Red Dwarf XI: Can of Worms Review

If ever an episode was under pressure to deliver, it was this one. Red Dwarf XI has been critically acclaimed and the fan reaction has been mostly positive, but there’s a handful of niggling doubts amongst the more hardcore elements of fandom, ourselves included, with regards to pacing, clarity and consistency. A finale that delivers on these points would surely put these doubts to bed, but to end on a duff note would leave a lingering dark cloud as we begin the process of revisiting the series and consolidating our opinions.

Not only that, but Can of Worms was specifically chosen as the final episode, the implication being that this is the one that they want you to remember while the show’s off air. You expect an episode six to contain higher stakes, an emotional punch, and a careful balance between a sense of closure and anticipation of what’s to come. What’s more, we also knew that this would be a long-awaited Cat-centric episode – arguably the first one ever – and that we’d finally see another of his species for the first time in 28 years. There was an extra frisson on top for anyone who’d read the spoilers in the Radio Times. It all added up to the expectation that this would be something special.

Of course, you know all this, but the point of this preamble is to explain why I really really wanted this episode to be a classic. I had visions of laughing, crying, applauding and then immediately firing off a couple of thousand words about how the show that I care about so much is now finally back to its best. Instead, I now have to attempt to articulate why I had the same nauseous feeling on Friday night as I did the last time my team lost the FA Cup Final.

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Talking Points: Can of Worms

You know what, you can say a lot about this series but it’s certainly not been boring. I’ve just this minute watched through Can of Worms so here are the talking points that instantly struck me. Thank fuck I don’t need to form or present any kind of opinion right at this moment.

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Let’s Talk About Can of Worms (on UKTV Play)

It’s hard to believe that we’re entering into the final phase of Red Dwarf XI but here we are with the imminent release of Can of Worms. At the time of writing we’re in the last few minutes before the assumed release, so make sure you do a good job of avoiding spoilers until you’re able to click on the link that will so helpfully be placed below this paragraph.

CLICK HERE TO OPEN A CAN OF WORMS

It’ll be business as usual here on G&T over the next gew days, with the archive version of last night’s Live DwarfCast appearing around lunchtime, and Talking Points for Can of Worms following later tonight, with a full written review appearing in the days thereafter.

DwarfCast 83 – Live Krysis Reaction

As we hurtle towards series end, we gather to analyse the living fuck out of Krysis. Join Ian Symes, John Hoare (in his triumphant return to the land of the not hospitalised), Tanya Jones, Daniel Stephenson and Jonathan Capps along with the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples as they lift their respective cloches, revealing the tasty, tasty opinions within.

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Let’s Talk About Krysis (on Dave)

Right, I want a nice, excitement free broadcast day today. UKTV Play – yes I’m talking to you, pay attention! – I don’t want to see any hint of you releasing Can of Worms any earlier than tomorrow morning, is that clear? You’ve fucked up our lives quite enough for one year thank you very much. And you! – yes, the person reasing this who is genuinely waiting for the Dave broadcast of Krysis  at 9pm tonight but are for some reason browsing this site – you’re not supposed to exist, so please stop it immediately! I swear if I see anyone using this thread for its intended purposes, I will keep everyone behind after the final bell.

Is all that clear? Good. Now while you’re just standing around doing nothing make yourself useful and check out our talking points and review when you can be bothered (or if you’re genuinely someone who’s not seen the episode yet, then wait until after you’ve seen it), and prepare for our Live DwarfCast, starting at 10pm (BST) tonight. We’ll be going over our more detailed thoughts on the episode and its previously mentioned talking points, as well as soliticing your filthy, cloche based comments through our Spreaker page (link available closer to broadcast), in this here comments section and on Twitter.

Red Dwarf XI: Krysis Review

I think it’s safe to say that Krysis came with a fair bit of baggage. Out of all series XI episodes, this is the one people thought most likely to be shit, and not without some good reasons. At this point in Dwarf history, many are terrified of the the concept of the Kryten-centric story, with Duct Soup and Krytie TV weighing heavily on minds. Add to that the unenviable ‘episode 5’ position usually reserved for the weaker episodes and the striking visual of a Ferrari Red Kryten and we pretty much had the perfect storm of terribleness just waiting to tear through the fandom.

Shit or good, Last Day or last straw, Krysis certainly does continue the tradition of defying pre-broadcast expectations, and for good or ill the thoughts I had coming away from the episode ended up being a million miles from my expectations going in.

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Talking Points: Krysis

Well, there’s certainly a lot to discuss. Red Dwarf XI has been densely packed with ideas thus far, and this episode contains possibly the highest concentration yet. With spoilers aplenty for anyone who’s not yet watched the episode, here are some of what we consider to the most interesting of these ideas, neatly packaged into subheadings for your convenience. These are based on just one viewing and a quick scan through afterwards, which for the record took place following the deliberate release, as opposed to the brief accidental one.

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Let’s Talk About Krysis (on UKTV Play)

WATCH KRYSIS HERE

FINAL UPDATE: It’s now properly, actually, online at a time when it’s supposed to be. As you were.


UPDATE: It seems like it’s been taken down, indicating that publishing it in the first place was a mistake. This thread now has the added frisson that even people at UKTV Play pace could get spoilered so tread very, very carefully as people who did catch it are discussing it openly in the comments.

For reasons that are at this point completely unknown, UKTV Play have managed to completely shit the bed by releasing Krysis a day earlier than everyone expected, mere hours before the *actual* broadcast of Officer Rimmer. This means that within the Red Dwarf fanbase there will is now a subset of people who are a whole two episodes ahead of those chosing to watch on broadcast. The mind actually boggles, but as always this here thread is your early place to the talk about the episode, so dig in everyone!

DwarfCast 82 – Live Officer Rimmer Reaction

Prepare yourself for a damn good Rimming as we round up our immediate post-broadcast coverage of Officer Rimmer in our live reaction DwarfCast, presented to you here to be enjoyed at your leisure. Join Ian Symes, Jonathan Capps, Danny Stephenson, the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples as they thrash through the many talking points generated by the episode, and try to pick through the many and varied opinions generated. Oh, and we also have a massive moan about UKTV Play.

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Let’s Talk About Officer Rimmer (on Dave)

Hello to all you people who patiently wait for the proper broadcast each week. We’re sure you exist. 9pm (BST) tonight is the time and Dave is the channel for Officer Rimmer‘s official premiere. Afterwards, I’m afraid you have some catching up to do as we’ve been bollocking on about the episode in a variety of places and Tanya has laid out her more considered thoughts in her review.

Once the episode has aired we’ll be doing our level best to organise and present the vast variety of thoughts and opinions to you in our Live DwarfCast, starting at 10pm (BST) tonight. The countdown in the top right will end at 21:40 and be replaced with our live link so you have time to get settled in and listen to our pre-show music, and once we’re live and talking you can get your messages to us either by commenting here, chatting through the Spreaker page or by doing an tweet.