Red Dwarf XII: Timewave Review

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“‘Allo, ‘allo, ‘allo, what’s all this then?”
“Just my Timewave review, officer.”
“I see…a comedian, are we?”
“That’s very kind of you, officer.”
“Smart arse. Lock her up.”

I brought it on myself, I suppose. I did volunteer to take this episode on, even with the sight of Johnny Vegas in a pink helmet. That’s the thing, though; I have enough of a personal investment to avoid assumptions with Red Dwarf, and it’s this goodwill that the show puts to the test each week. Although I get the idea some don’t really believe me, it’s a genuine gut-punch when, as in this case, I finish an episode feeling disappointed and confused.

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DwarfCast 92 – Live Timewave Instant Reaction

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Who’d have thought it: the episode about a place where criticism is illegal is the one that’s attracted more criticism than any other this series. Join John Hoare, Tanya Jones, Danny Stephenson, Ian Symes and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples for a spot of criticising, castigating, chiding, blaming, harping, panning and scoffing at Timewave. It’s not pretty at times, but I’d like to think we at least covered the reasons why we reacted so badly to the episode, and we were aided by two fantastic guests – Shelley Smith and Dan Pendleton – to give their perspectives on some of the trickier topics.

The brilliant subjects that we really enjoyed discussing to death included the problematic portrayal of the Enconium’s crew, Cat’s problematic attitude to women, unresolved plots, repetitive jokes and speedy resolutions. Plus, for the second week in a row we discuss the word “clitoris” and Operation Yewtree, although not at the same time. On the plus side, there are positive comments at a rate of roughly one every twelve minutes, a brief preview of the next episode, and… well, the intro music’s pretty catchy this week.

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Let’s Talk About Timewave (on UKTV Play)

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Following the slightly manic and hugely irritating period last Thursday between Cured finishing on telly and TOWEK appearing online, UKTV have answered our prayers and clarified the timings for this week, which we really appreciate. So, all being well, Timewave will be live on UKTV Play by around 10:20pm, although the smallprint in that tweet does stipulate that timings may vary. Either way, the massive bit of text below will tell you whether or not you can watch Timewave yet:

YES. YES, YOU CAN!

As usual, this is the place to leave all of your many thoughts on the episode, before joining us to talk it all through in our LIVE Instant Reaction DwarfCast this Friday at 9pm. The whole gang will be here once more, with a couple of guests dropping by for good measure. The link will appear on here, on our Twitter feed and our Spreaker page – which is also the best way to chat along live – at 8:40pm.

Red Dwarf XII: Siliconia Review

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It’s hard to think of an individual Red Dwarf episode that’s had quite so much hype as Siliconia, and for such a sustained period. We’ve known about The One Where Everyone’s Kryten for as long as we’ve known that there’d be a Series XII, it was the subject of the first series’ first publicity shot, and it features one of the run’s highest-profile guest stars. It would be fair to call it long-awaited, both in terms of how long we’ve been aware of the story, and owing to the manner in which many of us first saw it: very late on a weeknight, after a full day of frequent F5-ing. Could it possibly live up to the anticipation?

For a brief moment on Thursday night, I was suddenly struck with the feeling that I was watching something truly incredible. It was funny, it was moving, and it somehow just felt like Red Dwarf should. That had faded slightly by the end, but I was nevertheless shocked to go online and see that the general consensus was far less positive than I’d have predicted. I found myself agreeing with many of the criticisms, but still they didn’t shake the warm, happy feeling the episode gave me. After several repeat viewings and a few days’ thinking time, am I now in a position to make sense of all this? Let’s find out.

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DwarfCast 91 – Live Siliconia Instant Reaction

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Whose idea was it to do a live DwarfCast on Friday 13th? This was supposed to be the first glorious coming together of the entire G&T team this series, but while Jonathan Capps and Danny Stephenson successfully dialled in to join Ian Symes and “guest” Jo Sharples at G&T Towers, John Hoare and Tanya Jones were stuck in traffic as a result of a local stabbing. Would they make it to Broadcunting House in time to discuss all things The One Where Everyone’s Kryten with us?

Tune in to find out, as well as discovering which side of the “best episode in years”/”worst episode in years” axis we all sit, the implications of Rimmer’s dream of being a fish, the difference between a MILF and a clitoris, and the origins of Baby Don’t Be Ovulating Tonight. Plus, we round up all the latest news we’ve neglected to write about properly, give our thoughts on the latest UKTV Play controversy, and do a live audio-only taste-test of some actual Leopard Lager.

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Let’s Talk About Siliconia (on UKTV Play)

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The time is [INSERT TIME HERE], and The One Where Everyone’s Kryten is now available to watch on UKTV Play. Of course, up until now, we didn’t know whether this would happen before or after Cured aired on Dave. But now that we know that it’s [BEFORE / AFTER – DELETE AS APPROPRIATE], it’s clear that this was a fucking [INSERT OPINION HERE] decision. But regardless of that, fill your boots:

[INSERT LINK HERE]

Please make use of this thread to share all your thoughts on this long-awaited episode, and don’t miss our LIVE Instant Reaction DwarfCast at 9pm on Friday. We’ll have a much healthier contingent of G&Ters on board this week, and in an exciting new feature, we’ll be taste-testing some real life Leopard Lager LIVE on air. You don’t want to miss that, so look out for the link on here, on our Twitter feed and our Spreaker page at 8:40pm, and do join us to listen along and chat live.

Red Dwarf XII: Cured Review

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Series XII is going to be a weird contradiction. As we’re all aware this series was written and filmed back to back with XI so while it’s reasonable to expect a very similar tone and style to the series we’ve already seen and analysed to death, that’s by no means a guarantee. Production efforts have been made to separate the two in subtle ways with changes to the main sets but what I didn’t consider before sitting down to watch Cured is how this double banking has the potential of making this series strangely unique. While we’re not aware of the writing order of the series, we do know that all of XII was filmed after XI had wrapped and a very short break, which means for the first time in actual decades a new series of Red Dwarf was not starting from scratch. We maybe even have to go as far back as the gap between the first two series to draw a proper parallel for this situation.

So what’s my point? Well, I feel like Cured greatly benefits from this. Confidence and general quality in writing, direction and especially in the performances that has produced an episode that despite some issues felt so comfortable and effortless, especially with the characterisation. If this is how things start to go when this team gets some proper momentum, then it’s a shame XIII and XIV aren’t following closely behind.

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Red Dwarf XII title sequence analysis

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Part of the fun whenever there’s a new series of Red Dwarf is in the anticipation, trying to skip ahead and find out what’s coming up next. Having previously analysed the shit out of a teaser and a trailer, it’s time to round off the trilogy of impatient speculation by combing for clues in the Series XII title sequence. This is the landmark tenth title sequence of its type, with a fast-paced montage of clips from the across the series, set to the guitar-based version of the theme tune. Several of the shots within are things we’ve seen in previous promotional material, and a fair few are taken from Cured, but there’s a lot of new material to take in here. Off we go…

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DwarfCast 90 – Live Cured Instant Reaction

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The long wait is finally over. Red Dwarf is BACK and so are our LIVE DwarfCasts – in a change from Series XI, these are now happening at UKTV pace, meaning they’re back to being (almost) Instant Reactions. First up, a rather under-strength G&T team was represented by Ian Symes, joined by a trio of guests: Jo Sharples of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club fame, Helena Raymonde of hanging round car parks with Robert Llewellyn fame, and Clayton Hickman of actual fame.

Yes, the former editor of Doctor Who Magazine and writer for The Sarah Jane Adventures and Wizards vs Aliens popped round to G&T Towers to chat all things Cured. Topics included Hitler, wheelchair ramps, shooting someone in the face, UKTV Originals branding, Hitler again, Stalin’s lookalikes, the quality of Series XII’s special effects, the quality of Series XII’s episode titles, more Hitler, and whether or not Lister should just fuck off.

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Let’s Talk About Cured (on UKTV Play)

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It’s been 349 days since an episode of Red Dwarf was released on UKTV Play. Well, they’re back at it this morning, or possibly this afternoon, or maybe even this evening. Yes, we’re not yet sure exactly when you’ll be watching a brand new episode of your favourite show; last year, Twentica was released at just gone 9am, so we’ll be surprised if it’s not there in time for lunch. Whenever it does arrive, the link will appear in large friendly letters below this paragraph. Unless you’re reading this after it’s been released, in which case the link is there in large friendly letters below this paragraph.

THIS IS A LINK TO CURED, THANK YOU BYE.

As should be plainly obvious by now, this discussion thread is intended for people watching online ahead of the TV broadcast. Our spoiler policy dictates that if you want to talk about Cured before 9pm next Thursday, you have to do so within a thread that bears the teal banner above. If you’ve not watched the episode yet, you’re strongly advised not to read the comments on this post for now, as it’ll be a spoilery free-for-all the very second the episode drops.

But do catch up before our first LIVE Instant Reaction DwarfCast of the series, which starts at 9pm on Friday. The link will appear on here, on our Twitter feed and our Spreaker page at 8:40pm, ready for you to listen and chat along live. We’d really love to hear from you on the night, as the live chat via Spreaker was a real highlight last year. If you can’t join us, the download version will be here on Saturday, and in the meantime, please use this thread for all your thoughts, opinions and theories on the series opener.