Keep Calm and Trust the Gene Genie
With only three episodes left, ever, Ashes to Ashes is soon drawing to a close. No major spoilers have been released, leaving the fans to devise their own theories and speculation. With all signs pointing towards a very guilty DCI Hunt, I thought I’d share my own ideas.
WARNING: SPOILERY CONVERSATION ENSUES.
With Keats encouraging Alex to investigate Sam Tyler’s death, it all seems to be leading to a rather guilty Gene Hunt. Talk of faking evidence, and the fact that he stole [and burnt] the jacket and case files from Alex’s desk, seem to support this theory.
However, we’ve come so far with the Gene Genie, that somehow I still trust him. Throughout the whole of Life on Mars, even when Sam doubted Gene’s honesty and loyalty, he was always proven to be one of the good guys. And now, in Ashes to Ashes, the cinematography presents him as some sort of god-like figure, with grand entrances. Scenes in CID often have him in the doorway of the office, in the centre of the frame, as if it is he who is the centre of their universe.
I don’t know why Alex is in the 1980s. I’ve read some excellent theories – my favourite being that Molly was actually shot and killed on that day in 2008, and that Alex has entered a world created by her own subconscious to escape the trauma. We never found out why Sam was sent back to 1973. The years were significant – both characters were sent back to the time of a traumatic experience from their childhood. Both tried to prevent these from happening, but failed. I don’t know what that means.
But what I do know, or what I have decided, is that Gene did not kill Sam. In the first two series of Ashes to Ashes, it was implied that Sam had made an impression on Gene. While they didn’t always see eye to eye, there was a repectful bond between them, as we saw being formed in Life on Mars. In an early episode of A2A, we even see newspaper clippings about Sam on Gene’s office wall. Perhaps this was all a part of the cover-up, but I doubt it.
There is a theory floating around that Sam may have killed himself. I don’t think so. He would have been in Gene’s world for seven years by then, and I always thought that the end of Life on Mars indicated that he was happy there.
In regards to the whole time-travel [or whatever it is] situation, Gene must know more than he is letting on. He had Sam banging on about it for at least a year, and while he did dismiss it as being mad, he never had him committed or psych assessed. Perhaps this is evident of his old-school ways. But then the same thing happened with Alex, same result.
Therefore, I propose that Sam’s death was a cover-up of some sort, but not of a murder. Gene didn’t kill him. Gene doesn’t just kill people – he has some morals, and a conscience [not a strong one, but Sam would’ve had to have at least committed a pretty serious offence to warrant being killed by Gene – and we know that Sam’s too straight-laced for that]. My guess, is that perhaps Sam needed to go someplace, or that he had a limited timeline in Gene’s world, and knew that his time was running out.
Whatever it is, it’s clearly something that Gene has kept to himself all of this time. People, such as Keats and Bevan, have speculated, but Gene hasn’t budged. It’s something that he doesn’t want anyone to know – something, perhaps, that they are unable to comprehend.
Well, whatever it is, I cannot wait to find out. I just have one more question: what happened to Annie?