Georgia Smiley

"LA critic"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (65 of 75)
Location: Los Angeles


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,773,531 - Total Helpful Votes: 65 of 75
Ashes To Ashes - Series 2 - Complete [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ Philip Glenister
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I was a fan of the original LOM and Series 1 of A2A had its moments. I liked that Alex was the complete opposite of Sam. She was sure of herself, didn't care what anyone thought and was pro-active. Some thought her smug, I thought her wonderful. I didn't care for Gene Hunt in LOM, he bent the law, drank too much, and beat people up thinking he'd get confessions.He thought he was above the law. Yes, he was decidedly un-P.C. but I didn't care for him...I was in the minority as some found him heroic.

In A2A, Gene evolved. He wasn't policing in the 1970's anymore and Alex helped him use more modern techniques. A grudging respect blossomed.
In Series-2, the respect and… Read more
Ashes to Ashes: Complete BBC Series 1 [2008] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Philip Glenister
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I liked Life on Mars. I loved Ashes to Ashes. I found it to be vastly more entertaining, funnier, creepier and more of a roller coaster ride of emotions than LOM which hung its angst on a sleeve and continued to wipe its head.
I love the fact the protagonist is pro-active and is aware of what's going on. The show is quite funny but also eerie in parts and it took a few shows for the tone issues to settle in. I don't think the writers or director showed an ounce of finesse in the first two but after that, it really was a pleasure to watch. (The Thames ride? Please. Too many Gene Huntisms saying "Aren't I so un-pc", but that happened in LOM too.)
The show plays around with the… Read more