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15th-May-2010 01:29 pm
Rufus (Oh What A World)


If you saw my reaction to the last episode of A2A, I am guessing you can guess what my reaction to the beginning of the latest episode was.


I'm nothing if not eloquent.

I think... I think the reason this annoys me so very much, apart from the fact there are issues of TV being inherently racist (and I am too), is that I actually did think Viv was awesome, but we never saw him enough. I relatively frequently used to think 'oooh, we could have more Viv here'. But then, to kill him off to cause others Angst! And then to do the grand burial and fond rememberance scene. There is sort of nothing lazier than having your cast of characters extoll the virtues of one just gone, especially when the audience was only ever afforded mere glimmers of those virtues. And when you've shown that character no respect yourself. When they've had to die for their mistakes where others lived to tell the tale (and in a way that TV's inherently racist, and I am too.) It makes me angry, is all. It makes me fume.

And maybe it's meant to. I don't know. Perhaps I'm meant to be critical here. Maybe the point, if there is one at all, is that bad things happen to good people and, on the whole, people are fucking arseholes. I'm angry because I'm meant to be.

Yet I also think I'm meant to 'be on Gene's side', and you know what? I'm not, so much. Because, okay, I get that he's feeling guilt now, that he's seen he was in error, at least partly to blame. I understand that the writers aren't speaking through Ray. I get the idea that Gene was being taxed from all sides then, and people often blow each other off, and this ratchets up the dramatic tension in fiction and yadayadayada, intellectually I get it. But emotionally? 'Fuck you' seems to be my response.

Actually, ten minutes in, revise that, am I really meant to be on Gene's side here, because he's acting like a complete prick. Even more prickish than usual, and I have never been ignorant of Gene's flaws. Is this, perhaps, what Matthew and Ashley were hinting at when they said audiences may not know how to feel about Gene when all was said and done?

I really don't understand shifting from an episode where you've killed the only non-white character in your cast off in a shitty, shitty way to a very special episode all about race. I really don't. This is complete cognitive dissonance here. Hang on. Am I meant to be shaking my head at the crap actions of the characters here when, an episode before, there was some seriously questionable storytelling going on? What the everliving fuck?


Piss me off about all of these issues and then, and then, while I'm sitting here boggling, trying to figure out how to feel, wondering if I'm over-reacting and being an idiot, have Gene reveal that Sam did, actually, fake his own death and Gene helped him. And then have a line like "I didn't wanna lose him." And then have Gene talk about respect and trust and faith. ARGH.

... yep. I remain confused.

"You're the best DCI I've ever met, and I've been proud to work under you. But I'm not gonna be your doormat any more." --- Well, yes, Chris, because you're probably going to be fired. You let a possible murderer, a potential terrorist, run free. You actually think you can do that and still be on the force? ... Apparently, he can!

I'm watching this Gene/Alex scene and shouting "AND THEN SAM KNOCKS ON ALEX'S DOOR!"

Then there's a knock on the door and I get genuinely excited.

But, of course, it's Keats.

You know what? A really large part of me wants to say this is Good Writing, because it has me feeling and thinking in equal measure. Because it's tense and dramatic and convoluted; there are no easy answers. It's not cut and dried. Because it encompasses issues and forces you to think about them and interrogate yourself. And the other part of me, that nasty little voice at the back of my mind, is saying it's a shambles. And I don't know who to listen to.
15th-May-2010 06:21 am (UTC)
I started off feeling pretty much like you. I thought the team were being hypocritical, the worst offender being Gene. But then, isn't that what people do when someone dies? Especially when someone dies unexpectedly or violently. They're trying to ease their own guilt by convincing themselves that he really was a good guy and one of the best. I'm not saying it's right, just that it's human behaviour and his death is still fairly raw to them. (We heard Gene tell Alex that he was grieving.)

Is this, perhaps, what Matthew and Ashley were hinting at when they said audiences may not know how to feel about Gene when all was said and done?
I didn't know they said that. Hmmm, we'll see.

I can't believe that Chris has got away with so much in A2A. There has to be more to the story than that.

I'm watching this Gene/Alex scene and shouting "AND THEN SAM KNOCKS ON ALEX'S DOOR!"
Then there's a knock on the door and I get genuinely excited.

I KNOW!!! I was watching with my son and we both had butterflies *g* We couldn't decide if it was going to be Sam or Nelson. Actually, I said that it would be Sam and he would shove Alex out of the way, saying 'Hands off my man, bitch.' Sadly, that didn't happen...

A really large part of me wants to say this is Good Writing, because it has me feeling and thinking in equal measure.
We'll go with that, shall we? *g*

15th-May-2010 06:52 am (UTC)
We'll go with that, shall we? *g*

I'm witholding judgement until next week ;)

It's difficult for me, because I really am so frustrated on multiple levels here, but mostly I'm confused.
15th-May-2010 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm witholding judgement until next week ;)
Oh, I'll probably have changed my mind mid-week and back again by Friday *g* I just hope I'm not disappointed.
15th-May-2010 07:15 am (UTC)
I don't know if I can be disappointed? My expectations are at an all time record low. Which is a good way to be, probably.
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15th-May-2010 12:03 pm (UTC)

I am trying to give Ashley the benefit of the doubt, here.

(I was wigged out by 'that black bloke who used to run the Railway Arms'. CHRISTOPHER, you all knew Nelson.)
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15th-May-2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think that it wasn't Tobias being magic so much as the world flickering away.

I am, despite myself, desperate to know what the answer is but I don't want to be.

Same. And it narks me off.
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15th-May-2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
How evil!

(An excuse? Grr! Okay, so, Tony always says it was basically an excuse to do The Sweeney, but, grrr! :D)
15th-May-2010 11:47 am (UTC)
I am literally all over the place with this show now. I'm honestly not sure if I'm impressed or just really bloody frustrated...

...and I'm not sure I like where they're going with Chris now. The only people I can think of who would be scared of..err...that noise he was scared of (trying not to give too much away just in case) wouldn't be in his job. If you see what I mean.

Anyhoo. I'll stop rambling now. *sheepish grin*
15th-May-2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
I am also all over the place. It's annoying me.

And ditto on Chris, but Marsh is acting his little chops off and he's so good!
15th-May-2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm reserving judgement until next week.
17th-May-2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Yeah. I am too.
17th-May-2010 10:57 am (UTC)
.... I don't know...


I'd like to think that I'm not expecting anything, but I am. I'm expecting a goddamned mess on Friday. My low expectations, let me show you them.
17th-May-2010 11:12 am (UTC)
It's annoying because there has been unmitigated brilliance this series. And Daniel Mays is some kind of genius actor. But these last two episodes contained absolute massive FAIL.

18th-May-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Part of me thinks that all this is just to show how incompetent and screwed up they are without Sam to herd them in the right direction, so of course in the end Gene will wake up and it'll be the past again and Sam will be there. But I suspect and fear I am totally wrong.
18th-May-2010 07:58 am (UTC)
The thing is, I was always a leeetle bit annoyed by how that played that card in Life on Mars. But that is infinitely preferable to other interpretations.
22nd-May-2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I was annoyed with the ANC plot only because it felt like something out Series 1-Another opportunity for Alex to be more evolved than anyone AND do her "knowing the future" routine. It was everything I hated about her in Series 1, especially the "gay" episode. I didn't even make the connection between the whole Killing Viv thing. I'm generally not one to call Race!Fail, just because I'm a little to safe in my own privilege to feel comfortable making that accusation, but juxtaposing those two, does not make anyone look good.
22nd-May-2010 06:03 am (UTC)
I found it annoying and tacky.
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