Despite an undeserved reputation as a medium inferior to cinema, there are still moments in which television proves to be emotional, visceral and unequivocally transcendent. Such a moment happens in the opening episode of Life On Mars, when modern-day Manchester detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) awakens after being struck by a car, the strains of the Bowie hit that gives the series its name echoing eerily through a panning shot that reveals the 21st century motorway where the accident took place is now gone. So is his neatly tailored suit in favor of a leather jacket, hang-glider-collared shirt and bell bottoms. It's 1973, and Sam Tyler has no idea how in the... More >>>