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Spoilerless Ashes

May 21st, 2010 (10:10 pm)

An extremely accomplished ending to Ashes to Ashes, which also impressed my family who hadn't seen an episode. Predictable in the sense that most of the elements had crossed my mind during this series, but there were lots of others too which turned out not to make themselves manifest. We've come a long way from a 1973 rooftop, and further than the authors at first intended, but we and they have been the better for it.

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Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: May 21st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)

We loved it - still talking about it half an hour after the end - and just how amazing was Daniel Mays?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 21st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)

A malevolent trickster whose loss of control was always completely under control, until the end... yes, excellent.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 21st, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Sam_Annie_roof

A great amount was packed into this episode, I thought. A pity we didn't see two characters whom I thought we might, but in the end they would have been superfluous.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: May 21st, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
bartimaeus

Agreed - I was very gratified that I was thinking along the right lines, though I didn't think they'd have the guts to actually pull it off! I still want to know whether the shadowy figure with the suspiciously Sam-Tyler-shaped head was John Simm or someone else.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 21st, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sam_Annie_roof

He was a good Simmalike, whoever he was.

I'd wondered since the first episode of Ashes whether the other regulars were in the same boat as Alex/Sam, and now we know that they were, or rather Alex has been in the same boat since she returned to Gene's world at the start of this series.

Posted by: malaheed (malaheed)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)

I was very impressed with the way they managed to handle it and the closure of so many elements. Though I'm certain that it is an ending very different to the one they would have expected when they wrote Life on Mars, it is no less fit or proper.

Gene Hunt as Virgil, helping guide the souls out of their own little hells. And Daniel Mays I think will be cropping up on our screens in various barking mad roles for years to come.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
George_head

Gene Hunt as Virgil

I'd not thought of that (Dante being one of those authors with whom I'm less familiar than perhaps I ought to be), but that is what Gene has made himself into, or been made into.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)

I like the idea that the way to salvation is through a pub... ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Sam_Annie_roof

Clearly you have to be in the right state of mind to see The Railway Arms for what it is.

I wonder whether I would see the Gardener's? Vegetarian heaven?

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)

good choice :-)

Doesn't need to be local though, the Railway Arms is in Manchester after all...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)

It seems to move to wherever it's needed!

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

PS, playerking came to my flat and spotted that my (broken) oven clock is at 9.06...

clearly, its time had come ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)

Time to take it to the pub!