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Spoilers for Series 3 up to episode 5
The closer you get to it, the less you know..
At the beginning of the episode Gene denies working with Bevan. Bevan is equally non-talkative about his and Gene's past. Alex interrogates him in the corridor many times over the course of the episode, still to no avail. Bevan definitely knows something about Gene and Sam, but it's becoming obvious to Alex he's not going to tell.
"It's not what Gene did. It's what he gets people to do."
"And what did he get you to do?
Bevan's pushy attitude even has Ray on his guard. When thinking back he realises it was Bevan who tried to shoot Frank Hardwick and the tension is unmissible between them afterwards.
"You are a good copper. Aren't you Ray."
Later, Bevan comes into Gene's office making him instantly uncomfortable. He threatens Gene with a promise that he will reveal all about Sam Tyler's 'disappearance' if Gene gets up to anything naughty. We discover he was there the day Sam died and through Alex's snooping, we find out he was the one that took the photograph of Sam's car in the river.
"You weren't so cocky three years ago - the night Sam Tyler disappeared"
"You know, there's a line. We don't cross it"
"Where was that line with Sam Tyler?"
[Sam Tyler Jacket]
Stylish. Seductive. Burnt.
Sam's jacket has had quite a lot of attention this series and as soon as Bevan leaves Gene's office Gene tries to get into Alex's drawer to take it. Later, he crow bars it open and takes the jacket and Sam's file (which was mysteriously missing last episode) outside to burn them.
Gene's face looked so sad when he threw the jacket into the fire. I like that he opened the file and took out Sam's photo, looking at it for a while before throwing it into the bin. Alex finds him and is obviously annoyed and wants to know what's going on.
"Whatever you're looking for, it doesn't exist"
Then the line which made us all think of Sam in Life on Mars.
I won't say much, i don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't seen it.
"Sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith"
Chris? Did you see..
This week it's Ray's turn to see the magical edge of the universe stars. I thought his were a lot more striking and beautiful than Alex's. I'm sure i spotted a tear in Ray's eye at one point too..
"Like at the edge of the world. Like we were bloody astronauts"
I'm hoping that last part was a subtle hint at the AWFUL end of the US version of Life on Mars.
Which i'm sure many would agree with me on - was bloody awful.
At the police gala Chris mentions to Shaz that Ray saw stars. There is a look between them, and from that moment they seem closer. They share something. They've finally bonded.
I am dead, as dead I well may be..
The incredibly eerie scene where Ray sings Danny Boy. The sound of the audience disappears and we're entranced by Ray and Shaz's voices (rather beautiful i thought) as she comes to help him get over his stagefright.
The emphasis on the line and I am dead, as dead I well may be.. shocked me to my core.
Are they both dead too?
(Lyrics and wonderings by qthewetsprocket here)
When did you grow wings and a halo?
The dressing room scene was so tense and wonderfully acted. The shock and disbelief on Alex's face, the pure boiling anger on Gene's. Bevan said a lot, but still he didn't reveal much.
I'll let the dialogue do the talking:
GENE: You murdering bastard.
BEVAN: When did you grow wings and a halo? Shall we tell her Gene? Tell her why you got me to falsify evidence at a crimescene? What you were covering up about your mate Sam Tyler? Go on! Tell her what you did to him! And you call me a murdering bastard. Nah. The only difference between us, is that you got away with it.
Gene pulls out his gun and Bevan escapes.
I don't believe Gene killed Sam and if he did, it was to help him (if that makes any sense).
You wanna know the truth Bevan?
This scene blew my mind.
First a stand off between Bevan and Ray, then Chris appears from behind the bins. After Bevan is told to kick his gun away by Ray he hurries to his pocket and Gene shoots him in the shoulder. (Genesis' 'Mama' starts to play and works PERFECTLY) Gene walks up to Bevan who lies struggling on the ground and squats down next to him.
You wanna know the truth Bevan?
Gene's back is to the camera, all we can see is Bevan's reaction. He screams in horror, looking up at gene, shaking and scraping his legs on the floor trying to crawl/roll away - he was truely frightened. Alex rushes over to ask Bevan what Gene had said and receives the same treatment - a look of horror and a scream.
GET AWAY! GET AWAY FROM ME!!
Alex runs after Gene, desperate to know what he told Bevan that made him act the way he did.
I told him the truth.
Yes Gene. You did.
I've heard a lot of ideas about what Gene could have said. But what if he didn't say anything? What if he showed Bevan something. I've always believed that the creepy dead copper is Gene and once theanonsisters suggested that he could have revealed his half blown off face to Bevan the scene suddenly made more sense. When Alex ran over, could Bevan see her gunshot wound too? If so, this means Gene would be controlling what Bevan could see, as the people who rushed over to help him when Alex approached were not scared of her. If that's the case, then Gene has a lot more power in this world then we originally thought.
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This is by far my favourite episode this series.
Feel free to comment with your own theories but if you happen to know anything spoilery please keep it to yourself, some of us want to play detective for a little while longer!