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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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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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!
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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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.
Now, those of you following our Dwarfcasts know that me and Series XI…well, we’ve had a bit of a tiff. Perhaps we haven’t quite seen eye to eye. Which made the prospect of me writing this review a little daunting. Imagine my relief, then, when Officer Rimmer ended up being very much my cup of Earl Grey. Well, at least most of it.
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Well, what a surprise, Officer Rimmer is yet another example of an episode that has garnered somewhat split opinion since it was released online this morning, but the split may well be a lot more interesting than previous weeks by the very dint that this episode is undoubtedly unusual in many ways. Whether you like the places it goes is another matter entirely, but luckily we have our entire lives to debate to this one. In an episode crammed with points that require some talking, I’ve picked out some of the big ticket items.
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Officer Rimmer will be strutting its way onto the interwebs at some point this very day, in which we’ll finally see Rimmer utterly failing to learn the lessons of Me2. If you want a comfy place to discuss the newest of new episodes then park yourself right here for the foreseeable future.
OFFICER RIMMER IS NOW ONLINE
As is customary by this point, we’ll be publishing our big Talking Points for the episode this evening, and following up with a more in-depth Review in the coming days. Finally, we’ll be casting the pod that we broadcast LIVE last night discussing Give & Take. It also says here in my notes that Ian would like to thank everyone who listened live and joined in the discussion last night. It’s true, he really does care about you.