DwarfCast 15 – Stasis Leak Commentary

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At this time of high drama and excitement in the Red Dwarf world, only one thing can top the Carbug picture…

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DwarfCast 15 – Stasis Leak Commentary (27.8MB)

Yes, DwarfCasts are back! For those of you who are new to the site, you may or may not be aware that these are our incredibly sporadic series of podcasts, recorded whenever we manage to get a few of us together in one place and can be arsed to switch on a microphone. More often than not, these take the form of drunken commentaries on episodes – an appealing prospect, I’m sure you’ll agree. Our latest set of BLATHERING, then, is on the series II classic “Stasis Leak” (#14 in the G&T episode poll) – and as a very special treat, in addition to the usual suspects of John Hoare, Ian Symes, Tanya Jones and Seb Patrick (due to his being deficient in the London department, the dulcet tones of Jonathan Capps are absent for what I think is the first time EVER on a DwarfCast), we’ve brought in a special guest star known as Julian Hazeldine, who might be the first person ever to appear on a fansite podcast about something that they actively hate!

Oh, and yes, I used the word “podcast”. I’m not a traitor to the cause, it’s just that… well, in addition to relaunching the series, we’ve stuck the bastards on iTunes. So they sort of technically ARE podcasts now. Alright, I AM a traitor to the cause. Anyway, you may well have noticed some funky little icons in the site’s sidebar, such as this one :

… which will handily pop up a certain bit of clunky jukebox and music store software, and take you straight the page from which you can have the ‘Casts automatically plugged DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BRAIN from now on. Meanwhile, if you haven’t yet joined Steve Jobs’ Glorious Socialist Empire, but you’d still quite like to subscribe to Dwarfcasts whenever they appear, then you can click on their special RSS link instead :

Happy listening!

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21 Responses to DwarfCast 15 – Stasis Leak Commentary

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  1. I THINK I first saw this episode on VHS (was Series II released before the 1994 repeat run? Fairly sure it was). I remember thinking my tape was broken for the first 5 mins or so because it was in black and white.

    Shame mode.

  2. G&T Admin

    Oh good, it’s me.

  3. This was my first ever episode.

  4. I think this is probably my favourite episode of series 2.

    It slightly bothers me that they didn’t even THINK to warn the crew of the drive plating problem. But maybe that’s part of the whole point, them running around single mindedly chasing their own objectives rather than thinking about the bigger picture.

    Absolutely brilliant episode though.

  5. >Yes, DwarfCasts are back! For those of you who are new to the site, you may or may not be aware that these are our incredibly sporadic series of podcasts

    I thought you are not meant to say “podcast”?

    EDIT: So sorry, read on, I see now.

  6. G&T Admin

    A ?3.50 mp3 player would just let you drag and drop your music folders on to it.

  7. > which will handily pop up a certain bit of clunky jukebox and music store software

    With which I’ve never had a single problem. You add/import/buy files then you play them. The issue is…oh, your ?3.50 mp3 player won’t work with it. Well tough shit. Get an iPod touch, they’re fucking brilliant (2nd gen…). Don’t get an iPhone though because then you really are a fucking mug. Just stick to resin. Do I ever buy anything from the iTunes store? Very rarely. I’ve bought the odd Elbow or Manics b-side that I can’t be fucked to find elsewhere and I’m not arsed about owning on CD.

    God, that sounded a bit aggressive. I didn’t mean it to. It’s blatantly Steve Jobs’ evil empire affecting my brain. At least I don’t give the Murdochs half my wage (an over-exaggeration, sure, but one you’re gonna have to live with, you soppy little bitches) just so I can watch fucking Living, Noel’s HQ and repeats of Kerry Katona: Crazy In Love.

    Throw those curtains wide…

  8. G&T Admin

    I find the Windows version of iTunes clunky. I find the Mac version marvellous. That’s not (just) a get at Windows, though – Apple should be putting out better Windows software.

    A ?3.50 mp3 player would just let you drag and drop your music folders on to it.

    To be honest, now I’ve got used to iTunes, I never want to go back to drag-and-drop again. It’s so much easier to sort out the order of the tracks, and I’ve rapidly got used to syncing. I didn’t think that would be the case necessarily – I used iTunes because I had to – but no, I much prefer it now. (If I’m using the Mac version, anyway.)

    Having said that, it’d be nice if iPods/iPhones supported drag-and-drop too, so you could use them with Linux and the like.

  9. >With which I?ve never had a single problem. You add/import/buy files then you play them. The issue is?

    … that it’s really fucking clunky. On Windows. Which has a far, far greater market share than Mac OS.

    I love my iPod. I love it to tiny little pieces. But I hate, hate, HATE iTunes. I will use it, because it’s useful. But it’s appalling. MediaMonkey, Winamp, even Windows Fucking Media Fucking Player are better music library applications. Not to mention BEING ABLE TO BROWSE AND ORGANISE THE FOLDER STRUCTURE OF A DEVICE THAT I OWN AND HAVE PAID GOOD MONEY FOR. That works well also.

  10. > I find the Mac version marvellous

    This.

    > Apple should be putting out better Windows software.

    This.

    > so you could use them with Linux and the like.

    Simply develop your own Linux version of iTunes (command line only…)

  11. > It slightly bothers me that they didn?t even THINK to warn the crew of the drive plating problem.

    In fairness, Rimmer did try to warn himself but without much success.

    Also, the big argument about who gets to go into stasis and survive (Rimmer or Kochanski) made sense at the time, but not in hindsight… Starbug 1 has at least two stasis booths in its own right, plus there are several Starbugs, all presumably with the same facilities.

    Or they could have literally just stolen a Starbug/Blue Midget, gotten away from Red Dwarf and, hey presto, Lister is back in his own timeline, with transport.

  12. >Starbug 1 has at least two stasis booths in its own right, plus there are several Starbugs, all presumably with the same facilities.

    They were deep sleep units which Kryten converted into a temporary stasis field. I watched ‘Out of Time’ yesterday.

  13. They seemed to be fully fledged Stasis booths in Nanarchy.

  14. > They seemed to be fully fledged Stasis booths in Nanarchy.

    In Nanarchy, when they emerge, they’re re-hydrating – which suggests a physical toll to the process they’ve just been through, as per the deep sleep units. (And actually Kochanski refers to it as Deep Sleep.)

    But yeah, there’s never been much consistency.

    My favourite stasis booth moment was when we posted the DVD menu design for Series I online – and a fan contacted the authoring house directly to inform them that they had their episode selection menu all wrong, that there were only two booths on Red Dwarf and they needed to fix this grievous error before the discs got released.

  15. My favourite stasis booth moment was when we posted the DVD menu design for Series I online – and a fan contacted the authoring house directly to inform them that they had their episode selection menu all wrong, that there were only two booths on Red Dwarf and they needed to fix this grievous error before the discs got released.

    How did you respond? You could have angered them further and say that you were using a re-mastered version =)

  16. >My favourite stasis booth moment

    I’ll bet you never thought you’d be starting a sentence like that.

  17. I’m sure this probably covered on DVD stuff on TOS, but does the black and white opening exist in colour?

  18. G&T Admin

    weren’t the outtakes in black and white, was that done for any reason or was the master shot in black and white?

  19. > does the black and white opening exist in colour?

    The line cut we found played to the audience in black and white – so the short answer is no. (Which is why the Hollister outtake from that scene is also not in colour.)

  20. G&T Admin

    [rick] There you see? I was right. [/rick]

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