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"Life on Mars" Series Review by Eva 10/24/08
Life on Mars
Thursday 10 Eastern 9 Central time on ABC.
"Life on Mars" is a remake of the popular British TV series of the same name. It
has a great cast the premise of the show is that a present day police Detective
Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara ) gets hit by a car and wakes up in the year 1973. He
doesn't know if it is a dream or if he is really there, or what.
Sam is like a fish out of water who misses the modern technology of today that
he uses to solve a case. Sam is also trying to find his way back home to his
girlfriend Maya Daniels (Lisa Bonet). The cast also includes acclaimed actors
Harvey Kietel as Sam's boss Lieutenant Gene Hunt, and Michael imperioli as
Detective Ray Carling.
I want to make it clear that I have never seen the British version of the show,
so this is only my opinion of the American version of the show. I think it pays
homage to old 1970's cop shows where the detectives figured out what happened
easily and the criminals confessed to the crime during the first five minutes of
being interrogated. If you have seen any of these old shows on TV Land or Nick
at Night, you know that the dialogue was corny. I think, in these aspects the
show is right on the money. I didn't want to watch the show at first because I
didn't like the 1970's while they were going on, so why would I want to watch a
show about them? I admit, though, I missed the first show and started watching
from the second show, and I kept watching because I am rooting for Sam to get
home to his girlfriend and family.
The show has two main problems, in my opinion. It shows way too much police
brutality and violence, given it is set in the 1970's, and the second problem is
that it has tough competition from ER, which is in its final season, and the
show Eleventh Hour on CBS. If Life on Mars survives the competition to a second
season, it should be interesting to see if it or Eleventh Hour wins the Thursday
ratings battle. I give this show a 3 out of 5 and recommend that you watch it if
you enjoyed old 1970's cop shows. However, if you didn't enjoy them, then you
should not watch the show.
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