With Ashes to Ashes starting this Friday, I thought it might be a good idea to catch up a bit on previous episodes. No way was I going back to series one, so I watched the first episode of series two yesterday, and now I'm halfway through the second one.
And I'm bored.
It's just not pulling me in, although I think I did quite enjoy this episode the first time. Once you know what's going to happen there's nothing else, whereas with Life on Mars it seems there's always something else, something you didn't notice the first time, or the next, or the next. And while there's absolutely nothing about John Simm that should push my buttons, I can't help it - the moment he walks on screen (or indeed, stage), I'm all sharp intake of breath and "shit, he's gorgeous".
Yesterday's (2.01) was quite good. I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed looking at, and listening to, Gene when he said "There should be a notice up at all the train stations in the North. The streets of London are paved with shit." Looking gorgeous, sounding ditto. Full of depth and complexity, hint of grief, just the way I like him.
But today's... Ack, I just can't get into it. There's just too much Alex and I keep on looking at her blank pretty face filling the screen and thinking "You know, I don't care. Couldn't care less whether you ever get home. You don't interest or attract me in any way, shape or form".
I've lost all interest in 'the mystery', the roses, the mysterious stranger, the Masons subplot. And I'm finding myself not even caring about Gene so much, and that really makes me angry. It's just all so shallow, so stylised, so cold and trivial and empty.
To be honest, I was glad when the phone went and I had to switch it off.
P.S. This non-spoilery review of 3.01 has me very excited, all the same.