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08 February 2008 @ 01:50 am
Birthday and Crap  
Happy birthday, urbia!

I'm going away for the weekend. If you have my cell number, give me a call. If you want it, hit me on AIM, although I'll have Internet so I'll be around the usual way.

PS: Ashes to Ashes ain't half bad. Not going into my personal canon unless they pull out a fucking miracle, but it's good for what it is.
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DIANE FUCKING HOLMESvolitaire on February 8th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I trust your judgement on this:

Should I start watching "Ashes to Ashes" at all? Can it stand alone for someone who considers that LoM was driven by Simm?

I'm worried that it's going to be hit too hard with "spinoffishness". Perhaps tell me if they pull a miracle and then I'll start watching?
A Guy Named Goo: Life on Mars Sam and Annie Kissaguynamedgoo on February 8th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
It's a tough call. It's still got a lot of merit to it on its own, if just because Alex, the main character, is an amusing proxy for the viewer (from having handled Sam's case, she thinks she knows the "rules" of the world and approaches it much like the viewer might in the same situation). It has the same excellent writers and directors, so it's not a bad show by any means.

But yeah, it has the "spinoffishness" feel, and you often get the idea they're trying much too hard to trap lightning in a bottle twice. And yes, Sam's absence weighs heavily on the show, and for claiming that it is trying to leave the John Simm behind and forge ahead, it really doesn't seem to do anything to minimize the hole left by his absence and instead from the very first moment sort of drives it home. Even Gene Hunt, the ever witty and entertaining old school copper, has a kind of Doctor Who-Jack-to-Torchwood-Jack transition going on, where he's become a broodier, more down-to-earth version of himself, still recognizable, but not always as fun to watch (and the show admits it's the lack of Sam that plays a big part in it, because if it's one thing LoM and its writers has never shied away from, it's the pretty homoerotic connection between Gene and Sam).

It's not the biggest waste of an hour of your life, but it's your hour. If you'd like, I'll let you know if it picks up at all in the next few episodes. I'm mostly waiting to see them flesh out the world-within-a-world they've created and expand on its "rules", since the first episode seemed mostly out to prove that just because you think you know the rules doesn't mean you know how to play the game.

Also nagging loose end: they elaborate on what happened to Sam at length, but never once say where Annie (also absent) is or what ever became of her. The Christmas story (so, so worth finding and reading) supposedly gives some clue as to what became of her as well as a clue to their world.