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Ashes to Ashes 2.8

June 8th, 2009 (10:58 pm)

A satisfactory end to the Martin Summers plotline, though it wasn't clear how Martin Summers had played Alex so precisely and so well; unless he never existed outside someone's head.

So, Ashes to Ashes looked briefly as if it might be over - which those of us who have seen the recommissioning argument knew it wasn't, and besides, there wasn't enough time left in the episode for Alex to be re-enfolded into 2008 - and then embraced a device used in Christopher Priest's A Dream of Wessex, where the researchers 'dreaming' a socialist society in the future think they have returned to the present, only to find that the present is merely a subroutine of the dream. Whatever Matthew Graham, Ashley Pharoah and company (without producer Beth Willis, who has joined Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger at the helm of the TARDIS) intend, the potential is there for Ashes to Ashes to change direction and surprise us. Roll on 2010.

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Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: June 8th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
kithill

I'm waiting for Gene Hunt in 1990s Plymouth. Dunno what the appropriate Bowie song title would be for that era though.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)

We can't have 'The Buddha of Suburbia', tempting though it is, given that it was written as music for a television adaptation...

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
dormouse

So we do know there is another season? I thought it was being debated and the producers thought it should go on but Philip Glennister didn't. It was good that the final scene kept that music video feel from the early episodes, somehow.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)

There was a press release yesterday, promising that everything will be explained in the third and final series, including the fate of Sam Tyler.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
kithill

Sod the explanations! I just want to see Gene Hunt in an Impreza nicking janners on the Hoe...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)

Just Googled to see what an Impreza is, and it does indeed look like a Geneish car.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
dashboard

I think for a 90s car, he'd have either a Scooby (that's an Impreza: Scooby Doo / Subaru) or a BMW M3 or (at a push) M5. Mind you, he'd be getting on a bit, so maybe a Jag XJR.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Did I mention that I'd loved Ian Richardson since 1975? He certainly should have recorded The Prince.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)

No, you didn't! Some clips of him appeared of him on Newsnight last night, reading sections of The Prince from a 1994 documentary - he was very Urquhartian.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)

Wish I'd known!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)

It will still be on the iPlayer...

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: June 10th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
NewWorldOrder

Have you ever seen the film of Frederick Forsyth's thriller 'The Fourth Protocol', starring Michael Cain and Pierce Brosnan? Richardson is in that as Sir Nigel Irvine, head of MI6. He's smooth and urbane, but a lot closer to genuinely terrifying than in most of the roles he plays. There's a particularly good scene where he tears a strip off Anton Rodgers's gullible civil servant.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 10th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)

No, but I shall now - thanks!

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
K9

unless he never existed outside someone's head.

I thought that remark on the hospital corridor (glimpsed through the door) referred to him - which means he would have existed.

The fact that he can play Alex at all opens up a whole new set of possibilities of course...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)

Remember, though, that the body being wheeled past was being viewed by Alex in what may turn out to be a coma within a coma - this might not be her real present day, but one which she is imagining, and she might have to return to Gene's world before returning to her own.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)

Aarghh!!! :-)

I think it really is 2009, though - it would get too complicated to write otherwise.

Also I think the possibilities of several modern people co-existing there has much more interesting possibilities than adding another layer of remove.

But then, no-one ever asks me ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 9th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)

I'd not noticed the iconography which suggests that Alex is still 'over the rainbow', to return to the Wizard of Oz references which were peppered throughout Life on Mars, until I read about it on a forum. Alex has a card on her television showing a heart in the middle of a rainbow stripe; the same image is tucked away several times in the episode - and then appears on the card which Holly supposedly made herself (which is more like the work of a five- or six-year-old than an eleven-year-old) and presents to Alex when Alex awakes.