Tell me you didn’t do this, Sam. Tell me this isn’t what it looks like. I’ll believe you, I’ll believe every word."
To Fall for Fixation

Should this be a \o/ for cliché, or should I be worried?)

And finally, I've been saying all along that Marshall's an amazing actor. I knew he could work with something real and he did a stunning job --- the choked up voice, the repetition, the tears. He's a champion. And I'm really, really glad Chris isn't dead.

2nd-Jun-2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! I *knew* I recognised that line! Ahah!

I *think* it's a cliché or that it's just the thing that Gene would say. *g*
2nd-Jun-2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
I was having serious déja vu :D
2nd-Jun-2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiis. I was so heartbroken for him. I was actually in tears. Twice. First when he was explaining and Gene was doing his whole "look me in the eyes and tell me it's not true" bit. and then at the end when shaz left. ;________;

oh, chris.
2nd-Jun-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I know :(

Poor, sweet, silly Christopher.

But at least he's not dead.
2nd-Jun-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Agree with you totally about Marshall's acting, he finally got out from under the original version of the character and had something more meaningful to do and he completely hit the ball out of the park.

I doubt very much whether young Martin's body would still be there if Alex went to look, though. I'm a bit torn about that plotline; I've liked the two actors - and they were beautifully matched, weren't they? - but the whole thing just screams 'Evil Leaper' to me.

OTOH wasn't it nice to see Alex's mum again? Always thought she was a good character.

Maybe the 'Martin Summers' plotline is a function of the fact that they are going for a third series and they needed a cliff-hanger?
2nd-Jun-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I never liked Alex's mum, to be honest, even though I thought she was a clever construction (and certainly explained a lot about Alex.) However, in terms of continuity, I loved seeing her again.
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2nd-Jun-2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
That scene was meant to be comedic. And it was. We're meant to think Alex is a tool, there. It's like Sam with his pathetic "now roar like lions!" She thought she was going to wake up the next morning in 2009.

I doubt Marsh would have wanted to leave the show. It was really just a revelation to suckerpunch us in the heart, and to set up the finale, by the look of it. And Gene, for whatever reason that I can't explain, tends not to act on these situations. We have both LoM 1.07 and 2.08 as a precedent, as well as several instances in A2A S1. I honestly think it's the worst case of an internal character contradiction, but it's existed in canon since the first series of LoM, so it's fairly entrenched by now. Perhaps it's something to do with Stu? Maybe Gene simply can't admit he was wrong about someone. But Gene doesn't shun people for betrayal, even though he should. He gives them another chance.

As for Phil's 'thoughtful gazing' interrogation? Okay, I might grant you that one. I still argue it's nowhere near as awful as "AND WATCH ME IN THIS MTV VIDEO TRIBUTE" glass-smash from S1, though. Now, that was heavy-handed.
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2nd-Jun-2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I hate Catherine Morshead's direction particularly. But it's the style they decided for the show, unfortunately, so we're lumped with it. The push in shot as Gene's in his office, skipping ahead with the music? Haaaaaaate.
3rd-Jun-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Marshall really was brilliant, if he hadn't been so good I doubt it would have made me tear up as much as it did!
The grand mystery? All it is is that there's an 'operation rose' all we know is the name! and that summers is there. That doesnt really constitute a mystery for me, its just two random bits of information which fit in with nothing much else...
10th-Jun-2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's why I really don't give a fig.
9th-Jun-2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Marshall was utterly amazing. I wish he'd gotten to do more work of that caliber in LoM, because I'd love to have seen that level of acting with Simm as well.
10th-Jun-2009 08:52 am (UTC)
Yes, totally. Marsh and Simm with that level of intensity would have been amazing.
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