Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Life on Mars
A squirrel. He was actually dressed as Tufty the Squirrel who was a character used in road safety campaigns aimed at children by the government from the 50s right through to the 80s.
|In both series of "Life on Mars", Sam regularly talks to the barman at their local pub as he seems to have a deeper insight into Sam's situation than could possibly be expected. What was this barman's name?||"Life On Mars": Complete Series 1 and 2
Nelson. Nelson is a very mysterious character who gives Sam the key to recognising reality at the end of the second series.
"Drive carefully". Bolan famously died in a car crash in 1977 while travelling in a Mini driven by his then-girlfriend Gloria Jones.
Hyde 2612. Toward the end of series 2, Sam finally finds out who it is who has been calling him, but in many ways this just adds to his confusion.
Hyde. Hyde is where the notorious serial killer Dr Harold Shipman had his practice.
Vauxhall Cavalier. I guess it could have been an Opel Ascona, but as it has UK number plates and is in the UK it seems highly unlikely.
1973. 1973 was the same year that the song "Life on Mars" by David Bowie was released as a single peaking at number 3 in the UK charts.
Chris. Gene threw a party for his department after he was found to be innocent of his murder charge. Everybody got drunk and Chris danced in front of everyone, later throwing up into a bin.
Crown. The chip was coloured orange but it is later said to be a 'crown chip'. This leads them to investigate the casino run by Tony Crane, as this is where these chips come from.
Hyde. When Sam hears the whistling in this scene, the bus is in the background. It says 'Hyde' on the front. Sam is in 'Hyde Ward 2612' in 2006.
Sam asked for a cigarette then hit his captor on the head.. Sam asked for a cigarette as a last request and drops it on the ground; when the man bends down to pick it up he hits him in the head and gets Gene away as well. They then go after Tony Crane.
Ray. Sam thinks that the bomb threat is a fake and has nothing to do with the IRA. Ray tells him that if he is so sure, then he should go to the car and check. Sam becomes angry and sends Ray instead and causes him to get blown up.
The North Sea. He says this because his team thought he was a murderer. Sam was the only one who thought otherwise and persisted to prove Gene was innocent.
|At the end of the last episode, Sam hears a doctor talking about him on the radio. What is his reaction?||'Life On Mars' Series Two
He claims to hate the station and changes it to a different one.. This is after he jumps off a roof to get back to Annie, Chris, Ray and Gene. He changes to a station that is playing the song 'Life on Mars' by David Bowie.
If you can feel it, it's real and you're alive.. He tells Sam this information down at the pub, before the train robbery. Sam later uses this information to figure out that he was more alive in the 'coma' than in 'life'.
Blackpool. She says during the briefing, "We had a lovely honeymoon in Blackpool". She also said that he saved her dog from drowning.
KJM212K. It is shown occasionally in the show but on the DVD cover but not many people take any notice of it. He drives this car throughout both series of the show.
He was on the phone.. The voice on the other end is about to tell him why he's in the situation he's in. But then the screen goes black. Thanks for playing.
It is Sam's father.. Sam learns a fair amount about what his dad was involved in when Sam was young.
Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi appeared as the Soul disc jockey and the voice of the neighborhood, Brother Lovebutter in episode 5.
|The fourth episode involves gangsters led by mob boss Elliot Casso. Back in 1973, Sam realizes his mom was willing to do some less than favorable things to pay of a debt, and he prevents this from happening by altering the past events he remembers from when he was young. Who guest starred as the mob boss Elliot Casso?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part I
Robert Klein. Sam's boss, Lt. Hunt (played by Harvey Keitel), relinquishes his clandestine ties to Casso at the end when Casso's actions sicken even Hunt. Casso is arrested.
|Several of the episodes in season one have featured a neighbor of Sam. In fact her first appearance featured ALL of her, as she was naked in the communal bathroom. What is the name of this hippie free spirit?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part I
Windy. Windy later shows up with some lasagna, clothed this time. She makes multiple appearances later on in the season.
|In the third episode, "My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi", the victim killed in the episode was a Navy veteran. What was the eventual reason he was killed?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part I
He was involved in a gay relationship.. The victim was involved in a relationship with someone on the boat, and wanted to continue the affair publicly after they were out of the Navy. When the victim's determination to out them both wouldn't stop, the other man killed him from his paranoia of other people's homophobia. The time frame, 1973, involved a much more prejudiced time than now, and homosexuality was not as accepted as today.
Michael Imperioli. Michael won an Emmy for playing Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's "The Sopranos".
|The title of the show was derived from the song that was playing on his iPod during his accident in the first episode. When Sam Tyler "woke up", his iPod was changed to an 8-track tape, playing the same song. Who sings the song "Life on Mars"?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part I
David Bowie. The song has popped up a few times in the first episodes since its original appearance in the series, most notably when the robot appeared in the park in front of Sam.
|The opening scene of "Life on Mars", the American version, starts with a car chase, and Sam and Maya are having a relationship argument while high-tailing through the city. And the unofficial theme song, "Ground Zero", is playing over the scene. It also has been featured on the preview commercials for the show as well. If you followed the credits at the end, you saw who sang the song. Who sings "Ground Zero"?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part I
Chris Cornell. Chris Cornell has been the lead singer of both Soundgarden and Audioslave.
|In episode 13, "Revenge of Broken Jaw", Lieutenant Hunt states he was going to go see a sporting event with the three men that died in the bombing. It's the same sporting event Sam and Ray Carling put a little side bet on. What sporting event was the precinct going to see at the end of the show?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part II
A heavyweight boxing rematch between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton. Ali, who lost the first fight against Norton, and left the fight with a broken jaw, won the rematch with Norton on September 10, 1973. Sam Tyler knew this information going into the bet with Ray, a definitive advantage of time travel. The whole gang ended up watching the fight at a strip club that had it on closed circuit television. Ahhh, the days before pay-per-view.
|Episode 13, "Revenge of Broken Jaw", featured a bombing of a police bar that killed three of Lieutenant Hunt's buddies. A real-life organization was used in the plot as the group that took responsibility for the bombings, and threatened more in the future. What is the name of this real life 70's organization?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part II
Weather Underground. The Weather Underground (formerly the Weathermen) were a leftist student organization vehemently against the U.S. Government and its involvement in the Vietnam War. This is a rare time in the show's history they used a large scale political history item in the show's plot line, as the Weather Underground committed a series of bombings early in the 1970's.
|In episode 12, we meet Harry Woolf, the Chief of D's, who states that the media is all over the case, and nobody should take the law into their own hands. The actor who played the Chief of D's, had some extra time on his hands, as he didn't get the "acting" job he really wanted, that of President of the United States. Who was this actor/politician?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part II
Fred Dalton Thompson. Fred Thompson made an attempt at the Republican Nomination, but couldn't get past McCain's stronghold in the latter part of the campaign. Fair enough, he still has a career as a lobbyist/attorney/actor/politician/radio host. Nice resume.
|The character Tony Crane played a prominent role in episode 12, "The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All". A newspaper columnist turns up murdered, and Sam Tyler suspects Tony Crane. Sam remembers Tony from a 2008 case in which Tony is arrested for a similar situation. What is it that Tony Crane does for a living?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part II
Art dealer. Sam decides that by-the-book policing won't work in this case, but since the media are all over the case, it's the first time the Lieut wants to go by the book. Sam gets thrown in jail for not following the letter of the law on this case.
|Not referencing any particular episode, there is a member of the 125 squad who simply goes as Ted. But it's his appropriate nickname that gives him his personality. What is Ted's nickname?||"Life on Mars", American Style, Part II
Sizable. Sizable Ted was a guy you WANTED on your side in a fight. He had a friendly disposition when he appeared on screen, but was the guy Gene turned to to get his criminals to spill. Ted never seemed to put much effort into manhandling felons, they seemed to cower in his presence when he came near. Sizable Ted was played by John Cenatiempo.