Life On Mars general discussion (season to date--may be spoilers)

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  1. KyleLC

    KyleLC Unregistered User

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    I noticed that one.
     
  2. unixadm

    unixadm Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can see all 4 episodes on ABC.com

    Click on "Full Episodes" up top and choose "Life on Mars"
     
  3. Uncle Briggs

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    I almost gave up after 2 eps. I'm glad I didn't. It is getting much better.
     
  4. Donbadabon

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    When they had the Verizon sign in the background, I thought it was rather strange.
    Especially after listening to the Podcast, where they said they will alter backgrounds, etc to make sure things like that (they mentioned a nike.com sign) don't appear.

    So it makes me think that it was intentional ... but then again this is one of those shows where they can claim something was on purpose when it really wasn't.

    I like the idea of the show, but I HATE the robot. That is just so stupid.

    And I am tired of the 'Hey! He just said something from 2008 that won't be understood in 1973" lines. Ok Marty, we get it. You asked for a 'Pepsi Free', and the guy told you "If you want a Pepsi, you're gonna have to pay for it".
     
  5. Sherminator

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    The more I think about it, (And while we're on that thought, should we really be thinking about TV shows :D), you are correct.
    Now seeing in the latest episode the robot seemed to produce a negative emotion, perhaps that the robot is the test card girl?
     
  6. kimsan

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    Duh! My mind had the bartender in Ashes to Ashes. Girl=Bartender Robot=Test Card Girl seems far more likely.

    Double-entendre advice from one and negative vibes from the other.
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

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    Heh, that took a moment to process. My mind wanted to see
    (Girl)=(Bartender Robot)=(Test Card Girl)
    which, of course, is a lot harder to make sense of!
     
  8. Donbadabon

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    Ok, are you all just making up words? lol

    What is a Test Card Girl?
     
  9. Bierboy

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    Just watched last week's ep this morning. I didn't get that feeling much, stro. But, then I'm pretty slow...:D
     
  10. LoadStar

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    In the UK, they have a set of "test cards," used to calibrate cameras, televisions/monitors, and so on. The US had an equivalent back in the B&W days - the Indian Head test card is probably the best known. (They have of course been mostly replaced on both sides of the Atlantic with SMPTE color bars.)

    One particular test card, Test Card F, features a photo of a young girl; in the British version of Life On Mars, there is a character that looks like that girl. Hence, Test Card Girl.
     
  11. Family

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    Well since there is no thread I'll say I really liked this week's episode. Nice show to look forward to.
     
  12. cheesesteak

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    The only good thing about this last episode was the music. I had to ffwd through the rapping part.
     
  13. Sherminator

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    When the old man first responded to Sam in the 125 who else thought of "Bruce Almighty"? (OK, that movie might have copied that, but BA was where I 1st saw that storytelling method) Then, when he saw the same man with the writing on cardboard outside, it clinched it for me.

    I don't recall the British version having to overtly explain Fletcher's appearance.
     
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  15. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Right, the first aired episode was more or less the pilot reshot with the new cast.

    Sometimes there's confusion over what "pilot" means. Technically, it's an episode that is shot to show the network what the show will be like. It used to be normal to then rework things (casting, plotlines, etc.) and reshoot when the series order comes in. But lately, networks seem to be a lot more likely to just take it or leave it, and often when a show is picked up the pilot is used as the first episode. In fact, I'm not even sure how often they do pilots these days...the show is at least sometimes picked up on the strength of the proposal and the people involved, without the expense of shooting a real pilot.

    But the first episode is not always a pilot, and the pilot is not always the first episode.
     
  16. LoadStar

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    And to expand, a pilot episode may not even be a full episode, or even broadcast quality. They'll sometimes include musical cues (incidental music) from a stock library or from previous shows from the same studio, and actual songs they might include aren't necessarily cleared for broadcast. The goal is not to create an episode that is ready for air, but instead to cost-effectively prove that their concept will work on television.
     
  17. rrrobinsonjr

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    To make matters more confusing, sometimes the first episode it titled "Pilot" even though technically it is no such thing.
     
  18. Rob Helmerichs

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    I suspected as much, but had no evidence at hand (i.e., knowing about a first episode called "Pilot" that was clearly not done as a pilot). But there are so many of them, I would just assume that some producers call the first episode "Pilot" out of tradition.

    By the way, I had to laugh a couple of years ago when The Shield did an episode that was a flashback to the events leading up to the pilot (or at least the first episode, called "Pilot"). It's title? "Co-Pilot." :D
     

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