Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 10

Let All the Children Boogie

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2009 on ABC
8.3
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Episode Summary

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When rock star Sebastian Grace receives a death threat, Sam and Chris are exposed to the rock-and-roll lifestyle. Things really get strange when Chris finds Sebastian and his groupie "Rocket Girl" waiting for UFOs in the swampy area of New Jersey known as the Meadowlands.

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  • Another great installment. To bad there aren't many more.

    9.5
    I am going to say it in every review I do of this show. Why did it have to be cancelled? This is and was a great show that should have been given another season. It has a great plot, about a cop traveling from present time to 1973. In this episode a rocker named Sebastian Grace is receiving death threats and Chris is put on the case. Sebastian and one of his groupies named Rocket Girl get away and go out to a swamp in New Jersey known as the Meadowlands. Chris catches up to them and Sebastian give him some grape soda laced wit LSD. They all think a UFO took her away but she was pushed into the marsh by the propulsion of an experimental aircraft.



    The Lieutenant finds out the Sam was fooling around in the filing room with a girl and initially believes it is Anne. In the end he finds out it was his daughter.moreless
  • 1973 cops are funny!

    8.0
    Cops in 1973 have some great one liners. I especially like some of the extremely un PC things Ray says to people. I thought I would always see him as Christopher from the Sopranos but I don't on Life on Mars. He is really making the Ray character is own! I love all of Sam's stories. I think Chris is adorable; so sweet and innocent. However at the end of last weeks episode we see the person that had been calling Sam and messing with him and I'm not sure why but I think it's Chris.moreless
  • Fun history and good character development.

    7.0
    In this episode we get to see Chris Skelton's character develop a bit more. Who would have thought that a straight-laced geek detective would be into a cross-dressing glam rock band? We also get some more insight into Lt. Hunt's background with his daughters and how protective he is. Sam's romance with Hunt's daughter increases the audience's tension concerning Sam's already strained relationship with Anne. The "alien plot" almost thickens, but only provides for some thought-provoking dialog about Sam's situation. It's always great to see Wallace Shawn. He's a favorite character actor.



    I enjoyed researching "Sebastian Grace and The Electric Insects." I thought it was well-played to use an obscure one-hit-wonder from 1973 as the main plot. It makes the audience wonder if it was a real event -- and it turns out that Sebastian Grace was a real person! Although the events in the story are fiction, the persona of Grace seemed to be well represented. The song, "Last Planet I Kissed", was remastered for the show. And the name of one of the main guest characters, Rocket Girl, is an homage to Grace's attempt to produce a solo album called "Cosmic Background Radiation: Hymnals For A Rocket Girl", which was never released. So maybe this really did happen to Grace....???? ;-)



    I thought the scenes with Grace and Anne discussing their differences and similarities were some of the best of the series. Very well written!moreless
Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel

Lt. Gene Hunt

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Detective Ray Carling

Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol

Annie Norris

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Detective Chris Skelton

Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara

Detective Sam Tyler

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

The Sorcerer

Guest Star

Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson

Sebastian Grace

Guest Star

Maggie Siff

Maggie Siff

Maria Belanger

Guest Star

John Cenatiempo

John Cenatiempo

Sizable Ted

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ray: You hear that Chris, the earth is safe from the little green men, once again.

    • Donna: Hey, if the sixties were good for one thing, it's that women can screw and be screwed by whomever we choose.

    • Ray: (talking to Sam) You know, initially, Spaceman, I wasn't happy when you arrived. But I gotta say since you showed up, things have gotten a hell of a lot more Guiding Light around here.
      Annie: Difference is with soap operas you can turn the television off when they begin to get foolish.

    • Donna: Where did you find this guy, Bob's Stupid Cop Emporium?
      Ray: Honey, how about I lock you up on charges of aggravated dumb slut with no future.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "Look at the View" by The Action
      "Yesterday's Game" by Traffic Sound
      "Supersonic Rocket Ship" by The Kinks
      "Starman" by David Bowie
      "The Last Planet I Kissed" by Sebastian Grace and The Electric Insects

    • The title of this episode was taken from a lyric in the song "Starman" by David Bowie, which was released on April 14, 1972, and appears on the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" and is featured in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Emily's father discusses losing her after she heard her first Beatles song, he says "'Love Me Do,' I think it was." This is an exact line from the 1974 Bad Company song "Shooting Star." In that part of the song, a teenager is inspired to leave home for a life of rock music after hearing "Love Me Do," similar to Emily.

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