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