John’s Roundup – 13/1/06 News Posted by John Hoare on 13th January 2006, 05:30 Hello! Here I am, having taken two weeks off to work on getting my web company off the ground, and all I’m doing is wasting time doing G&T stuff and DwarfWiki. I should go and demand compensation from Doug Naylor. Who quite clearly earns millions from T-shirts, despite there not even being any currently available in the UK. Hmmm. CANADA DELAY: Although this hasn’t been confirmed by GNP, it looks like the release of the VII DVD has been delayed in Canada to January 24th. Amazon.ca now lists this date, as do all Canadian online stores – and anecdotal evidence on the Webboard suggests it hasn’t been released yet. However, the R1 release has gone ahead as planned in the USA, and is available now. STARBUG PLAYSET: Word is from Andrew on the Webboard is that these are about to disappear – so if you want one, now is the time to order it. Whilst I do think its worth it, and stand by my review, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed by the product these days – the dodgy sound is irritating, but worse, the thing is prone to breakage. Poor little back landing leg… ESSAY: Yesterday, I recieved my copy of British Science Fiction Television: A Hitchhiker’s Guide. Which includes the following essay: ‘OK homeboys, let’s possee!’ – Masculine anxiety, gender, race and class in Red Dwarf. Now, I’m not the kind of person who moans on about this kind of thing being irrelevant drivel; and, indeed, some bits are quite interesting. But when you get to things such as the following, you’ve got to wonder slightly about some of the interpretations of the show: “…in ‘Backwards’ (Series Three, 1st tx. BBC 2, 14th November 1989), they must rescue Rimmer and Kryten. While the white duo find a way to survive on this reverse-running Earth (largely due to Kryten’s efforts), Lister and the Cat play the fool, exemplifying US myths of black male ignorance and failure as they misread signs and decide they are in Bulgaria.” Erm, yes. Being stupid in Red Dwarf is a fairly common occurance, as it is in most sitcoms – the fact it happened to be split across race lines in that episode is pure coincidence, and it rarely happens in any other episode. The essay is quite interesting in parts, but when you start reading far too much into things, you undermine your point. If I get a chance, I may review it, or at least provide a critique of the piece – but if you’ve got the cash, it looks worth buying. You’ve got to admire a book that has a piece about Hitchhikers called Counterpointing the surrealism of the underlying metaphor… GUV: Buy this. No excuses – just look at how much you’re saving. And to tie this into Dwarf slightly, the extras are some of the most impressive I’ve seen outside a Dwarf release – and the restoration of the show is nothing short of miraculous. For a show so old, the effort put in is quite remarkable. If only Network had been in charge of the Brittas releases. Newsround later – and, hopefully, we’ll have a review of Flibble. Short version: it’s fantastic.