Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 2

The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2008 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Much, MUCH improved. I found myself entertained throughout it all!

    I was critical of the first episode. I thought it was a cheesy knockoff of a quality drama. But this episode improved, it has it's on spark, and own unique style now.

    Jason O'Mara and Harvey Keitel seem more comfortable in their roles, and I was actually very impressed with O'Mara's take on Sam Tyler's character. Gretchen Mol is ok, but I find her not the right for the role - i.e. she's too sexy and confident!! Though I'll quickly get over that.

    The story, although similar to the UK version, manages to find its own hilarity - speedo guy, Nixon administration, Matrix illusions, lasagnes with herbs, mistaken cop identities - all of which made the episode very enjoyable to watch.

    New ways for Sam to keep in contact with 2008 - robot, naked hippies, broken glass, door reflections.... All good.

    Also, big plus on the fantastic sets and backdrops of old New York.

    I look forward to the next episode.