Honestly, I thought I was done with analysing screengrabs after yesterday’s title sequence breakdown, until I sat down to watch the Youtube video that Dave posted today. In it, Series XII guest star James Buckley interviews the four Dwarfers, and it’s all reasonably entertaining; highlights include some good jokes about how old and fat they all are, Craig reciting an early review off by heart, and tales of how the cast’s children are their harshest critics. But it also contains some previously unseen clips of (almost) every episode, which is what I’ll be very briefly covering after you’ve watched the clip:
Unsurprisingly, considering it’s the episode the interviewer himself appears in, The One Where Everyone’s Kryten gets the most coverage. Firstly, we see the three new mechanoids being wheeled out under their conversion equipment/hairdryers. It’s one continuous shot, but here are two screengrabs, so that you can see everyone:
The Listerbot looks a little more like Craig from this angle, but it’s still nowhere near as striking as how much Rimmerdroid retains Chris Barrie’s exact face. You can see here that the crew all have slightly different mechanoid bodies, particularly noticeable with Chris’s old school chest monitor.
Here we see James Buckley in action. We can’t hear any dialogue, but we’re told by Danny that Buckley is playing “a militant”. So presumably he’s a MILF, which would (again) presumably make him a baddy. We then see more illustrative mech shots:
A bunch of mechanoids being held in a cage, with flames licking all around…
…and then Buckley’s character looking up towards a bright light. Having started with episode two, the interview then moves on to discuss Cured. There’s very little point me doing analysis on that at this stage, but I relished the opportunity to use the rarely-seen “Dave-pace” banner, so here are the grabs for those who are yet to see the episode:
The next episode covered is Mechocracy, which gives us the very strange visage of Kryten and Rimmer in matching suits:
They’re taking part in a leaders’ debate, conducted by a vending machine, who’s asking them whether they believe in Silicon Heaven. You can just about make out that Kryten is representing the Independent Future Party, and Rimmer the Lovely Fluffy Liberal Alliance Party. If I’d have picked one of them to be a bit UKIPy and the other a bit lefty, it’d be the other way round, but I’m guessing that’s the joke. I am intrigued by this episode – it’s going to go one of two ways, and I can’t wait to find out which.
The longest clip in the video is one from Timewave:
We see Johnny Vegas rounding a corner to intercept our crew, signalling for them to halt, before asking Lister if he knows why he’s pulled him over. He seems to walk in quite a camp manner, which I’m hoping is nothing to do with the colour of his uniform, but it’s wonderful to see the mercurial talent that is Johnny Vegas interacting with our cast.
M-Corp doesn’t get an illustrative clip, but there are a few extra details revealed in the discussion. It seems Lister’s rapid ageing is caused by him being “hijacked by an app that keeps making him upgrade”. We’ve previously heard that it involves products that aren’t made by M-Corp being rendered invisible, but Robert seems to indicate that this only affects Lister, perhaps because he’s the only living JMC/M-Corp employee on board. Skipper is covered too, but is illustrated only with the Holly clip from the teaser.
This video is the latest step in a much-ramped-up promotional campaign in the final week before the proper broadcast. Posters are starting to appear on trains and billboards, adverts and geofilters are appearing on Snapchat, and there’s even been some radio adverts – if anyone’s got any recordings of those, do let us know. We’re not sure if we have the capacity to cover absolutely everything that appears from here on it, so do keep posting anything you spot in the comments and/or on the forum.