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November 12th, 2009

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11:31 am - ....
...I don't know when I'll have time to thoroughly process this, much less write as huge a reaction post as I want to, but...I just finished series 2 of Life on Mars.

I'm neither shocked, nor annoyed, nor overly impressed by the ending, except that it felt artistically quite right, and it's making me very, very thinky about my own life. (I am a lot like Sam Tyler, and therefore I would get philosophical about this anyway, but the specifics have really, really grabbed me.)

So. Awesome show. More comments later. (If you want to bring up something in the comments here, go for it; everyone who hasn't seen it, 'ware spoilers.)
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Date:November 12th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I liked the ending, although it did torpedo my personal theory that Sam was in a sort of Jungian Purgatory (Gene representing the Shadow and Annie the Anima, both of which he was denying in different ways). Of course, we don't absolutely know he actually woke up; I'm not convinced that was anything other than a last temptation to betray what he'd learned to value, however ambiguously, for the old sterile deadly security.
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Date:November 12th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a rather clever theory you had; I could see that. (Although I admit to being a little sad about any theory that really puts the kibosh on Gene and Annie being real people. *g*)

Of course, we don't absolutely know he actually woke up

This did occur to me, and I rather wonder if that was the writers' intention; the bit of 2006 we got was short and lifeless, making it quite impossible for the viewers to see it as real. We see only what Sam sees, and must make our judgments from there. :)

The whole pov thing, that we only see what Sam sees--it's very rare in television. I am impressed at how faithfully it was carried through (and with John Simm for putting up with what was undoubtedly a hellish shooting schedule!).

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