Sam is jarred by the contrast between how he's used to working (and what our modern conception of the police would be) and how the "police procedure" of the 1970s' English force is depicted. Sam's boss basically goes around assaulting everyone (witnesses, coworkers, little children--though he only yells at them... and gives them money after they do what he asked); Scotland Yard apparently requires a fortnight to do a fingerprint analysis; of course, there is rampant sexual harassment of the only female police character; and then there's this quote, which is probably the best line of the first episode:
Mrs. Raimes, you made a complaint to the police about three months ago? You came to complain about a neighbour, that's why we have a statement from you on file. The only trouble is, we don't know who it was, or what it was about because our copy got smudged.I'm going to go watch more episodes now and confirm the suspicion I have that this is going to become one of my favourite shows.
- Archie Panjabi, who plays Kalinda on another beloved show, The Good Wife, appears in the first few minutes of this episode as Maya, a present-day colleague of Sam, who gets kidnapped, implicitly by the murderer they're after. I guess if Sam ever makes it out of the past, we'll probably see more of her.
- The title of the post comes from a Martha Wainwright song (quoting Bowie's would be too obvious) that I was listening to on repeat yesterday. It, too, is excellent.