February 7th, 2006
|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)?
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.
like waking up and finding yourself stuck in a Richard Littlejohn column
No, not enough repressed homoerotic tension
You mean it's all in the open?
In a Richard Littlejohn column it more or less is
Ah... right... [starting guiltily as you just caught me reading Hunt/Tyler]
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.
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.
nothing quite like the seventies for coppering
Now that should be on an icon! Did you ever read those David Peace novels?
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'
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.
I'd agree - and I thought that last night was heading in that direction.
yeah, it's hard to maintain the concept
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.
What about those flashbacks (or forwards) to someone in the woods? I thought we saw some 17th-century looking shoe buckles.
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.