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Life on Mars UK - (S02E02)

Crime . Mystery . Drama

On an assignment to return a career safe breaker from prison for further questioning, Tyler, Ray and Chris are attacked by robbers and the man who they were taken in for questioning is broken out. Is a local gangster to blame, or is there more going on than meets the eye... specifically, was the crime actually arranged by Gene's old mentor? Meanwhile, Sam tries to break in the first black detective in the department, a man who will later become Sam's mentor when he first joins the police force.

Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2007-02-20 at 09:00 pm
  • Jennifer Armstrong

    It's Quantum Leap meets The Streets of San Francisco--with narry a C, S, or I in sight. [28 Jul 2006, p.56]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Surreal and harrowing.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Don’t mistake the slick-but-not-stupid Life on Mars for brain-bending sci-fi or Austin Powers-style farce. Aside from the psychological stress of its star... this is actually at heart an old-school cops-and-robbers show, with that dash of Twilight Zone to give it 21st-century cachet.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Plain wonderful.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The show is exceptionally well made from top to bottom and pulls you in and pulls you along, owing not least to a host of terrific performances.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    It’s an ambitious and ever-shifting examination of the lack of foresight in a culture addicted to rapid change.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    "Life on Mars" has the makings of an intoxicating treat, proving how far a little atmosphere can go in breathing life into a format that occasionally appears close to flatlining.

    Variety Full Review

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