Buck & Clips

The following article is intended for those watching at Dave pace. UKTV Play viewers should keep the comments spoiler-free until broadcast. More info.

Honestly, I thought I was done with analysing screengrabs after yesterday’s title sequence breakdown, until I sat down to watch the Youtube video that Dave posted today. In it, Series XII guest star James Buckley interviews the four Dwarfers, and it’s all reasonably entertaining; highlights include some good jokes about how old and fat they all are, Craig reciting an early review off by heart, and tales of how the cast’s children are their harshest critics. But it also contains some previously unseen clips of (almost) every episode, which is what I’ll be very briefly covering after you’ve watched the clip:

Unsurprisingly, considering it’s the episode the interviewer himself appears in, The One Where Everyone’s Kryten gets the most coverage. Firstly, we see the three new mechanoids being wheeled out under their conversion equipment/hairdryers. It’s one continuous shot, but here are two screengrabs, so that you can see everyone:

The Listerbot looks a little more like Craig from this angle, but it’s still nowhere near as striking as how much Rimmerdroid retains Chris Barrie’s exact face. You can see here that the crew all have slightly different mechanoid bodies, particularly noticeable with Chris’s old school chest monitor.

Here we see James Buckley in action. We can’t hear any dialogue, but we’re told by Danny that Buckley is playing “a militant”. So presumably he’s a MILF, which would (again) presumably make him a baddy. We then see more illustrative mech shots:

A bunch of mechanoids being held in a cage, with flames licking all around…

…and then Buckley’s character looking up towards a bright light. Having started with episode two, the interview then moves on to discuss Cured. There’s very little point me doing analysis on that at this stage, but I relished the opportunity to use the rarely-seen “Dave-pace” banner, so here are the grabs for those who are yet to see the episode:

The next episode covered is Mechocracy, which gives us the very strange visage of Kryten and Rimmer in matching suits:

They’re taking part in a leaders’ debate, conducted by a vending machine, who’s asking them whether they believe in Silicon Heaven. You can just about make out that Kryten is representing the Independent Future Party, and Rimmer the Lovely Fluffy Liberal Alliance Party. If I’d have picked one of them to be a bit UKIPy and the other a bit lefty, it’d be the other way round, but I’m guessing that’s the joke. I am intrigued by this episode – it’s going to go one of two ways, and I can’t wait to find out which.

The longest clip in the video is one from Timewave:

We see Johnny Vegas rounding a corner to intercept our crew, signalling for them to halt, before asking Lister if he knows why he’s pulled him over. He seems to walk in quite a camp manner, which I’m hoping is nothing to do with the colour of his uniform, but it’s wonderful to see the mercurial talent that is Johnny Vegas interacting with our cast.

M-Corp doesn’t get an illustrative clip, but there are a few extra details revealed in the discussion. It seems Lister’s rapid ageing is caused by him being “hijacked by an app that keeps making him upgrade”. We’ve previously heard that it involves products that aren’t made by M-Corp being rendered invisible, but Robert seems to indicate that this only affects Lister, perhaps because he’s the only living JMC/M-Corp employee on board. Skipper is covered too, but is illustrated only with the Holly clip from the teaser.

This video is the latest step in a much-ramped-up promotional campaign in the final week before the proper broadcast. Posters are starting to appear on trains and billboards, adverts and geofilters are appearing on Snapchat, and there’s even been some radio adverts – if anyone’s got any recordings of those, do let us know. We’re not sure if we have the capacity to cover absolutely everything that appears from here on it, so do keep posting anything you spot in the comments and/or on the forum.

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  1. Is it me or does Craig look hungover?

  2. Liking M corp more now ive heard the hook a bit more, I can see comedy in the premise now a little more than just blandness of globalisation that seemed to come across before with this one, which is an angle is seen done, but now sounds more in keeping with some of the future painted in series X, and more unique an idea woven in that I can see fitting dwarf.

    Very excited for Siliconia & Skipper. Knew cured was Brilliant.

    Timewave intrigues a bit, still don’t quite have a handle on whats going on fully with that,
    & mechocracy sounds the cheapest ship bound episode, i dont mind one of those now and again,

    It appears quite a satirical middle to this series with software company’s, elections,
    and critical commentary all under the spotlight, think there might be a Mid series sag for me
    across these ones somewhere, but we shall see who gets my vote and who gets me arrested for slagging off.

  3. G&T Admin

    Thanks, Stephen Abootman!

  4. Mechocracy looks just about how i expected it to be and i can tell i won’t be a fan of that one.

  5. This was one of the best bits of promotion so far, for all of the Dave era actually, so hats off to whoever got that together. :) When you hear the cast all together, talking about the series like that, it makes you cry out for a commentary… alas! we know it’s not meant to be…YET. I think everyone would love it if there were downloadable commentaries for the new series’.

  6. That’s a nice interview. Good to see some specific teases for the individual episodes.

  7. G&T Admin

    Mechocracy looks just about how i expected it to be and i can tell i won’t be a fan of that one.

    Good to see you’re approaching it with an open mind. Maybe you should just not watch that one, and then the rest of us can have a week off from your tedious shit.

  8. James Buckley comes across very well in that interview. A good choice.

  9. Sounds like Mechocracy could be quite prescient of this year’s general election.

  10. Is it me, or is Rimmer missing his ‘H’ in that clip from Mechocracy? The shadow on his head makes it difficult to see for sure, but it looks like it’s not there.

  11. >Mechocracy looks just about how i expected it to be and i can tell i won’t be a fan of that one.

    It must get tiring being so relentlessly positive all the time.

  12. I fully expect Red Dwarf to continue its recent theme of “laughing harder than I’ve ever laughed before followed by audibly groaning at how shit it is” in Mechocracy

  13. Re: the “slightly different mechanoid bodies”:

    Cat = Series X Kryten body (with shoulder hoops removed)
    Rimmer = Series XI Kryten body
    Lister = Back to Earth Kryten body (with Series XI style shoulders rather than the originals)

    The neckline/chest monitor styles are the biggest giveaway as to which is which between the BTE and Series X bodies – Series X remained largely the same as BTE but lowered the neckline and added the black spot in the centre of the chest monitor. The XI design is, obviously, pretty distinct from both and instantly recognisable here.

    Rimmer’s looks specifically to be a reuse of the special “openable” version of Kryten’s chest seen in “Twentica”, as you can see a join around the edges of the nipple-nut access panels which isn’t present on Kryten’s usual chassis throughout XI and XII so far.

  14. >Mechocracy looks just about how i expected it to be and i can tell i won’t be a fan of that one.

    It must get tiring being so relentlessly positive all the time.

    It gets more tiring being disappointed in something you been a fan of most your life.

    I am keeping my expectations in check with this one.

  15. Series X remained largely the same as BTE but lowered the neckline

    you can see a join around the edges of the nipple-nut

    Is it me, or is it getting hot in here?

  16. Mechocracy is not the best episode of Red Dwarf. It’s nowhere near being the worst, either. Surprised that out of the remaining 5, that’s the one to get worried about.

  17. Mechocracy looks just about how i expected it to be and i can tell i won’t be a fan of that one.

    Good to see you’re approaching it with an open mind. Maybe you should just not watch that one, and then the rest of us can have a week off from your tedious shit.

    I vote Symes!

  18. Re: the “slightly different mechanoid bodies”:

    Cat = Series X Kryten body (with shoulder hoops removed)
    Rimmer = Series XI Kryten body
    Lister = Back to Earth Kryten body (with Series XI style shoulders rather than the originals)
    The neckline/chest monitor styles are the biggest giveaway as to which is which between the BTE and Series X bodies – Series X remained largely the same as BTE but lowered the neckline and added the black spot in the centre of the chest monitor. The XI design is, obviously, pretty distinct from both and instantly recognisable here.
    Rimmer’s looks specifically to be a reuse of the special “openable” version of Kryten’s chest seen in “Twentica”, as you can see a join around the edges of the nipple-nut access panels which isn’t present on Kryten’s usual chassis throughout XI and XII so far.

    I nominate this brilliant post for a special wardrobe of fame award. Nice one.

  19. Pity it isn’t a four-way election, with Lister as the Anarcho-Communist nomination, and Cat standing for the Bloke in the sequin suit and silly hat jumping up and down at the back party.

    Hope Kryten has his ginger toupee handy if he wins.

  20. With a cameo from a hologram of Vincent Hanna to do the results.

  21. Also fascinated by the Kryten costume analysis! That X costume is getting plenty of use, it was on Butler last time!

  22. I’ll just skim this as I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, but it’s been *checks calculator* 600 hundred days since I saw Mechocracy being recorded, so I’m glad to finally see the first images from it. It’s pretty mind-boggling to think how much politics we’ve had since then, it does feel timely. It’s a good episode, but then I haven’t found XI disappointing, so I’ve no idea what someone who has will make of it.

    Then again I don’t remember those posters behind Kryten and Rimmer, so maybe there’s something shit like a Blue Midget dance routine to Things Can Only Get Better that I’ve forgotten about.

  23. I never even thought for a second that they’d reuse past Kryten costumes for the guys! That’s pretty genius really. :D

  24. If the Red Dwarf store do not sell the posters for The Independent Future Party and Lovely Fluffy Liberal Alliance Party then they are doing something very wrong.

    The clip from Mechocracy has made me very excited for that episode.

  25. I enjoyed that very much. Siliconia looks epic. You can see in the trailer that the caged-in area where the group of mechs are is where they’re watching the mop fight from.

  26. So presumably he’s a MILF, which would (again) presumably make him a baddy.

    There is a definite chance that I just read this as ‘make him a daddy’.

  27. Great interview. Also, if Red Dwarf is ever rebooted I’d say James Buckley would make a great candidate to play Holly.

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