Oh Christ, here we go.
In the the first of what will no doubt be a FLOOD of reviews for following of screening of Trojan at today’s UKTV Showcase press event, Chortle’s Steve Bennett has given us his thoughts on Trojan. If that wasn’t enough Digital Spy have also provided a cache of new publicity photos for you to drool all over.
The first few minutes, though, are not the most promising. We start in the familiar Red Dwarf setting with Cat, resplendent in purple pimp suit, bounding in with a triumphant Yeaaa-h!’ to find Lister reading a book of strange-but true trivia. It prompts a cringeworthy exchange in which Cat has to be preternaturally stupid to get out some corny lines – and the viewer might be forgiven for thinking the franchise was better off dormant.
Interesting. Firstly, it seems the first and second scenes have been switched around since the last rough cut. The scene in question is indeed a little bit weak, but it can be forgiven in the context of the episode for two very amusing reasons, so no real worries there. This was always going to be an interesting episode as, with it being the first recorded, the cast could be forgiven for being a bit rusty, but there are few signs of that past these first couple of scenes.
Rimmer’s resentment at his lowly status in life is central to the episode – it’s literally an all-consuming bitterness that causes his holograph technology to occasionally crash, his eyes, amusingly, becoming the ‘spinning beachballs of doom’ familiar to all technology users.
“All Technology users”? Hmph. Anyway, there’s not much more to say about this. It’s a great concept but whether the execution is successful is something I won’t be sure about until broadcast.
The jealousy for the life he could have had is exacerbated when Red Dwarf stumbles across a gleaming ghost ship, Trojan (also the title of this episode), once part of the Space Corps’ Super Infinity Fleet – either an elite fighting force, or in class-conscious Lister’s eye’s a squadron of overprivileged jokers. It is a particularly cruel reminder for Rimmer, as his brother served in that unit.
Hmmm, possibly a little bit too spoilery, but this is where the plot synopsis ends anyway. Again, not much to expand on here, but just reading it written down highlights what a nice, classic-feeling plot this is, with the exploring of a foreign ship and expanding on Rimmer’s rather strained childhood.
Finally, we’ve got the first confirmation of guest actor names (if you ignore a certain dozy git on Twitter):
there are guest roles for Mark Dexter and Susan Earl.
Google away, everyone. My non-spoilery thoughts are: Mark Dexter is brilliant and Susan Earl is good.
And now, we turn our attention to the lovely, lovely pictures. We’ve got the original promo shot from a few months ago, along with individual shots of each character, and two group photos, the most interesting of which is…
… er, very interesting. I’d be breaking about SIX spoiler policy rules to say which episode this is from, but don’t be BLUE because you’ll be BEGINNING to find out what this is soon enough. Dead nice set though, innit?
There’s bound to me more reviews coming in soon, so it’s going to be a busy few weeks. Now, cross your fingers and hope an entire episode synopsis doesn’t turn up somewhere.