|Ashes to Ashes (TV Series) - looking back
||[Apr. 3rd, 2008|04:48 pm]
Renewed for a second series then (as expected). This succinct review from an Amazon customer sums up my own views almost perfectly:|
Quote: "Yes, I too did mention Life on Mars - this series is bound to be compared to it - Life on Mars was compelling stuff, you bought the dvd and watched it all in one night - not so with Ashes to Ashes - it is good, it is not compelling. Philip Glenister is OUTSTANDING as Gene Hunt - indeed we could have a show with him and his two sidekicks - Ray & Chris who are both brilliant. The character of Alex Drake - shot and transported back to 1981 is annoying, irrating and shallow - she is no Sam Taylor - perhaps it is the actress Keeley Hawes. Philip Glenister and co do not appear to be acting, their characters for that time period are truly believeable where Keeley Hawes appears to be "putting on a show" all the time. Leaving aside the bad acting of Hawes, while we were in the dark to a great extent about what was going on in Life on Mars, here we know - which perhaps diminished the edge of seat, must see the next episode urge. Alex is "trapped" in 1981 what to get back to her life and daughter - Gene fancies her rotten, what will happen? The last episode has a good twist and there is a second series which I will be watching, but not with the same anticipation that I had for Life on Mars. It is good, it is funny, it is enjoyable, but it is not great stuff." End Quote
When I first heard about Ashes to Ashes and that there would be no Sam Tyler, I assumed it would just be a "staight" cop show featuring Gene, Chris and Ray - a sort of "what happened to them next" rather than essentially an inferior retread of Life on Mars with a new lead character. Had they done so, it would have lended some credence to Philip Glenister's claim that Ashes "isn't a sequel to Life on Mars", which it very clearly is.