There’s a phrase we often throw around here, “There’s no accounting for taste.” I hate to turn it into a cliché, but it was hard not to think of it when looking at these pictures, shot in Williamsburg by triborough.
These cars are props in the ABC show Life On Mars, which ran for one season in 2009. In the show, a police detective is hit by a car and finds himself in 1973 after regaining consciousness. Even though I have never seen it, with its talented cast, I am sure it is much better than that other show filmed in Williamsburg, Girls (which will be mocked for its tackiness in ten years).
As we can see, the selection of cars–like this Skylark–make for more enduring cultural objects than those featured in the HBO show, now in its third season.
Note the mix of additional cars in the background.
Cars like this not-so-pristine Chevy II show Williamsburg as it was before being overrun by wannabe bohemians, and the variety of models parked around it–as opposed to only featuring famous nameplates in pristine condition–make for a realistic setting. For the cars alone, Life On Mars will be joining The Americans on my list of shows to watch. Hopefully, viewers will have enough taste to keep the latter on the air for a couple more seasons.