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06 August 2010 @ 10:14 pm
TV meme, day 10  

Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

This is becoming repetitive, but: The Singing Detective and Life on Mars.

The Singing Detective was broadcast in the Netherlands by the VPRO. In a preview they showed part of the "Dry Bones" scene (see yesterday's post), I think it was the girls in the chorus line. I immediately dismissed it as "sexist" and refused to watch it.

My mum did watch it and said it was great and I really ought to see it, but I did not want to step in later. Fortunately the VPRO had received so many requests for a repeat that soon after the series ended they aired it again. This time I did watch it and the same scene that had got my hackles up when shown out of context now blew me away with its brilliance.

Something similar happened with Life on Mars. I had missed the first episode, but I decided to try the second episode anyway, even though I thought the premise sounded pretty ridiculous.

While the chase down the canal was amusing, I was appalled by the police brutality during the interrogation, and later on, when the superior officer practically pressed his subordinate's nose into a pool of blood on the street, I decided I'd had enough. Too much testosterone for my liking, the TV equivalent of lad lit.

If it hadn't been for the third series of Ashes to Ashes, I would probably never have given Life on Mars a second chance.

My initial refusal to watch these series due to sexism/testosterone overload is not the only thing they have in common, BTW. Both protagonists are lying in hospital and "escape" to a previous era, where the music of the period plays an important part. Both have daddy issues and work through childhood trauma. Both are detectives and fight crime. And both series are brilliant, of course.

Current Mood: soreheadachy
Current Music: In a broken dream - Python Lee Jackson
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 8th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)

it's just...


everybody go watch it.
Mnemosyne: affection_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of science-fiction drama, but 9.5/10? I will have to check this out. Who knows, I may end up loving it. :)
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 9th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
it's worth watching just for the cast (nathan fillion, alan tudyk, they're both brilliant). and it only laster 13 episodes, so you won't be TOO invested... ;)