“Pete” shouldn’t have been a 2-parter: “Only the Good” should have

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  • #1673

    Antipodean

    It’s occurred to me that while Pete is quite clearly stretched out to fit two episodes (basketball match, “see you in ten minutes”, etc), “Only the Good” seems condensed. I reckon it would have worked better as two episodes, preferably with the original (happy) ending too.

    They could’ve ended the first episode with the Starbug-and-Blue-Midget fleet evacuating Red Dwarf – go into more detail about their escape plan and other things. The second episode would be really much improved over the real version, mainly because Kochanski wouldn’t just pull the mirror universe idea out of her arse – also, it’d give them a chance to show more of the mirror Red Dwarf and mirror crew. Finally, the ending (which is the happy ending, remember) would be able to be more complete, such as explaining what happened to all the other prisoners.

    Thoughts?

    #123245

    Anonymous

    That was the original intention, was it not? From what I gather Only the Good would have had a second part called Earth which would have finally brought an end to the misery of the series. Budget limitations meant having to make the “most” of the CGI dinosaur they’d already paid for though.

    See how I put the word “most” in inverted commas there? Brilliant I am.

    #123252

    Jason aka Smeg4Brains

    Wasn’t ‘Earth’ supposed to have been a special that never happened?

    #123297

    Antipodean

    > That was the original intention, was it not? From what I gather Only the Good would have had a second part called Earth which would have finally brought an end to the misery of the series.

    I got the impression that the “Only the Good” story, mirror universe and all, would’ve been part 1 and “Earth” would have been a different story about what happens after. I think they could have made a two-parter purely out of “Only the Good”.

    #123201

    John Hoare

    G&T Admin

    Wasn?t ?Earth? supposed to have been a special that never happened?

    No, it was supposed to be the last episode of VIII.

    #123286

    Jason aka Smeg4Brains

    So how come it never happened?

    #123204

    Jonathan Capps

    G&T Admin

    > So how come it never happened?

    As ‘That’s a bucket’ said, it was budget limitations. The money had already been shat on the Dinosaur and the Dancing Blue Midget, so there was none there for Earth.

    #123181

    John Hoare

    G&T Admin

    Although I do wonder (that is wonder, mind you – I don’t know) whether the crash sequence would have been possible even without the dancing Midgets and dino stuff. Crashing into landmarks is far more ambitious than either of the other two sequences put together…

    #123155

    Danny Stephenson

    G&T Admin

    Yeah, but you know that it would’ve been a fucking amazing ending. But does leave the question hanging. Would these landmarks still exist 3,000,000 years down the line?

    #123486

    peas_and_corn

    Maybe they would all be on one beach, like in Futurama- it’ll make it easier to destroy them all

    #123348

    performingmonkey

    Methinks any possible future Dwarf special/series will end with what Doug had originally planned for ‘Earth’. But personally I’d rather it didn’t end there. I would have them landing/crashing on Earth and they somehow inadvertently destroy it (in a comedy fashion), the Dwarf is also destroyed and they only just escape in a Starbug. They get a bit depressed because they’ve got no goal anymore, nowhere to go, but then Lister gives one of the good speeches they used to write for him (like in Meltdown) and the series ends on a sort of ‘let’s see what’s out there’ note, with the prospect of Lister and Kochanski restarting the human race on another planet (she’s possibly pregnant at the end).

    I don’t like it when series’ end with a big full stop. There should be a sense that the comedy (or drama) is going to continue but you just won’t see it. The end of Father Ted is like that. It would have been really crap if it had ended with Ted actually going to America and leaving the rest of them. Instead he stays with Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle forever and ever and ever and ever etc. and that’s how it should be. A lot of American shows, comedy or otherwise, have cheesy endings where the characters go their seperate ways, it just makes you feel like shit. Or maybe that’s just me.

    #123411

    Jason aka Smeg4Brains

    > with the prospect of Lister and Kochanski restarting the human race on another planet

    But for that to occur incest must take place.

    But I suppose it was incest when Lister shagged Katchanski when they were going out because she’s his mum……and he still tries to get some off her when he finds out.

    #123957

    Anonymous

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    #123958

    Jason aka Smeg4Brains

    > Hello! I need to know who is this man on the pictures.

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