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16 May 2010 @ 02:25 pm
A2A Theorizing - Something reaching back to the very first episode  
While I haven't made any Ashes to Ashes related posts in a while, I'm enjoying the current season immensely and have been lurking following the discussion in selenak's journal with increasing interest.

I'm not sure whether anyone else has already mentioned this within the context of the grand "Alex might eventually take over Gene's role as a psychopomp" theory, but the bits and pieces of dialoge (accidental or not) foreshadowing such a possibility are actually dating back as far as right to the show's pilot, to be precise to Alex' first confrontation with Layton in front of the Tate Modern:

ALEX
You asked to speak to me, Arthur? (hold up her warrant card) I’m DI Alex Drake.

LAYTON
I know who you are! You stop staring at me, I don’t like it!

(helicopters swoop)

ALEX
OK. I’ll avert my eyes. (she looks a few feet to the left of him) And if you let this lady go, we can discuss…

LAYTON
Discuss what? I’ll kill her, yeah? And I’ll kill you! D’you understand? (beat, he mutters to himself, then pushes the busker away, points the gun at ALEX) Now, get over here! Now!

ALEX holds her hands up, scared but fighting it, takes a step toward him. We hear radio chatter “Marksmen, hold your fire, hostage negotiator approaching subject”. We see MOLLY at the back of the crowd, trying to see.

ALEX
(calm therapist voice) I help people, Arthur, people who are trapped. I help them find an escape route.
 
 
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Selena: Alex Drake by Renestarkoselenak on May 16th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh. If it does go that way, that would be magnificent foreshadowing, intentional or not.
Bimo: Alex_Gene_mugbimo on May 16th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Such a tiny throwaway line, so very standard for hostage situations as usually portrayed on tv, and yet, if one hears it in retrospect with the psychopomp theory in mind...ZOMG!

I would have missed this detail completely if I hadn't been re-watching the pilot a couple of days ago in order to check out whether I could get Cavendish interested enough so that he might join me for a full re-watch.

(So far he hasn't seen any A2A at all.)
Kathyhkathyh on May 16th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Great observation. If we get a "good" (by which I mean one that I like *g*) ending on Friday I am so looking forward to rewatching this series. I enjoyed Series 1 & 2 of A2A but Series 3 is definitely my favourite.
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on May 16th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Series 1 & 2 of A2A but Series 3 is definitely my favourite.

The same goes for me as well, mostly because I like the evolving dynamic between individual characters and the way how the show has managed to find its own creative style.

Especially the moments of mutual support between Chaz and Ray have been some of the most touching scenes I've seen on tv for a while.

Oh and don't get me started on how much I enjoy Jim Keats!