Box Set Saturday: Life on Mars, Stargate Atlantis, How the West Was Won

life on marsBox Set Saturday is going strong in our house, even though I’ve been remiss in writing up our weekly forays into the depths of our DVD closets.

This week, we moved on to the final disc of Life on Mars. This is the US version of the show starring Jason O’Mara and Harvey Keitel. I watched this show briefly when it first premiered but it was up against old favorite Law & Order and new fave Dirty Sexy Money, so Life lost out.

After seeing Jason O’Mara in Vegas, I became a little obsessed and began watching everything he was ever in like Life on Mars on Netflix. But just as I started getting into the show, Netflix stopped airing it, so my husband bought the DVD set for me for Mother’s Day. Since then, the show has become a regular part of our Box Set Saturday viewing and I’m enjoying every minute. Excellent show.

Stargate Atlantis is also back on our Saturday list and we’ve got a long way to go before we finish this Blu-ray set. This thing has 20 discs! But I’ll tell you, Atlantis looks marvelous in Blu-ray. Those sweeping shots of the city just pop off the page. We just started the second season. Mitch Pileggi is in as Colonel Caldwell, Ford’s gone Wraith and Rodney is still a riot. This is one of my favorite scifi shows of all time. It has the perfect balance of character, action, humor and thrills. If you’ve never seen it, you must give it a try.

Finally, we rounded out our evening with a look at the 1970’s series How the West Was Won. James Arness stars as an aging Indian guide who returns home to help his widowed sister-in-law carve out a life on the prairie. To spice things up,  the eldest son (Bruce Boxleitner) is a deserter and there’s a vicious lawman looking to drag him off to the stockade.

I received this DVD to review and I’d like to say that I loved it but sadly, I had trouble getting through the first hour. I’m a fan of old westerns but the characters in this one didn’t grab me and the plot was very disjointed. I’ll try one more episode because I hear there are some great guest stars but I think I’m going to end up selling this DVD online. Then I can use the money to buy the new (old) items on my list. Terra Nova: The Complete Series is calling my name.


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