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Rewatching Ashes to Ashes (No Spoilers). Sigh... - dorsetgirl
March 30th, 2010
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Rewatching Ashes to Ashes (No Spoilers). Sigh...
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.

Comments, anyone?

P.S. This non-spoilery review of 3.01 has me very excited, all the same.

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Date:March 30th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I couldn't even make it all the way through 2x01, and I liked season 1 and was all hyped-up for season 2 because I'd been following Deano's blog. *shrugs* It's just... meh.
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Date:March 30th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
I know exactly where you're coming from! I do enjoy Ashes to Ashes but mainly in a kind of 'missing Sam Tyler' sort of way... and you are so right about the depth of detail that makes Life on Mars so utterly re-watch-able. It just isn't there quite so much with A2A, is it? Weirdly, my OH says he prefers A2A to LoM (sacrilege!); I suspect Keeley Hawes has something to do with that; but I guess that's okay because John Simm has a lot to do with my enjoyment of LoM, to be honest!!

quote: " 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".

Oh, I have to agree with you there, too - John is so not my normal 'type' either! But he IS utterly gorgeous in an indefinable kind of way... I mean yeah, the eyes, the vulnerability he plays so well... but its more than that and I really can't quantify it. I've been a fan now for three years and am as keen now as when I first discovered him, which is amazingly brilliant!

I've read the write ups for S3 ep2 in next week's Radio Times and without wanting to spoiler anyone who hasn't read it yet(so I won't say much) it IS very intruiging!!
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Date:March 31st, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Just stumbled on your post. I've just started watching Life on Mars, and I had no idea it continued (sorta?) in Ashes to Ashes...I hate spoilers, so I will remain confused on that. Anyways, I absolutely l o v e John Simm (and what do you mean there's nothing about him that should push your buttons?!) and I'm kind of sad devastated to see he's not in Ashes to Ashes. Just...just...wtf?
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