Trailer? I hardly know her!

A trailer for a trailer? A vague airing time to bring in as many viewers for as long as possible? You crafty sods. It’s lucky that the few short clips we do see in this teaser are so pant wettingly exciting. There’s not a single frame of this that isn’t utterly gorgeous, and it seems despite all this talk of old school production values making a return, there’s something so incredibly fresh feeling about what we have here (edit: although as I’ve since had pointed it to me, that’s pretty much the Nova 5 at the beginning, isn’t it?). I’ve not felt this excited about Red Dwarf trailer for a good few years, that’s for sure.

In an interesting tactic of cross promotion, it seems despite the fact that the new home of Red Dwarf is now UKTV Play, traditional digital channel Dave will be getting an exclusive airing of the full trailer tomorrow. This will be the first and only Red Dwarf XI exclusive that Dave will have this year, so it must be very exciting for them indeed. As such, we’ll be waiting for this bad boy to drop before ogling every single frame at some point over the weekend.

It’s also been a busy week of lots of bite sized newsy snippets, but as usual Ian ‘Ian’ Symes will augment our DwarfCast Commentary for Entangled with his newsy thoughts.

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  1. >This will be the first and only Red Dwarf XI exclusive that Dave will have this year, so it must be very exciting for them indeed.

  2. Re: the Nova-5-esque crashed ship – from re-reading the synopses, I’m pretty sure the similarity will turn out to be intentional. Looking forward to seeing whether or not I’m correct…! = )

  3. Fucking hell, if those shots are typical of what the series will look like they’ve got the 4/5 feel down perfectly.

  4. Perhaps it turns out to be a ship from the same fleet as the Nova 5 and where they find another mechanoid in Krysis?

  5. I agree, it’s got a very strong series IV/V feel to it!

  6. But it won’t be funny if da walls aren’t wobbly!

    Seriously though, 15 year old me just had his mind blown. As did 25 year old me.

  7. Perhaps it turns out to be a ship similar to the Nova 5 where they find the mechanoid from Kryten’s old fleet in Krysis?

    That’s basically what I was thinking with my vague comment above – didn’t want to get into too much detail in case it turns out to be correct…!

  8. So if symptoms persist for more than 4 hours I call a doctor, right?

    Good lord that was a fantastic teaser! It all looks SO DAMN GOOD!!! Some of those shots are so unlike Dwarf, but in the best way possible, so cinematic. It kinda looks like if you gave Back to Earth a shitload of time and money, if that makes any sense. It’s been said many, many times already, but the production values are sensational here.

    Also, if anyone has the means to watch this teaser on the TV, I highly recommend it. Someone’s uploaded it to YouTube already and seeing it on the Tellybox really brings out the quality.

    EDIT: Just…that shot looking out the Starbug windows plummeting towards the ground. That is fantastic, I love seeing the fourth wall on TV sets, it adds some nice depth to the proceedings.

  9. Seriously though, 15 year old me just had his mind blown. As did 25 year old me.

    As did 37 year old me.

    If course, I’m working tomorrow, so someone needs to tell what time the ad breaks in UKTV showings of RDII are. I have a Set Manual Recordings appointment with my Sky+ box.

    I can’t believe how excited that teaser has got me. It gave me goosebumps. I’m buzzing.

  10. >Just…that shot looking out the Starbug windows plummeting towards the ground. That is fantastic

    I love that shot so, so much.

  11. No shot-by-shot analysis? Unsubscribe.

    That’s Rimmer walking in on the Medi-Bot, isn’t it?

  12. I thought it was Cat walking in on medi bot. This is a fantastic tease and the special effects shots are indeed stunning.

  13. >No shot-by-shot analysis? Unsubscribe.

    I too have been looking forward to this. Better hurry, since you’ll have another one to do tomorrow.

  14. G&T Admin

    We’re taking the view that the full trailer will include everything seen here, so we’re saving all screen by screen shenanigans for the weekend.

  15. This is so pretty I feel like I’ve been shot in the face with an awesome imagery cannon.

  16. But it won’t be funny if da walls aren’t wobbly!

    Seriously though, 15 year old me just had his mind blown. As did 25 year old me.

    Know what you mean my 51 year old brain has just been wowed. Way beyond expectation, out of this world😎

  17. I’ve watched this trailer several times now and it’s impossible to feel less wowed with each watch. I’d read in the set reports that the production values, lighting, etc had gone up since X, but JESUS, THEY WEREN’T FUCKING KIDDING!!

  18. Love the shot of a spaceship hitting the water. Does this mean BTE can now be re-edited to show the diving bell going *into* the water?

    And I’m pretty sure that IS Rimmer finding the Medi-Bot. That sleeve pulling the entrance flaps open looks decidedly blue, and I can see his wristwatch as well.

  19. I’ve watched this trailer several times now and it’s impossible to feel less wowed with each watch. I’d read in the set reports that the production values, lighting, etc had gone up since X, but JESUS, THEY WEREN’T FUCKING KIDDING!!

    Couldn’t agree more. The production values are breataking almost cinematic its Red Dwarf the movie in 6 parts maybe 12. A 50″ HD screen isn’t going to be big enough😉 As awesome as these clips look, without hesitation I’m definitely not going to squander the opportunity to see it first in all its full glory on a big TV screen by watching it online a week before on a computer. It’s blatantly obvious so much much work and passion has gone into creating this it deserves to been seen properly and only a TV screen for me will do it justice. I will happily watch repeats on my tablet but the first time must be epic and have a memorable impact shared with millions of others simultaneously. Anything else will diminish it for me and feel disrespectful to Doug, the cast and everyone involved. This is and should be a TV event.

  20. The letters “NOV” are visible on that first shot.

    Kecks wet.

  21. I cannae wait for you all to see the full one.

  22. Shots like the stuff in here…Doug’s obviously done a terrific job with the directing.

  23. Really enjoying the “Trailer? I hardly know her!” joke.
    And yes the shots and that.

  24. Gosh it does look beautiful. It all looked great at the recording I attended, but I had no idea how great it would look on-screen. Blown away to say the least. Does make a bit more sad that it’s getting it’s first outing on a less than HD streaming service, though.

  25. Ooh. Richard Naylor’s header photo is in the XI/XII bunkroom.

  26. Change of plan. I’m going to wait until the TV broadcasts for my first viewing of each episode.

    People’s posts on here and the teaser trailer have convinced me that all good things come to those who wait.

    The teaser alone looks great. I can see a classic feel, with the whistles and bells of 21st century production.

    The only one I won’t be able to watch on TV is Twentica, so I will watch that one online. But the rest of them . . . what’s one more week?

    Thank you for saving me from myself.

  27. It looks so darn good!! The way the ‘bug interior is being shot makes the changes to the set so worth it. Every single thing just looks more interesting than X. I don’t hate, or even dislike X (except for one of two scenes in each episode), but it’s pretty difficult to look at it as the same show as the likes of IV and V…. though XI seems to have something to say about that!

  28. what happening dudes, its been on. just aired round 4:36 pm. looks nice what you lot think ?

  29. Yeah very Nice. Lister and Rimmer looking older but quality. Saying that watching Red Dwarf II will make them look older lol but looks real good going back to original but also looking more updated for 2016. Anyway recorded it so will look at it again properly. PS the Kryten mask looked perfectly fine at a glance

  30. Yeah very Nice. Lister and Rimmer looking older but quality. Saying that watching Red Dwarf II will make them look older lol but looks real good going back to original but also looking more updated for 2016. Anyway recorded it so will look at it again properly. PS the Kryten mask looked perfectly fine at a glance

    Its definitely back to more adventurous style of dwarf now, loved to see more of the model shorts when the eps air (gotten people knowing what there doing when it comes to filming them). Some of the scenes remind of RTD’s DW, Doug’s brush up on his directing skills and to good uses. lastly Kryten’s mask never bothered me so hopefully people will stop making a big deal out of sodding noting (that said his hands look a bit inflated, but whatever let twats bitch about that instead). In the end if its funny in that unique RD way then the series done its job.

  31. It was just enough to whet my appetite. Can’t wait.

    They revealed two jokes, and it seems the comedy is good too.

    It feels like classic Red Dwarf, and looks great at the same time.

    I’m very excited.

  32. Love that Rimmer kept his Battle Plan Timetable.

  33. After watching it again a few times again I’m so impressed with it all. The combo of CGI and model shots are perfect and as someone said we are back to proper adventures again instead of hanging on to a low budget although Series X was good and they did the best with it considering. It’s a good mixture of vintage red dwarf action with a modern look

  34. We’re taking the view that the full trailer will include everything seen here

    I expect the headline for the trailer article to be “Cappsy Admits Failure”.

  35. G&T Admin

    Well done Katie, you have identified this week’s deliberate mistake!

  36. Spunked all the exclusive reveals early in reduced-quality online video leaving the subsequent broadcast equivalent a belated letdown?

    Good job they won’t be doing that again.

  37. Judging from everything we’ve seen, I’m getting the impression that Series XI and XII are going to be the “real” Series VII and VIII, as in they feel like a logical continuation of the show from Series VI without major format or thematic changes. Or an episode about erections and dinosaurs.

    I like that they’re employing the swept-back legs on Starbug. It’s really cool, but it’s only ever been seen in shit CGI up until now. For consistency’s sake I wish X used it too, but then Red Dwarf itself has had a wildly different design in every series since VIII so whatever.

  38. It all looks fantastic to me. I like the jokes and can’t see anything to worry about performances-wise here. I even like “Smegtember”! Skateboard dropped.

  39. Finished work and immediately ran upstairs to grab my phone and watch the trailer. Starbug looks beautiful. Great joke at the end. Although, given the build up, I was expecting something longer (fnaar), a 90 second/two minute job.
    Anyway, off to watch it a couple more times now.

  40. Pretty sure I’ve seen the “are you sure it’s not us?” joke done before, but it looks well done here. Nostril joke is ok, not a classic, but it looks like it could be a classic style bunk scene. Just hoping it’s worked well into the plot.
    They’re obviously playing up the action side of it, which leads me to agree that these two series could well be the VII and VIII we’ve always wanted.
    Anyway, I’m very excited. Roll on the 15th.

  41. I like that they’re employing the swept-back legs on Starbug. It’s really cool, but it’s only ever been seen in shit CGI up until now. For consistency’s sake I wish X used it too, but then Red Dwarf itself has had a wildly different design in every series since VIII so whatever.

    There were some non-CGI shots of Starbug in series VII with the swept-back legs that weren’t CGI, but not nearly enough. Also the swept-back legs on Starbug first appeared in series V in Back to Reality.

  42. Re: VII/VIII not counting:

    I did some temp work in social care at the start of this year, and another carer spotted the tatty copy of the Omnibus in my bag and got chatting. Turns out he was a massive fan of the show – we got chatting about Bodysnatcher, the Space Corps Survival Manual, memories of listening to the audiobooks on cassette, XI/XII, all the esoterica you would hope to chat about meeting a fellow fan for the first time. This guy really knew his stuff. He then confidently proclaimed that his favourite series was VIII and his favourite episode was Back In The Red Part Three.

    Not sure where I’m going with this, to be honest. I mainly wanted an excuse to tell that story.

  43. >Spunked all the exclusive reveals early in reduced-quality online video leaving the subsequent broadcast equivalent a belated letdown?

    Where was it online first?

  44. He then confidently proclaimed that his favourite series was VIII and his favourite episode was Back In The Red Part Three.

    While I have less of a story behind it but I knew someone who thought that Pete Part 2 was the best episode, sighting Archie as being his favourite moment of the show…..so there are fans with some questionable tastes.

  45. There were some non-CGI shots of Starbug in series VII with the swept-back legs that weren’t CGI, but not nearly enough.

    I can only think of two: a fly-by in Beyond a Joke before the lobster dinner, which was extremely jarring, and the flying through the comet from Blue. And Nanarchy used an old shot from Series IV, with the legs clearly not swept-back. It was even more jarring than the one in Beyond a Joke.

    Also the swept-back legs on Starbug first appeared in series V in Back to Reality.

    I should not have said “only ever seen in shit CGI”, but rather that it’s been almost exclusively seen in shit CGI.

  46. The model/CGI shots are incredible and so spectacular on a big screen especially the opening shot of RD in front of a planet but their impact when I watched on my fruit tablet was significantly diminished. This has reinforced my determination to see it first on TV. Looking very much like its emulating series 5 with a contemporary update. Very happy mode on standby😀

  47. >Spunked all the exclusive reveals early in reduced-quality online video leaving the subsequent broadcast equivalent a belated letdown?

    Where was it online first?

    I exaggerate for the benefit of a crap joke about the Play premieres, but I genuinely thought the teaser had a couple of genuinely gobsmacking reveals than the trailer didn’t. Saying all that, I spent today sitting through series 2 again with my extremely tolerant wife and nevertheless got very giddy halfway through Parallel Universe, so it’s doing its job.

    I’m tetchy anyway today as a health flare-up has stopped me going to the Twentica screening in Manc tomorrow, so anything short of all six episodes in their entirety wouldn’t have been enough. Everyone in a 50 mile radius having fun can piss off.

  48. >Spunked all the exclusive reveals early in reduced-quality online video leaving the subsequent broadcast equivalent a belated letdown?

    Where was it online first?

    I think he’s referring to the trailer-trailer.

  49. This is absolute excitement!! Looking forward to watching on a big screen, asap 😀

  50. Re: the Nova-5-esque crashed ship – from re-reading the synopses, I’m pretty sure the similarity will turn out to be intentional. Looking forward to seeing whether or not I’m correct…! = )

    My brother has worked out that it’s Nova 3.
    https://twitter.com/bromley001/status/769322334993784832

  51. It just gets better and better everytime you watch it. Just amazing. Exciting times ahead

  52. I was a bit surprised by the graphics. Never been a show that needs it. Why does a show that has never taken itself seriously need to spend money on that.

    A quote I found in a Facebook group, from someone who has clearly never seen an episode outside of Series VIII.

    I really need to stay off that thing. These Wobbly Set Activists are the worst kind of Dwarf fan.

  53. These Wobbly Set Activists are the worst kind of Dwarf fan.

    Don’t get me fucking started on the “But Red Dwarf was always supposed to be a parody of/homage to under-produced scifi with shit model shots and crap sets!” crowd. Bunch of tosspots.

  54. Don’t get me fucking started on the “But Red Dwarf was always supposed to be a parody of/homage to under-produced scifi with shit model shots and crap sets!” crowd. Bunch of tosspots.

    To me, cheap sets and cheesy effects would only be charming if the show were deliberately invoking the look of low budget sci-fi rather than actually being a low budget sci-fi. I, and I assume most of us here, put up with the cheapness because the writing was so good. Especially in some of the more adventurous action-themed episodes, where because when they’re putting the characters in real danger cheesy effects can detract from the experience. Series XI looks how I always wished Red Dwarf could look ever since I first started watching it as a kid.

    That’s just my personal opinion on the matter, but I have seen a lot of people online who seem to be under the impression that funny science fiction MUST be a parody, which totally invalidates Red Dwarf as a legitimate sci-fi which is a huge part of what makes the show so unique. I’d expect this kind of misunderstanding from somebody who’s only seen half an episode on PBS many years ago, not fellow Dwarfers. Red Dwarf is one of my favorite shows of all time and a huge influence on me as a writer, and I hate that other fans are totally misrepresenting it.

  55. I don’t really like to get into what makes a true fan. Having said that, I do really agree with you on that one. If this was a show like Darkplace, where like you said, the comedy was about it being deliberately shit, then it would make sense. But that’s never been what Red Dwarf is about. I’ve always loved Red Dwarf and Doctor Who because of great writing and great performances, first and foremost. I could never understand people who talk about the charm of bad special effects or wobbly sets (which don’t really ever exist).

    Of course, it’s great if they can look good, it’s a nice bonus, but it’s not the most important aspect. I was talking with someone yesterday who hasn’t watched Red Dwarf since the 90s and he said he’d only watch it again if they spent no more then 5 pounds on it. Which is ridiculous as Red Dwarf has always had a healthy budget. They’ve just gotten better at using it.

  56. It is what it is. They had to update the show for 2016 but also keep the vintage comedy banter and adventures. Modern update but keeping it original back to its old roots which made it at its best. I’m happy with that

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