Life on Mars in Manhattan

For a shamelessly unoriginal show, the pilot of Life on Mars was pretty interesting if not for just spotting the difference between 1973 Manchester and 1973 Manhattan. The scenes are not any different, the characters have not been changed and the dialogue is practically the same. Even so, Jason O'Mara plays Sam Tyler well keeping the black leather jacket and red pants. However Lt. Gene Hunt just cant match up to DCI Gene Hunt. Nelson the black pub owner is replaced by an Irish barkeeper it seems. The colour of the 'Hunt Mobile' is now green.

All in all, I doubt the US can do better on this one.


Default avatar cat
Oct 10, 2008 5:29PM EDT

I like the UK original a lot and was really curious, but also in doubt if the Manhattan version could pull it off.
To start, its less dirty in all sorts of ways, the humour, the colours and the overall look in my opinion.
Also OMara seems to portray Sam a bit more vulnerable and less agressive than John Simm, for the better, I dont know yet, not so sure.
The actors are far more attractive, specially OMara and Bonnet, if you are into the more polished looks of people in general, but I think thats the american way of doing things on tv.
Harvey Kaytel is always a great cast, but to beat Philip Glenister, thats a tough one.
The shot of the 2 towers though was an impressive one.
Hmm, undecided, to early to say. So far, I stick with the original.

Default avatar cat
Oct 17, 2008 6:30PM EDT

Nope, I can't say that I like it. It might be good, and for those of you who have not seen the original, and/ or not 100% up on the UK English vs US english variations, this may be the better show for you, but i find i am not interested in this one, as it is more or less the same, so i know the outcome beforhand.
If the US version extends past the episodes of the original (having only two series, and are shorter then the US seasons, i believe) I may then pick it up from there, hoping the writing, that so far are just re-writes, maintains a certain level and holds the story.

Default avatar cat
Oct 19, 2008 6:54PM EDT

Well that was quick. It seems I cant stand going through Life on Mars again. What kept me seated for the ride the first time was trying to make sense of what was happening to Sam Tyler. Coma somewhere or very intense drug trip? Travelled through time or crash landed in an alien planet? Victim of mind experiment? Died and gone to heaven or hell or purgatory? Or plain gone insane?Now I Know, I just get restless watching a production not any better or different in plot to the original.

Dec 1, 2008 6:23PM EST

bummer I can't watch! (I'm in germany)
I spoted the link and thought why not,I missed the first couple of episodes of the second series in the uk so I didn't watch the rest,it was good the first time around.
I'm sooooooo glad it's a us version of a great British show, I didn't realise it had been remade , they didn't do a very good job by the look of the coments here!
If you get a chance to check out the first series of the original you won't be disapointed, I can't guide you on the second series as I said haven't seen it ,most of the original cast are there for the second series so it's probably not bad either!?
love and luck to all billy

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