(spoilers ahead for anyone out there that is thinking of watching this series…)
One thing that happened quite early on with the airing of “Ashes” is that keen-eyed fans spotted a connection between Clownie and Alex’s dad, namely that the same actor played them both despite the fact that the actor was only being credited for the creepy clown. The website that first broke this bit of rumour happened to be read consistently by the production team and the website was asked to kill the post, but not before the news of a connection started to spread elsewhere. Of course we continued to speculate on what the connection meant and what that meant to Alex’s quest to prevent her parents’ deaths but I don’t recall anyone going with “Dad is nuts and taking his family with him!” being mentioned…
Of course, this mirrors Sam finding out that not only was Vic a criminal in the final episode of the first season of LoM, he was a killer as well. I’m pretty sure Sam prevented Annie’s death in the woods,right from the first episode you saw those flashbacks of red in the woods and a confused WeeSam walking around, looking for his fleeing father.
Back to “Ashes” and Alex’s dilemma. She’s lost her parents but for a reason she had no way of knowing and still has to figure out how to get back to Molly and the present day. One good friend of mine thinks the way the series opened has something to do with the overall mystery…the upside-down/mirror images of the opening scene and then the very short period between Alex hearing the gun-shot and finding Molly emerging from under the pier has left my friend wondering if Alex has a disconnect with reality even before she appears to get shot on the barge. (the references to “the book” and then the padded room in Bowie’s video,scenes where he’s connected to the space-ship?) Oh and I still have some major,major issues with Evan, I think there is something Alex is going to find out about him that makes getting back even more urgent than she currently realises.
I still prefer LoM to Ashes, mostly because of John Simm’s performance and the overall arc of the two seasons. Something about Alex’s shrillness and being such a know-it-all over the first few episodes was very grating and I thought badly written (as were her hooker-style outfits!) but by the end of the first season, Ashes seemed to have hit at least the bar. From what I’ve heard so far, they are planning at least one more (if not two more seasons) and have promised by the end of Ashes that an even bigger mystery will be revealed!!
Filming starts sometime in August of this year, with new episodes being airing early in 2009.
And yes, Clownie was meant to be the Clown from the Bowie video, only instead of being just tragi-comic, he was lethal as well…
Just for comparison’s sake, here is a link to the first promo of the Americanised version of LoM-