Life on Mars season 1 episode 5 Things to Do in New York When You Think You’re  » TV  »
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  • Fletcher tells him the story how and why he became a cop so Sam tells him his story too, he got into trouble but a black policeman helped him out, we realize that this policeman was Fletcher but unfortunately although Sam would like to tell him that he knows that Fletcher wouldn’t believe him
  • I find all this past-present-future time line very interesting too, Sam’s present is actually the past
  • I actually don’t like the parts that consider indications about Sam's state in present

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      In the last episode we saw Sam’s mother singing Sandman song to little Sam and then Sam, the real Sam not the child one, saw a girl riding her bike and singing the same song. In this episode this girl is dead and everyone thinks that a man called Angel Ramirez killed her by pushing her from the roof; a lot of people saw him do this. The episode starts with a flight of a butterfly which is very important for the story, but somehow I never pay attention to these details the first time I watch a show. Just now when I am kind a fast forwarding it while writing this I get the importance of the butterfly. A Puerto Rican killed a black girl so the whole neighbourhood makes it their mission to find Angel. When they find him someone throws a bomb on the police car so Angel manages to escape.

      Back at the station Lu keeps a speech about the importance finding the one who is responsible for the explosion while Sam wants to find Angel and save him from African Americans who want to kill him for killing a girl which would probably start a city wide race war between Puerto Ricans and African Americans. In that moment a black man arrives saying that he knows who bombed a car. He wants to reach for his badge but everyone points a gun at him as they think he wants to pull his gun out. Sam recognizes him, that’s Fletcher Bellow


      his mentor in the future-present-past so Sam tells everyone that the black guy is a cop. Fletcher brought in the car bombers but he doesn’t know if they had anything to do with Angel so Lu lets him work with them.

      Sam is happy to see Fletcher and although he knows that Fletcher can’t recognize him he can’t help himself and he treats him as an old friend. The prisoners Fletcher brought in belong to Black Liberation Army and they tell to the detectives that there’s a prize on the Angel’s head. Their lawyer is Denise Watkins a very attractive African American young woman. Sam knows that Fletcher will marry her one day but for now the woman can’t stand Fletcher although he likes her. When Sam gets back from questioning the criminals he finds out that Lu told to the detectives that they can kill Angel, he finds that to be wrong so he asks Fletcher to help him find Angel first.

      In one of the next scenes we see Fletcher and Sam in the car. Fletcher tells him the story how and why he became a cop so Sam tells him his story too, he got into trouble but a black policeman helped him out, we realize that this policeman was Fletcher but unfortunately although Sam would like to tell him that he knows that Fletcher wouldn’t believe him. They hear on the radio that Angel was spotted somewhere and they run there but Black Liberation Army imprison them. They want to exchange ...


      • them for Angel. Then Denise appears and takes the two men to see Brother Lovebutter whose radio show everyone was listening to.

        Sam and Fletcher are surprised to see a woman behind the mic, and we recognize Whoopi Goldberg. The woman is broadcasting Angel’s location and Sam asks her not to do that, she agrees but she gives them 24 hours. The detectives go on air and ask Angel to turn himself in. Angel calls them, he wants to tell his story but Lu calls to and Brother Lovebutter transfers his call and cuts Angel off. From the sounds they heard during the phone call they realize Sam was in the port so they run there to catch him but find only his pregnant girlfriend.

        They explain to her that the black community will kill Angel so she gives him up; he went to the vigil for the little girl as he wanted to pay his respects. The detectives go to the vigil and they find Angel on the same roof from which Keisha fell. Sam thinks Angel is innocent so he doesn’t let Lu to take the man in. He tells his story, Keisha was chasing a butterfly across the roof and she got too close to the edge and it was too late for him to help her, he wasn’t fast enough, he caught just a piece of her dress. That’s what people saw, him trying to save Keisha and not pushing her.

        The men believe him and they fake his death to

        be able to sneak him trough the crowd that wanted revenge. At the end of the episode Sam goes back to the church where they first found Angel and he sees a funeral and Maya crying. It’s Fletcher’s funeral. A rather good episode which completely involved Sam in the case so that he almost forgot to think about his situation, but that’s why the producers added the funeral, Sam hearing voices calling him and articles about himself being dead, to bring him back to reality. The relation between Fletcher is also very nice, Sam got the chance to meet the man he respected a lot while he was still young and he got the chance to work with someone he knew back from 2008.

        I find all this past-present-future time line very interesting too, Sam’s present is actually the past; his past is actually the future and his future is actually the past. It sounds complicated and it is complicated because when he meets people from his past that’s actually their future so if he even mentions anything about it he risks to be seen as crazy. I started liking this show very much. I actually don’t like the parts that consider indications about Sam’s state in present. He often hear stuff or even sees people from present on TV like his fiancee or president Bush or even doctors who talk about him but he can’t communicate back.

        I find these parts annoying although I really hope we are going to find out what’s actually going on by the end of the season.




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