August 14th, 2009
|02:37 pm - New fandom! (of course I could have guessed this one *g*)|
Wow. Oh, wow.
I want to wrap Sam Tyler up in a blankie and take him home with me. Can I, please?
The pilot for this show absolutely blew my socks off. The mix of detective drama and high-concept mind-bending scifi (?), all mediated through fascinating characters in a period setting, and the dark chocolate icing of John Simm's astonishing acting. (Liz White and Philip Glenister are no slouches either, but John Simm... *faints before the awesome*)
I'm almost done with series one. I really kind of want to see series two, but it's not due out here in the US until November. Ah well.
Current Mood: behind
I love that you love Sam Tyler. And I haven't seen series 2 either... wah.
*hugsSamTyler... and then hugs you*
Can you guess why I love Sam so much? (Aside from the obvious, I mean, the pretty and so on *g*)
Is this the show that has a UK version and a US version? I am SO CONFUSED.
Yes, but having seen the pilot of the UK version (the original) when I was in Scotland last year, I deliberately avoided the US version. Finally, the UK one is coming out on DVD. Took them long enough.
So... this is the US version? Is one better than the other?
WHY WOULD THEY DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT? Just to confuse me? O.o
No, this is the UK version. I'm not watching the US one until I've seen all of the UK one--and maybe not then, given how hard I've fallen for John Simm's Sam Tyler.
I have no idea if one is better than the other. But the UK one is bloody amazing. I know that much. :)
I've only ever seen him on Doctor Who, and yeah, he was amazing!!
I've not seen the US one, but it has an entirely different premise and resolution.
Well, not entirely different premise, but it's more strictly science fiction, whereas the UK LoM is more metaphysical in its implications (well, I think so anyway).
Unfortunately, if I try to explain it more coherently, I'll probably spoil you. So I will shut up.
I am just lost as to why there are two different versions of the same show, but that are so different. Why not... give them each a different title at least?
Well, I know nothing about the premise of the US one, or of the UK one (yet) for that matter--except I'm pretty sure they used similar tag lines, "Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time?" and so on. (And my comment about it being scifi is based solely on the fact that at this point Sam still thinks he might have time-traveled. *g*)
I am really rather astonishingly unspoiled. It's fun. (The quote in your icon sounds like Gene. Is it?)
It is indeed. So's this one.... which I find very useful around LJ!
Also - I think it's safe to say that despite the identical tag lines, watching the US show would not spoil you, in the technical sense, for the original show. They really do take it in completely different directions.
I remember the fun of speculating how it would all turn out. And I had a great theory about Jung which sadly didn't quite work out...
Edited at 2009-08-15 12:51 am (UTC)
John Simm is a good actor, but I'm afraid in terms of disreputable crushes, my heart (or, er, something), belongs to the Gene Genie.
It was amusing watching LoM with my mother, who is pretty much exactly Annie's age. She kept saying "I used to wear that!" (more so in S2, where Annie wears civvies more often).
NELSON! *waves at your icon* I kind of adore the metaphysical conversations Sam and Nelson keep having. And how he's so unflappable...except when Sam lets off a really wild comment, and even then it's just like, "whoa, mon, take it easy."
I can well imagine that the Gene Genie has a large fangirl following. I vacillate between pleased and surprised by him (he's considerably deeper water than he usually lets on), and wanting to hide until he's finished acting like a jackass. That or hit him with a brick.
Though one of the better things about the show is how Gene and Sam make each other tolerable--Sam's moral high ground pretty damn high, and Gene's is pretty low (survival level), and they make their own checks and balances.
Oh, occasionally I want to hit Gene over the head with a cluebat, but he's nowhere near as venal or as thick as he'd like you to think. He and Sam do make a good team - he's got a spontaneity that Sam, who is very much locked up in his head, lacks.
Nelson is love.
He and Sam do make a good team - he's got a spontaneity that Sam, who is very much locked up in his head, lacks.
Well put. And this is why I empathize with Sam--I *am* him, in some ways. Ack.
Oh, I'm disturbingly like Sam, which is precisely why I'm torn between attraction and repulsion to Gene.
Although Philip Glennister is an attraction in himself...
Philip Glennister is an attraction in himself...
Heh. I'm not going to deny that. And the more of the show I watch, the more impressed I am with his skills. *looks him up on imdb*
It's actually a bit disturbing on occasion to watch Sam...it's like standing outside my own head looking in.
He (PG) was very good in the recent BBC Cranford - which is not at all the same sort of role. He's an excellent actor,
... I cried, I must admit.
Sadly, even he couldn't save ITV's dreadful attempt at a Buffy-knock-off-for-younger-kids/ rival to Doctor Who (Demons).
Is the UK better than the US version? I confess that I gave up on the US one that premiered last fall.
I haven't seen the US one, so I'm not sure. But you should give the UK one a shot anyway. Netflix should have series one now, if you use them. :)