History Series / AshesToAshes

20th Jun '16 11:17:08 AM gewunomox
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* {{Homage}}: BillyJoel's "Uptown Girl" is delightfully recreated in a dream sequence at the start of an episode, with Gene and the rest of the gang as the blue-collar boys and Alex as the white bread girl. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw Behold]]

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* {{Homage}}: BillyJoel's Music/BillyJoel's "Uptown Girl" is delightfully recreated in a dream sequence at the start of an episode, with Gene and the rest of the gang as the blue-collar boys and Alex as the white bread girl. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw Behold]]



->'''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]'''

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->'''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]'''
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12th Feb '16 2:52:58 PM ObsidianFire
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Now she has to figure out just what's going on. She's convinced that the world is just a construct of her subconscious created from her sessions with Sam, but there are [[WrongGenreSavvy some inconsistencies]] and other constants that she shouldn't even be aware of: including the presence of one Gene Hunt. Then her memories of the real world start to intertwine with the events she witnesses in 1981, creating even more doubt as to the nature of the reality she has found herself in.

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Now she has to figure out just what's going on. She's convinced that the world is just a construct of her subconscious created from her sessions with Sam, but there are [[WrongGenreSavvy some inconsistencies]] inconsistencies and other constants that she shouldn't even be aware of: including the presence of one Gene Hunt. Then her memories of the real world start to intertwine with the events she witnesses in 1981, creating even more doubt as to the nature of the reality she has found herself in.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Alex thinks she's in ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'', this means she's right about some things and wrong about others. It confuses and occasionally insults the other characters.
11th Dec '15 12:42:57 PM JamesAustin
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->''"My name is Alex Drake. And quite frankly, [[MindScrew your guess is as good as mine]]."''
->-- '''Alex Drake''', opening titles (series 3 episode 1).

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->''"My name is Alex Drake. And quite frankly, [[MindScrew your guess is as good as mine]].mine."''
->-- -->-- '''Alex Drake''', opening titles (series 3 episode 1).
11th Dec '15 12:37:43 PM JamesAustin
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** And his camelhair BadassLongcoat from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was given to another BadAss character - Jackie Queen - making them one, too.

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** And his camelhair BadassLongcoat from ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'' was given to another BadAss character - Jackie Queen - making them one, too.



* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Spanning both series. The last episode ends with Gene welcoming another time-travelling comatose using the same line he used in the [[LifeOnMars Life on Mars]] pilot.]]

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Spanning both series. The last episode ends with Gene welcoming another time-travelling comatose using the same line he used in the [[LifeOnMars Life ''Series/{{Life on Mars]] Mars|2006}}'' pilot.]]



* ButtMonkey: Chris reprises this role from Life on Mars, demonstrating almost zero competence as a police officer for most of the series, although he has a larger screen presence.

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* ButtMonkey: Chris reprises this role from Life ''Life on Mars, Mars'', demonstrating almost zero competence as a police officer for most of the series, although he has a larger screen presence.



** Also "Let´s fire up the Quattro!"

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** Also "Let´s "Let's fire up the Quattro!"
11th Dec '15 12:35:35 PM JamesAustin
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* ContinuityLockout: It's ''possible'' to watch [=A2A=] without first seeing ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. It's just really, '''really''' confusing and virtually all of season 3 is nigh-incomprehensible. And not nearly as meaningful.

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* ContinuityLockout: It's ''possible'' to watch [=A2A=] without first seeing ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}''. It's just really, '''really''' confusing and virtually all of season 3 is nigh-incomprehensible. And not nearly as meaningful.



** Also in episode 1.2, the Thatcherite Wanker´s [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HilariousInHindsight DeLorean]]

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** Also in episode 1.2, the Thatcherite Wanker´s [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HilariousInHindsight DeLorean]]Wanker's [=DeLorean=].



* DistaffCounterpart: Alex Drake for Sam Tyler in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.

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* DistaffCounterpart: Alex Drake for Sam Tyler in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}''.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gene Hunt thinks [[CardboardBoxes stacked boxes]] are there to be driven through.
** ... or so you'd think. The one time this seeming ChekhovsGun presents itself - fully obstructing the exit from a tunnel, the Gene Genie slams on the brakes, pulls up short, reverses back through the tunnel and takes the long way round.
* TheEighties: are to this series what TheSeventies was to ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gene Hunt thinks [[CardboardBoxes stacked boxes]] are there to be driven through.
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through ... or so you'd think. The one time this seeming ChekhovsGun presents itself - fully obstructing the exit from a tunnel, the Gene Genie slams on the brakes, pulls up short, reverses back through the tunnel and takes the long way round.
* TheEighties: are to this series what TheSeventies was to ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}''.



* EnemyMime: the David Bowie-esque Pierrot (which is actually the clown from the music video for the New Romantic song "Fade to Grey" by Visage, originally portrayed by Visage lead singer Steve Strange) which replaces the [[CreepyChild Creepy Test Card Girl]] from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''

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* EnemyMime: the The David Bowie-esque Pierrot (which is actually the clown from the music video for the New Romantic song "Fade to Grey" by Visage, originally portrayed by Visage lead singer Steve Strange) which replaces the [[CreepyChild Creepy Test Card Girl]] from ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}''



* {{Flanderization}}: Sexism was an incidental theme in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', but takes a front seat in ''AshesToAshes''. Accordingly, the male cops' sexism has been amped up to help make the point, especially in Gene's case.
* FanServicePack:
** Chris. In series 1 of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', the production team gave Chris waterwings along with his swimming trunks to tone down the sex appeal. By series 2 of AshesToAshes, they had him being [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn attractively postmodern]] to Shaz. Marshall Lancaster appears to have been working out in anticipation of more exposure in series 3.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Sexism was an incidental theme in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'', but takes a front seat in ''AshesToAshes''.''Ashes to Ashes''. Accordingly, the male cops' sexism has been amped up to help make the point, especially in Gene's case.
* FanServicePack:
FanservicePack:
** Chris. In series 1 of ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'', the production team gave Chris waterwings along with his swimming trunks to tone down the sex appeal. By series 2 of AshesToAshes, they had him being [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn attractively postmodern]] to Shaz. Marshall Lancaster appears to have been working out in anticipation of more exposure in series 3.






* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: Last scene of the finale, calling back to the beginning of [[LifeOnMars Life on Mars]].]]

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* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: Last scene of the finale, calling back to the beginning of [[LifeOnMars Life ''Series/{{Life on Mars]].Mars|2006}}''.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Ray and Gene to a lesser extent, even more so than in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''.

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* KarmaHoudini: Ray and Gene to a lesser extent, even more so than in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}''.



* LateArrivalSpoiler: Trust us, you ''really'' need to have watched ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' before you see the [=A2A=] pilot, since it ruins the ending. If you haven't, the shot of [[spoiler: Sam's file clearly stamped "SUICIDE" - which is how [=LOM=] ended -]] is kind of a shock. This doesn't even take into account how [[ContinuityLockOut confused you'll be]] when Season Three rolls around and the [=LOM=] references are flying right and left.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: Trust us, you ''really'' need to have watched ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'' before you see the [=A2A=] pilot, since it ruins the ending. If you haven't, the shot of [[spoiler: Sam's file clearly stamped "SUICIDE" - which is how [=LOM=] ended -]] is kind of a shock. This doesn't even take into account how [[ContinuityLockOut confused you'll be]] when Season Three rolls around and the [=LOM=] references are flying right and left.



* OpeningNarration: Unlike in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', it changes as time goes on.

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* OpeningNarration: Unlike in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'', it changes as time goes on.



* ThePeterPrinciple: Subverted. Chris never, ever makes it past Detective Constable in either Life on Mars or Ashes to Ashes, and Gene is extremely reluctant to accept Ray's long-awaited promotion to Detective Inspector in series 3. As is lampshaded several times by Alex and Keats, Gene is happy to ensure that no officer below Alex and himself is ever promoted, or handed a smidgen of individual responsibility.

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* ThePeterPrinciple: Subverted. Chris never, ever makes it past Detective Constable in either Life ''Life on Mars Mars'' or Ashes ''Ashes to Ashes, Ashes'', and Gene is extremely reluctant to accept Ray's long-awaited promotion to Detective Inspector in series 3. As is lampshaded several times by Alex and Keats, Gene is happy to ensure that no officer below Alex and himself is ever promoted, or handed a smidgen of individual responsibility.



* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]]: [[spoiler: Keats]], revealed in the GrandFinale.
** [[spoiler: Or possibly the Antichrist: WordOfGod has [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flopped]].]]
*** Arguably [[spoiler:the Test Card Girl and DCI Frank Morgan from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'']] also represent [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] in different guises, as does [[spoiler:the Clown]] in season 1 of the current series.

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* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]]: [[spoiler: Keats]], revealed in the GrandFinale.
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GrandFinale. Or possibly the Antichrist: WordOfGod has [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flopped]].]]
*** Arguably [[spoiler:the Test Card Girl and DCI Frank Morgan from ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'']] also represent [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] in different guises, as does [[spoiler:the Clown]] in season 1 of the current series.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Alex thinks she's in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', this means she's right about some things and wrong about others. It confuses and occasionally insults the other characters.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Alex thinks she's in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'', this means she's right about some things and wrong about others. It confuses and occasionally insults the other characters.
5th Dec '15 5:56:59 PM GranadalandDreamer
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->'''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]'''

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->'''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]''']]'''
5th Dec '15 5:56:45 PM GranadalandDreamer
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->[['''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]''']]

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->[['''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen ->'''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]''']]]]'''
5th Dec '15 5:56:33 PM GranadalandDreamer
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->[['''[[Series/DixonOfDockGreen Goodnight, all.]]''']]
23rd Oct '15 10:44:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy / WrongGenreSavvy: Alex thinks she's in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', this means she's right about some things and wrong about others. It confuses and occasionally insults the other characters.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Alex thinks she's in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', this means she's right about some things and wrong about others. It confuses and occasionally insults the other characters.
5th Sep '15 5:45:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* LadyInRed: Alex's first 1981 outfit.
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