So it seems the second, Samsara focused, content release for Red Dwarf XI: The Game is starting to roll out. I say “starting” as it seems those with iOS devices currently have it, and those with Android devices do not, but we imagine this will right itself pretty soon, alleviating us from yet another case of split-fandom syndrome.
We’ve already got some of you talking about the new content in our Forum mega-thread, so it’s probably best you keep any specifics in there. It also has the added advantage of being the chosen hunting ground for Ian GameDigits to merrily swoop in from time to time, grab your feedback with his game developer talons, fly back to the GameDigits nest and dillegently digest the feedback using his powerful stomach acids before vomiting the result into the gaping beaks of his hard working development team young.
I’m planning on another Let’s Play style video for the Samsara mini-games, following on from the modest success of the last one. I’m flying a tad blind with these videos though, so do feel free to throw any suggestions for the type of video you’d like to see or you think would work well, as I’m perhaps looking for something slightly different than just seeing how far I can get within a 40 minute recording session.
Well, we were hoping to have the weekend off. But because the staggered, disjointed manner in which we all watched Series XI was so much fun, the extra features on the forthcoming Red Dwarf XI DVD/Bluray have been quietly and unexpectedly released on iTunes and Play Store. The extras were seemingly made available overnight to anyone who bought a series pass on either platform. Alternatively, the main documentary is available to buy on its own, while the deleted scenes and smeg ups are series pass only. The visual effects, model shots and image gallery are not available, but the trailers are there – for free on Play Store, but at the price of £2.49 on iTunes. Insert joke about Apple products being a rip-off here.
So, this was certainly a surprise. I assumed at first that this was a Krysis-esque fuck-up where things had gone live before they were meant to, what with the lack of any official notification, and the fact that we’re still a fortnight away from the physical release of this stuff in the UK. But the fact that it’s on both of these platforms makes me think otherwise. If this was a mistake, it’s pretty bloody amateurish. If it’s not a mistake, it’s also pretty bloody amateurish. Much like the way the release of the episodes themselves were handled, this is all a big mess.
So yeah, we at G&T are going to have to figure out between us how and when we start reviewing and discussing this stuff, but in the meantime… I dunno, use this thread for whatever. It seems that while the makers of the programme care about how its presented to the public, those in charge of its distribution do not give a solitary shit, so why should we?
UPDATE (30/10/16): They’ve disappeared from iTunes. The downloads will still play for those who grabbed them yesterday, but you can no longer buy them. It’s all still there on Google Play, though – if those disappear soon too, we’ll know the whole thing was a cock-up. Still, some sort of communication from an official channel would be nice, eh?
So here we are, after seven weeks Red Dwarf XI has finally been released in its entirety and so ends our own immediate coverage of the series. At least until the DVD and Bluray come out, that is! So, for the final time this year, please join Ian Symes, Tanya Jones, John Hoare, Jonathan Capps, Danny Stephenson and perma-guest Jo Sharples as they pick through the final episode and the series as a whole and try to work out where XI currently places in the pantheon of Dwarf.
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And here we are, after a whopping seven weeks we’ve gone from Twentica‘s premiere on UKTV Play right through to today where Can of Worms finally makes its way onto Dave at 9pm tonight. In our little world we know that the vast majority of people have already seen it, but on the offchance you’re one of those people with immense powers of restraint then once you’ve watched tonight’s episode you’ll almost certainly want to be catching up with the discussion, as well as reading Ian’s excellent review.
We’re all starting to get a little bit sleepy here in G&T towers, but we’ve all got just about enough strength left in us for one more Live DwarfCast starting at the helpfully regular time of 10pm (BST) (well, 9:40 if you like our nice collection of pre-show music). We’ll be sure to do our best to make it a good one, so it would be marvellous if as many of you make it a long as possible so we can see out the series in style. Our Spreaker page (link coming closer to broadcast) is always busy with chat so it’d be great to see you all there, and don’t forget that we’ll also be keeping an eye on the comments here and on Twitter so we can steal your opinions, parrot them back to you and then pull a clever face.
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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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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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.
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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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.
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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