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"Life On Mars" Cancelled

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"Life On Mars" Cancelled

Post by SonjaMarie » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 7:15 pm

Sigh, Harm and I like this show, figures it'd be cancelled! At least they're going to wrap it up explaining why a cop from 2008 finds himself in 1973 after being hit by a car. The original series in the UK only last 2 seasons but there were only 8 episodes each season so this series has last a bit longer or will have by the end.

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Post by Richard » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 7:51 pm

I watched part of 2 episodes a couple of times since it's on after LOST in the US. I'd have preferred it as a straight-up 1973 cop show with an outstanding cast. The time-travel thing was an un-necessary complication.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 7:53 pm

[quote=""Richard""]I watched part of 2 episodes a couple of times since it's on after LOST in the US. I'd have preferred it as a straight-up 1973 cop show with an outstanding cast. The time-travel thing was an un-necessary complication.[/quote]

But the time-travel thing was what made it different to the usual cop show! :)

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Post by Leo62 » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 8:21 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Sigh, Harm and I like this show, figures it'd be cancelled! At least they're going to wrap it up explaining why a cop from 2008 finds himself in 1973 after being hit by a car. The original series in the UK only last 2 seasons but there were only 8 episodes each season so this series has last a bit longer or will have by the end.

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They made 2 seasons of Life on Mars in the UK, then switched the action to the early 80's for a follow-up series called Ashes to Ashes, starring Gene Hunt and the team with a female main character.

I saw the pilot for the US show and it was pretty execrable. They got it totally wrong. I thought it would translate well across the Atlantic, but it so didnt. :rolleyes:

The point about Life on Mars is that it was more an homage and affectionate send-up of 70's cop shows rather than about the 70's per se. Given the distinguished (!) tradition of US 70's cop shows I didn't think they could %^* this one up - but they did.

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Post by Richard » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 8:55 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""][/B]

But the time-travel thing was what made it different to the usual cop show! :) [/quote]

Well, one thing that was different was that there has not been a cop show set in the 70s since the 70s. It's a case of someone messing up perfectly good historical fiction with questionable science fiction! (Hey, I just made the thread on-topic! Cookie for me!)

I mean, you've already got Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli in the cast. Like Leo said, it's pretty hard to F that up. As we say on the internets, "sideburns FTW!"
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Post by Divia » Tue March 3rd, 2009, 11:17 pm

Bummer! I was going to get this season on DVD. I only watched one episode, but I liked it. Hmm, figures!
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Post by Madeleine » Wed March 4th, 2009, 11:21 am

Spookily enough, Bowie's song has just finished playing on the radio!

Not sure if we'll get the US version of LOM over here, there will be another series of Ashes to Ashes though. Shows generally don't transfer well across the Atlantic, in either direction, the Brits did their own version of Golden Girls a while ago and it was dire, despite having some excellent actresses doing their best.

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Post by Telynor » Thu March 5th, 2009, 11:38 pm

They've cancelled it? Oh hell. Figures. I've been watching it since the first episode and I've enjoyed it very much, as it's set in a city that I know well. That first episode, when he wakes up and sees the Towers -- well it was spooky and priceless at the same time.

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Post by Telynor » Thu March 12th, 2009, 5:18 pm

Ok, did anyone catch last night's episode? The stewardess one? Must say, the ending was pretty spooky.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu March 12th, 2009, 5:19 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]Ok, did anyone catch last night's episode? The stewardess one? Must say, the ending was pretty spooky.[/quote]

Not yet, I'm a episode behind and need to catch up.

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