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11 April 2007 @ 11:45 pm
Life on Mars  
Really very good last episode - just a question or two about it...

So Sam is meant to be Dorothy, is he? That's interesting. Possibly because it depends on whether you take the book or the film of The Wizard of Oz to be the metaphor in this particular instance. In the film, Dorothy dreams it all, and comes back to the real world. In the book, she genuinely does go to the magical land of Oz and chooses, of her own free will, to return there later. Given that Sam commits suicide in the real world, I choose to believe the book version, because I don't want Sam going off to a random afterlife, I want him to go back to 1973, and be with real people, albeit in an Oz-ified version of reality - but maybe that's just me. I'm also mildly dissatisfied with idea of Gene Hunt as a metaphor for a benign tumour, but again, that's because I want him as a real person. On the other hand, 1973 makes for a considerably more gritty version of Oz anyway, so maybe it doesn't matter. After all, Gene would kick in the Wizard's nadgers if he tried it on with him!

Isn't it funny how a show that ends with a suicide can make you feel happy? Although it bothers and disturbs me more now, the next day, than it did last night when I watched it. And I feel terribly sorry for his poor Mum. What must she be feeling now? Horrible.
grit kitty: samgritkitty on April 12th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
The show didn't make a compelling case to me that Sam's life in 2006 was real, actually. The colors were muted; Sam was disassociated with pretty much everything about it -- including his mom, even. Something about how she said almost nothing, how they sat on the couch, the space they were in. Plus, when he woke up, there weren't realistic signals to show he'd been in a coma for a long time and had just had *brain surgery*. Nor was there a real sense of time passing between waking and walking out the door. I didn't expect a drawn-out saga of his recuperation, but I expected something. His mom at his side, Maya, stitches, a limp. Something. Plus -- and this was hammered home - Sam felt nothing in 2006, which apparently equalled "not living."

His life in 2006 in the very first show seemed real, though. Go figure. It's all a mystery. And of *course* Gene Hunt is real! ; )
Valderys: Life on Mars - Grumpy and emovalderys on April 12th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd like to believe that Gene is real, of course, but considering the premise for Ashes to Ashes is similar - ie. someone has an accident and wakes up in GenesWorld (TM) it does make you wonder :) I like your case for the real world not being real at all though - although it could also be suggested that the brain damage Sam has suffered might make all his sensory perceptions of this world dull and uninteresting compared to his fantasy life - which is what leads him on to suicide. His mother could just have been being careful with him, which was the wrong thing to do, but she didn't know that...