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Life on Mars

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Creative, original

  • Aug 21, 2009
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A creative, original story that's purposely vague and confusing about its true mythos, with enough heart and grit to its crime-of-the-week stories and character insights to justify it. You're supposed to be as much of a fish out of water as Sam Tyler is, you're only supposed to know as much as him, to see what he sees - you piece together the mystery of what's going on along with him, and it creates that much more of an involved experience. It's more empathy than sympathy, in that you're on the ride with him.

The show deserves points for its level of restraint - it quit while it was ahead, which is more than you can say for any U.S. television shows these days. It asked a question - many questions, really, but all tied to the bigger, series-long one - and answered it creatively, with good pacing and in its own way. After that, there was nothing left, and the show was smart enough to finish it.

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August 27, 2009
Couldn't agree more. The British series had some great themes, and the contrast of attitudes was an oppurtunity to see how far we moved forward, as well as back. However, like the Office, the American version lost a bit in translation. While the English Sam Tyler saw the series end as a journey into the psych of reality, and the choices you have, while the Americans went to Space??? Sorry if that was a spoiler, but WTF??
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Months after a near-fatal car crash sends him hurtling back to the year 1973, Police Detective Sam Tyler begins to give up hope that he'll return to his former life. Nonetheless, he rises through the ranks of the department, despite clashes with his morally lax boss, Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt. Sam gets a further surprise when a new member joins their team: Glenn Fletcher, a new recruit who, Sam knows, will grow into the chief inspector who mentors Sam back in his future life.
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