This affords us our first look at the characters (or at least three of them) in their natural environment, without excessive Photoshopping, in what seems to be either a cropped still from an episode or a photo taken during location filming. It’s grimy and atmospheric, beautifully lit and so authentic-looking. There’s bazookoids, peril and Lister in a headband. This is incredibly exciting.
As per usual, Craig and Danny look every bit as Lister-ish and Cat-like as ever. Lister’s look is so iconic that it can withstand any variations on the theme at this stage. Meanwhile, this gives us a much better look at the Cat costume we saw a tiny glimpse of about seven months ago, and as with yesterday’s suit, it seems his tastes are becoming more garish and esoteric in his old age. This is absolutely fine by me.
But the main feature, despite him being the furthest from the camera and slightly out of focus, is Kryten. You see? THIS is what Kryten’s new mask looks like on screen; nothing like the Michael McIntyre/Ian Hislop/John Hoare hybrid from yesterday. They could have saved themselves some unnecessary criticism and passive-agressive subtweeting if these images had been released the other way round, though admittedly this one is more for the fans than the casual viewer.
The mask is clearly improved since Series X, with the baggy eyes a thing of the past. It’s still different to previous series, but that’s by no means automatically a bad thing. I’m not the most skilled at identifying and analysing aesthetic changes, but with things like this, for me it either looks “right” or “wrong”. This is most definitely Kryten, and indeed most definitely Robert Llewellyn’s Kryten. It looks so right. The worries of those who didn’t see the mask at the recordings will hopefully now be assuaged.
Although he does now seem to have gained some sort of robo-clitoris.