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24th-Apr-2010 01:06 pm
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Jack Lothian! I looooove Doc Martin and his episodes of the show are great, so I have hopes for excellence here. (I, er, never ended up seeing A2A 2.06, which JL also wrote.)

Is it just me or is Phil not quite getting Gene's accent in this beginning scene with Alex?

... Gene just said 'yuh' as opposed to 'you'. Huh. Accent confusion holds true. (I mean, he did it a bit in LoM too, but... not that much? It seemed very pronounced just then, anyway.)

Shaz/Chris. :( I totally love what Marsh has got going on with Chris this series. I maintain he's sneakily the best actor of the lot. I really don't understand why Shaz has completely turned around, though.


Okay. ♥ This is hilarious. Their love has always been canon, but now it's so explicit it's written on a wall! :D :D :D I really do adore fanservice.

On the one hand, I'm sort of... well, now they're just fucking with us. And on the other, I'm all... OMG GENE ♥ SAM. YESSSSS! What can I say? I am fickle. I don't mind being played with, so long as I still get a cuddle in the morning.

This actor, that I should know the name of, but don't, always plays these kinds of roles and always does an amazing job of it.

I like Alex a lot in this episode.

This scene is very Life on Mars.

I really do like Keats, and I don't know why, because I get some creepy, creepy vibes from him.

"Out of the closet, he's all over me." Heh.

I don't trust Louise.

Chriiiiiiis. He's so fucking adorable.

Even though I don't trust her, I would have given Louise a change of clothes.

Gene/Sam. More blatant fanservice. Hah!

Yeah. I'm going to have to attribute liking Keats to Daniel Mays. He's got this wonderful charm to him and it's effective.

Bryan Dick! I looooove him. Love him.


I think one of the things that freaks me out about Alex is her dead, dead eyes. Now, I know this isn't Keeley. I've seen her in many other roles. She does the dead eyes thing deliberately for Alex, and yeah, it's disturbing.

"Do I look like a slice of toast?"/"No."/"Then stop buttering me up..." = Brilliant writing.

HEE! I kind of adore that Chris is so with pop culture.

Chris, no, you're being played. Someone needs to talk to Chris about how to manage his anger.

"I'm not the one who's gonna have to change his trousers." LMFAO. OH MAN.

Gene/Alex shippers were just about to go wild, but Jack Lothian is cruel, bwaaaaahahaha!

... huh. This is interesting. Because this was Gene's philosophy in 1973. But he'd never have betrayed one of his own to get it.

Shocking. I was right about Louise.

There's something going on with Keats and it's weird.

Great, great, great use of 'My Way' in the background.

Oh my God, this is quintessential Gene. And that look on Keats' face. Perfect.

In conclusion: Dude, this show is really good now. Really good.

24th-Apr-2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Just finished watching this; doesn't Alex ever watch any TV? Only that Louise business was coming right from the start and Alex should have been asking herself whether it wasn't all too good to be true in the first place - especially as she's from now and should therefore be a lot more cynical. But OMG I had boots and bangles exactly like the ones she wore, although my hair never stayed still like hers.

Is it wrong of me to want to stomp all over Keats, even - or maybe especially - when he's being 'nice'? He just has the kind of face I really want to hit.

The actor playing Terry was called Peter Guinness and he's wonderfully sinister-looking, isn't he? And I loved the 'Blue Peter' bit too; typical Gene.
24th-Apr-2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Also, for a psychologist, Alex is very thick, y/y?

I think you're meant to be disliking Keats to an extent, which is why I'm confused I'm finding him kind of adorable.
24th-Apr-2010 10:12 am (UTC)
I'm loving Season 3, and it's such a treat to be actually enjoying it. If anything, it's a bit too 'thinky' - I'm just keeping everything crossed that MG et al have got firm hold of all the threads and won't stuff it up at the end.

It's a sad indictment on what I've become that my my over-riding thought at the end was how happy the icon-makers were going to be with the Gene ♥ Sam cap!

(Actually, my very last thought was more 'ooo I know who that is!' on seeing the chap with his head bashed in again. But I still haven't seen the last ep of Season 2, so I'm not sure my conjecturing would make sense. And am I allowed to be spoilery in here anyway?)
24th-Apr-2010 10:14 am (UTC)
As we said from the start, all A2A really needed was MOAR SAM. :D

Oooh, who do you reckon Ghost!Cop is?

(Also, icon you say?)
24th-Apr-2010 10:49 am (UTC)
I think, although I'm by no means sure so this definitely counts as conjecture rather than spoilers, that it's young!Summers, who Alex buried in S2. As I said at the time, I knew the actor when he was a kid, and my husband (who taught him) certainly thought there was a distinct likeness. Having said that, the make-up is pretty hefty, but it could make a certain amount of sense in terms of Alex's story-arc.

Ha, the icon! I've seen this all over today, but this is the nicest one I've seen because there's no flare in the corner.

Sam! NEED!
24th-Apr-2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Heh. I've always thought it was young!Summers too, but then, it actually doesn't really look like him in stills. And no one else was saying it was him, so... I didn't mention it.

24th-Apr-2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Hee. The Gene ♥ Sam bit. I snorted with laughter. Also at 'Gene/Sam' because there was no real reason for them to put it like that on her pad other than to poke at the fans.

(My parents didn't notice why I was laughing, though. Which is a good thing.)

I said in my brief amount of flailing on my own LJ that this show finally feels like the successor to Life on Mars - it's good, it's twisty, the performances are all solid and they're actually tying to series' together.

Aside: I have no evidence for this, and am probably talking out of my arse because I haven't even paused to have a proper look - but what if the ghost!cop is actually a young Gene? (And this is the world where coppers come as they're dying and Gene has hung on too long and now Keats is here to move him on - because there was a distinct feeling of him soothing Louise as if to help her move on)

Like I said. It's probably a shite theory. But you never know, I guess.
25th-Apr-2010 03:52 am (UTC)
I like your theory! I've wondered that too.

... My parents have heard all about Sam and Gene's pure, pure love from me. My mum's even read some of my fic. Heh.
25th-Apr-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Keeley Hawes in anything else, so I don't know how her eyes normally look, but I wonder if the "dead eyes" might be a cgi effect? There have been lots of Blade Runner references in A2A, your comment brought to mind the flat look and weird reflection in Rachel's eyes in that movie.
25th-Apr-2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh! That never occurred to me. I thought Keeley was just doing what Michael C Hall can do. (I am not sure what that is, exactly. It's well freaky, though.)
7th-May-2010 06:59 pm (UTC)

dammit you make me want to write rpf about a staring contest dammit don't do that dammit loz dammit dammit...hell.
25th-Apr-2010 09:07 am (UTC)
I did wonder what you'd think of the wall. :D It's not telling us anything we didn't already know, of course, but now it is in black and white for the the whole world to see! XD

The writer of this ep...did he do any LoM?

Um, this is me being stupid here, but Alex's dead eyes? Where do you mean? In the coffin thing?
25th-Apr-2010 09:17 am (UTC)
No, Jack Lothian didn't write any LoM, but he's damn good at capturing the characters, it has to be said.

I mean this look Alex gets in her eyes, like she's not really there? She had it when she was talking to Louise at one point.
7th-May-2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I...would you believe I didn't notice the wall? I only noticed the notepad, which made me laugh my head off. Now I'm going to have to watch it again for that wall. XD

I'm totally kind of floored with how much I've been liking this series. The first one, it was physically painful. I had to make myself slog through each episode. I only know I made it through the whole series because I apparently wrote about it, I've blocked it out that successfully.

This one, though. I just made it through all available episodes this week alone. I could probably have done a few back to back, except I wanted to get some work done. *shakes head* I was wondering if it was truly the show, or if my standards have dropped. XD
7th-May-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
OK, just rewatched the beginning few scenes. I'm fairly certain I know how I missed it. I was eating breakfast when I watched this episode, and I must have chosen that exact moment to look down at my plate to see what I was eating. J chides me about this all the time, says the rewind button was invented for me because I have uncanny timing when we're eating and watching things. XD


Right, see...I think now that Alex wrote Gene/Sam the way she did later on her notepad because she was extrapolating from what she'd found on the wall. So there's sort of an explanation!

We're totally being fucked with, though.
7th-May-2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
It's a much better show, Janni.

To be fair, the first series improved somewhat towards the end, and the second series had moment after moment of win. But this series is really entertaining, and full of mystery, and well written, and well acted ALL AT ONCE! Which is what I've always felt A2A was kind of lacking before?
8th-May-2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad it's not just me. And yes, it was totally lacking that in S1. I may have to find S2 now and give it a try, if only for Shaz and Chris. Eeep. D:
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