Saturday, October 11, 2008

Life on Mars

Imagine being a cop today, getting hit by a car, and waking up in 1973. That is the premise of "Life on Mars"

I have watched a few of the British episodes on BBC America and it was brilliant. So I was intrigued when I saw that it was being transferred to the US. Apparently the original pilot, based in LA, was not accepted. The new pilot has a NY detective sent back to 1973. The show particularly uses music from the era well.

I was 6 in 1973. They show New York as a dirtier, grittier, smoggier, or wild place than the city today. And I think they hit that well. Was everything in 1973 in earth tones? Did everyone really have shaggy hair? It seems that way to me looking back to my childhood memories, but when does one really begin to remember? I remember the Mets winning the 1973 pennant (my mom organized the neighborhood kids to have a parade). I remember the Paris Peace Accords. I remember watching T.V. with my parents as air raid sirens went off in Israel.

But do I remember the colors and the hair or do I simply remember T.V. shows I watched later?

When does one begin to remember?


William R. Barker said...

I watched this week's episode.


To tell you the truth, folks would be better off watching TV Land or buying '70's vintage TV crime shows on DVD.

I'm a few years older than you; I'm 46. Yep. NYC in the early/mid/late '70's was actually that dirty, crude, dangerous, and "earth toney." (*GRIN*)

I still remember driving through the South Bronx to my grandparent's in Long Island and being fascinated by the painted "windows" on the burned out but still standing tenements.


NYC was FUN during the '80's though!!!


Anthony said...

Kojak! (In the first episode, Kojack is on TV at one point)