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American Adaptations

Post by bonerlaw » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:42 pm

As can probably gather, Im a huge fan of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

So when I saw this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GBHvkoDnOE

I was less than impressed!

Anyone else think they have ruined the whole thing by making it american??
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:58 pm

It's Life on Mars, Jim, but not as we know it.

I think they've hit the core of the show spot on, though I'm not so keen on their casting choice for Gene.

While the Brit show was drawn from local sources like The Professionals and Minder for its heros and villains, the American one is harking back to stuff like Starsky and Hutch.

A large part of the show isn't based on real life from the era, but the shows that we watched. Its the fiction as remembered by Sam as a kid.

I reckon that looks quite cheesy, stylised, dodgily acted - just like the shows its imitating.

On that score I can't mark it down. Might give it a watch once it gets going just for comparison.
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Post by tekaotaku » Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:20 pm

It looks okish.........like Antiraid has said, its drawing inspiration from the shows of the 70's and not real life 70's policing, not that Like on mars UK did either, but id say it looks more camp lol.

I'll prob give a few episodes a watch before I draw a conclusion

I was late getting into Life on mars, but when I did I enjoyed it, even the dodgy "is he? isnt he?" ending (dont want to spoil it for people who havnt seen it).

Now Ashes to ashes (took me a while to like this one to), Alex is hot in a weird "id do your mum" way, and the quattro (even though its a 1983/4 model not a 1981, the '81 model has different bumpers and alloys and has round headlights, still looks cool, ok ok im a geek) is great. Now I liked the twist ending to that and looking forward to a new season.
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Post by SirClive » Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:23 pm

It just didn't have the humour of 'ours'.
I'll give it a watch though when its out
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Post by bonerlaw » Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:25 pm

SirClive wrote:It just didn't have the humour of 'ours'.
I'll give it a watch though when its out
I think that hits the nail on the head. They are trying to replicate "British" humour in an american show. Maybe thats why I dont like the look of it.

Morbid curiosity will force me to watch it though!
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Post by video-gamer-girl » Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:26 pm

Not to sure on this one, but i will give it a chance and watch it when it comes on.
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Post by necronom » Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:04 pm

I hate it when they do this to our shows. How would they like it if everyone else went round re-making their programs?

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Post by tekaotaku » Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:41 pm

necronom wrote:I hate it when they do this to our shows. How would they like it if everyone else went round re-making their programs?
Thats not a bad idea......take some of there early sitcoms:

Happy days could be remade into Sl'appy Days - about a gang of youths who insted of hanging about in a "diner" and pondering over what life is like being a teenager, they sit around market squares, shopping centre enterences and ponder how far they can stretch their gyros and which little old lady they are going to rob and film on their mobile phones (hence the sl'appy days moniker) and remember - Sl'appy days was filmed in front of a live jury!

Anyway............... :roll:
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Post by MC1 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:28 pm

I'm sure this is just a one off.

The Americans got it right when they re-made Get Carter.

Stallone was fantastic, much better than that unknown speccy bloke.
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Post by JetSetWilly » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:35 pm

justv watched the trailer. isn't too bad. might give it a watch when it airs here. but i agree with whats beens said about it being made like the 70's cop shows. Also, it's done like Dirty Harry as well. which is uppose cant be a bad thing. but Ill watch it and reserve judgment until i get into it.
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Post by Muteki » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:58 am

necronom wrote:I hate it when they do this to our shows. How would they like it if everyone else went round re-making their programs?
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Post by EvilArmourKing » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:17 am

This thread reminds me, MUST BUY LIFE ON MARS BOXSET!!!!!

Not sure I would go for the sequel.

John Simm is just amazing, and I don't think I could manage to watch a sequel if he wasn't in it.
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Post by Bub&Bob » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:33 am

MC1 wrote:I'm sure this is just a one off.

The Americans got it right when they re-made Get Carter.

Stallone was fantastic, much better than that unknown speccy bloke.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:04 am

I really enjoyed Life on Mars, but gave up on Ashes after about four episodes. Part of the appeal of LoM was the not knowing what was going on, rather than the slightly tiresome characterisation. Sadly, the latter was the core for Ashes, and Keeley Hawes was just so irritating.

As for the US version, last I heard is that it'd been axed, which is probably just as well.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:23 am

I'd have echoed your sentiments on Ashes to Ashes, but having stuck with it I found it grew on me. By the end, I'd adjusted to the radical change from Life on Mars and quite enjoyed it for what it was. Its a very different series and settles down in the latter half once she stops constantly wittering that its all in her head.
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