One of the new fall shows I added to my DVR lineup a few weeks ago is Life On Mars. While it’s not exactly a suitable replacement for JourneyMan, it comes close enough to satisfy my thirst for TV about time travel. (I guess I watched Back To The Future one too many times in my youth, because any show about time travel instantly hooks me in.)
For those of you not watching Life On Mars yet, it’s about a cop in 2008 who is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973. What happened? It could be a coma, time travel, parallel universe….we don’t know yet, but that’s part of the fun. Harvey Keitel is amazing as Lt. Gene Hunt – kind of a kick ass combination of Starsky, Hutch, and all of those other 1970′s detectives we love.
The show does a good job of keeping it real as far as the 1973 authenticity. Of course, I wasn’t even around in 1973, so I’m not exactly an expert on how things should look and feel. One big goof I did notice was in this week’s episode, when Lt. Hunt and Detective Tyler were talking under the bridge at the end of the episode. In the background, on one of the skyscrapers, I could make out a very current version of the Verizon logo. Oops!