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Ashes to Ashes 2.6

May 26th, 2009 (12:54 am)

Ashes to Ashes is set in 1982, or in a 1982 assembled from Alex Drake's memories, or the memories of several police officers in comas, or possibly still poor Sam Tyler, who hasn't woken up yet... but the period references seem somewhat askew. I'd always associated Neighbourhood Watch with the second Thatcher term rather than the first, a watered-down version of the local vigilante groups advocated by some on the right of the Conservative party. The music is out of place too in parts - Thriller was on the soundtrack tonight, but that hadn't been released yet.

Gene Hunt, of course, would be facing prosecution from Trevor Riley, as I think even the early 80s Met would draw the line at torturing someone by putting them in a car and crushing it as an interrogation technique. Then again, Riley is being kept busy with unpaid parking fines thanks to Ray and Chris.

I think that Ray's character development is potentially the most interesting this season, but could be more consistently crafted; his moral centre was always out of focus, but it's drifting off and it looks as if the next episode might see a major development.


Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)

It bothers me that they keep saying "train station" - it was still "railway station" then. Still I suppose if it is in Alex's memory she might have forgotten that.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)

I'm sure that someone somewhere is cataloguing all the details which are wrong. Life on Mars had too many post-1970s front doors on streets, for example. Ashes to Ashes is affected by the changes which have been wrought on the London skyline, so that this year I think most of the series locations are in anonymous parts of Manchester, rather than in Thames Estuary dereliction with a long shot of Tower Bridge as happened on a few occasions in year one.

Posted by: serriadh (serriadh)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)

I'm sure I remember somebody spotting the Gherkin, or at least its shadow, in the first series.

Though, inaccuracies aside, I think the second series is much better than the first. And (though this might be uncharitable) I do get the impression that the writers care less about period detail than about getting 'cool' '80s' clothes and letting Gene beat up as many people as possible.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)

I agree that this series is better-written; there's less of a focus on the UST between Gene and Alex, of course, and the connection between Alex and the present day is less complicated, with her parents' death no longer overshadowing the series in the same way.