Okay, we know that on a day like today, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction (Shearer to Newcastle? lol), and we haven’t exactly helped matters on that score ourselves. But it’s afternoon, now, so we can legitimately ask, as if it were any other date, what in holy flying buggery is going on here?
EDIT (12:55pm): Oh my stars, there’s another one!
The BBC appear to be hosting a viral video for Back To Earth. This is bloody great. On first glance, it’s one of the standard “mock-up-some-improbable-footage-instant-april-fool” jobs, but it has a link to Lister’s Coming Home at the end! These things always get forwarded and forwarded to death; just think of all the unsuspecting people who are going to see a Red Dwarf teaser against their will!
We should point out that when this video first appeared, the accompanying text was written in some sort of gobbledy-gook:
A new series on Mars and will make a long awaited return to
television screens for a two part special of a well known television
…which accounts for our initial abject confusion. I DON’T KNOW WHY I PAY MY LICENSE FEE.
Oh, and does anyone else find it kind of creepy when the shadow appears? It’s almost as scary as a water tank.
ADDITIONAL : Okay, look, BBC, just STOP IT.
Right, so after the first video – which subtly hints at Dwarfyness – comes this one, WITH DANNY JOHN JULES IN IT. I’m not really sure what the point of the allusive one was given the existence of this one (unless it was simply to give the Beeb something to put on their front page), but this is pretty immense. A few things to note, then :
- It’s Cat! Talking, and stuff! I’d suggest that I’m not wholly sure whether he’s got the accent spot on were it not for the fact that not getting the accent spot on has been getting the accent spot on since around series VII. It’s still bloody lovely.
- If they’ve gone to the trouble of creating this Mars backdrop, and filming on/in front of it, is this going to be plot-relevant? Or simply something we’re to mentally slot in between their heading home and getting there? I’d have thought the latter were it not for the fact that the blurb says that they “will be found on the red planet by Beagle 2, six years after the probe’s last contact”.
- On the other hand, the blurb also says that “they” are “Lister, Rimmer and the Cat”. And I’d suggest that BBC News have accidentally spoiled something HUGE had we not already SEEN KRYTEN ON EARTH AS WELL.
- Just in case you missed it, THIS IS VIRAL MARKETING FOR RED DWARF ON BBC NEWS. Headfuck.
Of course, by the time I’ve written all this, they’ve probably posted a further sixteen videos featuring Kryten, Lister, Rimmer, Birdman and performingmonkey. Give us a chance to catch up, you bastards.