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Old August 24 2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Revisiting Life on Mars

Damn but this is a good show. I only ever saw it once but got hold of the 2 season set recently. The two leads are so charismatic but even then the first episode is deliberately uncomfortable. You don't know whether it's going to be good or rubbish right up until the point where they both look at each other and take off over the office desk. Then you know it's going to be really good.
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Old August 24 2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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Old August 24 2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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Love the Gene Genie.
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Old August 24 2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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I fucking love Life on Mars. The show was an experience.
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Old August 24 2012, 10:16 PM   #5
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Of course you do realise, that you'll have to move onto Ashes to Ashes afterwards.
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Old August 24 2012, 10:19 PM   #6
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I LOVED LoM. But I couldn't take Ashes to Ashes. I think hubby and I made it through the first season but that was it. Bah.

I just loved how they ended LoM. No American TV series would ever have the balls to end a series like that.
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Old August 24 2012, 11:11 PM   #7
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Life on Mars is pure brilliance. The rapport between John Simm and Phil Glenister is why the show was so awesome.

Ashes to Ashes is highly enjoyable (largely because of Glenister) but it's not quite on the same level as Life on Mars simply because it lacks that rapport.
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Old August 25 2012, 01:38 PM   #8
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Life on Mars is pure brilliance. The rapport between John Simm and Phil Glenister is why the show was so awesome.

Ashes to Ashes is highly enjoyable (largely because of Glenister) but it's not quite on the same level as Life on Mars simply because it lacks that rapport.
This. Life on Mars is maybe my favorite show of the past decade (I might like Mad Men just a hair more.)

Ashes was great fun and got much better as it progressed, but it never reached the heights of Life on Mars. The ending of Life on Mars was perfection, and I do feel Ashes slightly sullied it by continuing the story (as entertaining as the series was)
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Old August 25 2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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And the less said about the American remake, the better. Esp. the ending.
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Old August 26 2012, 03:56 AM   #10
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^ I have only ever seen the American version, but I liked it very much. I suspect the ending was either 1) forced on them by the network, or 2) cooked up at the last minute because of the abrupt cancellation (there's certainly nothing in the actual run of the series that would lead up to such an ending, and lots of indications - such as the 'Aries Project', the plentiful scenes that had no Sam in them at all (and thus should not exist), and the weird voice on the phone - that would indicate something completely different.

It is very likely that the UK ending wouldn't be used on the US version - because US networks would not allow it. It's not the fault of the people running the show. They do what the network execs tell them.

And besides, there's no proof that the ending is even real, anyway:

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Old August 26 2012, 05:56 AM   #11
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My recollection that the producers of the American version were told by ABC that the show would be canceled at episode number whatever it was that it ended on and that they should wrap up the series in that final episode. I'm pretty sure that the producers of that show said that the ending they did was how they had planned to end it if the series had continued on.
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Old August 26 2012, 08:58 AM   #12
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Peter Q Taggart wrote: View Post
Love the Gene Genie.
Perhaps I'm misremembering but I don't recall him calling himself that in LoM.
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Old August 26 2012, 09:23 AM   #13
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Love the Gene Genie.
Perhaps I'm misremembering but I don't recall him calling himself that in LoM.
I'm pretty sure he did at least a couple of times.
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Old August 26 2012, 09:48 AM   #14
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^ I have only ever seen the American version, but I liked it very much.
Do yourself a favour and watch the British one. Stat.
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Old August 26 2012, 10:35 AM   #15
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Of course if you made it tot he end of ashes to ashes, everything is explained.



And it's hilarious.

I remember thinking... "What the fuck is an Iphone?"

They're making shit up to seem futuristic.
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