Look at that caveman go

Life on Mars
It’s old news, really; in fact, if I lived in the UK, I would have already seen the second and final season. I guess it’s a fair trade for getting to see Battlestar Galactica a bit earlier here in the states. What I’m talking about, if you don’t already know, is the BBC’s Life On Mars. I’ve slowly been recording it to my DVR, but had yet to actually watch any episodes until the other day. I have to say, it’s one of the coolest shows I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a fascinating show. The basic premise: Sam Tyler, cop, is in an accident; he wakes up 33 years in the past – 1973. 8-tracks and all. In the past, he finds he has an identity and life there, even a job as a cop – which provides an excellent vehicle for exploring the tension between technology and the self. What I like best (so far) about the show is the ambiguity of what is going on. Is he really in a coma in 2006, imagining all this, or is he really in 1973 and just plain crazy. Or is he in both? Don’t expect answers. Imagine Lost meets Law and Order and has a three-way with Dr. Who. I am highly anticipating this series being released on DVD, as it has an excellent “watch over and over” quality. As much as I’m sure I’ll hate it once I see the final season, it was very smart of the creators to make the show a finite series – a concept too many American shows either grasp too late or can’t grasp at all. I’m looking at you, J.J. Abrams.


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