Monday, December 22, 2008

TV Geek Out 43: Life on Mars

Another show the TV Geek Out geeks have been meaning to get around to talking about is ABC's splashy, Americanized remake of the BBC time-bending favorite Life on Mars. With a tried-and-true storyline and a great cast (Gretchen Mol! Michael Imperioli! Harvey freakin' Keitel!), it seemed like a sure thing, but its first few episodes emphasized kitsch and felt like "That '70s Time-Traveling Cop Show." As the season progressed, however, the show gained its footing -- especially with 2008's last episode, "The Man Who Sold the World." Tense and with more than a little supernatural flair, not to mention a showstopping turn from Dean Winters as Detective Sam Tyler's dad, "The Man Who Sold the World" took Life on Mars from interesting to riveting. We can't wait to geek out about this show more in 2009, especially since it'll follow a TVGO staple, Lost.

Check out our first Life on Mars discussion here.

1 comment:

Blair said...

Life on Mars will obviously benefit from following our fave, Lost, but will it pull in and hold viewers who haven't been following it already? I wonder if I'll be able to pick up the story threads, not having seen any episodes yet. Anyway, I sure hope this comment board starts jumping in January. Won't it be fun?