I never thought I would find myself saying this, but I am starting to lose faith in this franchise. Life On Mars was fantastic and Ashes To Ashes series one was a decent start setting the trend for something new. For this second series we were told the stakes would be higher and they are, the series appears to be better thought out and has a much darker note, but I can't help but feel that it's all been done before - the corruption in the second and final series of Mars and Alex's "operation" seems to be a retread of Sam's.
That's not to say that I don't like this series, it does have its high moments - Gene Hunt operating a crane being one of them, but the stories have become a tad run of the mill with the crime of the week approach and the underlying story of the coma/time travel is becoming silly now as even if the outcome is going to be different to Mars then why aren't we getting any answers or any clues, and if we are getting these then why aren't they more obvious? In addition - and I know I may get a lot of grief for saying this - but Keeley Hawes still fails to engage me as Drake and I couldn't give two hoots if she makes it back to her daughter or not!
Like I have said though that's not to say the series doesn't have its high moments. Gene's one liners and jokes are still present while plots like in episodes three, four and seven make for great watching. On the whole though; I feel slightly let down by the ending to the brilliant ongoing Martin Summers storyline to which the writers went for a simple approach in my opinion and the finale; while very humorous in parts (no pun intended!) ended on a scene that I found particularly cheesy and not helped by Keeley Hawes acting, which appears great at times and then nose dives at others. Rumour has it that there's a third series in the pipeline. If there is lets end all this time travel because the formula is becoming old and writers don't seem able to bring something new to the table.