After all the split opinions and general feeling of confusion and unease over Monday’s leaked set shots, what we really needed was a big, unifying event to remind us all why we love Red Dwarf and follow its production diligently. Well, lo and behold…
Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing you’ve seen in a long while?
Obviously, first things first: the costumes. And, yes, Dave, you might feel you have to qualify your genuinely interesting run-down of the costumes with the “slightly nerdy” comment, but that just makes the ‘character’ of your channel seem even more like the guy who always beat us up at school.
Now for some slightly nerdy costume analysis. Lister is in his classic leathers from series III and IV, Kryten has a slightly remodelled breastplate and chest monitor and Cat is looking stylish as ever in a never-before-seen maroon ensemble that will, surely, be all the talk at the fashion shows.
Rimmer may be the biggest surprise, however. Yes, he is, once again, a hologram – the H on his head is a dead giveaway! And the new uniform is a mix of the hardlight blue of series VI and VII combined with the tunic style of the classic third, fourth and fifth series.
Such startling accuracy! I wonder who their fact man is? Anyway, Mr. Ellard confirms in the comments that the costume decisions were all made by Doug and I have to say they’re pretty much to-the-detail perfect. Cat’s outfit is the only truly new costume, and quite right too. There’s no way he’d be trotting out that old leopard skin these days, he’s just got back to Earth and he needs to look awesome and new. And that he does. It actually amazes me how extravagant and *expensive* it all looks, too. I mean, I presume it wasn’t cheap, but this is still a TV show funded by a digital channel. I’m suitably impressed.
Lister, as we’ve seen before, looks splendid in his III/IV jacket (or a very close approximation) and might I say Craig is a youthful looking bugger. MAYBE THE INQUISITOR SMEGGING YOUTHED HIM?!1
Kryten, however, while clearly looking great, is sporting probably my least favourite costume. The mask looks almost precisely like the one from VIII which is fine but not my favourite design of mask, combined with the silver (and not my preferred black) suit. The detail on the suit itself looks great, though, and I really like his new hub-cap chest monitor. Once again, I’m seeing absolutely no concessions in what I assume isn’t a cheap costume. In fact, from a quality point of view, I don’t think he’s ever looked better. It’s nice to know that Red Dwarf can still produce extraordinary production values.
But my favourite by a country mile is Rimmer’s new get up. A perfect mixture of his best costume (the III, IV and V tunic) in a fetching blue last seen (along with the padded collar) in series VI and VII. Add this to Chris Barrie’s magnificent face once again *totally* inhabiting the character in just one single expression and you have one of my favourite things ever. Rimmer’s get-up is also the one that’s been causing the most speculation as the inescapable fact seems to be that, yes, he is a hologram once again. Quite what this means for the character (and whether anyone should really care) is a hot debate, but the smart money (i.e. MY money) suggests that this is indeed the Rimmer we last saw kneeing an imaginary death in the bony balls who has, obviously, died at some point in the last ten years. No matter which Rimmer it might be (I suppose the chance of the original returning and retiring from Acedom isn’t totally out of the question) we know these things for sure: his name is Arnold Judas Rimmer, he is a hologram and Doug will be writing him as the best possible version. Everything else is irrelevant.
As a crew shot it’s right up there as one of my favourites, and I’ll not lie about the fact that it has a lot to do with the sheer event factor of seeing a picture like this. It represents years and years of people moaning about the cast getting too old to play the parts, about them needing ZIMMERFRAMES LOL and other such banalities being smacked in their astonished, wrong faces. That, right there, is the Red Dwarf crew and there’s no escaping the fact that they are back and they look brilliant. Howard Burden is a fantastic man.
Along with the picture Dave also published a Best Moments So Far article and launched a new quiz, this time focussed around Lister. The questions are pretty easy for your average G&T geeknerd, but I guess that’s fine for a site that’s aimed at normal human beings, too. What isn’t fine, however, is the fact that they’ve completely fucked it up. Reports have been coming in from across the globe of scores such as 22/12, 12/10 (on the original quiz) and other such silliness. Seems like your session variables are cross wired, guys. NOW who’s the slightly nerdy one, eh? EH? Stupid trendy fuckers and their stupid mansion parties and elephant riding. But, erm, thanks for recommissioning Dwarf and giving us exclusive mid-week updates and all that.
So, there we have it. These two genital tightening bits of news in the last three days should be enough for your average week, but of course with the approach of the TOS Update comes a fresh knot of anticipation and hope buried deep in the stomach. If we get yet MORE new stuff on Friday I think I might die, or something. Until then, though, why not pleasure yourself to our new banner and p2p’s glorious photoshopping in our comments?