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Life On Mars To Be Cancelled (SPOILERS)

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by tsmacro, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Mar 7, 2009 #41 of 101
    Steve

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    Based on what everyone's saying, I look forward to watching the British version on DVD this summer.

    That said, I thought the American version was excellent television. Perhaps because I never saw the British version, I am judging it solely on it's own merits, as opposed to comparing it, as others are? /steve
     
  2. Mar 8, 2009 #42 of 101
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    I wouldn't call it 'pathetic'. In fact, the US version of Life On Mars seemed to be finding it's own legs. I remember reading an itnerview with the creators and they were saying that they wanted LOM to go of in a different direction than the UK original and I started seeing some of that. If for no other reason it would HAVE to because of the longer US seasons.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2009 #43 of 101
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    I just didn't buy the premise of the show and watched one episode. I really didn't want to relive the 70's.
     
  4. Mar 9, 2009 #44 of 101
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    I would imagine the appeal hinges (for the individual) on whether or not they experienced the 70s to begin with, and then how they remember it (pleasantly or not).
     
  5. Mar 9, 2009 #45 of 101
    Stuart Sweet

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    ...and arguably, this isn't really about the 70s, it's about the way the 70s was shown in period cop shows. Real cops didn't act like that then any more than they do now.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2009 #46 of 101
    Steve

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    Maybe not exactly like that. :) E.g, I'd have to believe (like the rest of society) they were less politically correct than they are today. /steve
     
  7. Mar 9, 2009 #47 of 101
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    what you mean Glenister's portrayal maybe a bit over the top? :)
     
  8. Mar 9, 2009 #48 of 101
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    Not just the '70s, but '70s cop shows. Personally, I like the American "Life on Mars" better than the English version. I think it's because it's a better '70s American cop show than the cop shows that were actually on in the 70s. :)

    I have mixed feelings about the cancellation. While I really like the show and will miss it, it's nice to know they'll actually wrap up the story.

    -- Roger
     
  9. Mar 9, 2009 #49 of 101
    phrelin

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    Actually....

    In 1974 with considerable trepidation I hired a retired NYC detective into a small town California police force as our only investigator. He was cautioned every way we could think of that the rules were different. He was good at his job. But he wasn't able to go 8 months before he beat up a wiseass suspect in the holding cell. Had to get a warrant for his arrest but he disappeared, probably back to NYC where we sent the warrant into black hole.

    In fact, the cop culture in the early '70's was very much like that - racist, sexist, macho. All of it. It required a generational change to create a culture change and even today the effect of those cultural changes were very uneven from police agency to police agency.

    I remember the '70s as a time of considerable stress and a time of one good thing - in 1977 I met the woman who became my wife. I've had no problem at all relating to the "Sam Tyler" and "Gene Hunt" characters in both the British and American versions of this show. The "Annie" character in the British version seemed real, while in the American version not so much.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2009 #50 of 101
    Stuart Sweet

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    Fair enough... but I don't think you're saying that all cops in 1974 were that bad.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2009 #51 of 101
    phrelin

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    Nope, just that there were plenty of the bad ones.
     
  12. Mar 10, 2009 #52 of 101
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    Ok I liked the BBC version a lot, so when I heard they were doing an American version I honestly thought it probably wouldn't be very good. But I gave it a chance since I didn't want to be one of those snobs who always automatically just say that every time there's an American version of a BBC show it's inferior. Well I've been pleasantly surprised and it seems the more i've watched it the better it has been getting, this past weeks ep w/ the whole weather underground thing going on was especially good. There doesn't seem to be much else on tv like this show right now and that alone should give it another season to try to build an audience. Oh well, in today's give me instant results or else tv environment I shouldn't be surprised we're going to lose another fairly unique, fun and enjoyable show to watch. LOM, RIP.
     
  13. Mar 11, 2009 #53 of 101
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    This is depressing. I really liked this show. ABC sucks.
     
  14. Mar 11, 2009 #54 of 101
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    I lived in NYC in 1973 and I think that's one of the reasons the show has grown on me. I'm so glad they moved it from LA (which was the setting in the original pilot that never made it to air).

    Granted I was 11 years old, but the 'look and feel' of NYC back then is very much how I remember it. I moved to NH the day Nixon resigned in 1974. To this day there's still some NYC left in me - not always a good thing becuase paranoia is a bit out of style :)
     
  15. Apr 2, 2009 #55 of 101
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    Did anyone see last night's (04/01/09) series finale? I thought it was pretty good. It looked a little rushed together but I thought the explanation of all of the main characters as astronauts traveling to Mars while in a dream sleep was viable. I really liked Wendy being the computer and how she helped Sam after the spacecraft had an encounter with asteroids. That was why Sam's preprogrammed dream fantasy of being a cop in 2008 got mixed up with him going back to 1973.

    I'm glad that ABC allowed the show to do a finale and that it actually got aired unlike Daybreak a couple of years ago. If you remember you had to go online and download the remaining episodes.
     
  16. Apr 2, 2009 #56 of 101
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    Yeah, my wife and I watched it. We really liked the show... Liked how they ended it too, and it did feel a little rushed.

    They kept calling him an "astronaut" and "spaceman"... I started putting it together a few episodes ago with the "mars rover" running in and out of eye balls... figured it had something to do with space or base on Mars. (Hence the name). But what really through me was Gene being his Dad.
     
  17. Apr 2, 2009 #57 of 101
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    The moderators might want to add a "Spoilers" warning to this thread. :)

    I thought the resolution was a little corny. I've nevered liked "it was all a dream" explanations. But, I was pleased that they tied the dream together with reality - not the obvious Wizard of Oz "you were there and you were there" stuff, but Sam's realization that he was in love with Annie and that he had to patch things up with his dad.

    -- Roger
     
  18. Apr 2, 2009 #58 of 101
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    I really enjoyed the finale, but have to throw in a "Burn in Hell, ABC!" for canceling the series in the first place.
     
  19. Apr 2, 2009 #59 of 101
    Stuart Sweet

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    Spoiler warning has been added. I've been saving up episodes since I heard it was canceled... now I'm not sure if I want to continue. I thought the writing was great and maybe I want to remember it just as it was.
     
  20. Apr 2, 2009 #60 of 101
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    I found it to be a bit far fetched but enjoyed it. I would have like to have seen more of the characters in today's time. The final shot was very cheesy. I never suspected the spaceship but that's ok.
     

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