DwarfCast 11 – Legion Commentary

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Providing my histo-chip serves me correctly, this was recorded on a balmy summer’s night back in 2006. Ah, those were the days… it all seemed so much simpler then. So, yes, you’ve guessed it, we’re still plundering the original drunken recording sessions for our commentaries. On this occasion it is myself, John Hoare and Ian Symes providing the endless stream of wit, so do have fun and address any complaints you may have TO YOUR FUCKING MOTHER.

DwarfCast 11 – Legion Commentary (6.4MB)

Just a couple of technical hitches to point out – we’re sorry for our commentary going out of sync at the start and I have no idea what happened at the end but it seems all our credits babble is lost in a sea of unpleasant static, so the ‘Cast does end a tad abruptly in order to cut that out.

More to come soon enough!

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  1. G&T Admin

    >it seems all our credits babble is lost in a sea of unpleasant static

    This would never have happened if I had anything to do with it :)

  2. G&T Admin

    Ah. Was this the one recorded whilst I was in bed upstairs?

  3. G&T Admin

    > Ah. Was this the one recorded whilst I was in bed upstairs?

    Yes, I think so! Seb was away for the weekend, too.

  4. YOU DID LEGION WITHOUT ME Y’BASTARDS.

  5. G&T Admin

    How has it been a year and a half without you finding that out?

  6. I’m just wincing at the memory of it – I remember being SIMILARLY APPALLED at the time.

  7. G&T Admin

    Ha! Good use of the classic Eric Morecambe joke there, Cappsy! I did the same thing in the middle of St Peter’s Square in Rome, and was disproportionately pleased with myself.

  8. The light-bulb gag is good, but so many people who say they are fans and say that it’s their favourite scene it normally means they are not a real fan as the people who tell me this tend not to remember any other scene.

    Anyway, going on…it’s a good commentary.

  9. My girlfriend is a massive Dwarf fan, and it’s her favourite scene. So there.

  10. Although Legion does contain another utterly perfect joke about lights… Legion’s delivery of “Not really… I need it to turn the lights on and off!” is sublime.

  11. I just noticed that X-Files line repeat yesterday – I felt a bit freaky when I heard you lot mention it today. I think it may even be a little homage to Dwarf.

  12. >So there.

    Well, in fairness, Penny said it NORMALLY means that, not it ALWAYS means that. And right or wrong, that scene does seem to be the default go-to scene when someone needs a clip of the show for some reason. It’s definitely “Greatest Hits” material at this point.

    Still makes me laugh, though…in context.

  13. G&T Admin

    Although Legion does contain another utterly perfect joke about lights? Legion?s delivery of ?Not really? I need it to turn the lights on and off!? is sublime.

    Probably my favourite Dwarf line ever, that. And one of the few to send me into uncontrollable hysterics.

  14. I don’t understand why that’s a problem, though. There’s a real snobbery about going with the popular consensus on stuff like that, and I think it’s unfair – while the wider masses are generally pretty stupid, they do sometimes get it right. To draw another example from Dwarf context – Back to Reality. It’s almost fashionable to claim that episode isn’t as good as people make out – when in fact, by any criterion you care to judge it by, it’s an absolutely cracking piece of telly.

  15. G&T Admin

    To draw another example from Dwarf context – Back to Reality. It?s almost fashionable to claim that episode isn?t as good as people make out – when in fact, by any criterion you care to judge it by, it?s an absolutely cracking piece of telly.

    I remember saying that it was probably a bit over-rated a couple of years ago. But yes, I was wrong – it’s one of the best episodes of Dwarf ever made, if not the best.

    What is perhaps fair to say about it is that it’s not the funniest episode of Dwarf ever made – and so perhaps it’s unrepresentative of the series. But that’s a different thing entirely.

  16. I can completely understand saying either :

    – “I don’t find it as funny as a lot of others”
    – “It’s not a personal favourite”

    But it just strikes me that a lot of the negative vibes it gets are largely down to its status as “unquestioned best episode”. See also : Gunmen. Although with that one, I can understand the flaws that would make people enjoy it less, even though personal preference means that I love it.

  17. Legion is still a haunting reminder of Gannon for me.

  18. >>Although Legion does contain another utterly perfect joke about lights? Legion?s delivery of ?Not really? I need it to turn the lights on and off!? is sublime.

    >Probably my favourite Dwarf line ever, that. And one of the few to send me into uncontrollable hysterics.

    Ditto. Admittedly, it’s based on a really daft setup (It looks like a light-switch so Rimmer mistaking it for a piece of art is a little hard to swallow) but the delivery by Nigel Williams is wonderful.

    I think Legion is the funniest episode, but Back to Reality is still tops. I’ve always found Gunmen slightly over-rated, mind.

  19. >There?s a real snobbery about going with the popular consensus on stuff like that, and I think it?s unfair

    I’m not arguing that at all. It’s just that your “so there” came off as more than a little abrasive, and it was worth pointing out that she wasn’t speaking in absolutes anyway.

  20. I’m still not a fan of this episode, no matter how many times I’ve watched it and tried to think otherwise.

    Yeah perhaps there are a few of the supposed ‘all-time classic Dwarf lines’ in it, but stuff like the flying food and hitting each other gags just don’t make me laugh here for some reason. It’s like what they say in the commentary, Rimmer goes all hard-light (one of the better parts of the episode) and so they use it as an excuse to hit him a lot!

    Legion should have been loads better as a character. The less said about the shit costume the better, and I don’t like his voice. Because it’s all a voiceover he sounds like the narrator of an old Ch4 Schools education programme (don’t know where that comparison comes from but I think of it every time, bizarrely). It just doesn’t work, especially when you consider he’s supposed to be made up of the four Dwarfers.

    The only good bit is where he gets weak because Cat and the others are going to sleep. That’s actually quite creepy for some reason.

    Every other episode of VI is better than Legion, apart from Rimmerworld maybe, and even that has an all-time bestest line of Dwarf like ever line in it (‘or we could use the teleporter’ a million times funnier than the bulb line).

  21. Well, to be honest, I found the use of the phrase “real fan” abrasive. So I guess we’re even.

  22. (?or we could use the teleporter? a million times funnier than the bulb line)

    QFT.

  23. >I found the use of the phrase ?real fan? abrasive.

    And that’s fine. I don’t mean to get into a shouting match and it’s not my argument to have anyway. I just saw that as a little too strong a response to what was given.

    You may have viewed it differently. In fact, clearly you have. And that’s alright. But I personally felt it was slightly out of line and worth keeping in check.

    Aaaanyway I’ve said my peace and you’ve said yours, so there’s really nowhere else for this particular avenue of discussion to go. At least, nowhere pleasant. So shake hands, and play fair.

  24. >(?or we could use the teleporter? a million times funnier than the bulb line)

    Me too.

    Oh, sorry if I offended you earlier, but I didn’t mean to. The comment was based on past conversions with people who weren’t fans but were pretending to be for some reason.

  25. G&T Admin

    You might want to clarify things if you’re posting something like that in future, Penny!

  26. Jonesy, Jonesy, Jonesy I love you, I really do in my own special way, but I assumed that many would understand what I meant by ‘normally’.

    Anyway, I have said sorry and Phil was a great chap to ague the point I was trying to make. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

  27. G&T Admin

    It wasn’t clear to me, sweetcheeks. That’s the point *I* was trying to make.

  28. In my opinion, if you don’t have every episode on multiple formats and everything else every other cast and crew member has ever been involved in, every single piece of merchandise and David Ross’s ear wax in a mahogany presentation case, not only are you not a true fan, you don’t even vaguely like the show and you deserve to fucking die a slow and horrible death.

    I’m a bit of a hard liner.

  29. G&T Admin

    > David Ross?s ear wax in a mahogany presentation case.

    Well, i’ve got it in a pine case with a walnut finish. does that count?

  30. How about camphor?

  31. Nah that wood stinks! Even a hologram can smell it.

  32. Legion is still a haunting reminder of Gannon for me.

    *shudder*

  33. hello, kinda new on here….massive dwarfer and all round eccentric.(is that how you spell eccentric?….who knows…i’m cooky).

  34. hi mate, hows it goin…….?

  35. been sharpenin my sword for bin day!.

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