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Bye-bye Bolly Knickers!

The last episode in the first series of Ashes to Ashes aired last night, and it was a good one. I'd thought perhaps Evan would turn out to be the bad guy, but it was someone I'd never even considered. I can't wait to see what happens next season -- I grew to like DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars, but I came to adore him in this new series. Now what will I do on a Thursday evening?

The pilot episode for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency impressed me enormously, and again, I can't wait for next year to see more.

The trailers for the new Doctor Who have persuaded me that this next series may be worth watching again. I'm certainly going to give it a chance.

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hesadevil
Mar. 28th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
it was someone I'd never even considered.
Same here.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency impressed me
Whereas I was underwhelmed by it all. I've seen better from 6th Form amateur dramatics. I'm sticking to the books.

The trailers for the new Doctor Who
were impressive. When does it start? I missed the full trailer as I watched Ashes to Ashes on the 'watch again' thingy earlier this evening.
gamiila
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
When does it start?

Next Saturday, apparently.

Whereas I was underwhelmed by it all.

Really? I thought it was very well done, and I loved the camera work on it. So colourful.
bogwitch
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I guessed it was her father all along from the moment her mother had the affair. The Evan red herring was just enough to doubt myself though.
gamiila
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
I should have seen it, too, but the father was so remarkably absent from all the previous episodes that I never even thought of him.
bogwitch
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, but that was what gave it away! I call it 'the Dick Francis Principle' because it is always the person who is briefly mentioned at the beginning but is never seen again until they are revealed as the murderer. I got quite good at spotting them during my brief stint as a Dick Francis reader.
gamiila
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Very good!

For me though, after 2 series of LoM and one of a2A, the question remains: are the Gene Genie and his team imaginary constructs, or...?
bogwitch
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
???? indeed.

i want Gene to be at the centre of it all.
gamiila
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Gene as the prime mover? I'd go with that!
bogwitch
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Consciously or, more intriguingly, unconsciously. Either would do.
gamiila
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
...and obviously, as they're only characters in a television series, they are. Do'h!
bogwitch
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh the layers of meaning.
anonypooh
Mar. 29th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
my cat didn't like the series ... from being called Ollie.... Ollie-Bollie..... He naturally became Bolly. Now we tend to just call him Knickers! heeheee.
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
'Knickers'?! If I were your cat, I'd hate you.
anonypooh
Mar. 29th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
but you're not and he loves me dearly ;)
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Of course he does...poor, conflicted kitty! ;-)
soundingsea
Mar. 29th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I really wish I'd had time to watch the downloaded episode before I saw your post and got spoiled for Evan being a red herring... I try to cut-tag major ending-type spoilers, and I always appreciate when other people can too. Thanks.
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Sorry. I should have realised that if I thought Evan could be the evil genius, other people might think so too. Here I thought I was being careful by not revealing who it was instead!

Try not to let it mar your enjoyment of the last ep when you do sit down to watch it.
soundingsea
Apr. 1st, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was pretty sure it was Evan! When I finally watched it, though, it all made sense.

And I still enjoyed it (though I wish I'd been fooled by Evan's suspicious-looking trip to the prison).
bnbalder
Mar. 29th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
*averting eyes from spoilers all over the place*

I adore Ashes to Ashes! I always liked Life on Mars, but not with the can't wait till next week feeling AtA gives me. And indeed, Hunt! Although the eighties clothes are painful to watch, they're that realistic. Make me feel vaguely guilty for ever wearing them...,;-)
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Sorry about the spoilery discussion taking place in the comments above; I didn't intend for it to happen, but then I never really thought anyone would be interested in my off-hand remarks in the first place.

I always liked Life on Mars, but not with the can't wait till next week feeling AtA gives me.

Same here! I understand a lot of people feel exactly the other way, preferring LoM to A2A, but as far as I'm concerned, A2A is a worthy successor to that earlier show, and I think I particularly like the dynamic between Gene, Raymondo, Chris and Alex a little better in it. But maybe that's just because I have watched every episode!

Although the eighties clothes are painful to watch, they're that realistic. Make me feel vaguely guilty for ever wearing them

Funnily enough, I've never yet felt guilty or embarrassed about 80s fashions and the fact that I wore them. Looking at pictures of that time, I still think I looked pretty cool back then...although sadly, I can't boast to have ever owned or possessed such a gorgeous white leather jacket as Alex sports throughout the series. I think I saw something very like it in the Bijenkorf Maffe Marathon brochure the other day...but white's never been my colour.
bnbalder
Mar. 29th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
The jacket's cool, it's just the color - the dead white makes it look cheap and fake. As do all the straight-up and down reds and blues, all those primary colors....
The shape of her off-the-shoulder tops are quite nice. I had one just like it, in shocking pink velour...;-)
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
You know what's funny, though? I don't remember the 80s as having been particularly colourful in their fashions; and myself, I never wore anything but black, white and grey for most of those years...although now that I come to think of it, I did own a red, and an ochre dress...and one of my black dresses had a bluish green geometric pattern printed on it.
bnbalder
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
I remember going shopping with a friend, with more money than I had, who bought the red and the blue and the white from Inwear. Can't remember what I wore, except in general, and a few highlights. Probably the same as you, grey and white and black....
gamiila
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Inwear? It'd be 15 years before I could afford their stuff ;-)! In the 80s, most of my clothes came from Mac & Maggie, if they didn't come from second-hand shops or the back of my parents' wardrobe (they had some cool stuff from the 50s and 60s still lying around, that needed only minimal adjustment). And I had that fuchsia Laura Ashley dress I forgot to mention earlier, tight bodice, long wide pleated skirt and 3/4 length puff sleeves which did up at the back with a row of tiny buttons and that was my prize possession for a number of years...but that was a present from my Mum, bought to wear at her wedding in '85.
bnbalder
Mar. 29th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Nobody had money for Inwear, except her. I didn't even like it, much too staid. Mac & Maggie, that was my favorite shop too. Clothes were much more expensive then ( relatively speaking), I never had anything to wear....Made my own stuff, mostly.
meko00
Mar. 30th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Actually, I suspected that the bad guy did it pretty early on, what with the white-faced clues all over the place. But I pick up on eyes fairly easily. I didn't think it'd make sense if Evan was the bad guy -- too obvious a red herring and also, he didn't strike me as having the heart for it, especially not as he was played.

Of course, now I'd like more backstory on the Prices. Also, while I'm quite fond of the Gene Genie and Ray and Chris, I'm not sure it'd work without an outside force such as Sam or Alex. And, what's going to happen next?! I love the whole mind-trip part. :-D


I just haven't been able to get into any Doctor Who. There have been aspects I've enjoyed, but as a whole, no.
gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I wasn't all that interested in finding out who blew up the Prices, and why; mainly because I knew Alex wouldn't be able to stop it and secondly because I knew that even if she did find out, it wouldn't take her back to her own time and Molly (the news that a second series had been commisioned had already been leaked). What compelled me to watch was the banter and bickering going on between Alex and the Gene Genie, between the Gene Genie and the rest of his team, and the Gene Genie himself. Also, at the end of this series, I <3 Raymondo; which is funny as I never really liked him much in LoM.
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