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April 23rd, 2010


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10:40 pm - Ashes to Ashes
Someone on my f-list was discussing the theory that Gene Hunt and Jim Keats are psychopomps - entities who have the job of escorting souls through death. And that they barely knew what they are, or remember and forget, but know that they are both of a kind. I have stupidly forgotten which friend it was. In any case, I think this idea is quite well entrenched in the third seasons of Ashes to Ashes, and in this week's episode Keats played the role unambiguously, guiding a dying woman's passing.

I like it that they may both be powerful spiritual beings, and that they are enemies, but neither of them is evil. I suppose Keats may turn out to be evil, and what he was doing was consuming the woman's energy or something rather than easing her passing. I hope not. Also, I hope nothing like this is ever made quite explicit. I'm sure it won't be.

Speaking of things never made explicit, did you see the graffiti Alex was looking at on the underpass:

Gene
(Heart)
Sam


I'm such an idiot fangirl because that gave me a massive tingly thrill.

And just as I was about to hit 'post' I see rozk has just posted a similar chain of thought about Hunt and Keats, though she argues that Keats is Lucifer, and you could make a case for that. And Lucifer is an ambiguous figure.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 23rd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Possible spoiler in the first two pars, even though it seemed fairly likely for most of the episode?

I'm surprised I haven't seen the first Gene/Sam graffiti icon yet!
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From:communicator
Date:April 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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well if you think it might upset anyone to find out in advance I have spoiler-cut it

I think it's so naff to be pleased about something like the graffiti - but that just proves that I am naff
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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 23rd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I think it's so naff to be pleased about something like the graffiti

I thought it just proved how slash-conscious the writers are! And when Alex was making her notes, she wrote "Sam/Gene" (or was it "Gene/Sam"?)
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From:communicator
Date:April 24th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
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It does show that for sure. I just was shocked at how much it affected me, being just some words on a wall. I think like those pictures at the Bafta ceremony, it was the frank complicity. Like your icon in fact - lovely.
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From:matildabj
Date:April 24th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
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Yes, I noticed the Sam/Gene thing too!

I have nothing further to add that's even remotely coherent or interesting...
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From:communicator
Date:April 24th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
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it's nice to be able to go online and find other people saw it
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From:khalinche
Date:April 28th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I noticed it too and muttered 'Fanservice, much?'
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From:communicator
Date:April 28th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
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If Life on Mars and A2A reflect the culture of television programs - that is, Sam and Alex have gone into the world of cop shows - then perhaps the next stage for the franchise will reflect the culture of fandom. Wow, it won't happen but what a fun idea.
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From:khalinche
Date:April 28th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I thought the 'Uptown Girl' dream sequence was a nod to that too - even if it wasn't, it was fabulous.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 24th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
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Aha, here it is!
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From:communicator
Date:April 24th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
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it was the fifth icon on my f-list this morning

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