History Series / AshesToAshes

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* AfterlifeAntechamber: [[spoiler: Gene's world is a purgatory specifically for dead police officers.]]
* AskAStupidQuestion: Chris asks a South African freedom fighter [[spoiler: who is revealed to have killed several police officers ten years ago in a bomb attack back home]] if he's frightened to be returned to South African custody, even though they both know he will be tortured to death.

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* AfterlifeAntechamber: [[spoiler: Gene's [[spoiler:Gene's world is a purgatory specifically for dead police officers.]]
* AskAStupidQuestion: Chris asks a South African freedom fighter [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who is revealed to have killed several police officers ten years ago in a bomb attack back home]] if he's frightened to be returned to South African custody, even though they both know he will be tortured to death.



* [[ArcWords Arc Numbers]]: 6-6-20. In a bit of a GeniusBonus, has three different meanings. [[spoiler: First, it's Gene's badge number back before he got killed. The other two are references to bible verses (as noted in the episode before the numbers first appeared, the three numbers represent book, chapter, and verse) From the book of Joshua (using one reckoning) "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city." (what Keats claims he's going to do to Hunt's stomping grounds). However by another reckoning (where the Old and New Testament are treated as seperate books), it refers to this passage from Romans "When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness." (a reference to them all being in some sort of purgatory)]]
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: The [[http://i51.tinypic.com/nl2wih.jpg C.I.D. ceiling]]. Note the above picture.

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* [[ArcWords Arc Numbers]]: 6-6-20. In a bit of a GeniusBonus, has three different meanings. [[spoiler: First, meanings.
** [[spoiler:First,
it's Gene's badge number back before he got killed. The other two are references to bible verses (as noted in the episode before the numbers first appeared, the three numbers represent book, chapter, and verse) From killed.]]
** [[spoiler:From
the book of Joshua (using one reckoning) Joshua: "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city." (what This is what Keats claims he's going to do to Hunt's stomping grounds). However by another reckoning (where the Old and New Testament are treated as seperate books), it grounds.]]
** [[spoiler:It also
refers to this passage from Romans "When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness." (a This is a reference to them all being in some sort of purgatory)]]
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purgatory.]]
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AstralCheckerboardDecor: The [[http://i51.tinypic.com/nl2wih.jpg C.I.D. ceiling]]. Note the above picture.



* BadassLongcoat: Gene Hunt often wears a trench coat in this series.

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* BadassLongcoat: BadassLongcoat:
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Gene Hunt often wears a trench coat in this series.



* BelligerentSexualTension: [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-kiss-me-or-punch-me Alex and Gene]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-kiss-me-or-punch-me Alex and Gene]] Gene



** Sometimes BelligerentSexualTension turns into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-you-could-never-ever like in this scene]]
* BetweenMyLegs: Gene's CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-my-reputation-preceedes introduction, no less]]

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** %%** Sometimes BelligerentSexualTension turns into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-you-could-never-ever like in this scene]]
* %%* BetweenMyLegs: Gene's CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-my-reputation-preceedes introduction, no less]]



* BittersweetEnding: The finale. [[spoiler: Alex has helped Gene to remember who he is and what he's for, and she's been a major factor in shaking up the station and making sure that the others complete their stories; and Jim is (at least for the moment) defeated. On the other hand Alex really is dead, and will never see her daughter again; and although all of Gene's department have learned the truth about him and hold him in the highest respect, they move on and he doesn't.]]
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Spanning both series. The last episode ends with Gene welcoming another time-travelling comatose using the same line he used in the ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'' pilot.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The finale. [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex has helped Gene to remember who he is and what he's for, and she's been a major factor in shaking up the station and making sure that the others complete their stories; and Jim is (at least for the moment) defeated. On the other hand Alex really is dead, and will never see her daughter again; and although all of Gene's department have learned the truth about him and hold him in the highest respect, they move on and he doesn't.]]
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: Spanning [[spoiler:Spanning both series. The last episode ends with Gene welcoming another time-travelling comatose using the same line he used in the ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'' pilot.]]



* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: The Masons who dominated the police force in the 1980s [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-the-freemasons are portrayed this way ]] in Season 2. TruthInTelevision.

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* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: The Masons who dominated the police force in the 1980s [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-the-freemasons are portrayed this way ]] way]] in Season 2. TruthInTelevision.



* {{Catchphrase}}: Gene never seems to be able to say the word "armed" without following it up by "bastards".

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* {{Catchphrase}}: {{Catchphrase}}:
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Gene never seems to be able to say the word "armed" without following it up by "bastards".



* ChekhovsGun: Jim Keats's broken watch seems like nothing when it's first alluded to in 3.1, but becomes a major plot point in the series finale.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Jim Keats's broken watch seems like nothing when it's first alluded to in 3.1, but becomes a major plot point in the series finale.



** [[spoiler:[[LightIsNotGood Then again...]]]]

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** %%** [[spoiler:[[LightIsNotGood Then again...]]]]



* CoolCar: Gene's Audi Quattro.

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* CoolCar: CoolCar:
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Gene's Audi Quattro.



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Sally in series 2 ep 1, Supermac, Martin Summers, Louise Gardiner and Viv all die in either Gene's or Keats' arms. The fact that they do proves an important plot point.]]

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Sally [[spoiler:Sally in series 2 ep 1, Supermac, Martin Summers, Louise Gardiner and Viv all die in either Gene's or Keats' arms. The fact that they do proves an important plot point.]]



* DistaffCounterpart: Alex Drake for Sam Tyler in ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.
* DownerEnding: The series 1 finale.
* DreamSequence: Alex's wacky dream sequences are a major part of the show. And sometimes they count as CrowningMomentOfAwesome or CrowningMomentOfFunny. With CrowningMusicOfAwesome included. For example [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-uptown-girl this sequence]]. Or [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-do-you-still-dream-of-h this sequence]].
* 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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* %%* DistaffCounterpart: Alex Drake for Sam Tyler in ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.
* %%* DownerEnding: The series 1 finale.
* DreamSequence: Alex's wacky dream sequences are a major part of the show. And sometimes they count as CrowningMomentOfAwesome or CrowningMomentOfFunny. With CrowningMusicOfAwesome included. For example [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-uptown-girl this sequence]]. Or [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-do-you-still-dream-of-h this sequence]].
show.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gene Hunt thinks [[CardboardBoxes stacked boxes]] are there to be driven through ...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 Are to this series what TheSeventies was to ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.



* EpiphanicPrison: Alex has no real idea why or what the world she's arrived into is. She hopes that once she figures out where she is, she can figure out what to do to return back to her daughter in 2008.
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Alex discovers that she is dead and that, tragically, she cannot return to her daughter. She can go into heaven though.]]
* EtTuBrute: Gene is sent into a [[HeroicBSOD tragic BSOD]] when he discovers that [[spoiler: Chris]] is a traitor.
* FairCop: Alex in particular, but others as well. Shaz especially.
** Also, some of the extras who appear in the show too. (Especially the female prison guards).
* FanService: Alex, mainly, but also Shaz, Gene and Chris.

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* EpiphanicPrison: EpiphanicPrison:
**
Alex has no real idea why or what the world she's arrived into is. She hopes that once she figures out where she is, she can figure out what to do to return back to her daughter in 2008.
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex discovers that she is dead and that, tragically, she cannot return to her daughter. She can go into heaven though.]]
* EtTuBrute: Gene is sent into a [[HeroicBSOD tragic BSOD]] when he discovers that [[spoiler: Chris]] [[spoiler:Chris]] is a traitor.
* %%* FairCop: Alex in particular, but others as well. Shaz especially.
** %%** Also, some of the extras who appear in the show too. (Especially too, especially the female prison guards).
*
guards.
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FanService: Alex, mainly, but also Shaz, Gene and Chris.



** Chris doing a [[TheFullMonty Full Monty strip]]

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** Chris doing a [[TheFullMonty Full Monty strip]] strip]].



** Chris and Shaz in their New Romantic clothes
** Shaz in a hostess uniform

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** Chris and Shaz in their New Romantic clothes
clothes.
** Shaz in a hostess uniformuniform.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots and lots of it.

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* %%* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots and lots of it.



* GrimReaper: [[spoiler:The Clown in season one. Jim Keats appears to channel him at several moments in season three.]]
** [[spoiler: Until it is revealed that Keats is actually a demon, or possibly {{Satan}}]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ray and Chris. Shaz lampshades.

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* GrimReaper: GrimReaper:
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[[spoiler:The Clown in season one. Jim Keats appears to channel him at several moments in season three.]]
** [[spoiler: Until [[spoiler:Until it is revealed that Keats is actually a demon, or possibly {{Satan}}]]
* %%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ray and Chris. Shaz lampshades.



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

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



* HeroicSacrifice / {{Take Me Instead}}: An older member of the ANC confesses to murder, despite the prospect of being deported to South Africa and executed, [[spoiler: to protect a young woman who actually committed the crime]].
--> '''Chris''': [[spoiler: Why did you cover for her?]]
--> '''Joshua''': Because '''I'VE HAD MY LIFE''', Chris! [[spoiler: Hers was ahead of her!]]
* {{Homage}}: 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]]
** This also seems to be a homage to the dream sequences in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSingingDetective The Singing Detective]] (not the awful 'Merican adaptation, the Dennis Potter original). The series as a whole shares many similar themes, and The Singing Detective was, of course, made in the.. 80s!

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* HeroicSacrifice / {{Take Me Instead}}: HeroicSacrifice: An older member of the ANC confesses to murder, despite the prospect of being deported to South Africa and executed, [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to protect a young woman who actually committed the crime]].
--> '''Chris''': [[spoiler: Why [[spoiler:Why did you cover for her?]]
--> '''Joshua''': Because '''I'VE HAD MY LIFE''', Chris! [[spoiler: Hers [[spoiler:Hers was ahead of her!]]
* {{Homage}}: {{Homage}}:
**
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]]
** This also seems to be a homage to the dream sequences in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSingingDetective The Singing Detective]] (not the awful 'Merican adaptation, the Dennis Potter original). The series as a whole shares many similar themes, and The Singing Detective was, of course, made in the.. the 80s!



-->[[spoiler: '''Ray''']]: You've been a good pal to me. I don't know how to say this without looking like a twat...
-->[[spoiler: '''Chris''']]: Go on.
-->[[spoiler: '''Ray''']]: Well. If you donít make it out of here, can I have your mug? Only mine's knackered.

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-->[[spoiler: '''Ray''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Ray''']]: You've been a good pal to me. I don't know how to say this without looking like a twat...
-->[[spoiler: '''Chris''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Chris''']]: Go on.
-->[[spoiler: '''Ray''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Ray''']]: Well. If you donít make it out of here, can I have your mug? Only mine's knackered.



-->[[spoiler: '''[[{{Satan}} Keats]]''': [smiling] ...Alright!]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mainly Gene. Sexist, racist, misogynistic dinosaur Ray also counts.
* KarmaHoudini: Ray and Gene to a lesser extent, even more so than in ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.
** Joshua of the ANC in the penultimate episode, who [[spoiler: Chris allows to flee from custody]] even after hearing that [[spoiler: he killed several South African police officers with a bomb ten years ago.]]

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-->[[spoiler: '''[[{{Satan}} -->[[spoiler:'''[[{{Satan}} Keats]]''': [smiling] ...Alright!]]
* %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mainly Gene. Sexist, racist, misogynistic dinosaur Ray also counts.
* KarmaHoudini: Ray and Gene to a lesser extent, even more so than in ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}''.
**
Joshua of the ANC in the penultimate episode, who [[spoiler: Chris [[spoiler:Chris allows to flee from custody]] even after hearing that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he killed several South African police officers with a bomb ten years ago.]]



* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Keats gives Gene a good kicking after headbutting him and throwing him through the doors of CID. [[spoiler: The kicking shows Gene completely reverting back to his 19 year old self for a few seconds, in a moment of total vulnerability and helplessness.]]
* 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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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Keats gives Gene a good kicking after headbutting him and throwing him through the doors of CID. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The kicking shows Gene completely reverting back to his 19 year old self for a few seconds, in a moment of total vulnerability and helplessness.]]
* 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 [[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.



* MagicalNegro: [[spoiler: Nelson, in a cameo at the end, who is implied to be a Saint Peter equivalent.]]
* MindScrew: the end of Season 2.
** The end of S1 is pretty {{Mind Screw}}-y too, the man in Alex's memories turns out to be [[spoiler: Gene Hunt]], who is supposedly a fictional construct.

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* MagicalNegro: [[spoiler: Nelson, [[spoiler:Nelson, in a cameo at the end, who is implied to be a Saint Peter equivalent.]]
* MindScrew: the end of Season 2.
**
The end of S1 is pretty {{Mind Screw}}-y too, S1: the man in Alex's memories turns out to be [[spoiler: Gene [[spoiler:Gene Hunt]], who is supposedly a fictional construct.



* MisAimedFandom: Or is it? Who's the star of this show, anyway? Seems like Drake and Hunt are actively dueling for that right; the narration, all the private introspection scenes are Drake's, but the Gene Genie acts like he's in charge (justified, perhaps, because he ''is,'') so often and so strongly that he often winds up as the dominant character. This wouldn't be confusing if it was ''Series/LawAndOrder'', but Gene's strength of acting is strange considering Alex is supposed to be locked in her own mind. (Although the fact that even in the first season there are scenes where Alex isn't present suggest it might not be as simple as that. [[spoiler: It isn't.]])[[labelnote: Note:]] Justified perhaps in that the changes in character focus through the series parallel Alex's opinion of the "dreamland." Contrast how Sam is in every scene in ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'', while in season 3 of ''Ashes to Ashes'' all the main cast - including Shaz, Chris and Ray - receive independent focus without Alex in the scene.[[/labelnote]]

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* MisAimedFandom: MisAimedFandom:
**
Or is it? Who's the star of this show, anyway? Seems like Drake and Hunt are actively dueling for that right; the narration, all the private introspection scenes are Drake's, but the Gene Genie acts like he's in charge (justified, perhaps, because he ''is,'') so often and so strongly that he often winds up as the dominant character. This wouldn't be confusing if it was ''Series/LawAndOrder'', but Gene's strength of acting is strange considering Alex is supposed to be locked in her own mind. (Although the fact that even in the first season there are scenes where Alex isn't present suggest it might not be as simple as that. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It isn't.]])[[labelnote: Note:]] Justified perhaps in that the changes in character focus through the series parallel Alex's opinion of the "dreamland." Contrast how Sam is in every scene in ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'', while in season 3 of ''Ashes to Ashes'' all the main cast - including Shaz, Chris and Ray - receive independent focus without Alex in the scene.[[/labelnote]]



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Chris, in episode 7.]]
* NearDeathClairvoyance: Possible. The last thing Alex remembers before waking up in 1981 is getting shot in the head.
** [[spoiler: As confirmed by the finale, Alex has been dead throughout the whole of series 3.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The motormouthed alternative comedian in 3.06 is unnamed but from the hair, the glasses, the suit and the confrontational leftie politics, he's very obviously meant to be the young Creator/BenElton; Alex even disgustedly tells him that he's going to "end up writing soft-rock musicals", a ShoutOut to ''Theatre/WeWillRockYou''. [[spoiler: This becomes a peculiar kind of in-universe FunnyAneurysmMoment when, moments later, he's accidentally shot, and indeed dies in hospital from his wounds.]]
* NostalgiaHeaven: [[spoiler: The entire series, apparently.]]

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* %%* TheMole: [[spoiler: Chris, [[spoiler:Chris, in episode 7.]]
* NearDeathClairvoyance: Possible. The last thing Alex remembers before waking up in 1981 is getting shot in the head.
** [[spoiler: As %%** [[spoiler:As confirmed by the finale, Alex has been dead throughout the whole of series 3.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The motormouthed alternative comedian in 3.06 is unnamed but from the hair, the glasses, the suit and the confrontational leftie politics, he's very obviously meant to be the young Creator/BenElton; Alex even disgustedly tells him that he's going to "end up writing soft-rock musicals", a ShoutOut to ''Theatre/WeWillRockYou''. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This becomes a peculiar kind of in-universe FunnyAneurysmMoment when, moments later, he's accidentally shot, and indeed dies in hospital from his wounds.]]
* %%* NostalgiaHeaven: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The entire series, apparently.]]



** Series 1: "My name is Alex Drake. I've just been shot, and that bullet has taken me back to 1981. I could be one second away from life...or one second away from death. All I know is that I have to keep fighting. Fight to live. Fight to see my daughter. Fight to get home."

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** Series 1: "My name is Alex Drake. I've just been shot, and that bullet has taken me back to 1981. I could be one second away from life... or one second away from death. All I know is that I have to keep fighting. Fight to live. Fight to see my daughter. Fight to get home."



* RedemptionEqualsDeath [[spoiler: - Mack in S2]].
** It's subverted with [[spoiler:Viv]] in series 3; his pained expression and the statement that police officers have to "finish the job" to be redeemed (which [[spoiler:Viv]] never does) implies that [[spoiler:Viv has ended up damned]]. This is further implied when Chris mentions [[spoiler: having had a nightmare about Viv "hunched up amongst all this fire."]]. Also backed up by the fact that it's [[spoiler: Keats]] who is with [[spoiler: Viv]] when he dies, and not [[spoiler: Gene]].
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler: Alex]] at first refuses heaven ''twice:''
** At first, [[spoiler: she wants to return to her home but then realizes she is dead]].
** Then, [[spoiler: she instead asks to stay with Gene to help with his psychopomp duties, but she finally gives in and proceeds into heaven.]]
** [[spoiler: Gene also refuses heaven because he needs to stay and help other police officers through his purgatory.]]
*** Whether his role as a [[spoiler: psychopomp]] is appointed by himself or by a [[spoiler: holy power]] is still unclear.
* RuleOfCool: Inverted in a rare in-universe {{Lampshade Hanging}} of crime series' dramatically oversimplified police procedure and absence of the real-life tight regulations on violence and taking actions without a warrant ([[SocietyMarchesOn even in the 1980's]]), in [[spoiler: the final episode.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath [[spoiler: - Mack in S2]].
**
RedemptionEqualsDeath: It's subverted with [[spoiler:Viv]] in series 3; his pained expression and the statement that police officers have to "finish the job" to be redeemed (which [[spoiler:Viv]] never does) implies that [[spoiler:Viv has ended up damned]]. This is further implied when Chris mentions [[spoiler: having [[spoiler:having had a nightmare about Viv "hunched up amongst all this fire."]]. Also backed up by the fact that it's [[spoiler: Keats]] [[spoiler:Keats]] who is with [[spoiler: Viv]] when he dies, and not [[spoiler: Gene]].
[[spoiler:Gene]].
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler: Alex]] RefusingParadise:
** [[spoiler:Alex]]
at first refuses heaven ''twice:''
** *** At first, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she wants to return to her home but then realizes she is dead]].
** *** Then, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she instead asks to stay with Gene to help with his psychopomp duties, but she finally gives in and proceeds into heaven.]]
** [[spoiler: Gene [[spoiler:Gene also refuses heaven because he needs to stay and help other police officers through his purgatory.]]
*** %%*** Whether his role as a [[spoiler: psychopomp]] [[spoiler:psychopomp]] is appointed by himself or by a [[spoiler: holy [[spoiler:holy power]] is still unclear.
* RuleOfCool: Inverted in a rare in-universe {{Lampshade Hanging}} of crime series' dramatically oversimplified police procedure and absence of the real-life tight regulations on violence and taking actions without a warrant ([[SocietyMarchesOn even in the 1980's]]), in [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the final episode.]]



* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]]: [[spoiler: Keats]], revealed in the GrandFinale. 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.
* SelfParody: "Fire up the photocopier."

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* [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]]: [[spoiler: Keats]], {{Satan}}:
** [[spoiler:Keats]],
revealed in the GrandFinale. 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.
* %%* SelfParody: "Fire up the photocopier."



* ShipTease: [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-last-seconds-on-earth Gene and Alex]]. A lot.
** Happens with Shaz and Ray in season 3 a bit, as well as with Alex and Keats.
* ShipperOnDeck: Shaz and Luigi for Gene/Alex.

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* %%* ShipTease: [[http://tu.tv/videos/ashes-to-ashes-last-seconds-on-earth Gene and Alex]]. A lot.
** %%** Happens with Shaz and Ray in season 3 a bit, as well as with Alex and Keats.
* %%* ShipperOnDeck: Shaz and Luigi for Gene/Alex.



* SupportingProtagonist: Alex for Gene.

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* %%* SupportingProtagonist: Alex for Gene.



* TimeTravel: Sort of. Alex wakes up 27 years back in time, but (at least at first) believes it to all be in her head. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that it is in fact a separate world for the souls of lost coppers.]]

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* TimeTravel: Sort of. Alex wakes up 27 years back in time, but (at least at first) believes it to all be in her head. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is later revealed that it is in fact a separate world for the souls of lost coppers.]]



** [[spoiler: Chris]] and [[spoiler: Shaz]] are together in heaven
** [[spoiler: Gene]] and [[spoiler: Alex]] will presumably meet again in heaven when [[spoiler: Gene]] is done with his duties.

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** [[spoiler: Chris]] [[spoiler:Chris]] and [[spoiler: Shaz]] [[spoiler:Shaz]] are together in heaven
** [[spoiler: Gene]] [[spoiler:Gene]] and [[spoiler: Alex]] [[spoiler:Alex]] will presumably meet again in heaven when [[spoiler: Gene]] [[spoiler:Gene]] is done with his duties.



* {{Tsundere}}: Alex, especially in S1.

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* %%* {{Tsundere}}: Alex, especially in S1.



* UltimateJobSecurity: Not only is DC Chris Skelton generally incompetent and slow-witted, but he indulges in [[spoiler: extreme police brutality, espionage, destroying evidence and even letting a suspected terrorist walk free without permission to do so.]] Despite all this, he never ever loses his job and is basically unsackable.

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* UltimateJobSecurity: UltimateJobSecurity:
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Not only is DC Chris Skelton generally incompetent and slow-witted, but he indulges in [[spoiler: extreme [[spoiler:extreme police brutality, espionage, destroying evidence and even letting a suspected terrorist walk free without permission to do so.]] Despite all this, he never ever loses his job and is basically unsackable.



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Keats in the finale, complete with TrashTheSet.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: Sung by [[spoiler: DCI Keats / Satan]] in the finale.
* WillTheyOrWontThey - Gene and Alex.
** And as of the finale - [[spoiler: they kiss, but that's going to be it.]]
* WomanInWhite - Some of Alex's outfits, and of course, her leather jacket from S1 and S2.

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Keats [[spoiler:Keats in the finale, complete with TrashTheSet.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: Sung by [[spoiler: DCI [[spoiler:DCI Keats / Satan]] in the finale.
* WillTheyOrWontThey - WillTheyOrWontThey: Gene and Alex.
** And as of the finale - [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they kiss, but that's going to be it.]]
* WomanInWhite - WomanInWhite: Some of Alex's outfits, and of course, her leather jacket from S1 and S2.



** Played straight in the [[spoiler: series 1 finale, when Alex's parents still die in the car bomb explosion, despite the crazy amounts of effort Alex puts in to prevent it over the course of the series.]]
** Subverted in series 2 when [[spoiler: Martin Summers murders his younger self, causing Alex to have a mini-breakdown over her own failure to save her parents.]]
* [[spoiler:YoungerThanTheyLook:]] [[spoiler:Despite having the appearance of a middle-aged adult, Gene is technically a nineteen-year-old boy (given that he died at that age and still retains much of his teenage mindset). It is implied that whilst in purgatory, he adopted the appearance he imagined he would have had as a seasoned adult cop.]]

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** Played straight in the [[spoiler: series [[spoiler:series 1 finale, when Alex's parents still die in the car bomb explosion, despite the crazy amounts of effort Alex puts in to prevent it over the course of the series.]]
** Subverted in series 2 when [[spoiler: Martin [[spoiler:Martin Summers murders his younger self, causing Alex to have a mini-breakdown over her own failure to save her parents.]]
* [[spoiler:YoungerThanTheyLook:]] YoungerThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Despite having the appearance of a middle-aged adult, Gene is technically a nineteen-year-old boy (given that he died at that age and still retains much of his teenage mindset). It is implied that whilst in purgatory, he adopted the appearance he imagined he would have had as a seasoned adult cop.]]



26th Dec '16 8:30:01 PM nombretomado
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** 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 ''Series/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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** 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 ''Series/AshesToAshes'', ''Ashes to Ashes'', 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.



* MisAimedFandom: Or is it? Who's the star of this show, anyway? Seems like Drake and Hunt are actively dueling for that right; the narration, all the private introspection scenes are Drake's, but the Gene Genie acts like he's in charge (justified, perhaps, because he ''is,'') so often and so strongly that he often winds up as the dominant character. This wouldn't be confusing if it was ''Series/LawAndOrder'', but Gene's strength of acting is strange considering Alex is supposed to be locked in her own mind. (Although the fact that even in the first season there are scenes where Alex isn't present suggest it might not be as simple as that. [[spoiler: It isn't.]])[[labelnote: Note:]] Justified perhaps in that the changes in character focus through the series parralel Alex's opinion of the "dreamland." Contrast how Sam is in every scene in ''LifeOnMars'', while in season 3 of ''AshesToAshes'' all the main cast - including Shaz, Chris and Ray - receive independent focus without Alex in the scene.[[/labelnote]]

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* MisAimedFandom: Or is it? Who's the star of this show, anyway? Seems like Drake and Hunt are actively dueling for that right; the narration, all the private introspection scenes are Drake's, but the Gene Genie acts like he's in charge (justified, perhaps, because he ''is,'') so often and so strongly that he often winds up as the dominant character. This wouldn't be confusing if it was ''Series/LawAndOrder'', but Gene's strength of acting is strange considering Alex is supposed to be locked in her own mind. (Although the fact that even in the first season there are scenes where Alex isn't present suggest it might not be as simple as that. [[spoiler: It isn't.]])[[labelnote: Note:]] Justified perhaps in that the changes in character focus through the series parralel parallel Alex's opinion of the "dreamland." Contrast how Sam is in every scene in ''LifeOnMars'', ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'', while in season 3 of ''AshesToAshes'' ''Ashes to Ashes'' all the main cast - including Shaz, Chris and Ray - receive independent focus without Alex in the scene.[[/labelnote]]
26th Dec '16 8:26:40 PM nombretomado
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** 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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** 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, ''Series/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.
24th Dec '16 1:04:57 PM DustSnitch
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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 Mars|2006}}'' was given to another BadAss badass character - Jackie Queen - making them one, too.
9th Nov '16 2:26:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CastingGag: Elaine Downing, the head of the dating agency in 3.2 [[spoiler: who blatantly has the hots for Gene]], is played by Beth Goddard, real-life wife of Philip Glenister, who plays Gene.
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!"
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