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19 May 2013 @ 12:03 pm
AtA, Autoreverse...  
I haven't written about this before, but back in March, one of the birthday presents I got from my Dad was a complete Ashes to Ashes UK box set. A highly recommendable household addition for the interested viewer, btw., as the individual DVDs contain lots of special features, audio commentaries, fun bits, and last but not least subtitles for those whose ear isn't quite fully attuned to some of the more exotic UK accents.

And as these things usually go, owning of course lead to viewing, re-watch for me, first time experience for Cavendish who had only been familiar with the first season of Life on Mars so far. You've no idea how much I had to bite my tongue in order not to give away any crucial information and thus spoil his viewing experience. Lots of his speculations were awfully close, anyway. Talk about the advantages/disadvantages of being married to a rather smart person who knows how to read TV and cinema ;-)

As for my own impressions regarding AtA:

For a show building towards the revelation of an underlying central mystery, Ashes to Ashes is surprisingly re-watch friendly. Knowing how it all was going to end, didn't spoil my viewing experience in the least. However, the focus of my attention shifted, away from the metaphysical level and more towards character dynamics and neat little details.

Watching the entire show over the course of roughly three weeks also highlights AtA's evolvement as a drama show, from clever season 1 mindgame into something that, by the end of its run, has long become genuinely and humanly touching.

Oh, and while the show's ending itself is perfectly fine, I still would have loved to see Alex take over Gene's role, simply because based on Alex's entire characterisation throughout seasons 1-3 Alex taking over would have made so much more sense.

Now, off to re-watching LOM ;-)

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