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19 February 2009 @ 11:16 pm
I am so disturbed right now...  
Okay, so I saw some of the US Life On Mars.

It's fine. Doesn't have the quirk and charm of the original but that's not surprising. The cast are all pretty good, stories are good although the main plot has obviously lost some mystery. But I can't watch it for one reason.

The names.

If they'd renamed all the characters I would have happily sat through it as a different take on the same universe. I started getting a little bit funny though when 'Sam Tyler' came on the scene. But then there was 'Chris' and 'Ray' which really didn't feel right at all (I'm terribly fond of Dean and Marshall!).

When they introduced 'Gene Hunt' I just couldn't watch any more.

I wanted to immediately go and hug Phil - I wanted MY Gene back!

Sorry, but Gene Hunt is too much of an iconic character for someone else to play him now. And it's not even him either. Harvey's a fine actor but he just does not have the presence, charisma or sheer magnetism that Phil manages to put into what should be an odious character.

You know what it was a bit like? That scene in Ashes To Ashes where there was the Police 5 reconstruction...

Such a pity they didn't rename all the characters and keep the same types but that them be other people. I'm sure it's a fine series but I find it too disconcerting to watch any more of.

Current Mood: weirdweird
Eruvadhril Edainwen: badfangirleruvadhril on February 19th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
The bit that did it for me was when not!Gene did the "armed bastards" line. At that point I gave up and went to my room with my LoM DVDs. I was also put off by the fact that Sam seems to be about a foot taller than Gene.
doylefan22: a2a - alex and genedoylefan22 on February 20th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, that was wrong too.

Gene's a massive bulk of a bloke.

If they'd called them like Adam Elliot and Jack Hart or something I would have been so much more willing to watch it. I just can't get over them being not!Gene and not!Sam.
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: LocoRoco // __kali____kali__ on February 20th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
That was my feeling exactly.
Tinuviel_hedgewytch_ on February 22nd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Loving your layout!
Gah now I really really won't watch it ;o(
Am sorry you had to see that
doylefan22doylefan22 on February 22nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Tis pretty, isn't it? They're both too gorgeous for their own good!

My overwhelming and long term love for Phil won't let me see anyone else as Gene. He's too good.
Tinuviel_hedgewytch_ on February 22nd, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh yes ;o) they are.
I am in total agreement with you x