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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes

Has anybody seen these shows.? What do you think about it? When I first saw the premise I was a bit off put but when it comes on screen it is just perfect. The shows are genius and combine two of my favourie genres, Cop Show & Sci-Fi. FYI, Ashes to Ashes is the continuation/spin off of Life on Mars Ashes to Ashes is in it's third and final series and I'm gripped.

Life on Mars Synopsis:

Sam Tyler, a detective from the 21st Century finds himself catapulted back to 1973, after a car accident knocks him unconscious. In his new state of altered reality, Sam must prove himself to 'new boss', the hot-headed DCI Gene Hunt, all the while unsure whether he is awake or dreaming. LIFE ON MARS is a throwback to the crime-fighting style of the 1970s, drawing its inspiration from such TV series as THE SWEENEY and THE PROFESSIONALS. As was characteristic of classic 60s fantasy, the creators have taken some risks with the show's politically incorrect references, daring to be slightly subversive. While its creators are quick to brush off comparisons to fellow time-travelling TV series QUANTUM LEAP, there are obvious thematic similarities, however unconscious. John Simm (HUMAN TRAFFIC) ably stars as Sam Tyler, the fish-out-of-water detective who must piece together the mysteries of his own situation, while solving the crime du jour. The show takes its title from David Bowie's haunting theme song. Contains both the first and second series.

Also, thought that I would mention that America took this show and did a terrible version of it.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 01:26 PM
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Re: Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes

Yeah, we take a lot of your ideas (I'm assuming you're from the UK) and fuck them all up. Some we make better, but that's rare.

I watched the American Life on Mars briefly. I liked the premise, but its execution could've been better. I didn't hate it, but forgot about it and didn't want to bother catching back up. I did know it was a British show and figured if I ever watch it, I'll check out the British version.

And yeah, mystery (detective stories) and sci-fi are like peanut butter and chocolate.

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