Saturday, November 22, 2008

Life on Mars by Rochelle

While my darling daughter, Jackie, anxiously awaits the season premiere of "24" I am delighted to have found a new show that seems to appeal to both me and my husband.

This is a rare thing. We typically suffer through each other's shows (OK, he watches endless hours of "Law and Order" while I have grown to like "Family Guy") so when a TV show comes along that captures both of us... well that is a special moment in the Bunt household.

Some shows we have both loved:
#1 Hill Street Blues (the best ever! endlessly entertaining, Dennis Franz was outstanding, every character was as interesting as the next, never dull...how we loved this show)

#2 Sopranos (please... need I explain)

#3 House (I liked it and Rod grew to like it)

Okay.. so that's about it. Until now. Show #4 is Life on Mars, Thursdays 10 PM on ABC.

This is one of those shows that started out in England and we ripped it off and did a US version. The story is about a cop who gets whacked by a car and wakes up in 1973. It is a time travel, cop and robber, surreal type of show and the cool part is the "past" is the year I graduated high school. Sam Tyler, the star, is quite the hottie which is a bonus because I love the show anyway. Sam is trying to figure out why he is back in time. Is he in a coma or perhaps dead? Can he get back to 2008 or is this it? Oh, and every so often there are mix ups in the time... like he picks up a paper and there is a story about G. Bush or a kid has on a shirt with a picture of a current band.

It is really worth checking out. See how your momma lived way back before cell phones, internet and DNA evidence. Part of the fun of the show is watching Sam struggle through 1973 with the knowledge of 2008. There are changes in language and expressions. I actually caught a "blooper" because at one point Sam said something "sucks" and no way would that be okay in 1973.

Oh, and I just found out that this actor Jason O'Mara who plays Sam is from Ireland and is just doing an American accent for the show. That always impresses me.

Other actors on this show include Michael Imperioli (Christopher from Sopranos), Harvey Keitel, and Gretchen Mol.

So the Bunts have another show they agree on. Check it out this Thursday night.

5 comments:

MOM said...

Quick update on this show. This past Thursday was the last show until Jan. 28th. Then it switches to Wednesday nights at 10 right after Lost. This last show he basically finds out why his father left him when he was four years old. Remembers seeing his dad murder a female cop. His own dad shoots him (the adult him). Intense! Love this show.

Anonymous said...

hmm I guess I will check it out..

Will said...

This intrigues me. I'll have to check it out.

Although I will shamelessly promote 'Dexter' as the best show on television until it is topped (if that's possible). The Showtime version, not the terribly censored CBS version. Tell me the Bunts are fans!

buntology said...

ummmmm we dont get showtime. :-/

Will said...

Rent the dvds! You'll like the show.

Buntologically Informed