The truth. I liked that. It was sort of nice to have some kind of explanation, and it wasn't ridiculously left of field. It made (relative) sense to what the series had been building up to. And yeah. No real DUN DUN DUNNNNN! moment for the sake of the DUN DUN DUNNNNN. I actually found I appreciated that. I've said before that I've been massively pissed off about the idea of 'creating watercooler moments' in lieu of telling a decent story, and I don't think Matthew did that this time. I almost want to pat him on the back and rub his little tummy for a job well done.
Matthew remembered that Annie existed. Good for him.
The genuine sorrow I felt for all of the characters' real life deaths. Including Alex.
I think the idea that Gene and the others had forgotten the truth of their existences could have been done better. In order to do this, I would have had Alex forgetting a lot more than she ever did. The idea was there, but, yeah, capitalise on it.
I'm still angry about Viv, and the weirdness of having that episode juxtaposed with 3.07. I have no idea what was going through the writers' minds and I still feel a little weird that there's so few people who seem to think it was a problem.
I didn't really buy that Alex would stay with Gene whilst Ray, Chris and Shaz left with Keats, but I understand dramatic license.
The glorification of Gene, which has been a problem for the entirety of A2A.
Because I am a massive sap, I kept hoping that Sam hadn't gone into The Railway Arms. That he turned up in that end scene and was all "I've been trying to get Keats off your back, but clearly I've failed, Gene. Let us fight him together!" I even would have liked Alex to stay along in those circumstances. This is my OTP interfering, but it seems to me that the opportunity was there, and I probably would have taken it, to round off the story nicely. (In my mind, that's exactly what's happened. We don't have conclusive proof it didn't... because you have to ask why Sam finally decided to give up and 'pass on'. It makes very little sense.)
Matthew's a liar mcliarson and made out he'd 'killed' Gene Hunt and wouldn't do another series, but actually, in five years time, if he so wishes, they could easily bring it back. It wouldn't be the same show in terms of 'keeping the mystery alive' (I never thought A2A should have been that way anyway), but the opportunity is there.
If I never hear that Phil Collins song again, it will be too soon.
OH THE MELODRAMA! I could have done without some of it. I admit, from a "this is hilarious" point of view, I was enjoying Daniel Mays' performance at the end there, but, wow, talk about ham acting. And I know he's generally more subtle, so... wow.
On the whole, I didn't really have any expectations, so I'm not rage-filled nor disappointed. I don't think it was earth-shatteringly brilliant television, and it sure as hell didn't have the emotional impact of Life on Mars' finale, but it equally didn't contain quite as many "BUT ARGH, THIS IS SHIT" moments either. It was solid. It wasn't that stupid. It was fine. I still wish Ashes to Ashes had never been made, but if we'd had the opportunity to have this revelation in LoM, I wouldn't have minded. It's silly, but it's a perfectly good story, as far as stories go.
So. Yes. This is my opinion. It may change, the more I think about it. I do think there were quite a lot of plot-holes, but equally I know that Matthew and Ashley never really planned any of it, so they didn't do too badly on a wing and a prayer.
I do wonder, though. Can we go back to referring to both LoM and A2A as sci-fi now? Or should it just be 'fantasy'?