We know Major Tom’s a junkie.
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ALEX: Let’s have a dance.
GENE: No. Gene Hunt does not dance.
SPOILER CONTENT AHOY. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK.
“Those two should get a room or kill each other.”
The finale of Ashes to Ashes is fast approaching, and with it, more and more spoilers are slowly leaking out of the press. After the events between Alex and Gene in last week’s episode, the news that this week we will indeed see a kiss has come as quite a delight for many A2A fans.
I’m not a big “shipper”. I don’t watch telly to watch people hook up. But in the fandom world, there are many people who do. They choose their pairings carefully within each of their universes, and they get pretty involved – fanfiction and all. Which is fine. I’m not going to get into studies of fandom and fan behaviour, even though it’s fascinating stuff. I’m just trying to let you know where I’m coming from.
I didn’t get into Ashes to Ashes wanting Gene and Alex to get together. I found his crush on her quite adorable, but aside from that, there was enough tension between them as colleagues to keep the interaction interesting. But now, just like with Sam and Annie, I think it’s only right that the fans get their kiss.
Last week was such a tease – the build-up to the date, and then the classic line from Alex to Gene: “Get your coat, you’ve pulled.” And then the dancing. To Spandau Ballet of all things. Head over heels when toe to toe, this is the sound of my soul, this is the sound…
Typically, Jim Keats had to ruin the moment. It was quite predictable, but played out so well that it still came as a surprise.
I think it’s inevitable that Ashes to Ashes will not have a happy ending. We were lucky, in that way, with Life on Mars. It ended fairly ambiguously, but there was still a sense of closure. And it ended on a positive note: Sam was happy. Annie was happy, the Guv was happy. They were a team. There was solidarity.
In Ashes to Ashes, it’s all falling apart. And now that it’s been implied that things didn’t end so happily for Sam after all, then Alex doesn’t have much hope. I have a theory that Gene’s “world” only exists as much as people believe in it. Once they start seeing cracks, then it begins to crumble – and that’s what Jim Keats has been doing – trying to point out the cracks. That’s why for both Alex and Sam, when they first entered CID, they received messages from the future – because they weren’t fully convinced that what they were experiencing was real. But as soon as they began to settle in, the future seemed further and further away, and they received fewer and fewer messages.
I don’t want Alex to go back to Molly. It sounds horrible, I know, but over these five years, I’ve grown attached to Gene Hunt, and Chris and Ray. And more recently Shaz, too. I adored Sam and Annie, and I can’t get enough of Alex. 1983 seems like such a vibrant and alive world, that it’s heartbreaking to watch it all fall to ruins.
But, that said, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Like everyone else, I just have to wait until Friday… [well, Saturday, really. Damn time difference!].