As reported on TOS, Chris Barrie features in the latest podcast by The Sci-Fi Guys. I have my own opinions as to how good a podcast I think it is, but I shall keep them to myself considering MY FUCKING VOICE on the Dwarfcasts. Their website is fucking awful, though.
The introduction to Chris’ section comes in 1 hour 13 minutes into the ‘cast – and to us lot, there’s not a huge amount that’s new. (I allowed myself a HUGE laugh when the presenters stated “I don’t think it could ever cost 70 or 80 grand to produce an episode of Red Dwarf”, though. Erm, yeah. It would cost A HELL OF A LOT MORE, you silly billies.) I really like Chris’ idea for another Massive series, though – Massive Genius, all about the people involved in making all the wonderful vehicles. That’s a great idea, and I’d love to see it made.
However, the one really interesting thing that Chris comes out with is the following:
“There are people, I would say, at the moment, working towards, y’know, something new on the horizon. Let’s put it like that.”
That would mean nothing, except for one thing – one of the presenters also states the following:
“…but I will say this. Chris Barrie did say on the stage that… there may be a project that the cast are working on… that’s not Red Dwarf.”
Oooh, remind you of anything? And considering what mick said about this thread on Robert’s forums, and that Andrew has said the video is nothing to do with GNP, then it all links together. It’s all the cast, and Ed Bye, working on a script that is nothing to do with Red Dwarf.
“No shit, Sherlock” is the phrase you’re looking for.
My first reaction to the video was a slight distaste that we were clearly being played. This was replaced with a sense of fun, as we were trying to figure out what it was. But now we pretty much know what it is – the general idea, if none of the specifics – it leaves a slightly nasty taste in the mouth, for me. The YouTube video is tagged with ‘red dwarf movie script’, and the whole thing is clearly set up to make the fans wonder whether the movie is finally happening. Seeing as that’s what most Dwarf fans dream of – it seems like using people to take their hope, just to get a buzz around your own project.
I’m sure it wasn’t intentional – I expect it was just meant as a bit of fun, and they hoped we’d be excited that they were doing something together again – and, indeed, I look forward to seeing what they all come up with. But frankly – we would all have been interested in what they were doing without making veiled hints as to the Movie. As it is… I almost feel disappointed, and slightly tricked and used, before I’ve even seen what they’ve come up with. And that’s a shame.