Life on Mars: The Complete Second Series
UK Version ed.
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In reimagining the detective genre, this U.K. series won sky-high viewer-ratings, unqualified critical praise, and loads of awards, including two International Emmys and a BAFTA. Knocked unconscious in a traffic collision, modern-day police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play) wakes up in 1973 with a bullying boss (Philip Glenister, Cranford), surly squad mates, and completely different rules. The flawless cast, fun 70s references, and first-rate writing all build to a tension-filled finale.
Best television show of the decade. -- PopMatters.com
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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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.
I don't often like sequels but have been sufficiently impressed by this that I'll be watching Ashes To Ashes as soon as I can get my hands on the DVDs.
Highly recommended for anyone that grew up in the 70s. Recommended for anyone that enjoys great (British) TV series.