You may remember towards the end of last year a certain packaging based faux pas appeared to confirm the episode titles for a series of Red Dwarf that was almost a year away from broadcast. GNP did state at the time that these weren’t necessarily final, after a nifty wordsearch based treasure hunt on Twitter this morning, we finally have confirmation of the final Red Dwarf XII episode line-up.
Now, there are a few things to note here. Firstly, and most importantly, two episodes have shed their 2016 working titles. Based on the order in which they’re listed, it’s relatively safe to infer that Here No Evil has become Cured and Star Knot is now Skipper. Funnily enough these two changes has left XII with a full roster of single word titles, something that only Series III has ever come close to. Isn’t that just fascinating? Personally, I would’ve preferred to see either Siliconia or Mechocracy renamed as they’re a little on the similar side and both quite clunky, but by the time we see the episodes that view could easily change. Also Here No Evil was by far my favourite title from last year’s leak, so it’s sad to see that go in favour of a relatively uninspired title.
It’s always weird when we learn of new episode titles before we’ve managed to see the episodes themselves and form the deep seated associations with these names that will inevitably come. They will always seem nebulous and relatively uninspiring until we know the proper context. The good news is, we really don’t have long to wait!