Friday rolls round and this week’s TOS-piece is a moist slice of DVDetails.
There was a point, during the couple of weeks following Easter, where I was going to write up a massive article detailing what I’d like to see on the Back to Earth DVD. It seems fairly redundant now, but so far all the details released have tied up pretty well with what I *did* get round to writing. The moral of the story? I’m always right and GNP will always live up to high expectations with their DVDs.
First up in the update, we’ll be getting a full 10 minutes of Smeg Ups, which considering they’re only from three episodes is impressive (or damning, depending on which way you want to look at it.) In my wildest dreams I would’ve loved some new linking material recorded by Bobby and co. in costume as with the old VHS collections, but it *is* possible to ask for too much. Or is it? Yeah, no, it probably is.
Now, on to the several meats and numerous veg of the update, Deleted Scenes:
Rimmer further explains the dilapidated condition of Red Dwarf to Katerina.
It’s understandable that they didn’t take up too much time in episode 1 filling in the gaps, but I really enjoyed the little conversation between Rimmer and Katerina recapping some important points (Holly, specifically) so more of this will be GOOD. Personally, I’m hoping the scene starts with Rimmer saying “Well, after I got back from being Ace Rimmer and saved the whole ship from the corrosive microbe and, crucially, became about a million points funnier, a meteorite smashed…”
Nose World Staircase Recap
Originally intended for the opening to episode three, the cast’s dialogue handily recaps the situation.
This is very interesting as it shows that there was a not insignificant reshuffle during the edit. Would this mean episode 2 was originally intended to finish in They Walk Among Us, or even earlier? In fact, the more I think about the more it would make sense that this scene was intended for the 2 part version (with part 1 ending with Rimmer’s stopping mid sentence gag), but since it seems the decision was make to extend to three parts before filming began, this is clearly a bollocks theory.
Rimmer and Lister, lying on their Price Smashers bunks, reminisce about an incident aboard Red Dwarf before the accident.
Jammy Dodger Callback
Facing death at the hands of their creator, Rimmer recalls the Jammy Dodger story and spurs Lister to action.
The idea of a scene with Rimmer and Lister on the bunks fills me undiluted joy (especially since BtE personally did so many things better than VIII, which presumably includes the old ‘bunk room dynamic’) and, unless the Jammy Dodger gag *really* doesn’t work it seems a shame that such an iconic image was lost from the final version. Anyway, here’s hoping for a few more previously unseen background details…
The Squid’s Plan
An extra piece of dialogue explains just why the beast in the water tank might have let Cat go after its first attack.
Ah, handy, I’ve been wondering about this. Maybe the squid thought the Cat was its mother?
Rimmer spots something massive on the sonar.
Obviously an extended reaction to the squid from Rimmer. This’ll probably end up being a good cut as I thought his reaction as seen in the episode was good and, crucially, didn’t fall into the old ‘over egging the pudding’ trap.
It’s interesting but possibly also telling that none of these scenes will make it into the Directors Cut (although the odd moment here and there might, I suppose) as that seems to suggest that none of these cuts were purely for time, but rather for the good of the story as a whole (which is something that’s the case with almost all of the deleted stuff from 1 to VIII), which is fine by me.
Finally, I’m pleased to note that Doug continues to realise just how interesting his commentaries can be by providing a track of these scenes, which is basically fantastic. Ellard’s captions have served us well in the past but you really can’t beat the writer/director giving us all the context.
It’s all shaping up very nicely indeed, it has to be said, and you have to wonder: after two versions of the episodes with two separate commentaries, a (presumably) extended making of, smeg ups, deleted scenes and as many of the promotional material as possible… what else can we expect?