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Life on Mars: Coffee, Tea or Annie

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 12th 2009 1:06AM
Life on mars: Coffee Tea or Annie

(S01E14)
The more I watch this show, the more I think Sam is not stuck in the past. I'm not sure where he is. It's definitely somewhere fictional. My guess is some virtual reality thing. However, they further proved how unrealistic the show is by pulling out the old "identical twin from the middle of nowhere" trick. It saves casting time and money by using the same actor or actress for two different roles.

I don't care how similar two people look. There are minor differences in things such as voice and mannerisms that anybody who even remotely knew Valerie would have picked up that Annie was not her. Also, if Valerie was such a loner, how is it that she worked with her two roommates yet supposedly they didn't know her that well? If they saw her both at home and work and didn't figure out the switch, then I'm sorry, but they are a few bricks short of a load.

Further demonstrating the surrealism of the show is the fact that apparently the 125th precinct has the resources and jurisdiction to book a trans-continental flight to follow a lead. Wouldn't the FBI more likely get involved with a crime that crosses state lines?

Some filming for this episode took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I recognized the crane.

Not only did we see David Cassidy posters, I think we heard a song by him near the end of the episode. Am I incorrect about this?

The whole swingers storyline was borrowed from the original British show. Gene Hunt did a similar appearance at the party when contact was lost with Annie. I liked Harvey Keitel's version of it better, particularly with the wild hair.

It's a strange universe. This alternate 1973 uses Pan-Atlantic instead of Pan-American but still has The Saturday Evening Post (albeit with a picture of Gretchen Mol on the cover). Was that girdle mention in the stewardess guide a work of fiction or was that actually mentioned in such a guide back then?

Gretchen Mol is still utterly gorgeous whether she is blonde or brunette. But then, she already proved to be a gorgeous brunette in The Notorious Bettie Page.

I loved Jason O'Mara's porn mustache. Next week he sports practically a full beard. These undercover episodes are becoming annoying in their consistency. If the show wasn't ending, I'd tell the creators to ease up on that.

Favorite Michael Imperioli line of the episode: "The tug of war with the cyclops".

I wonder if Sam's visions from tonight's episode are a clue to his predicament. There has been a lot of space references what with tonight's rocketship and the Mars Rover (or whatever that thing was). They even had an episode about someone being kidnapped by aliens. Could that be it? Kidnapped by aliens?

The flirty interplay between Sam and Annie was enjoyable. I think this show could really be quite good if given a chance to grow. Dammit.

I am sorry that the show has been canceled and requires a fairly quick wrap-up. No doubt the last episode will either be jam-packed with information regarding exactly how Sam got to 1973, or we'll see a black screen with the following white letters: Sam Tyler never leaped home.

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rmrap5

I love this show Love the style of clothes .I dont see why they would cancel .The acting is great and fast pace keeps me interested .Yes it is a little far fetched but also intrigiging It keeps the suspense and waiting . I look forward to seeing it every week.Please dont cancel!!!!

March 13 2009 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AntonioSaucedo

If 1973 turns out to be the present and the future, just a figment of Sam's imagination, I recommend Jacob's Latter and The Flight of the Navigator, two movies that play with the same narrative device.

I love this show, people.

March 13 2009 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xboxbydegrees

"There has been a lot of space references what with tonight's rocketship and the Mars Rover (or whatever that thing was)."

Sam is on the first manned space flight to Mars. He is in some sort of sleep state/hibernation. Sam is dreaming of 1973. Annie and some (all?) of the others are part of the crew.

March 13 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kara

My aunt was a stewardess (yes, stewardess, not flight attendant) in the early 70s when I was kid. I loved her stories and to watch her dress for a shift.

Yes, she shared an apartment in Dallas with fellow stewardess who she didn't know and never saw except once in a blue moon. They all worked different routes and different shifts. IN fact they had 2 beds for 4 girls - and "hot racked" ... i.e. shared beds in rotating shifts.

And yes, the girdle bit WAS in her guide. Makeup, mascara, colors, sizes, weight, and bra/girdle requirements were very clearly stated for stewardesses. It used to be a very GLAM job and being a stewardess used to be a dream job for a lot of girls.

Seems odd now, but it was the truth.

March 12 2009 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DarthPaul

Wow, that was confusing.

I spent the entire episode trying to figure out where I'd seen it before & then I realised it's a complete carbon copy of the UK version that I watched the other year. I've got so used to it not being so similar that it threw me.

it was good though :)

March 12 2009 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hiki

I think they'll end it similarly to the UK show in that Sam, for all his wanting to go "home" is actually at home in the 70's. He's the relationships he's created, which he wants to think are his creations are real. The future home is a figment of his imagination - the US show has pretty much severed any tie he has by not refering to anyone from his future life. It would be a huge disappointment for him to abandon the people we know for those we don't.

March 12 2009 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
litehousebeacon

"...they are a few bricks short of a load."

Well, they were blond stewardesses in 1973...

P.S.
Why don't t networks care about the people who work nights and DVR, or even record on their VCR [the not so young], the shows to watch later?

March 12 2009 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chipramsey

I saw the last episode of the British version last week. What I've figured out is 1973 is the afterlife and all the people in that afterlife are dead.

Sam awoke in 2009 after a coma.

When the British Sam jumped off the building and killed himself, he wound up back in 1973.

March 12 2009 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shirleigh Kirk-Marston

Sorry folks but has anyone actually seen the UK original of this show?? It might have been an idea to do that before creating the US version??

March 12 2009 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

"or we'll see a black screen with the following white letters: Sam Tyler never leaped home."

LOL! One of my top three shows of all time.

March 12 2009 at 3:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dan Buckley

At least they'll actually bring some sort of closure to the series. Quantum Leap's cancellation was in flux when they shot the final episode so all we got was that lame PS after the fact. They could've left that out and added a bit more to the mystery.

March 12 2009 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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