Ever wondered why we didn’t post any links to reviews of Beat The Geek back when it was released, and tear them to shreds? Well, it’s because we couldn’t actually find any. It’s a shame that the proliferation of quiz DVDs rather buried the release – it certainly has its faults, including some major ones that I think seriously affect playability – but it deserved to be reviewed, and discussed.
Well, finally I’ve come across a short online review for your delectation. The bit about “the world’s shittest effects” isn’t even worth discussing; however, one bit really interested me:
“The idea that a show based solely on intergalactic travel can completely neglect the more advanced cinematic techniques available at the time of its conception slightly baffles me, however I’m beginning to think this may be the appeal of the show.”
A variation on the tedious “IT’S TEH SHIT EFFECTS THAT’S TEH APPEALS OF TEH SHOW”, certainly. But: “advanced cinematic techniques”? Yeah, they were clearly available to, erm, A BBC NORTH WEST SITCOM PRODUCTION. Come on, this isn’t a Hollywood blockbuster!
Sneering aside, I find the confusion fascinating. Red Dwarf is often praised for perfectly fusing the sitcom and SF genres. But it’s interesting that this confuses people into thinking about Dwarf in completely the wrong terms.
After all, since when was Father Ted ever criticised for not looking like cinema?