Oh, it’s all kicking off now. No sooner have the cameras stopped rolling on the new Special than still images harvested from said cameras have made their way online. They come courtesy of Pilot TV‘s latest issue and we present them here after the jump for your viewing and discussing pleasure. We’ll be back later with more thoughts.
First of all, I should mention that I was not present at either of the recordings for the Special as I was too busy fighting for my survival in the hills of East Lancs. As such, I’m devoid of some of the context others will have for these pictures. With that in mind, SOME THOUGHTS…
The crew are looking pretty much as you’d expect here. I do like the visual consistency over the last ten years and while Lister and Rimmer have recieved some tweaks over that time, they’re very much the versions of the characters we’re now very familiar with.
Kryten always ends up being a bit of a mixed bag, and his mask does look a bit melty and weird here, but we should probably be used to the sacrifies obviously made for comfort by now. The glory years of Kryten’s look in the early 90s this isn’t, but he’s fine really.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a new series of Red Dwarf without debates about whether Cat’s costume is shit or not shit, and so I’m going to plant my flag in the not shit camp. A garish and ill fitting puffer puffer jacket that doesn’t even slightly go with his more traditional suit underneath perfectly matches the Cat’s evolving state of not giving a fuck, in my opinion. Also, is that ostenacious watch placement a subtle reference to the recent Bond poster?
Rodon? Where we’re going we will need Rodon. Because he his playing the leader of the feral cats, and appears to be an integral part of the plot.
There’s just SO much to talk about from this one image. Firstly, it’s nice that the Dave Twitter account gave us some nice context to go with this image to prevent there being *too* much wild speculation. We now know we’re getting at least three new cats in the special, and the main lad has chopsticks inbetween his fingers. We’re left to wonder whether this is a sect from one of the fated arcs of old or something else entirely, but I do know the look of the costumes and characters here is exceptional. What a scary, cool looking bastard he is.
As someone who’s head has been drifting a little away from Red Dwarf in the years since XII, these pictures have done a lot to kickstart my excitement for the Special. The production design / values never fail to impress me and I’m really excited to see the direction Doug is taking the show given all the focus will be on this one story. Considering the hints here, it’s certainly looks like it’s aiming to be a big ‘un.