Dimensions in Time

We all understandably got a little over-excited on Wednesday when it emerged that Red Dwarf would be making an appearance in Lego Dimensions. My limited knowledge of the game lead me to assume that the presence of the bunkroom set meant that we’d be getting a fully playable Dwarf-based expansion pack, but it soon became clear that there’s a precedent for some franchises making smaller, cameo appearances within other levels. Today’s TOS update confirms that this is the case with Dwarf; scenery from the show forms part of the Fantastic Beasts expansion pack, released today. There won’t be playable minifigs of the crew, but the areas will be explorable using the main game characters of your choice.

It would be churlish to feel too disappointed by this, because if we hadn’t have initially leapt to a dream conclusion, today’s announcement would still be totally mind-bogglingly brilliant. The TOS update features a new set of screengrabs that showcase the beautiful science room area, complete with bio-printer, along with corridors strewn liberally with JMC logos and what looks to my untrained eye like the raw materials required to build a little Lego skutter. It looks fantastic, and I remain incredibly impressed that our little show has been chosen for such treatment. The social media reaction to the initial teaser on Wednesday showed just how much enthusiasm there is for a full Red Dwarf console game, be it as part of Lego Dimensions or otherwise, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is just the start.

Incidentally, the TOS update is keen to avoid giving away details of how this hidden area can be found within the game, but if you want to know how it all works, Sony themselves have published the information on this PlayStation blog post. It’s a list of the six best Easter Eggs from the game, and it consists of seven Easter Eggs from the game. Red Dwarf is the second #5.  You know that the point of an Easter Egg is that it’s supposed to be secret and hidden, right? If one of the publishers posts all the details online on the day of game’s release, they’re not Easter Eggs, they’re just regular features that are slightly more difficult to come across than others.

And finally, the second TOS piece of the day concerns the Steelbook clusterfuck. There’s confirmation that the episode titles given do indeed relate to Series XII, but that they may change between now and broadcast, along with the running order. If I was them, I’d deliberately change absolutely every last detail, just to fuck with us all. Incidentally, our review of the DVD/Bluray/Steelbook will be along this weekend, with apologies for the delay. I couldn’t get my hands on the discs until Monday evening, and I’ve discovered that I have far more to say about them than I expected…

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  1. The science room looks particularly nice.

  2. There’s confirmation that these are indeed the episode titles for Series XII, but that they may change between now and broadcast, along with the running order

    Well, no, there’s confirmation that they’re not the episode titles for Series XII! Maybe it wasn’t put clearly enough in the piece, but what was meant to be said was that the list is an out-of-date, working title list, and some of the titles (and the order) had already changed before it was printed!

  3. I am eager to read the DVD review – the reviews are always gold!

  4. G&T Admin

    I did get that meaning, but didn’t really relay it very well in my summary. I shall amend now, and your blockquote will serve as a monument to my failure.

  5. We have both served as monuments to each other’s failure to entirely convey our full intended meanings.

    Perhaps a metaphor, for.

  6. That’s kind of a shame in an odd way – other than Here No Evil the other five form a lovely cluster of Fleetway-esque cyberpunk.

  7. I’m surprised there aren’t already conspiracy theories about how the titles and running order are only being changed because of the error, and the whole of Series XII is now having to be secretly reshot as a result.

  8. I’m surprised there aren’t already conspiracy theories about how the titles and running order are only being changed because of the error

    TBH, my assumption was that even if we straight up said “Some of them have already changed!” nobody would believe us.

    But: some of them have already changed!

  9. I’m surprised there aren’t already conspiracy theories about how the titles and running order are only being changed because of the error

    TBH, my assumption was that even if we straight up said “Some of them have already changed!” nobody would believe us.
    But: some of them have already changed!

    That’s just what you *would* say!

  10. Anyway, as a result, maybe we can expect an update to this list eventually: http://www.ganymede.tv/2003/05/whats-in-a-name/

    To be fair, it was already due an update pre-XI as we know two Series X working titles – “Slow Rescue” for Trojan, and “Death Day” for The Beginning. Though adding to that whichever of these preliminary XII titles end up changing, along with any XI titles we know of (only one I can think of off the top of my head is “Lift Off” for Samsara when it was conceived as being set in two lifts – do we know any others? Not seen the DVD/Blu-ray so forgive my ignorance if any more are mentioned on there) means there’s now the makings of a more substantial revision at some point in future.

  11. Seeing it in Lego really makes you appreciate how amazing Red Dwarf’s sets are. I mean they look great on screen obviously but I don’t know, maybe it’s just seeing it in a videogame, even a lego one, gives it an extra bit of something.

    Hope it leads to more in the future.

  12. >But: some of them have already changed!

    Fingers crossed M-Corp is one of them as, er, that’s shit.

  13. There are worse ways to nudge people towards the show than a cameo in the next big Harry Potter thing.

  14. if we straight up said “Some of them have already changed!” nobody would believe us.
    But: some of them have already changed!

    I don’t believe you.

  15. Ooh, you’re right.

  16. “Star Knot” better damn well stay as Star Knot. That’s just a gorgeous title.

  17. I would keep Mechocracy and Star Knot, possibly Siliconia (especially if it actually references some place/thing in the episode called that), those are the better titles of the six. Time Wave definitely sounds like a working title (even though ‘White Hole’ is essentially the same kind of title, it holds more intrigue than ‘Time Wave’ ).

    Knowing that Mechocracy is very likely the ‘they’re all Krytens’ episode, I am gonna go out on a limb and say it will open XII. Not that we’ve seen what they all look like as mechanoids (unless you were at the recording) but I’m fairly sure that image will be an awesome one to push in promotion. It’s too good a draw to resist! Of course, the tone may not suit an opener at all.

  18. Mechocracy is a bit of a mouthful to me. I still have to think about how to pronounce it before saying it. I think ‘The One Where They’re All Krytens lol’ works better.

  19. People have playthroughs of the hidden Red Dwarf level on youtube today

  20. If you say it right, Mechocracy sounds more like “Macaque-racy”, but that’s just my opinion.

  21. If it is the we’re all Kryten episode I’m going to put an early shout on it being called ‘Multiplikrytion’.

    Get your punny titles in now. I will send one whole pound via Royal Mail to the person who’s closest.

  22. Kryses

  23. Ooh, I’m changing my guess to ‘Kryteⁿ’. It’s super annoying to write and it’ll confuse people because of ‘Kryten’. It’s perfect.

  24. Multipliclocheon

  25. Pain In The Mech
    Nervous Mech
    Mech-a-Bingo
    Mechs Appeal
    Mech! Drink! Arse! Girls!
    MECHS! Now That I’ve Got Your Attention Eat A Curry And Some Smeg

  26. Mechs in the City.
    (a space city, obviously)

  27. No-one’s said ‘The Joy of Mechs’ yet. Surprised.

  28. G&T Admin

    Bunch of Divas.

  29. Are You Ready for the Mechs, Girls?
    Four Mecha (Formica)
    You’ve Been Krytered!

  30. G&T Admin

    The Mechs Episode.

  31. To go along with the new ‘we’re all quite old’ direction of the show – ‘Painful Haemorrdroids’.

    The crew resolve the problem of all being Kryten by rubbing a salve on their bodies, but because it’s post Red Dwarf XI, you only see the tube being squeezed and then it hard cuts to the end credits.

  32. Androids
    Pan-Droids

  33. The Castaremechs Experiment

  34. The Mechs Episode.

    cloche weed evHoarey day

  35. Three Mechs and a Bobby.

  36. Building a Wall and Making Mechsico Pay For It

  37. Demechracy

  38. Mech-mech-mech-mech-mech-mech-mech-mech

  39. Sorry, I just sat on a screwdriver.

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