Is the "Life on Mars?"

I hope you will forgive me for the bad pun that is the title, and if it hasn’t made you roll your eyes too much, I hope you will continue reading.  I do also realize the title is in reference to the David Bowie song not the red planet that is our neighbor in this universe, but not being one to pass up obvious puns, I just couldn’t help myself.

What follows is a fairly lengthy post (which will be discovered after the jump) that covers generally the first two episodes of the U.S. Life on Mars. It isn’t too spoilery, but if you don’t want to know anything about the second episode please proceed with caution.