December 11, 2007


A Post-Thatcher Crime Fighter in a Pre-Thatcher England (GINIA BELLAFANTE, 12/11/07, NY Times)

The return of “Life on Mars” for a second season on BBC America tonight seems as good a time as any to ask why time travel has become such a popular theme on television recently. Is it that we cannot get enough of the retro aesthetic these trips backward occasion? The flesh-tone nylons, the lima-bean-green telephones with cords and dials and earpieces like coasters? Or is that writers see in bygone naïveté as dependable an opportunity for comedy as they do in a 6-year-old spouting off about deflated global currencies?

It would seem obvious enough that they're seizing the opportunity to be politically incorrect while pretending to frown on it. Just watch the series to the end if you doubt it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2007 11:52 AM
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