In the U.S. pilot,
Colm Meaney was cast as Gene Hunt.
| || Life on Mars (US)|
adapted by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg
First episode: 9 Oct 2008
I watched this show when it first came out, but it never engaged me, and somehow the casting seemed off. Not until seven years later did I watch the original U.K. version: Surprise! I was drawn in, partly because the characters appealed to me more, and partly because of a softer sell—still melodramatic, but not often over the top.
It goes like this, Spaceman. We live on a rock, there ain’t no rhyme, there ain’t no reason. We live on a rock, just one of many. Hurling around in some big cosmic jumbalaya. Now you wanna get questiony, that’s your prerogative. My ma took me to a loud church every Sunday. She squeezed her eyes shut, she pressed her rosary beads to her lips and she prayed for good things for those she loved. But, cancer took two of her sisters. Her husband couldn’t make a move without a belly full of gin, her youngest son turned to a life of crime, and her oldest, me, is a nasty son of a bitch who can’t get out of third gear without a snarl. So, who was she talking to every Sunday and why wasn’t he answering? I will tell you why, because we live on a rock, just one of many. There ain’t no answers! There’s just this! And all you can really hope to do is to find a couple of people who make the seventy or eighty odd years we get to live on this sweet swinging sphere remotely tolerable.
I gotta take a leak.
| || Fringe |
created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
First time travel: 2 Dec 2008
When smart and beautiful FBI Agent Olivia Dunham is recruited by Homeland Security to investigate strange happenings on the fringe of science, she’s given free rein to choose any colleagues she wishes, which leads her to the slightly mad (but kindly) scientist Walter Bishop and his jaded son Peter.
I didn’t get around to watching this until it appeared on Amazon Prime after the series finale. It’s a little too violent for my taste, but the three main characters have become favorites of mine just as much as Myca, Pete and Artie on that other show; and as I watched into the first half of Season 3, it became more and more addictive. By the time it reached the middle of Season 4, it became my favorite long love story ever.
The first glimpse of time travel was in Episode 10, when Walter tells of the time travel machine that he built to save Peter as a boy, although that episode didn’t see any actual traveling.
- Safe (2 Dec 2008) Walter tells of machine
- Ability (10 Feb 2009) Jones uses machine to escape jail
- August (19 Nov 2009) we learn the Observers time travel
- The Bishop Revival (28 Jan 2010) possible Nazi time traveler
- Peter (1 Apr 2010) Observers time travel in alt univ
- White Tulip (15 Apr 2010) Dr. Alistair Peck loops thru time
- The Firefly (21 Jan 2011) Doc Brown’ son thru time
- The Day We Died (6 May 2011) Peter to future / machine to past
- Subject 9 (14 Oct 2011) short jumps back for Olivia
- Novation (4 Nov 2011) another short Olivia time loop
- And Those . . . Behind (11 Nov 2011) events from four years in past
- An Origin Story (2 Nov 2012) a shipping corridor through time
- The Boy Must Live (11 Jan 2013) Windmark visits 2609
- Liberty (18 Jan 2013) still in 2609
After all, I was the scientist; and my only son was dying and I couldn’t do anything about it . . . I became consumed with saving you, conquering the disease. In my research, I discovered a doctor, Alfred Gross—Swiss, brillant physician, he’s the only man that had ever successfully cured a case of heppia. But there was a problem: he had died in 1936. And so, I designed a device intended to reach back into time, to cross the time-space continuum, and retrieve Alfred Gross.