[DWJ] Life on Mars

Aimee Smith aimees001 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 17:54:49 EST 2008


I had thought I disliked this plot strategy universally, but first  
someone had the idea that one might have had an adventure then  
forgotten it (cool), and then 'Life on Mars' is mentioned.
This plot point is actually something I love about the series (what  
I've seen) because it adds a new layer of meaning or mystery: if Sam  
*is* hallucinating, why this? What is he there to resolve within his  
mind? And is it possible that it can be both time travel *and*  
hallucination at the same time?

I also love it because it's good quality and *different* - I'm not  
usually interested in crime dramas, especially ones that tend to slip  
over into (MA) ratings territory.
I have noticed that just because it might not be real, the fact that  
Sam's aware it might not be real and is still willing to get involved,  
is enough for me to enter into it too and enjoy it. I suppose this is  
also helped by the fact that he appears stuck there and that it's a  
consistent dream. It seems that even though it might not be real, it  

Reminds me of Dumbledore's comment at the train station, that.


> On Tue, 15 Jan 2008, Roger Burton West wrote:
>> Even then, I don't particularly mind if it's done at the  
>> _beginning_ of
>> the book - "Here's a story my grandmother told me when I was little",
>> say. It's when it's suddenly sprung on one at the end - or, worse,  
>> when
>> speculation about the level of fictionality becomes part of the
>> metastory, as in the recent television series _Life on Mars_ ("has he
>> really travelled in time or is he just hallucinating while  
>> unconscious
>> in hospital") - that I find it objectionable.
> Does it make any difference if at least some part of it is
> guaranteed to be real within the fiction? For example, in Life on
> Mars, I don't think there's any question that *Sam*  is a real
> character within the fiction who is genuinely experiencing the
> things we see on screen. The only question is whether the
> experiences are the result of time travel or hallucination.
> -deborah
> --
> Let me remember this, please, when everything else
> goes let me remember a goddess laughing after love.
> 		-- _The Folk of the Air_

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