Its not very often in a lifetime that event television such as this comes along. Whilst watching the final episode, I almost forgot to breathe and could hear my own heart beating. It was THAT good. (No spoilers here). One moot point- thank God it was BBC and no adverts broke up the tension.
Now I never quite got round to watching Life on Mars. it appealed to me, and my friends all praised it, but I just never got round to it. This in no way spoilt my enjoyment of Ashes to Ashes and Series Three played a blinder.
The loose ends are finally tied up - well the big ones are, but as for the little ones, well, the writers have left enough intrigue for you to mull over for a long time. From almost the first scene in Episode 8 came shock after shock after shock. Who was the body in the shallow grave? Why had Ray, Chris and Shaz all seen stars? Who was Gene Hunt really? and was Jim Keats good or bad? The final episode answered all these questions and its kudos to the writers as well as the actors that it was so electrifying. No weak links here.
Special mention must go to Daniel Mays playing Keats. Right up until the last episode he had me guessing: good or bad? good or bad? When this question was answered he really pulled off some incredible acting. Also excellent werethe outstanding Keely Hawes (isn't she tall? 5.11"?), Ray, Chris and the fabulous Shaz. their performances had everything including chemistry and camaraderie.
But let's centre on the hero to end all heroes, the Gene Genie himself. Unfortunately for the legend that is Philip Glenister he'll have some work to do to avoid being Gene Hunt in everything he does. So iconic was his character and so well loved, and so refreshingly rude and Un-PC that his performance outshines everything and he becomes the star of the series. Indeed of the whole franchise.
As for the other episodes on this DVD, from apisode 1 to episode 8, its like a clever puxzzle. The clues are there, the characters are growing, you can feel the climax building, at first subtly, and then to the tension filled episode 8 where all becomes clear and my word, its beautiful television. The ending was so right. I hope they don't make any more as they pitched this perfectly and I'm sad its over as perfect, thought provoking, intelligent television like this only come along once a decade or two. Breathtaking and emotional.
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