Ashes To Ashes – “The Railway Arms”
After 5 years of watching the wonderfully brash DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) “nick” criminals, with the ever reliable DI Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and DC Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) at his side, viewers were finally met with the truth about these beloved characters and what fate held for the franchise’s newest protagonist, Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes).
While anyone who has seen Life on Mars could easily conclude some possible outcomes that may have awaited Alex, it was with the appearance of the iconic “Railway Arms” where everything was beautifully wrapped up for Gene, Ray, Chris, Shaz (Montserrat Lombard) and Alex. In the end it turned out to be a group of fallen police officers stuck in Limbo with a young officer taking the form of Gene Hunt to help guide his brothers-in-arms into the afterlife.
Of course, one must not forget the wonderfully malevolent Jim Keats (Daniel Mays), who, as it turns out, was much more than this season’s antagonist. He was, in fact, some form of the devil.
It is with these moments in series such as this where one can only stand back and admire the beauty that can come from British television and unfortunately, how difficult it can be at times for American television to deliver something equally as pure.