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Old 02-04-09, 05:07 AM
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Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Life on Mars

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The squad investigates a series of decapitations, and Ray's shady brother, Eddie (Eric Balfour), may be involved. But there are also connections to a biker, a Wall Street exec and a badly disfigured man.

Old 02-04-09, 08:57 AM
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Is it wrong that I actually want to watch this show more than LOST come Wednesday?!?
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

i caught up with about 4 episodes on my DVD this week and i feel like i missed a part 2 of one of them. was there a continuation that they never finished or am i going a bit crazy.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

What are you talking about?

I also just caught up on the last few eps.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Originally Posted by SoSpacey View Post
i caught up with about 4 episodes on my DVD this week and i feel like i missed a part 2 of one of them. was there a continuation that they never finished or am i going a bit crazy.
Tonight's Episode was a closer follow up to the fall finale than last week's episode. That's why you might be feeling a bit lost.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

so how much sci-fi is in this show? other than going back in time is there anything else? i dont like much sci-fi but a 70's era cop show sounds cool.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Originally Posted by chino77 View Post
so how much sci-fi is in this show? other than going back in time is there anything else? i dont like much sci-fi but a 70's era cop show sounds cool.
It's more like a 70's Police procedural with some small elements of Sci-Fi.

Why are you all of the sudden curious about this show now? The season is almost half over.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

decent episode but yet another lame fight scene (in the biker bar) that was just as bad as the previous weeks fight scene in the spa..enough with the slapstick fist fights!!
also seen that whole drinking contest trick in a movie or tv show before..just cant remember which
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Why are you all of the sudden curious about this show now? The season is almost half over.
Because they finally started pimping the hell out of it and making it look cool. I wish they'd given it this much attention when it actually premiered because I would have watched it from the start.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Thought tonight's episode was kinda meh.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

I think the long hiatus was a big mistake and all the promotion they are doing now is kind of a waste, because I can see how anyone just starting to watch now would be confused. I have watched all the episodes as they aired from the beginning, but I don't remember the details of the earlier episodes that they keep referring to. I thought this episode was so-so. The biker bar scene was like something out of Walker, Texas Ranger.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

this show was shown out of order. It should have been shown last week after the come back. there was no mention of Tyler's hook-up. and then the scenes for next week show the hook-up as if it were the next day.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Originally Posted by DocBrass View Post
this show was shown out of order. It should have been shown last week after the come back. there was no mention of Tyler's hook-up. and then the scenes for next week show the hook-up as if it were the next day.
Yeah, it's a little frustrating. Did it seem to anyone else that the interviews with investigator were reshoots added in to make it a little cohesive for new viewers jumping in with last week's episode? I got that feeling when Sam mentioned the Russians - did they even figure into pre-break episodes (I honestly can't remember)?

I really hate to be one of those "the Brit version's much better" folks - believe me, that got really tiresome during in the early "Office" threads - but ever since watching the original over the break, I'm feeling that one much more. I love the sci-fi elements and they are greatly downplayed in the US version.

But I realize the shows are two different beasts. The original had a much more limited airing so it could get away with packing each episode with Sam trying to solve that mystery. Should the US version last for multiple seasons, that could get old really old.

I'm still going to watch as I enjoy the US version, though.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

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Because they finally started pimping the hell out of it and making it look cool. I wish they'd given it this much attention when it actually premiered because I would have watched it from the start.
exactly. i had never even seen a commercial for it until last night.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

I think it was lost because it started on Thursday aft Grey's Anatomy. not exactly the same audience.
I watched the UK version and I liked the sci-fi approach more. you just knew that it couldn't be pulled off for ABC. this show has got the look and feel of the 70s cop drama and its interesting to se how Sam Tyler is trying to fit in.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

You make it sound like the commercials just magically appeared out of nowhere. I don't know how often some of you watch ABC, but I remember seeing spots for Life on Mars in late August and all through September plugging the October premiere. However, I do kind of agree that some of you may not have paid attention to this show since alot of you here don't watch Grey's Anatomy and it followed Grey's on Thursday nights until the hiatus. Plus CBS and NBC programs normally dominate Thursday nights as far as thread discussions go.

However, there have been threads here for every episode that has aired. Unless you thought Life on Mars was some space science fiction show like Star Trek??

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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

I never watch Grey's Anatomy and I remember seeing lots of commercials before it started airing.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Was this the first show with the voice from the future? I only occasionally watch the show and don't remember it from before. It was something I missed from the British version.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

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Was this the first show with the voice from the future? I only occasionally watch the show and don't remember it from before. It was something I missed from the British version.
No, the last episode aired in November ended with Sam answering the phone and being directed to the basement. This week's episode was the sequel to that episode.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

I feel this is easily the best new show of the past season...too bad it's probably not going to see Season 2 (and probably not have its storyline resolved, either - which is going to suck).

LIFE ON MARS is too good for Network TV - it probably would have done nicely on HBO or SHOWTIME.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

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But I realize the shows are two different beasts. The original had a much more limited airing so it could get away with packing each episode with Sam trying to solve that mystery. Should the US version last for multiple seasons, that could get old really old.

I'm still going to watch as I enjoy the US version, though.
ya i agree but i am hoping the show will last 3 seasons but they will have to find a way to keep him in the past but hey look at prison break they escaped jail in season 2 but made it 2 more seasons
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Life On Mars is my favorite drama on network TV.

As an aside, Sam Tyler looks like Mel Gibson, but sounds like George Clooney.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Yeah this ep was ok but it didn't blow me away. But it's still better than a lot of shows out there so it even with this ep being just ok, it still comes out ahead.

Sadly, I could totally relate to Ray's situation with his brother....
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

Originally Posted by DocBrass View Post
this show was shown out of order. It should have been shown last week after the come back. there was no mention of Tyler's hook-up. and then the scenes for next week show the hook-up as if it were the next day.
finally catching up on this, and this is exactly what i said. this should've been the 1st show after the hiatus. explained what Sam did at the house down in the basement. doesn't make any sense out of order since the week before tyler hooked up with the Lou's daughter.
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Re: Life on Mars -- "The Dark Side of the Mook" -- 2/4/09

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I remember seeing spots for Life on Mars in late August and all through September plugging the October premiere.
Yup!

Great episode btw....

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