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"stay out of camberwick green!"

Wow, Life on Mars was particularly great tonight, wasn't it? The first few minutes - from the awe-inspiring Camberwick Green homage to Sam's increasingly trippy run through the streets (complete with lollypop ladies with signs bearing the words "Oh shit!") - was one of the best crafted pieces of sci-fi/magic-realism/whatever-you-want-to-call-it-when-fantastical-impossible-things-happen-in-films-and-telly I've ever seen on screen. And the whole episode was just beautifully done - from Sam's TV visions, to the depiction of events through the eyes of different observers, to the revelation in the final scene (yeah, I'd guessed, but it was very well, and very creepily, done).

In fact, although I thought it got off to a slightly substandard start, this series (in our sense of the word - season to Americans) has been excellent. The Irish episode was particularly good - at the end, the now free innocent non-'Ra lefty Irish labourer who was wrongfully arrested tells Hunt and Sam "you think we're just good for shoveling shit and making bombs. Well, I'm tired of shoveling shit." Sigh. And then there was the sad irony of Hunt's silly bigotry: "the Irish would never blow up a pub..." Also, the repeated use of one particular well-known expression in the episode provided us with Patsington's new idea for a stage name: Paddy Bastard. Imagine a devoted fan hailing him on the street - "Hey, YOU, PADDY BASTARD!" Heh heh.

But yeah, Life on Mars. It's brilliant. I can't wait to find out what'll happen in the last episode, but I'll be sad when this fantastic programme is over for good. It's the best thing the BBC drama department have done since Bleak House.


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Mar. 20th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
It's brilliant!
I look forward to it every week.
Mar. 21st, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
So do I! I find myself wishing every episode was longer, which from someone with my tiny attention span is quite a compliment. And I love Gene, even though I now know he would have been happy to lock me up for a terrorist crime I didn't commit.
Mar. 20th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, wasn't it just!

I really don't want it to be over, but I do trust these writers to give it a good ending.
Mar. 21st, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Me too. Patsington and I have come up with a number of possible scenarios for the ending, but there isn't a really obvious resolution - which shows how good the programme is.
Mar. 21st, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
And not one of the bloody crap Australian channels will buy it ... Canada and New Zealand have it, but not us. No, let's just have yet more reality TV here.

And they wonder why so many Aussies are downloading ...
Mar. 21st, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
I loved the first series of LoM, but I got tired of this one. The housemate has them all downloaded or recorded or whatever so I will watch them, but by the end of episode 2, I just wanted them to get on with it already.
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Yes, last night's was great - Gene Hunt is a brilliant character and lines like "I've come it at from more angles than Linda Lovelace" have me falling off the chair - but I loved the Swingers episode. Lucky Eve Pope getting snog John Simm. Sigh...

Mar. 21st, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
PS Did you see my post about the Yellow House? It's on tomorrow night on Channel 4.
Mar. 21st, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
We adored the first series when it was on BBC America, and now I'm really looking forward to the second!
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