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Is there American Life on Mars?

Is there American Life on Mars?

If you had told me about four years ago that I’d be seeing an American recreation of Life On Mars, I’d be astonished. Although it’s a killer concept – and one that only gets enhanced when you have Harvey Keitel in 1973 New York.

What amazes me is how the initial episode at least is incredibly faithful to the British script. Same beat points, same character names, same action shots, everything. Most US recreations of British TV shows do make significant changes…

What befuddles me is that they didn’t change the name of the show. Life On Mars is a slightly mysterious inexplicable title in the UK – what on earth would it mean to a US audience?

Is there life after Mars?

Is there life after Mars?

Well, that was a crap ending to a time-travel series, really, wasn’t it? Almost as bad as the ending to Quantum Leap – although at least the ending to Quantum Leap felt more consistent. Although other people seemed to like it.

To be fair, I haven’t seen much of Life On Mars – mostly because I just don’t feel that nostalgic surge for a time when men were men, women were women and the police could do what they like and get away with it.

Spoilers within…

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