Life on Mars – Uh oh…

While we’re waiting for the new series of Doctor Who to start, it’s a good time to have a look at the most recent episode of the second-best time travel related programme on television.

This episode’s plot involved the then recently arrived Ugandan Asians[1], heroin appearing on the streets of Manchester, and Gene Hunt involving a local violent criminal known as “Toolbox” in his efforts to clean up…

As ever, there’s a nice line in misdirection and confusion and some great lines:

..as nervous as a very short nun at a penguin shoot

And when Sam confronts a racist thug who claims to be part of the “superior race”, he says

Superior? You? You’re not even superior to an amoeba with special needs!

But the real fun is what’s going on with Sam. He’s hearing the voices again – this time, it’s his girlfriend Maya, a fellow police officer we haven’t seen since the first episode last year. She’s trying to tell him something important, and it’s not easy…

And there’s a young woman involved in the case: there’s something about her that reminds Sam of Maya. When she eventually reveals her real name, Sam realises why she seems familiar: she’s Maya’s mother. And she’s pregnant – carrying a baby that will grow up to be Sam’s girlfriend. Only she doesn’t want to keep the baby…

After all the usual fun and games – Sam gets knocked on the head, and is saved from a very nasty fate by a power cut – everything gets sorted out as well as can be expected. Maya’s mum is looking forward to being a mother and tells Sam that if her child is a girl, she’ll call her Maya. Which once again raises the question of what the photon is really going on. If Sam is really in the past, then he appears to be creating his own future. All may be revealed by the end of the series. Or it may not.

But if Sam’s stay in 1973 isn’t real, then what does that say about the planned follow-up featuring Gene Hunt’s later career? :?: :?:

By the end of this episode, Maya manages to get her message through to Sam: she can’t bear to see the man she loves dying, and won’t be visiting him in hospital any more. She says goodbye. Sam appears to accept this a great deal more calmly than he would have at the start of the series.

Coming up in next week’s penultimate episode: Gene is accused of murder… :uhoh:

[1] Ugandan dictator Idi Amin expelled Asians with British passports