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Video killed the radio star... 
10th-Apr-2010 02:39 pm
Loz Cola
A2A 3.01 liveblog with foreword.

I've had this episode since it first aired. I watched the first four minutes, had to go do something else. Anything else ever. Watched the next nine, had the same reaction occur. It isn't that I think it's bad, on the contrary, it's relatively good in a 'do not try to make sense of this' kind of way. But my Do Not Want receptors were going crazy. It appears my subconcious is as vehement about this as my conscious can sometimes be. I couldn't watch the episode all the way through until I forced myself to. This makes me sad.

Opening win. I like that the nastier ones of us can interpret this in so many ways. "My name is Alex Drake, and quite frankly, your guess is as good as mine..."

a) in regards to why this show got made.
b) as to whether to watch to the bitter (sweet?) end.
c) when it comes to the question 'who's sexier? Gordon Gopher or Phillip Schofield?'

Already I am “Oh, Matthew”ing, OMG. :D :D :D I do like that this is quite obviously partly ironic, though.

The direction in this episode so far is sort of gorgeous.

... Alex never actually met Sam, did she? She had his recordings, but previously, there’s been no mention they spoke in person.

I am quite glad he apparently heard voices, but why the shit didn’t we get that in LoM-canon?

Oh, Matthew.

“Sam Tyler is dead.” You know, the more they say that? The less I am inclined to believe it. I am going to leave my tin hat on the shelf, for now. Because I... I really want to think that JS doing scenes has been hidden from everyone, but I don’t think that’s possible.

Why aren’t Chris and Shaz together any more? I read about this, but it still annoys me.

Bodie and Doyle reference? HEE!

“Gene Hunt doesn’t run” === An Ash-ism slipping through ♥

“They asked all sorts of questions they already knew the answers to.”
“No, it was definitely English.”

This exchange, my friends, is why many of my “oh, Matthew”s are followed by ”I want your brain.

Good use of non-diegetic music transforming to diegetic music.

Ahh, the classic talk-into-the-radio bit.

Jim Keats has a good name and he's played by a good actor and I am waiting to see if I hate him or not.

Another Sam reference. "Why he w... why he needed to come back here. There's something about this world..."

"You can't stay."
"Yes I can. I just need to stand here with my feet slightly apart." = ♥ ♥ ♥

I suspect that this time Gene’s hunch isn’t a bad one.

Such good use of music.

I think so far I am feeling like the 'crime plot of the week' is unnecessarily distracting in this series of A2A. And I generally liked that aspect before.

This is a very Sam thing to say. So smug and self-important. Blech.

“Warrant schmarrant, just break it down.” = Something Sam would never say.

“A please wouldn’t kill you.”

“Please talk now, you mare.” --- ♥ ♥ ♥

Under Pressure is such a great fucking song. I think I’ve said that before in one of these, which means they’ve used it before. But it is. It is amazing.

“Sometimes you can’t help which way you fall.” --- I love that. I really do. My romantic heart is beating in 3/4 time to that.

Walking on Sunshine is also a great fucking song.

This is one way in which Alex differs from Sam. He never would have done this. Well, maybe after a couple more years getting used to Ray, but certainly not within Life on Mars canon. He would have fairly gloated over Ray being treated badly by Gene.

“Hate you.” = How old are you, Jim, five?

Damn good use of lighting.

... modern headshot of Sam? Great expression on Simm’s face, it has to be said.

And we end on a creepy song about a stalker. Sweet!

So, all in all? This episode looked really fantastic. This is the first time I’ve ever thought that about Ashes to Ashes. Over-arching plot-wise it was interesting and frustrating in equal measure. In terms of entertainment it was a decent episode of television with some knock-out lines.

... I’m still sort of ‘Do Not Want’.

And now, I should probably watch the latest, before my mind starts playing tricks on me again.

Ashes to Ashes 3.02

I’m not sure how I feel about Viv being a chauffeur, because, disturbing undertones much. But apart from that, this scene has a giant WIN sign around its neck. I kind of love whichever of the boys came up with this. (It seems more Matt than Ash, but is it actually a ring-in? Find out soon enough, I guess.)

It was Ash!

... “don’t you want me, baby” playing as Ray grabs Chris’ arm for “a treat in the interview room”? Hah.


“Sam Tyler was a friend of mine. Sam Tyler died. End of. It is not a subject for small talk.”

And then Gene needs to feed his heartbreak hangover a scotch.

Ew, creepy. Thing’s been getting into the chocolate sauce again.

Even though I feel I shouldn’t like Jim Keats, I kind of do.

“Not sure about friends, he was more of a mentor really.” --- This makes me unspeakably sad.

Keeping pencils in a line. Huh.

:( :( :( Crumpling up his one reminder of Sam.

Er... he came up with this whilst thinking about Sam? Yeah. I love it when Gene comes up with the answers. Not just a man of action.

I love Chris’ quiet protective streak.

BETH! BETH BETH BETH! :D We may never have got Robert, but at least we got Beth.


This is the kind of thing I always imagine for Sam and Gene. Them working at the table together, in companionable silence, until Sam looks over at Gene’s report, huffs and rolls his eyes and Gene’s all “out with it, Samantha.” And then ten minutes of heated grammatical debate that ends in a ‘love tap’ or two, then a trip to the pub.

I like Shaz so very much. ♥

I would like to think that Ray’s love of lesbian soft porn is like our love of slash. Intellectually motivated, a way of examining romance tropes and bringing non-heteronormative perspectives into popular entertainment. *snigger*

At this stage, wouldn’t it be best to wait for forensics? Wouldn’t Alex, at least, say this?

Ray said he was a soldier!

Beth and Phil have awesome chemistry together.

Speed dating, hah. This is something I could never, ever do, no matter how desperate I become (and there’s been times I’ve been desperate, but I think I’m over that now.) I can’t make small talk. I hate meeting new people. I’d look like a grade A tossbag.

You know what? I think Gene would listen to Shaz, but she’s never tried to talk to him about it.

... no words for that joke. Some giggles, mostly because Dean’s expression was amazing. But no words.

There’s sort of nothing I hate more than writers trying to get audiences to like a character by having all the other characters talk about how amazing they are. You can do it to a degree, but at some point, you have to let us decide for ourselves just how wonderful someone is. Show, don’t tell.

Jim looks like he’d love Elvis Costello.

I maintain that Ash and Matt have a preoccupation with Chris being naked. From the very beginning of Life on Mars they envisioned a scene where Sam imagined Chris waking up wearing underpants with The Incredible Hulk on them. Last series we had the stripping scene. And now this. I have seen far more of Marsh than I’ve ever wanted to see, and I love him, but, really, I am not sure I can have another scene like this.

“There is love in this world. People find it every day.” --- You know, I agree, but I think we put so much emphasis on it being romantic love, when really, any love is to be valued.

No cop could face up to a gang like that on their own, Shaz, don’t be a div.

Something pretending to be Sam’s jacket. Heh.

“He likes them young.”
“I am young, you rude git.” = ♥ ♥ ♥ Awesome delivery by Keeley. More of that, please.

“I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t think you could do it.” = See? I knew it.

Monserrat Lombard is a really great actress.

Ray! ♥ ♥

OMG. OMG. THIS LINE WINS. OMG. “When I’ m not being serious I have these rather lovely crinkly lines just at the side of my eyes.” ♥ OMG!

Heh. Life on Mars, ‘girl with the mousey hair’. Cheeky.

Wow. That line was said super ambiguously. Which ‘him’ was that? Not Sam. Surely not Sam.

All in all, I liked this episode too.
10th-Apr-2010 12:41 pm (UTC) - Video killed the radio star...
Oh, hell. Are you telling me I should actually give this series a try???
11th-Apr-2010 01:50 pm (UTC) - Re: Video killed the radio star...
It's good, so far, writing wise. Better than it has ever been. But frustrating too. Very frustrating.
12th-Apr-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Well, you know me and how I absolutely loathe involving myself in anything frustrating. *g*

Shall offer my opinions as I have them. XD
11th-Apr-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
That Life On Mars lyric that we heard for a moment totally threw me off. I have no idea what it means, and what's going on, and it's a good thing. This series looks promising.
11th-Apr-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know what it means either. It was tricky!
11th-Apr-2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Haven't seen EP 2 yet, so replying regards 1-
"Sometimes you can’t help which way you fall"
How many Sam/Gene fics will that spawn?
I'm also annoyed with the Chris/Shazz off-screen break-up. They went through so much in the last series that it just seems completely arbitrary that they'd break up AFTER that. Hopefully this gets dealt with in EP 2 and I just haven't seen it yet.

Loves me some "Under Pressure."
11th-Apr-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Chris/Shaz so far remains explained with one line. It's extremely frustrating.
11th-Apr-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Especially since Chris/Shazz are one of my few honest-to-god fluff pairings and I think they did a really good job of showing the relationship from both sides in Series 2 and having Shazz make a geniune decision about Chris at the end of the series.

However this "ends," I'll be truly pissed if they don't give Chris/Shazz a good resolution either in "reality" or Alex's mind, depending what the "answer" turns out to be.
11th-Apr-2010 02:55 am (UTC) - 3.02
Just stumbled on this while looking for reactions to the third series. Hope you don't mind me chipping in. You mention Gene crumpling up his one reminder of Sam, but don't you think he kind of relented later when he tucked the leather jacket back into Alex's drawer? I thought that gesture conveyed so much, especially as it was rather tender when I'd expected Gene to be furious. Plot-wise, it suggests that, as far as Keats' investigations are concerned, it's not for himself that Gene's worried. More importantly (to me, anyway), Gene's care with the jacket hints that he still feels protective, affectionate, etc towards Sam.

And yes, this series has been pretty good so far.
11th-Apr-2010 01:48 pm (UTC) - Re: 3.02
Hey! I am always happy for people to chip in!

Gene's care with the jacket hints that he still feels protective, affectionate, etc towards Sam.

You know, I thought that too, but I didn't mention it at the time because I was too engrossed. I actually wasn't expecting it to be brought up again, so I was surprised when it was.

13th-Apr-2010 01:14 pm (UTC) - Re: 3.02
Yes, I was surprised too. One of the (sadly many) things that'd alienated me from the first and second series was Gene behaving most of the time like he'd never met Sam. Except for that brief moment at the end of 1.01 when he has a drink in his office and the camera focuses on the clipping on his wall. And even then I'm not sure he even looked at it. Anyway there's obviously going to be more Sam in series 3, and that can only be a good thing. And I don't know why I'm feeling so certain that Simm is going to make an appearance. That's just asking to be disappointed.
13th-Apr-2010 04:54 am (UTC)
What do you think about the implication that Gene killed Sam?
14th-Apr-2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I think it's a fake out. I can't believe Matthew and Ashley seriously want to suggest Gene killed Sam, unless Sam asked him to for any reason, and even then, I can't imagine that happening.
15th-Apr-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
he came up with this whilst thinking about Sam? Much love for this. It made my heart do a little wibbley thing and now I feel like crying again. :P

“I am young, you rude git.” is why I love Alex. ♥

"Please talk now, you mare." is Gene at his very best. ♥

Congrats on getting through these eventually, Loz.
19th-Apr-2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
I now have 3.03 to get to...

It's a bit of a thing, I think. I should not feel like I'm forcing myself here.
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