Illman (illman) wrote,

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TV: Ashes to Ashes - sort of a review

I'm really not good at the whole reviewing bit, I usually leave this to people like emeryboard who are actually witty and know what they are talking about. I did borrow some of her format. You know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or something like that.

The Weird (aside from the whole episode):

  • That Voice-Over in the beginning

  • The clown (Was that Molly?)

  • The dynamic between Gene and Alex

The Good:

  • The camera - pretty pictures!

  • The music. Seriously.

  • The supporting characters.

  • Meta-moment with Chaz (or whatever her name was).

  • Alex as a mother. Curious to see how that plays out.

The Bad:

  • The police - or rather how the writers portrayed them (the 2008 police, that is). The way the initial hostage situation was handled was just unprofessional, even by TV standards. Not that I would know anything about police procedure in rl. Alex just walked in there, seemingly making things up as she went along. And when the bad guy just vanished - was nobody looking for him at all? Was anyone keeping an eye on Molly?! At all?

  • Voice-Over in the end. Didn't like that. Somehow, the delivery seemed off.

  • "I have to reclaim my destiny" . Way over the top.

The Characters:

  • Alex Drake: I didn't dislike her as much as I expected. She did run around like a headless chicken, but there were extenuating circumstances ;-) But the screaming - I hope she calms down!

  • WildWest!GeneHunt: enough said. Never was much of a fan of the character, but I liked the "Even I can't walk on water"-bit.

  • Molly: I liked her, not sure why. She did come across as a bit too grown up. "You almost got shot in front of me!" I would have expected her to be a bit more freaked out!

Questions raised:

  • Many, but that was probably the point ;-) I can't say I felt like I really needed to know what her parents had to do with the motives of the bad guy.

On the whole, given my very low expectations, I was almost pleasantly, surprised. Almost. I think there is some potential. I'm not sure how I liked the use the made of the events of LoM here, I'll have to see how that pans out. I think with such a similar concept, one can't help but compare (although I really tried not to). As I said before I saw the episode - we kind of have seen this before. That's what the episode felt like for me. I wasn't too thrilled about Alex, but I'm not sure to what extent the writers are too blame for this. Most interesting, as a contract to LoM and in general, was the mother-daughter dynamic.

x-posted to my other journal
Tags: ashes to ashes, tv, tv review

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