I’ve fallen for ABC’s redo of the Brit drama, which unfortunately is placing third in its Thursday 10 p.m. time slot. I like star Jason O’Mara more and more as I watch the show and I also like ensemble of supporting players — Harvey Keitel (pictured at left with O’Mara in head lock), Michael Imperioli (pictured below), Gretchen Mol and Jonathan Murphy. The mystery element — the whodunit on why our hero, NYPD detective Sam Tyler, was transported back in time to 1973 after getting hit by a car while chasing a perp in 2008 — is unfolding slowly, with just enough intrigue to make you want to keep your eyes peeled for veiled clues.
Perhaps most of all, I love the way the show is lensed — the look of 1973 Gotham has a hazy, almost sepia tone to it that adds to the mood of the show. We see it all as Sam does — very surreal and dream-like. Keitel was a little over the top in the pilot but has since dialed it down. Imperioli has settled in to his mustache and sideburns. I hope “Mars” gets the time on air to tell its time-warp tale.