Not a teaser! Not behind the scenes footage! Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary story! A proper trailer with proper clips!
If you can’t be bothered to go to SCD98247 and put your code in, have a link to the FLV (courtesy of hummingbird) or watch it on Youtube (thanks, PeaJay). And then come and join us as we put on our nitpicky specs and brandish the fine-toothed comb.
Blimey. Pretty bloody spectacular, isn’t it? Let’s go through snippet by snippet :
- Ooh, an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device! Where did they get one of those from, then? Has Norman Lovett been replaced by Ellen McLain? Anyway, if that thing isn’t opening a rent in the time-space continuum/hole into the past/magic door that allows our intrepid crew to get Back to Earth, then I’ll eat my hat. Note that Katerina’s sat at some kind of console while this is going on. And we’re in a HUGE CARGO BAY of some kind. But we’ll get to that later.
- The guys running through the Chinatownish bit, followed by the guys walking through Richmond, and the guys in the diving bell thing that SFX had pictures of. SEEN IT. This trailer’s RUBBISH!
- Katerina appears! This trailer’s FUCKING BRILLIANT. Oh, God, she’s lovely. Terrific shot of the four of them standing around – note Kryten’s wearing water wings, Lister’s in his diving outfit, and Cat’s in Boogie Nights. Note also the cunning bit of “trailer editing” to make it look like the “I hate her” bit is from the same scene, which is CLEARLY ISN’T. Anyway, another superb bit of Barrie delivery, and I’d also say that’s probably the first time we’ve properly seen Craig actually being Lister. Spot on, too.
- Kryten pratting about in a Hawaiian shirt. This is already proving contentious among You Lot, but it’s the sort of thing that’s impossible to judge devoid of context. Doesn’t the bunkroom look fucking gorgeous lit that way, though? Lovely sweeping camera shot, as well.
- Carbug! So I guess that answers the question of whether it’s roadworthy. I don’t care what you say, I love it to tiny little green pieces.
- “YOU COULD HAVE GOT US ALL KILLED!” Okay, this has got to be something to do with the Leviathan – I’m guessing it’s in the immediate aftermath of their scuffle with it. The purple tentacle looks a little rubbery, but we’ll let it slide for now. Note that not only does Lister look bruised and bloodied, but Rimmer appears to have a massive cut on his forehead. Despite being a hologram. INTERESTING. Incidentally, did we know before seeing him catch the tentacle that he’s definitely hard light in this?
- IT’S A GIANT WATER TANK. And oh my fucking holy sweet lord, Red Dwarf (the ship, I mean, not the show) has never looked so good. Alright, I know it’s just a big matte painting, and the whole thing’s been done on greenscreen. But you know what? That’s worthy of Doctor Who. That’s magnificient. Finally, finally, finally, after twenty-one years, the vastness of the ship as communicated to us by the novels has been realised, and on a tiny-budget digital TV production, too. That’s not intending any disrespect to the model unit and their superb work creating the hangers for VIII and the like, by the way. CGI and matte will never have the same tangible feel as models, we all know that. But purely considering the budget involved… that’s nothing short of phenomenal.
- And as if to emphasise the brilliance of the effects… Rimmer fading from view and his light bee (having first been zapped by something?) zooming through the air, and utterly lovely shot in both conception and execution. Anyone else getting a distinct Last Human vibe off that bit?
And, a brief bit of Lister and another shot of the diving bell aside, there you have it. It’s just… I’m still dumbstruck by it. It’s Red Dwarf. It looks different to any Red Dwarf we’ve seen before, but… it’s still Red Dwarf. That might just be hearing the music playing out underneath the clips, but it now really feels like we’ve reached a day we all thought would never come. And the way that the show looks has surely exceeded all our wildest expectations. That’s not to say we know this is going to be brilliant – because when it comes to Dwarf, the comedy is arguably (well, we’ll argue it) more important than the sci-fi. And the comedy side of it, the odd glimpse aside, isn’t something that the pre-publicity and trailers have really given us a sense of – understandable, really, as comedic context is a far harder thing to put across in a trailer than “here’s a fucking gorgeous shot of a
Russian science officer cargo bay”. But come on, if you’re not excited in some way (most likely sexually) by that trailer, then you really are reading the wrong site.
Six days, twenty-three hours and five minutes to go. They’re going to crawl.