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Life On Mars – Episode 2 – Review

Sorry this is a bit late this week. There’s no Play-by-Play recap of ABC’s Life On Mars this week. Instead I’ll just give you the gist of the show and the surprises we encounter.

Sam Tyler is trying to figure out what exactly happened to him. It’s a lot to consider, but he knows one thing. He’s good at catching bad guys, so why not do that. Good thing or we’d have no show to watch.

The case of the night involves armed robbery. They catch a guy who can’t swim at the pool and need to find some evidence to connect him to the crime. Gene Hunt votes to just plant the evidence, but Tyler wants to do it the 21st century way.
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Life On Mars Premier: Out Here In The Fields

Life On Mars was originally broadcast on the BBC and shown in America on BBA America. I watched the original show religiously. It lasted two seasons and had a definite plot arc. I loved the series, but was unhappy with the final episode. If you’re interested to find out why you can search and find my thoughts on the final episode.

I tell you that because you have to know about my history with the show. I will try not to write too much about how the ABC version is similar or dissimilar from the original, but it will doubtlessly influence my reviews.

The show opens in present day New York City. Homicide Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) and his Partner Maya (Lisa Bonet) are racing with alarms blaring to a crime scene where a possible serial killer is held up. why discussing bringing Sam to see Maya’s folks. Yep, they’re dating, and we’re to believe it’s serious.

While the police are in the process of breaking down the suspect’s door, the suspect comes back with groceries. When he starts to run, Sam Tyler chases him down and arrests him. Are you paying attention?

Colin Reems, aka the suspect, is presented with evidence linking him to the crimes (photos, fibers under the victim’s fingernails, etc). Alas, the defense lawyer has video of Colin playing Craps at a casino all night long. So the police must have the wrong man.

When Colin is released, Maya remains suspicious decides to start surveillance of the suspect on her own. Meanwhile back at the station it’s revealed that Colin has a twin brother and it’s him playing in the casino. Oops.

Maya’s not answering her cell phone, so Sam Tyler races down to her last known location and discovers a her jacket with blood on it, but no Maya to be found.

Sam takes off in his Jeep SUV heading back to Colin’s apartment. With David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” playing on his iPod, Sam gets out, but the realizes he forgot his police radio in the SUV, when he turns around to head back to the apartment he is struck by a car and thrown to the ground.

And we’re in…
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Life On Mars: Sneak Peak

Life on Mars debuts on October 9th. Check out this terrific 2-minute sneak peak from the first episode. You’ll see why the decision to move the show to New York City was so crucial to the gravitas of the story.

Retooled “Life On Mars” set to hit big in USA

Fans of the Brit hit “Life On Mars” know what an amazing story the original series told. So when successful television producer David E. Kelley screwed up the US port of the show for ABC, we were legitimately worried that the American version would never… Read More »Retooled “Life On Mars” set to hit big in USA

Disney Links for Monday Night Roundup

The Universal Studios Hollywood fire was started by a worker’s heating tool says the LA Times. Moviefone’s top 25 Animated Movies of all time. Yes, the Lion’s share are Disney. But I still think there are some bizarre inclusions and omissions. Plus how can you… Read More »Disney Links for Monday Night Roundup