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100 TV shows #82-Life On Mars

Of course it goes without saying that I'm ONLY referring to the original UK show. As far as I'm concerned the US remake doesn't exist, except to the extent that I enjoyed dancing on its grave when it got cancelled.

Life On Mars



Fanfic


True chemistry and amazing subtext---but NOT fanservice.



I got there from the Barrowman/Torchwood/Dr. Who connection and was lucky enough to not see the show until AFTER it had already ended, so I'd seen Simm as the Master BEFORE I ever saw him as Sam Tyler. I'd seen fanvids and read fanfic, so I knew how it ended, but that didn't diminish the impact of the finale at all. I remember the anticipation as I got the downloads (before Mega-Upload was taken from us) and watched each one on my laptop.

I fell in love with Sam and Gene and especially Sam/Gene in all it's sexy/angsty/self-loathing/S&M tinged glory. The smut was SO GOOD! I ate it up with a spoon. I knew some of the writers from Torchwood and House, but I also found others who were specific to that fandom.

I also wrote some Simm/Glennister RPS. They were so fucking hot together.

What Happens In Manchester
Motivation
Where or When

I know I'm idealizing and I'm sure there was plenty of ship-warring and Annie-hate, but that's not how I remember it. I know Sam's angsty whining got on my nerves and I really wanted to smack him sometimes, but the ending redeemed anything.

Sixteen episodes, great 70's music, the awesome clothes, amazing writing, brilliant acting...and Philip Glenister's Top Gear interview. (Mrrrrroooowwww)

Shout outs to some of the folks I got to share the love and lust with:
lozenger8
mikes_grrl
severinne
filthgoblin

Yes, things definitely went tits up with Ashes to Ashes and I'll get to that soon (or eventually), but this is an entry of joy. A show and a fandom I never had to stop loving either because of the creators or the fandom itself.

Although strangely enough, I've never gone back for a re-watch. I'd hate for it not to be as perfect as I remember.

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chocolate_frapp
Jul. 9th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
Americans never really get remakes of Brit shows right, I think, and I'm American. (Of course I know you know that, I'm just repeating it for the benefit of any third parties who may be reading this.)
karaokegal
Jul. 16th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
Aside from Life on Mars, the most misguided attempt at a US remake of a UK show was (IMAO) trying to do Cracker with Robert Pastorelli.
chocolate_frapp
Jul. 16th, 2016 06:19 am (UTC)
I don't know, I vote for the FOUR attempts at Fawlty Towers. Two of which starred Harvey Korman for some fucking reason.
karaokegal
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)
That is mind-boggling. I know they did manage to pull off Being Human and Queer as Folk, but I wouldn't touch either one. Of course Being Human (UK) totally lost me after the 3rd series anyway and I never did get to Queer as Folk in either version.
joanne_c
Jul. 18th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
The one that I'm still in shock that they tried to remake Are You Being Served? Of course one could say I'm a little hypocritical because I remember quite liking the Australian version but it was more a spinoff as it had one of the British characters (Mr Humphries if you know it) in it, and there were a couple hints of it taking place after the original.

Also apparently they tried to remake The Vicar Of Dibley.
karaokegal
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
Perhaps they thought the comedies would translate due to the early successes of All In The Family (from Til Death Do Us Part) and Sanford and Son (from Steptoe and Son), no matter how completely different those American versions were from the source material.
joanne_c
Aug. 10th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
You know, if it's going to be done, that might be the way to do it? Base it on, even acknowledge the source, but make the show its own thing. I think that's a part of why Elementary works, too. Also Three's Company (Man About The House) was successful and both were good in their own way.
joanne_c
Jul. 18th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
You know I'm fond of this one. I do remember some Annie-hate, but not a lot.

I do love the show a great deal. I never did watch Ashes To Ashes. I probably will if I got the chance, but so much to watch, so little time.

Much love to Life On Mars. Sam/Chris was fun as well.
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