These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Life On Mars 2006
Anvilicious: Clearly one of the writers doesn't like football hooligans, as made especially clear by Sam's post-arrest speech about what football is about.
Specifically, his speech is about football hooligans necessitating increased security measures at football grounds, which leads to the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.
And all the early 70s music used - perhaps surprisingly in some cases. Tracks from Cream, The Who and T. Rex were always going to sound good. What's more surprising is how awesome the series manages to make Paul Mc Cartney, Mott The Hoople and Lindesfarne sound. Special mention also to the eponymous Bowie track that soundtracks Sam's first moments in '73. And has a pretty awesome reprieve when Sam throws himself from a roof to return there in the last episode
Ho Yay / Foe Yay: Gene loves bringing up how much of a fairy Sam is, but he sure likes to get in his personal space. In this◊ Radio Times cover, they don't even look like they're fighting. They're just really close.
Memetic Mutation: A Running Gag in the fandom is to jokingly claim that Sam Tyler is The Master who forgot who he was (either due to another fob-watch incident or through some other form of amnesia) and is now stuck in the 70s.
Strawman Has a Point: Frank Morgan. He's right — Gene Hunt is a flawed police officer. His motives may be right, but his judgment is skewed. He is far too emotional and violent. The fact that he put himself at the front of his suicide mission does not negate his flaws, or the fact that he put his team in danger when cooler heads could have completed the task with less risk.