Life on Mars: Season 1, Episode 17

Life Is a Rock (1 Apr. 2009)

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Sam is told he can return home if he does three things, which includes saving the younger version of himself, who has been kidnapped by his father.

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Sam is told he can return home if he does three things, which includes saving the younger version of himself, who has been kidnapped by his father.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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The title is from the 1974 song "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" written by Paul DiFranco and Norman Dolph. See more »

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In the series finale as Sam is searching the boat for his father armed with a rifle, the rifle changes from a Ruger Mini-14, to a Kalasnikov (AK-47) type rifle in one quick closeup shot. The next shot then shows him still holding the original rifle. This is noticeable because of the distinctive gas tube over the barrel on an AK unlike the bare barrel of a Mini-14. See more »

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Detective Sam Tyler: David Bowie. Why does it always come back to David Bowie?
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The show logo counts upward from 2008 to 2035 at the end rather than down to 1973 as in all other episodes. See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Mona Lisa's And Mad Hatters
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2 April 2009 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

The finale seemed a bit carelessly put together but had its moments. Worst for me is the lazy writing that added to the Back to the Future Riff of pushing the pseudonym of Luke Skywalker (it was funnier when Michael J. Fox improvised the name Clint Eastwood when facing opposition in The Old West), the running joke based on the famous David Bowie Song, re: Keitel is Major Tom. Highlight was a morbid, existential speech delivered by Michael Imperioli which was so powerful in content and delivery that it overshadowed all the facetiousness going on before and after it. O'Mara played his role properly bewildered, and Gretchen Mol got to show off 3 contrasting looks, but right down to the "one white shoe for mankind" final image it is obvious that the folks behind this series had tongues planted firmly in cheeks for the duration. I've got news for them -cult classics are ultimately in the eyes of the beholder (notably McGoohan's The Prisoner, or Robert Loggia in T.H.E. Cat), and cannot be forced down the audience's collective throat by a "let's throw in everything including the kitchen sink" approach.


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