Every time a DVD Details article is published, I go on about how fantastic it is. It’s getting embarrassing now. GNP should be Commander in Chief of the whole universe.
Badly-adapted quotations aside, however – more details on Bodysnatcher have been released. And it looks, erm, “pretty good”.
Of course, the most exciting thing about the article is the extract from the script itself. And what a brilliant scene it is. Clearly it’s one of the setup scenes to Rimmer going mad – but what’s interesting is that it’s played out as a standard Rimmer in anal mode, going through meaningless regulations (see the start of Quarantine). But whilst we haven’t got anything but a general idea of how the script develops, we do know that the episode is about Rimmer going mad – and all of a sudden, the scene takes a rather darker tone. I don’t think you could actually predict the way the script would go from there unless we actually knew he was going to go a bit Whacko Jacko. It’s a really, really interesting way of starting the plot.
And the dialogue! “If everybody starts butting in every five seconds, we’ll never get anywhere…” You made me do a LOL! It’s just great stuff, from beginning to end. (The book gag feels like it should be a bit dodgy, but in context it just works.)
The thing with Identity Within was that it was extremely interesting as a historical piece, and as an insight into VII. But… well, I don’t find much of VII funny at the best of times, let alone a draft script that never went into production. (That’s obviously not a criticism of the DVD, of course – it’s a problem inbuilt with the original script.). But Bodysnatcher looks like it will work on all levels – as a historical insight, but also as a marvellous piece of comedy in its own right. And I’ve got a feeling this might just become my favourite complete bit of Dwarf narrative since Out of Time in 1993. Because this is the Dwarf I love. The words just shine off the page – let alone when Chris gets to work with them.
Speaking of which:
“Working with Chris is a breeze. After a brief discussion it is decided that, as this is a Series I script, the recreated voices of John Lenahan and Tony Hawks would be great for Lister’s cheapo alarm clock (John) and the medicomp (Tony). Chris employs the impressions with aplomb, and it just enhances the flavour of the piece, the vibe. This is Series I.”
Wow. That’s just incredible.
Sure, people complain that they want the Movie, or a Series IX, or a Dwarf special. And hey, I’d like one of those too. But when stuff like this is being made… why be so obsessed with them? Concentrate on what wonderful stuff is happening