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It transcends television to become, simply, superb entertainment. -- PopMatters.com
Just Flawless. -- DVDTalk.com
The genius of this series is simply awe-inspiring. -- San Francisco Chronicle
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Life on Mars' second season was the last, due to a combination of the producers not wishing to over-exploit the concept and lead actor John Simm's well-known reluctance to be typecast in a long-running television series. It was a bold decision for a series that had become a big hit on British television and done the seemingly impossible by getting audiences fired up over a cop show.
The second season offers up pretty much more of the same as the first season: Sam and Gene butt heads over their different approaches to policing, but they have, grudgingly, accepted that each has skills the other does not, and when they combine their approaches it often leads to good results. Sam and Annie continue to not quite get it together in the tradition of all great TV will-they, won't-they romances, and Sam continues to be haunted by hallucinations of his life in 2006 which relate to his current situation in 1973. The show also moves onto slightly more contentious ground in Season 2 by covering the more controversial subject of IRA terrorism in one episode whilst continuing to examine the extent of corruption and heavy-handed methods in the 1970s police force.Read more ›
The performances are fantastic, the story is original and they don't pull any punches. John Simm is fantastic as the lost Sam Tyler and Philip Glenister tears it up as DCI Gene Hunt. After watching the BBC series I was frankly insulted by the dumbed-down American version. LOM takes us through Sam's journey into the past and leaves us satisfied when the series has run its course. The show is filled with great 70's-era music and is an incredible homage to the 70's cop genre while still filling the bill as a modern procedural.
Like a little cop show in your sci-fi? A little of the fantastic with your Starsky & Hutch? Pick up Life On Mars. You will NOT be sorry.
Also, I know it's heretical, but my viewers think the DVD version I own of Season One looks and sounds just as good as this one.
In contrast, we have the second and final season of "Life on Mars." "Life on Mars" ran for only two years and concluded while it was still a huge hit in the UK. The creative team wanted to finish the series while it was still strong. In the second/final season, the series remained as intense as ever until the end, and the actors remained fresh in their roles. The meditation on existentialism and human relationships took control in the _amazing_ series finale. IMHO, the finale is on par with the series ending of "The Wire," and much better than the finale of "The Sopranos." Brilliant, brilliant work.
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I watched this series when BBCAmerica aired it a long time ago. After watching it again it still holds up. Read morePublished 8 months ago by charlies mom
Loved season one, American television sure didn't do this show justice.Published 10 months ago by Andrea Kauffman
Just watched the series again. It is so much better than the American version. The depiction of life in the 70s was quiet accurate. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Greg
Awesome - (I wish the US version had lasted longer.) The show is one of few that finish well. - season 2 has higher quality image than season 1Published 19 months ago by M. R. Barnes
I loved this series. I think John Simm is the most brilliant actor on the planet. The entire cast was wonderful. All the stories were well written and totally engrossing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jean A. Hodak
Great acting from all the actors. Great directing. Will keep your attention to the very end. Highly recommend this well done BBC mystery/drama.Published 23 months ago by Philip
I can't really add more that hasn't already been covered by the other five star reviews, so I'll simply add that this is a fantastic series with a true an proper, fitting ending.Published on December 27, 2013 by GatoRat
This is a great show. One of my all time favorite British TV shows. One cannot help but be drawn into Sam Tyler's story wondering what is real and what is not. A must watch.... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Lynette
I have no opinion for this article as I puchased the DVD set as a gift for a family member who is a fan of the show.Published on August 28, 2013 by Chris Beyer
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