In the premiere episode of the new series Life on Mars, which we previewed in yesterday’s post, the time-warped protagonist, Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) makes references to The Wizard of Oz. He tells a sympathetic but disbelieving policewoman (Gretchen Mol) that he’s going to “follow the yellow brick road,” hoping he’ll find the end and a way out of what he believes is a dream.

If you missed the episode, click on the continuation link below to see how Sam first realizes that something is amiss …


The episode concludes with another shot of the towers, this time at night.