Ian’s Newsround – 08/04/05

Cast Commentary time!. Man, this is the last of these. It’s a strange feeling. But crikey, that’s a packed commentary box. Seven of them! How can we be ambushed by seven cast members? VII, of course, will be quieter, with a maximum of five for each. It’s not mentioned whether Chloe commentates on Tikka and Stoke, so I’ll take it as read that she does. It’ll be interesting to hear Chris’s comments on Duct Soup and Beyond a Joke too. I’d like to think that the reason he didn’t do the last two episodes is that he couldn’t be arsed to sit through that tripe for any longer. But it’s foolish to just guess what the cast think about the series, so just forget I spoke, OK?

We’re promised some amusing stuff – the one-upmanship about hard journeys sounds great, and I can’t wait to hear it. Mind you, we’re also promised lots of comments about hair, costumes and how rubbish Norman Lovett is, which is getting very, very fucking dull now. It’ll be great to have the great deadpan man himself back, though, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Chloe and Mac can come up with.

Just one more update, they’ve changed the bloody rules of the film competition again. This is a deliberate and blatant attempt to confuse me, I’m sure of it. Incidentally, myself and Mr Flibble will be editing the Observation Dome effort next week. We’re all terribly excited about the film, but we’re not allowed to write about it online, because that makes us smug, self-congratulatory cunts. Or something.

In other news, dead bigot Pope John Paul George Ringo II is buried today. Good. See you in Silicon Hell.

21 Responses to Ian’s Newsround – 08/04/05

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  1. Danny’s (affectionate) ribbing of Norman was one of my favourite aspects of the first two commentaries and I have to say I’ve missed them since. Might be alone in these thoughts. Having an early draft of Beyond A Joke, it seems Robert did not actually write a great of it, mostly Doug, so I hope he acknowledges this. All the Prejudice stuff was mostly his.

  2. It’s not mentioned whether Chloe commentates on Tikka and Stoke, so I’ll take it as read that she does.”

    Oops. She doesn’t.

    “We’re promised some amusing stuff – the one-upmanship about hard journeys sounds great”

    Thoug, sadly, that was in person, not part of the recording.

    “Mind you, we’re also promised lots of comments about hair, costumes and how rubbish Norman Lovett is, which is getting very, very fucking dull now.”

    Panic not. That’s the silly website bit, not the whole enchilada – Chris and Chlo? have been especially good this time at asking those ‘so what were you trying to do here?’ questions of the others. I think VII may be my favourite of the commentaries – more factual, very funny, but also more varied in its commentators, which kept things more interesting.

    “Just one more update, they’ve changed the bloody rules of the film competition again.”

    We haven’t. It’s just been moved to the top of the page again as a handy reminder.

  3. So with Mac on the commentaries, this seems to me to make it likely that he’ll be the face on the VIII DVD spine… anyone else agree?

  4. Sure, I’ll agree. However, this is more out of ignorance than any insider knowledge.

  5. I still think the last two episodes of series VII were the best.

  6. Well, the last two are better than Beyond A Joke and Blue, possibly the biggest piles of smegaroony ever to grace our screens….until VIII of course. I’ll admit that the Rimmer song is fairly amusing but the rest of the ep is just embarrassing, as is the whole of Beyond A Joke. I will never be moved on these opinions.

  7. Kryten looks like Jeff Goldblum as The Fly in that scene of him looking down from the ceiling in one of those cast snapshots. I preferred his series VIII mask over the VII one (which had really obvious white lines and a weird red tint it seemed) but it doesn’t stand up to the V one.

    So, Andrew, can you sense that the cast have actually recognised the sub-standard quality of series VII and VIII or are there too many in the booth to pick up on that kind of nuance?

  8. In other news, dead bigot Pope John Paul George Ringo II is buried today.

    Wankers

  9. “So with Mac on the commentaries, this seems to me to make it likely that he’ll be the face on the VIII DVD spine… anyone else agree?”

    Yep. Sounds plausible.

    “In other news, dead bigot Pope John Paul George Ringo II is buried today.

    Wankers”

    You Catholic?

  10. I’m still pulling for a Skutter on the spine. PLEASE let there be a Skutter on the spine.

  11. You Catholic?

    Yes

  12. “Wankers”

    Isn’t swearing a sin? Probably, but I guess you’d claim that it also represents a freedom of speech. So, with that in mind, Ian’s allowed to say what he wants.

  13. “Isn’t swearing a sin? Probably, but I guess you’d claim that it also represents a freedom of speech. So, with that in mind, Ian’s allowed to say what he wants”

    Never said I was a devote catholic, just I have respect for the dead

  14. “”Isn’t swearing a sin?”

    I can always pray that I’m sorry

  15. > Never said I was a devote catholic, just I have respect for the dead

    I have respect for dead people if they deserve it, same as I do with living people. Why should I mourn a man who’s partly responsible for the deaths of thousands of AIDS victims and continued the persecution of gay people long into a time when most of the civilised world was liberal towards them?

  16. I have respect for dead people. AND ONLY DEAD PEOPLE.

  17. “I had to get on a dilapidated plane, carry the crew’s gear across the runway, cycle up a volcano to get to the hotel and assemble my own bed using a Polish instruction manual…”

    That’ll be from Robert then.

  18. > We haven’t. It’s just been moved to the top of the page again as a handy reminder.

    Ah, that’s why the date at the top wasn’t changed. That’s why you had the Quicktime specs removed – twice.

  19. Is it me or is the new Mcdonalds advert (win this fabulous holiday home) Gordon Kennedy’s voice?? Listen carefully next time. Its a kind of mixed scottish / swedish / chinese accent!!

  20. “Its a kind of mixed scottish / swedish / chinese accent!!”

    I have sewious weservations.

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