Life on Mars series finale "Life Is a Rock" (4/1/09)

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  1. Apr 3, 2009 #61 of 127
    murgatroyd

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    Just FYI:

    IMDB entry for Frank Morgan

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  2. Apr 3, 2009 #62 of 127
    Eleanor

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    Can someone explain to me how Gene Hunt was his father?
    How was he present when Sam killed his father in 1973? Was the guy not really Sam's father?
     
  3. Apr 3, 2009 #63 of 127
    atrac

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    Both 1973 and 2008 were not real -- only 2035 was reality. So Sam's father in 1973 was not his father at all -- just part of the fantasy. Gene Hunt was his real father in 2035.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2009 #64 of 127
    Craigbob

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    The whole 1973 time line was a glitch in the computerized sleep system. Sam was seeing his crew mates in teh 1973 time frame but not as they really were. their names are different for example Gene was named Tom....
     
  5. Apr 3, 2009 #65 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Right. The whole series took place on a spaceship going to Mars. The crew were in suspended animation. Each crew member chose a dream that they would live while they were asleep. Sam chose to be a cop back in the good old days of 2008, and all the 2008 stuff was computer-generated. But a meteorite hit the space ship, and the computer glitched. In Sam's case, that was the car accident, and everything that happened in 1973 was a combination of the computer trying to build a new dream on the fly and Sam's mind feeding stuff in.

    And then he woke up...perhaps the only time in history that ending worked for me! :D
     
  6. Apr 3, 2009 #66 of 127
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    I thought it was funny that right before "Major Tom" came out of his pod they were talking about studying/finding genes and Imperioli's character said something like "That's going to be one monster gene hunt".
     
  7. Apr 3, 2009 #67 of 127
    cheesesteak

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    I certainly wasn't expecting that ending. Everything I wanted to say or ask has already been posted. I wonder if "Windy" was an acronym, maybe "W.I.N.D.Y".
     
  8. Apr 3, 2009 #68 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Which stands for "Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic Computer" (obviously, the current trend towards degradation of language and spelling continues into the future) :D
     
  9. Apr 3, 2009 #69 of 127
    cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    So on this show, whatever happened didn't happen.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2009 #70 of 127
    vman41

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    I was thinking Wired Intelligence Natural Dialect Interface.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2009 #71 of 127
    goMO

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    great job! It did seem a bit rushed at the end, but when you know there's only a few minutes to go, the drama does increase. Certainly better than a Sopranos type ending..

    I just never warmed up to 1973 Annie. I know that was a period-correct hairstyle, but I couldn't get past it...

    I did lose interest in the middle for a bit, but watched the last 3 episodes.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2009 #72 of 127
    5thcrewman

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    So will they find Life on Mars?
     
  13. Apr 3, 2009 #73 of 127
    Brute

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    The closed captioning said 'W.1.N.D' I believe.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2009 #74 of 127
    Bierboy

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    Do I smell a sequel?....
     
  15. Apr 3, 2009 #75 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Maybe they could name it after another Bowie song...
     
  16. Apr 3, 2009 #76 of 127
    mostman

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    One way they could have kept it going more than one season without suffering from "filler" is to explore the other dreams. For example, what was Annie dreaming...

    Not sure how they could have pulled it off without pulling back the curtain, but it would have been interesting.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2009 #77 of 127
    Talon

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    Suprised to see the all the love. I have loved the series from the start but didn't feel too many others here did.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2009 #78 of 127
    GadgetFreak

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    Loved the series. I have not seen the UK version. Do I need to watch the UK version before checking out Ashes to Ashes?
     
  19. Apr 3, 2009 #79 of 127
    MikeMar

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    Ending was basically Vanilla Sky (or the origal spanish version Abre Los Ojos, both have Penelope Cruz though :D)

    But instead of being dead and in a dream w/ a glitch, it was this.

    The second they showed him in the chamber I knew there was a glitch and all that.

    I liked the ending though, but like I said, basically Vanilla Sky
     
  20. Apr 3, 2009 #80 of 127
    5thcrewman

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    Get your ass to Mars!

    -would have been a good line to fit in somewhere.
     

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