Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Ashes to Ashes.

What do you think about my theory (from a comment to kalypso_v) that in the sequel to Life on Mars - Ashes to Ashes - Gene Hunt may be a heroin addict? I'm basing this on three things. Firstly internal story plausibility: his brother is a junkie and Gene is borderline alcoholic, so he's vulnerable to addiction. Secondly, meta-story logic: heroin had a massive impact on Manchester in the 1980s. Thirdly, the clue is in the lyrics. The lyrics to the song 'Life on Mars' aren't unrelated to the storyline of the show, so will there be a similar relationship this time?

Ashes to Ashes revisits the hero of Bowie's first big hit, Space Oddity, eleven years later. That may, plus its early eighties timing, be the only reason they have chosen it. Or there may be more to it?
(full lyrics here)

Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song
I've heard a rumour from ground control
Oh no, don't say its true

They got a message from the action man
'I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved all, I've needed love
Sordid details following'

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know major tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
Ill stay clean tonight
Oh no, not again

It would be quite a daring decision, but I don't think it's beyond the reach of the show's creators.
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