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Sunday, April 26, 2009 |
( 4/26/2009 07:58:00 AM ) Bill S.
"ME AND MY RADIO TRUCKIN' INTO THE NIGHT." Ashes to Ashes wrapped up its first season on BBC-America last night. A decent season-ender -- with stuck-in-the-eighties Alex attempting to prevent the death of her parents by car bomb and learning some appalling truths about that life-changing event. The ep made good use of its Bowie theme and had an effective appearance by the sinister Pierrot figure, though my favorite musical tribute moment came when our heroine attempts to destroy a car at a gay pride parade under the mistaken a belief that this is the vehicle that will be used to kill her parents. The song used is Tom Robinson's "2-4-6-8 Motorway," and there's a funny moment where thuggish copper Ray complains to Alex about the fact that such a "manly" song was performed by "a poof." Very in character.
I read that the series' second season has just started airing in England, so hopefully we Americans'll get to see it sometime this summer. While the show has never matched the unnerving disorientation of its superior predecessor, Life on Mars, its central dilemma remains strong enough to keep us wondering how the writers'll reconcile it, given what we already know from Mars. Too, Phil Glenister's scene-holding Gene Hunt remains a treat to watch. It's his world; all the rest are merely players . . . or is that "constructs"?