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This gets better and better!,
This review is from: Life on Mars : Complete BBC Series 2  [DVD] (DVD)I have reviewed Series 1 which blew me away - but series two seems to get even better.
The humour, the warmth between characters, the 'baddies' - the '70s kitsch all seem to have been turned up from 10, to 11!
Sam meets his mentor in his younger days and is shocked to see his hero as a pathetic man who takes all the racist jibes thrown at him rather than the strong stalwart of justice he is familiar with.
The supposed-IRA bomber episode was one of the strongest I've seen - and the following story about Swingers was fantastic, with Gene (Philip Glenister) giving one of the funniest performances of the series.
And the 7th Episode - what can I say?!!! Absolutely amazing, with the DCI on the run - this was another strong episode helped along with yet another DCI Gene Hunt classic moment - dressed as Tufty the squirrel!
In this episode, Gene Hunt is less jovial (as you'd imagine when on the run) and we see more of his vulnerable side, something which seems to be a theme running through the second series - with the odd line here and there about his past tragedies. Acting DCI Morgan adds a new element to the episode as a Jobsworth character - who interrupts Sam and Annie just as it looks as thought they are about to engage in some over-friendliness!
And then, the finale...
...And what a finale!!!
Is Morgan all he seems to be? Is Sam in a coma? If he is will he return to his own time? Will he stay with Hunt and the team?
Well, if you haven't seen it then I don't want to spoil it for you, so I won't give anything away.
The finale is without doubts one of the TV highlights of the last decade, and then some! Emotionally charged to the point that your hair starts to tingle whilst you watch it. This really was the perfect ending to the series. It looks as though there won't be a series 3, but rumour has there'll be a Spin-Off called "Ashes to Ashes" (another David Bowie reference). I don't know if it'll be as good as this. This was television dynamite. Intelligently written, gritty realism along with spiritualism, I am really quite sorry to see this amazing programme end.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
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