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12:16 pm - Look at those cavemen go
People might like to read ninebelow's review of Life on Mars at Strange Horizons. I like the amusing quote he found in The Sun '"what Life On Mars shows is that combining old-fashioned policing with today's technological advances is the way forward." Ah, that's what it shows!

There have been intriguing hints of more and better mysteries. Nowadays we always have to ask ourselves, will the hints come to anything, will the story be resolved? Even on British TV we have to ask, how long will they prolong the drama? Past its natural life?

if you were commissioning a second series what would you ask for? More of the same? A different time period (and which)?

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From:ninebelow
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's what it shows!

Looking for articles about the proposed second series I came across AA Gill's review:
Life on Mars is like waking up and finding yourself stuck in a Richard Littlejohn column. Frankly, you couldn’t make it up.
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From:communicator
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
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like waking up and finding yourself stuck in a Richard Littlejohn column

No, not enough repressed homoerotic tension
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From:kalypso_v
Date:February 7th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
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You mean it's all in the open?
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From:communicator
Date:February 8th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
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In a Richard Littlejohn column it more or less is
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From:kalypso_v
Date:February 8th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
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Ah... right... [starting guiltily as you just caught me reading Hunt/Tyler]
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From:altariel
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it should have a second series. I think it's weaker when it feels like its 'crime of the week' - that's when the racism, sexism, corruption and violence are allowed to become background noise and not part of Sam's struggle to survive.
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From:communicator
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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What if they went to a different police genre, where he had to struggle with different narrative and law enforcement conventions. Nah, it wouldn't work I don't think, there's nothing quite like the seventies for coppering.
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From:altariel
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
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nothing quite like the seventies for coppering

Now that should be on an icon! Did you ever read those David Peace novels?
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From:communicator
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
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I read 1977, and liked it but was mildly bewildered by what was going on. The next one defeated me. However, I was a bit run down in those days and struggling with difficult concepts in general. I might try again when I've finished 'Instance of the Fingerpost'
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From:altariel
Date:February 7th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
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I never entirely worked out what was going on in any of them, if I'm being honest. But something 'big picture' worked for me.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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I'd agree - and I thought that last night was heading in that direction.
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From:communicator
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
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yeah, it's hard to maintain the concept
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From:altariel
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I thought that with last night's too: the sexism was treated like a curiosity rather than the point.

I'm really enjoying the show, hugely, but I think they should be brave and know when to end it. I've been struggling to think of ways to think out of the narrative but can't. Perhaps they've got something really clever up their sleeves, I hope so.
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From:communicator
Date:February 7th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
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What about those flashbacks (or forwards) to someone in the woods? I thought we saw some 17th-century looking shoe buckles.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:February 7th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes, it's fantastic. But I'd been seeing some progression in the previous episodes that I didn't see last night on any front. It did feel like just another episode in the life of a modern copper fighting crime in 1973.

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