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TV Meme... 
8th-Jun-2010 08:58 pm
Life on Mars (Sam & Gene stand too close

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


Day 06 (favorite episode of your favorite t.v show): Episode 1.02 of Life on Mars

I have the original reaction post here (February 2006.)

The second episode of Life on Mars is when the much-needed humour missing from the first episode is not only there, but exploited, and, damn, it's brilliant. I love the balance of the truly gut-wrenching scene where we discover June's been shot and the silly, silly comedy of Gene going 'E... I dunno' in a bad Geordie accent. Gene's bastard side gets to shine in this episode. But his good side does too. And then there's Leonard, who remains my favourite guest character in any show ever. Also, I was already slashing Sam/Gene ♥ (because, DUDE, POKER SCENE. AWKWARD DARTS CONVERSATION. POST-COITAL CIGARETTES AND CONFESSIONS. SAM CALLING OUT FOR GENE. ADORING GRINS AFTER SAVED LIVES. MY HEART EXPLODES WITH LOVE FOR THEM.)

It's not only entertaining, it's damn good writing. The 1973 world is opened up further, the characters are given more depth, relationships develop. Not to mention it's so gorgeously shot, ugh. Love, love, love.
Comments 
8th-Jun-2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I think episode 2 is what got me accidentally mainlining most of the rest of the first series in, um, two nights or something ridiculous like that (I jumped into the show either right before or right after episode 8 aired, I can't remember now). Episode 1 hit my embarrassment squick a bit too often on Sam's behalf, but 2--yeah, it was pretty brilliant.
8th-Jun-2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Episode 2 is what made me fall in love. I'd liked episode 1, but I hadn't been insanely in love. It's so fabulous.
8th-Jun-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
There are so many wonderful things to love about episode 2 (let's not forget the swimming trunks!), but I think the awkward darts conversation is what really did me in.

*dies*
8th-Jun-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
The awkward darts conversation is just darling, because it comes across, it really comes across, as Sam and Gene wanting to ask each other on a date and just being too shy (this was to change by episode 1.07.)
9th-Jun-2010 12:36 am (UTC)
I *squirm* with the love of this.

Tiny beads of sweat on my brow from the cinematography. Pains in my chest from the music. Shortness of breath from the perfectness of Leonard. My left arm goes numb from the June-shooting scene.

Er. Yeah.
9th-Jun-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Now that I think of it, this *was* the episode that made me want to keep watching. I liked the first one but it took me awhile to watch the second one- but once I did... *weeeeeee! smiley*
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