I love finding weird edits in Red Dwarf – stuff that’s always been there, and yet you only notice on your 100th viewing. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for an example. If this kinda thing bores the arse off you, I suggest you click away now.
Well, thanks go to Will Tudor, who’s pointed out to us another of these delicious treats – one we’ve never seen before. In The Inquisitor, at 5:03, just after Rimmer’s “A simple yes would have sufficed”, look over his left shoulder (his right on the actual picture, obviously – in other words, the direction Rimmer is looking), to the piece of machinery. You’ll see it shift to the left!
And the explanation? Well, it looks like a repair to paint out a boom shadow, and this was confirmed by a retired VT editor we know:
“[It’s] a repair… we did quite a bit of this, mainly ‘painting out’ booms and odd bits of technical equipment. Pre DVE [Digital Video Editing] it was difficult to do; you had to find an identical shot without the intrusion and wipe in (with a soft edge) enough new picture to hide it.”
I must admit, I didn’t even know they did things like that back in the early 90s – I thought fiddling about fixing boom shadows only came about when shows started being edited digitally. Fascinating stuff.