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My Yuletide story is in, I've finished work for the year, and I'm ready to kick back and relax.

Which means, for me, Life On Mars Series Two.

Oh yes, you read that right. I've been sitting on these episodes ever since I got them, waiting until I was done with all my other commitments. I am not normally so disciplined when it comes to these things. But this very lack of discipline is how I knew that if I started watching, I would probably not be able to stop until I reached the end.

There's another reason for my restraint. I already know that this is the last series of Life On Mars - that these are all the episodes there are or ever will be. (Except for the US remake, which I am dreading.) So the excitement of having new episodes to watch is balanced by the reluctance to have no more new episodes to watch.

And there's something kind of cool about standing in this place between series, with eight amazing episodes behind me and eight apparently just as amazing episodes before me. The anticipation is half the fun.

But hey. Now it's time for the other half.
meteordust: (together they fight crime!)
Maybe you've heard me raving about Life On Mars. And maybe you've been wondering what I'm going on about. Wonder no more! Repeats of Series One begin airing tomorrow night!

Life On Mars Series One
Wednesdays at 9:35 PM on ABC


Episode One intrigued me. Episode Two hooked me. The rest of the episodes blew me away. It's one of the most brilliant dramas of the year. Well, of last year. No, wait, of this year as well.

Good stuff. And it only gets better.
meteordust: (together they fight crime!)
The thing about Life On Mars is that it works on so many levels.

There's old meets new as Sam tries to bring modern investigative techniques to 1970s policing. There's culture clash as Sam and Gene go head to head over their methods and their ethics and run around being alpha at each other. There's classic police drama - you have the undercover episode, the siege episode, the internal investigation episode - all staples of the genre for a reason. There's Sam's personal journey, which I don't want to give away too much about, but which is deeply moving. And like all time travel stories, there are lots of moments of foreknowledge woven in - some that are fun, and some that are haunting.

The one thing I don't get is all the intense fascination with whether Sam is in a coma or back in time. Because to me, it's clearly both. 1973 is real, and so are Sam's visions of the coma. (I've only seen Series One, so I know my theory has most likely been totally Jossed. No spoilers please...)

This is a show that stands up to a great deal of rewatching. John Simm acts his socks off, and the rest of the cast does an excellent job of keeping up with him. No remake could possibly do it justice, because everything about it is just so perfectly put together. You don't get magic like this very often.
meteordust: (together they fight crime!)
So Supernatural is coasting, and Heroes is nosediving. Are my fandoms in a sorry state? Yes. But whenever one door closes, another opens.

That door is Life On Mars.

"My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home."

Life On Mars is the story of a 21st century Manchester cop flung back into the dark ages of policing. A time before modern forensics, mobile phones, or the internet. Hell, a time before *computers*. It is also a time when the police force is rife with racism, sexism, violence, and corruption - when the main focus is putting suspects behind bars, and never mind the rules broken. It's a world entirely alien to Sam, which leads to a battle of wills between him and his superior officer Gene Hunt, who are each very much embodiments of their respective eras.

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