Friday, April 3, 2009

David Bowie - Life on Mars?

No, I'm not exactly breaking virgin territory here, but the not-nearly-good-enough American version of "Life on Mars" just ended with an all-time, epic fail of a finale, and it deserves to be ridiculed to the sound of its classic namesake.

I only watched the first couple of episodes with anything more than a modicum of interest (the on-the-nose dialogue really started to wear on my nerves, and the show just seemed to be focus-grouped down to a nub) but the original series was most famous for its ending, so I watched the American finale to see what they did with it. Sam Tyler, it turned out, didn't come from 1973 or 2008. He was a motherhumping astronaut. From the future. Traveling to Mars with all of his fictitious cop buddies, running a fucking simulated program to keep his mind active or some bullshit. And Gene Hunt, the cop boss? That was the mission they were on - a gene hunt. They were searching for fucking life on Mars. Like the song!

The human race probably doesn't deserve to survive. If there is a just God, he will wipe this experiment out.


Whisk E. Bear said...

Which one is Chris Moltisanti (sp.) -- is he one of the time-traveling astronauts? Because those mutton chops are pretty period.

Craig said...

He was in the ship all clean-shaven. His astronaut dream involved fucking.

This ought to amuse you.

Whisk E. Bear said...

I like to imagine that he videotaped a press conference informing ABC of his decision.

(He is the best person in the universe. Tom Waits is the best person in the universe.)

Craig said...

I don't blame him, it was kind of a complete suckfest. It has such a great premise, and the original version, while it had its faults, was still pretty cool. And then you have Harvey Keitel, and Moltisanti's mustache, and former Next Big Thing Gretchen Mol. And Jason O'Mara gave it his all, but Jesus, the scripts were just fucking awful.

Oh God... It's Lou. said...

Screw the tv series- I am now bearing the brunt of social scorn among fellow Marines for enjoying this audio-drogeny. And I really couldn't care less.

Did "Space Oddity" at the karaoke bar the other night. No one got it.