And I'm still puzzling over it.
I don't want to say too much about it, for those who DVR'd it, but I think it's one of those shows you don't leave lingering too long before watching it. You just HAD to know what was really going on with Sam Tyler.
Personally, I think that ending really could be open to interpretation. I think it all comes down to what was actually said over the car's radio at the end, and whether you're more prone to optimism or pessimism. (Although as seen in Ian Wylie's blog about the show, the creator of the show feels there was a definitive finale for the story, while star John Simm felt differently. Choose your guru wisely.)
The one thing I always wanted from the series was to find out that DCI Gene Hunt had been real, and that he was a definite "living" character in Toobworld. Even that could still be possible, despite how the show ended, but now it will have to wait until the sequel 'Ashes To Ashes' has completed its run before such theories can be bandied about.
Probably said too much there....... Sorry, Guv.
Anyway, I liked the series a lot. And at the same time, I'm glad it ended when it did. Sixteen episodes was enough to complete a fantastic story and not have its impact and wonder frittered away by stretching it out over several more seasons. (Sorry - over several more series!)
I'm going to miss the gang in A Division, and I'm thankful they haunted Toobworld while they could.....
Now somebody get off of their arse and get the DVD released here in the USA!BCnU!