Was there Life on Mars?

Ashes to Ashes closed the televised Hunt era – and the Quattro died. Viewers watched as the slow reveal unfurled on what had been happening all along, and the purpose – and perhaps identity – of Jim Keats became clear. I’d a nagging suspicion since Keats first appeared, and the visits to his office – 2-bar heating always burning brightly – suggested a little corner of Hell existed in Fenchurch East.

Yes, I admit the conclusion felt a little tagged on. The conclusion of Ashes to Ashes Season 1 established Hunt as saviour and protector to little Alex Drake. Season 2 revolved around Project Rose and Martin Summers, ultimately leading to Drake’s near demise in the past and return to the future. Does it all fit? Can you reconcile the events of the past with the final conclusion? Did Hunt have a plan from the beginning to make Drake look up to him – and perhaps stay in Fenchurch East a little bit longer. Lingering in purgatory might not be such a bad thing afterall, right? Carling and Skelton certainly found it a home away from Heaven, their respect for the Guv’nor keeping them around for years and years.

Sam Tyler discovered the truth, finding his peace – along with Annie, no doubt – and passing into the bosom of The Railway Arms (Arms… Mars, anyone?). The time Tyler spent with Hunt may have been the best he’d ever had, certainly preferable to the all too grating reality of adminsitration, procedure and paperwork. In Hunt’s presence, paperwork simply became part of the scenery.

Philip Glenister delivered a great performance from start to finish. He made Hunt an icon – a guilty pleasure, by all means, but an icon nevertheless. In a world so utterly screwed up with political correctness, Hunt provided a refreshing freedom to simply be – and Glenister shone in the role. He’ll have a tough time getting away from the Gene Genie – but he has the skills to do it (though he might yet be haunted by his demons – and his Demons). Should I chance upon him again, I’ll be sure to blog or Twitter… if only to analyse his accent of choice for whatever role he takes!

Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?


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