Being a huge fan of the series, I was excited to read this "Official Companion". However, I'm always a bit weary of reading books which explain film/tBeing a huge fan of the series, I was excited to read this "Official Companion". However, I'm always a bit weary of reading books which explain film/television theory, as this is what I graduated in last year.
In terms of an in-depth look into the storyline, there could be a lot more. 'Life On Mars' is a television programme with many layers, not just in terms of the physical filming of the show, but also in terms of the psychological models which it follows in order to tell the story of a main character who may be living inside his own head. This is what is lacking from the book. I would have loved to read about how Gene Hunt could be the representation of Sam's superego etc, but it's not to be here.
Another factor which lessens the quality of the book for me (and this one is my own fault) is that I've come to read it after seeing the finale of 'Ashes To Ashes', so I already know what the world they occupy is, and why they're there. This renders the "Clues" section of the book a little worthless.
From the standpoint of a casual fan who doesn't know much about film making, this book is fantastic. However, for me, it lacked the depth needed and relied too much on fun memories of the episodes rather than presenting you with something new....more