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It Really Was "Life On Mars"

Damn, I hate investing all that time in a TV show only for it to be cancelled. The greatest show on TV (in my humble opinon) came to a screeching halt last night after only one season. A knock-off of a British series, ABC's Life On Mars was nevertheless an excellent show with an exceptional cast. The premise involved a cop hit by a car in 2008 who wakes up in 1973. So he felt like he was living on Mars. Indeed he met himself, as a kid, and both his parents. Last night in the season/series finale we learned he really was living on Mars - he , and the cast of characters, were astronauts waking up from a deep space sleep and about to touch down on the red planet. That's right, it was all a dream!

The show was a mix of police drama meets science-fiction. It was quirky enough to draw me in week after week. It had a great soundtrack - from the 70s, natch - and the main character's awareness of the future led to some comical plot developments.
And now it's gone. And without it, I truly know what it is to live a Life on Mars...
For old time's sake here's a great cover version of David Bowie's Life on Mars by a great group - the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain...

Comments

Mike said…
You could always close yourself into a deep freezer.

Pretty soon the oxygen will be gone and you'll be really really cold.

Just like if you were on mars!

Paint it red first, eh?
David said…
I too really liked that series, even short-lived as it was. And I am ticked that they cancelled it.
nonamedufus said…
Spaz: Just wouldn't be the same.

David: I'm with you, yeah, next they'll tell me "Fringe" isn't coming back!
Trukindog said…
Well I'm just plain PISSED OFF! I loved this show it was one of the best on TV in YEARS!

Only a network dickwad with his head so far up his ass he'll never see the light of day would cancel such a great show.
nonamedufus said…
TD: Don't hold back, man. Tell us how you really feel about it!
What the hell happened to that show?
Dalton J. Fox said…
I never watched this show, but I can definitely relate to where you're coming from. There's been many shows that I was really interested in over the years that just suddenly got cancelled. It seems like the network execs wouldn't know a good TV show if it came up and bit them on the ass. The good shows always seem to get cancelled.
My Daily List said…
Add me to the list. Add to the list that it was really funny and always willing to take a poke at itself, that it was fun to look for the Wizard of Oz references, and that it was the #1 facial hair show on TV since Magnum PI.

I haven't watched them yet, but I'm recording the sequel on BBC America Ashes to Ashes (another Bowie song.) New characters flashing back to the early 80s.
nonamedufus said…
SH: Apparently the ratings weren't stellar.

Dalton: Yeah who knows how their minds work. Jericho's another mystery - twice!

MDL: Good thinking...I've gotta hunt that down along with the original BBC series. I'm going into serious withdrawal. (Hey, btw, welcome to HBDC!)

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