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Friday, October 10, 2008 |
( 10/10/2008 06:42:00 AM ) Bill S.
"THEY SEE YOUR EVERY MOVE." Over the weekend, BBC-America - which has been trumpeting the fact that a goodly number of teleseries this year debuting in America this season first appeared on British television - ran a marathon of the time-traveling-copper series, Life on Mars. We re-watched the original first episode on Sunday with an eye toward comparing it to the new American version, which aired last night. Verdict: pretty darn close. The Americanized Life didn't seem as creepily unsettling as its source, but maybe that's because we already were familiar with its basic premise. Can't help wondering how they're gonna sustain this thing over the long haul, though: the original only ran sixteen episodes, after all.
Many of the Brit Life's major impact shots (including the hero's big car accident) were virtually identical, and, apart from the Americanisms, most of the dialog was the same. (Love Harvey Keitel in the hard-ass role originated by Philip Glenister.) Only missing major plot detail: the omission of a scene on top of a roof where our hero contemplates jumping (perhaps the weakest bit in the original Brit version) - and the moment that leads up to it. Oh yeah, and in a scene where our hero enters a record store once frequented by his young boy self, his first purchased selection shifted from Gary Numan's "Cars" to an unnamed Hall & Oates album (bet it was Private Eyes), which our hero immediately tries to revise into a Led Zeppelin album in order to appear less wussy. A nice character touch . . .
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