Red Dwarf: The Promised Land Trailer Analysis

Ah, here were are again. You’ll all have seen the full 40 second trailer for Red Dwarf: The Promised Land by now, and made your minds up about the jokes within. Personally, I like them, my favourite being the way Kryten, Cat and Rimmer all confirm that Lister is a nobody in slightly different and expertly timed ways. But let’s face it, we always get into a bit of a tizz ahead of a new Dwarf broadcast by over-analysing the handful of gags we’ve seen, when deep down we know that only a certain type of quick-fire joke works in a trailer, and they’re not necessarily representative of the humour of the whole show.

So we’re going to ignore the actual dialogue for now, and instead do what we do best – painstakingly and pointlessly analysing every single shot, pointing out both the big talking points and the little things you may have missed. Well, we say “every shot”, we’ve not bothered doing screengrabs every time it cuts back to a similar shot within the same scene, because the tiny snippets you see in the montages are much more interesting anyway. Here we go…

This opening shot was also the opening shot of last week’s teaser, but this time there’s a big old “Dave presents” graphic over the top. You know, like a movie but done by a TV station.

Around a third of the running time is dedicated to one snippet of a scene between Lister and an Cat, which gives us a  nice long look at our scouse hero, seemingly completely unchanged since Series XII, despite the two being filmed roughly four years apart. Good.


This three-shot, on the other hand, show’s off Kryten’s befucked monitor, along with the Cat in his little shiny gilet/bodywarmer/life preserver, and one of several Rimmer costumes. Judging by the background, this scene takes place in the same location as that shot of an empty corridor from the first teaser.

And look, our first glimpse at a brand new character! This is Tom Bennett as one of the Cat Clerics; he’s the only one of the three who we get to see or hear properly, although you can just about make out another character next to him at the left-hand edge of frame for a fraction of a second at 0.06: someone with long, blonde, curly hair. I love this look; the fangs combined with the deerstalker, leathers and cigarette in the ear, like cosplay via the medium of thousands of years of folklore.

During this scene, there are a couple of cutaways, firstly to this same shot of Rodon from the teaser…

…and also to the fleet of blue-tinted ships. This shot is also in the teaser, but flipped horizontally! Will they be travelling left-to-right or right-to-left in the final episode? Or will both be used at different points, as a foolproof way of recycling effects shots? THESE ARE THE BIG ISSUES RIGHT NOW.

Not much else to point out about this four-shot that provides the punchline to this scene extract, except that you can make out yet another blue-tinted area in the background, and that Rimmer is holding something with a sturdy handle.

It is, you know.

Here we see the full extent of just how knackered Kryten’s bodywork is, in a rare reverse angle shot of Starbug’s cockpit, with the ceiling visible and everything. Hey look, they have a monitor right above the viewscreen. As someone for whom Series VI is perhaps my favourite version of the show, I’m very pleased by the sheer amount of Starbug action implied by the promotional material so far.

Kryten shows off his rusty shoulder while Rimmer has a good old think about something or other, whilst making notes. He’s always got a pen. Behind Kryten, some sort of scientific-looking equipment. Behind Rimmer, some kind of blue curtain.

Lister literally throws a bazookoid at the Cat, who doesn’t seem happy about it. Danny looks great in everything we’ve seen so far, doesn’t he? I know that opinion is split on his costume, but the man himself has barely aged, and his comedy faces are on point.

This shot, which lasts longer than average for the trailer as Rimmer does his “scarcely mastered human” joke, is noticeably darker and with duller colours than most of the others. Almost as if it isn’t graded, except I think it is, so it must be deliberate, like the location they’re in has dim lighting or is in night mode. There isn’t a blue gel or LED in sight.

Hooray, a different shot of Rodon! Clearly the same basic set as before, but redressed to imply a different location on board the same ship. He’s standing, which clarifies that the lower half of his costume is in fact a kilt and knee-high boots. Kinky. The same two Feral Cats who are slightly out of focus in the background of the previous shot are now slightly out of focus in the foreground of this shot. Rodon just loves being flanked.

Another brilliant effects shot from the Starbug-being-twatted-by-missiles sequence, from the POV of the aggressors. Our screengrab shows the most impressive array of explosions, but towards the start, when Starbug is closest to camera, you can really tell that it’s missing its rear section.

Ah, the most intriguing section of the trailer, albeit one that I was surprised to see teased ahead of broadcast. Rimmer’s classic Series 1 style costume, oversized H and ridiculous syrup have been dusted off from Skipper

…before Rimmer reconfigures and reappears in his Series III-IV era Captain Emerald number. Amazing, clearly. Although as MANI506 pointed out in a comment, this is specifically a throwback to The Inquisitor, which is the only time Rimmer combined the green costume with the serif version of the H that he’s had since Series V; this costume was far more often seen with the flat-but-sans-serif H throughout the previous two series.

A brief shot of Lister providing a feed line for…

Holly! He’s back, and providing a reason for the aforementioned new cockpit monitor. It really is ridiculous just how much better he looks compared to Skipper. The lighting and make-up on that occasion was unfathomably weird, whereas this is simply the exact same character that we last saw in Series VIII, except the actor is 20 years older, and that’s about all we can ask for.

Oh dear, that doesn’t look very safe. Don’t open the door, it’ll be extremely warm out there.

Kryten with an eyeball attached to his finger! I think it’s a taranshula. Also note: patched up breastplate/shoulder on his left/our right, and a fancy JMC graphic on the monitor that I can’t remember whether or not we’ve seen before.

Lister jabbing some sort of implement at the camera, or more accurately a POV shot of him jabbing at someone or other. Unless this special breaks the fourth wall again and Lister is trying to kill us all.

A light bee falls ominously to the ground. We assume Rimmer’s, but it’s not inconceivable that it’s someone else’s.

Aww, Lister doing a Boys From The Dwarf. Oh hey, you see that cockpit door? Graphic designer and all round nerd superhero Matthew Clark points out that the reason it’s changed between series is that the old one has been snaffled away by Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5.

Cop a load of Matthew’s lovely on-screen graphics as Starbug speeds away…

…into this wonderful shot from the previous teaser…

…and then the endboard. It’s no longer merely “coming soon”, it’s coming on Thursday 9th April, ie. the day before Good Friday. At first I wasn’t sure why it wasn’t part of Easter Weekend proper, but I’ve quickly come round to it – Thursday is very much a traditional Red Dwarf broadcast day, especially in the Dave era, and it being the day before a bank holiday means that the majority of people can stay up late to watch it and discuss it without having to worry about work the next day. I mean, that will have been the theory before all… this happened, but still.

We don’t yet know when the three-part retrospective documentary will air, but I’m hoping it’s throughout the remainder of Easter weekend, so that we can have one big mega dose of Dwarf to get us through these fuck-awful times. And of course, we’re all very very much hoping that the special isn’t released on UKTV Play prior to its linear broadcast on 9th April. Releasing simultaneously is absolutely perfect, but please – this is a one-off special event as opposed to an ongoing series, and now more than ever, it’d be really really lovely if everyone could come together (virtually, of course) and share this communal experience as one.

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  1. Will we be having a live immediate Dwarfcast thing again after this ‘un, or will there be just too much to take in and discuss?

    Meanwhile, on the topic of the actual trailer, as detailed above, I really like the way they’ve rejigged his hair for the early series costume change. It’s little things like that that make you appreciate the effort and attention to detail they’ve put in here.

  2. my favourite being the way Kryten, Cat and Rimmer all confirm that Lister is a nobody in slightly different and expertly timed ways

    This is my favourite part of the whole trailer. All the other jazzier teasery stuff is great, but this is the part that really feels like Red Dwarf to me.

  3. “and a fancy JMC graphic on the monitor that I can’t remember whether or not we’ve seen before.”

    Yes, we did. They released a still of it before the first recording in December.

  4. “At first I wasn’t sure why it wasn’t part of Easter Weekend proper, but I’ve quickly come round to it – Thursday is very much a traditional Red Dwarf broadcast day, especially in the Dave era, and it being the day before a bank holiday means that the majority of people can stay up late to watch it and discuss it without having to worry about work the next day.”

    Won’t be any work. Might not be a next day either at this rate.

  5. In general, Chris Barrie looks pretty darn good for his age, but my God does he look old as balls in his Series 1 getup, especially with that hair.

    I’ve seen a few people already pre-complaining about the quality of the gags in the upcoming special… come on lads, this is a TRAILER, that’s about 40 seconds long – all we can expect to get from it is quickfire one-liners that don’t require much thought or setup, and that appeal to the broadest audience possible.

    Edit: I know you said as much in the first paragraph here, but it annoyed me enough that I had to get it off my chest!

  6. I thought that “We are fleeing from the feral cats who seek to kill us for spreading your teachings” is such a Chris Chibnallesque, exposition-heavy line that I have to assume it’s tongue in cheek. It reminds me of Rey’s line in The Last Jedi: “Master Skywalker, we need you to bring the Jedi back because Kylo Ren is strong with the dark side of the Force”, which appears to be for people who fell asleep earlier in the movie, since both we and Luke already know all of this information and she’s basically just recapping it for no reason in the clunkiest way imaginable.

    I guess it tells us all we need to know rather efficiently, but… I dunno, it’s a little heavy-handed. It’s only one line, but it is one of the only lines in the trailer for the thing, so stands out somewhat.

  7. Chris looks damn good in his Series 3 uniform with his wig, which makes the Series 1 thing with the wig brushed forward just weird. I have to assume that they knew it looked dumb when they did it.

    I’ve seen a few people already pre-complaining about the quality of the gags in the upcoming special… come on lads, this is a TRAILER, that’s about 40 seconds long – all we can expect to get from it is quickfire one-liners that don’t require much thought or setup, and that appeal to the broadest audience possible.

    Yeah, this was my problem with some people complaining about the AA ad too and how they took stuff like Rimmer saying “Yes” too aggressively to mean he’ll probably have bad character development in this. Like, Jesus, calm down.

  8. G&T Admin

    It’s alright Ben, at least you acknowledge when you’re making a similar point to one in the article. Some people just omit key sentences from bits they’re quoting in order to pretend they’ve come up with something we haven’t.

  9. Guess that’s referring to me then? Ok

  10. Chris has longer hair in the shot of his in the series 1 outfit, then it gets shorter in the series 3 outfit. I dunno if that was on purpose or just changes in make up.

    Gaspacho soup did say there was a said prop from series 5 back and i am gonna guess its the kryten eye on the hand.

  11. Rimmer’s classic Series 1 style costume, oversized H and ridiculous syrup

    not as ridiculous as calling a wig fucking “syrup” though lol

  12. Red Dwarf is back to make everything a bit less shit. Huzzah.

    (Because, you know; Coronavirus. Can’t believe this article didn’t mention that)

  13. I do not know why anyone assumed Doug has a planned ending in mind. It’s vey clearly Doug would keep this show going until powers out of his control put a stop to it.

  14. I don’t ever want Red Dwarf to have a definitive ending. The style of ending we got from The Beginning and Skipper are exactly how I want the show to end. The gang just continuing the journey together but ending on a thematically strong episode. Much like how TNG ended without actually ending the show properly as they had to transition to movies.

  15. I still hate the Kryten gloves, they are just too big and chunky. The shot of all 4 of them really makes them stand out. They’re massive!

  16. It reminds me of Rey’s line in The Last Jedi

    Ok, who in the sweepstake had post #6?

  17. Rimmer carrying something with a sturdy handle…could it be his portable battery? Just throwing that out there because of the dropping light bee.

  18. Wasn’t Rimmer’s portable battery that rectangular thing he had on his belt in VI? Not a big heavy box he had to carry by hand.

  19. I don’t ever want Red Dwarf to have a definitive ending. The style of ending we got from The Beginning and Skipper are exactly how I want the show to end.

    “”We’ve all agreed that we’d never make a final episode, because final episodes are always shite.” – Craig Charles, SFX (May 2020).

  20. Well, they definitely will make a final episode at some point, unless they plan on becoming immortal. They just won’t make a Final Episode.

  21. SFX (May 2020).

    April. April 2020.

  22. (Because, you know; Coronavirus. Can’t believe this article didn’t mention that)

    Yeah, next time I dare say something that happens to be in the article I’ll be sure to cite it with the name, URL, access-date, and all the other bollocks; luckily I’d never have to worry about some people throwing a fit about something as petty as that on here though.

    I do not know why anyone assumed Doug has a planned ending in mind. It’s vey clearly Doug would keep this show going until powers out of his control put a stop to it.

    Yeah, think he said something in an article before the special was announced where he joked about Lister and Kochanski on a beach and Rimmer, Kryten, and Cat leaving in the sunset. lol. May have been a Comic Con panel too.

  23. In all seriousness, don’t passive-aggressively talk about me and not bother calling me out Ian. If you have an issue with whatever I do just mention it directly to me, I’d rather not participate in a community where I can get slammed without the effort made to even make me aware of it.

  24. I feel like we may have covered this before.

    still ridiculous. why are we still using cockney rhyming slang? its very silly and pretty much entirely useless

  25. In all seriousness, don’t passive-aggressively talk about me and not bother calling me out Ian. If you have an issue with whatever I do just mention it directly to me, I’d rather not participate in a community where I can get slammed without the effort made to even make me aware of it.

    You can’t be bothered to read an entire paragraph before snappily replying to it, but everyone else needs to walk on eggshells so you don’t get your feelings hurt?

    Eh, fuck you.

  26. Accidentally logged in as my gimmick account from god knows how long ago. But it’s funnier if we just pretend this is actually Tyler Perry.

  27. Yeah, this was my problem with some people complaining about the AA ad too and how they took stuff like Rimmer saying “Yes” too aggressively to mean he’ll probably have bad character development in this. Like, Jesus, calm down.

    I can’t speak for the other people who brought this up, but I know when I did, I cited it as another example of a overly broad performance, which has been a bit of an issue for some through-out the Dave era. It’s hardly like I said “Oh, this one moment in this ad separate from the series is clearly an indicator that the special is going to have bad character development for Rimmer!”

    As I recall, the opening line in the first teaser with Rimmer saying “You don’t need me, I’m not sure you ever did” (not the line from the AA ad) was brought up as hopefully giving him some good development, which some people felt that episodes in the recent series had been lacking

    And frankly, I don’t think anyone needs to “calm down”.

  28. For there to be a final episode, Doug would need to want the show to end.

    Doug also wanted a stage show. But that seems to have gone really quiet. It probably did not work out.

  29. why are we still using cockney rhyming slang? its very silly and pretty much entirely useless

    Not really, stuff like this has become part of the regular lexicon for most people. Like calling a piano a Joanna or going for a Jimmy Riddle. It’s all part of the richness of language, embrace it!

  30. Y’ever see an exchange on a website’s comment section and think, “Yep, there is it, there’s the reason I stopped posting here”?

    But anyway. Very excited about this. Barrie’s Series 1-era hair on his Series XII-era head does look a bit pony, but there’s not much we can do about the ravages of age. I’m just happy for the throwback.

  31. Not really, stuff like this has become part of the regular lexicon for most people. Like calling a piano a Joanna or going for a Jimmy Riddle. It’s all part of the richness of language, embrace it!

    i’ve never heard “going for a Jimmy Riddle” before and had to look it up. don’t think i will ever be using that, unless i was a urologist and a patient i was treating called it that, as you’re meant to call it what they call it to make them more comfortable. other than that though, can’t think of a situation where i would ever feel the need to refer to taking a piss as a Jimmy Riddle

    i guess the whole thing with cockney rhyming slang for me is it just seems unnecessarily complicated, and there doesn’t really seem to be much use for it. surely it’s a lot easier just to use regular terms and stuff, because chances are a lot of people won’t know cockney rhyming slang (it’s definitely not common in younger generations) so you just risk confusing people

  32. I suppose you could say the same about any euphemistic or non-literal language. The world would be less rich without it though.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t remember my peer group using it when I was younger either and I didn’t know what some of it meant, and picked more of it up as I got older. But I don’t think it’s meant to exclude anybody in the way it’s generally used, and the vast majority of times you can easily pick up the meaning from context anyway.

  33. G&T Admin

    Don’t be a berk about it though.

    I probably was a little too grumpy with you yesterday, Veni, but it was a bit annoying to see someone make the same point I’d already made, in a way that implied that I hadn’t made it. I obviously don’t have any problem whatsoever with people agreeing with me, or expanding upon something I’ve said, or indeed disagreeing and picking apart things that I’ve said. It’s just this specific combination that makes it look like I’ve been an idiot when I haven’t, on this occasion at least. But yes, I was too pass-agg about it, and it’s not that big of an issue in the scheme of things. Then again, I think you’ve overreacted too. Perhaps we’re all just a little stressed and on edge at the moment, so we should all (not least myself) concentrate on that which unites us. Truce?

    (PS. That berk comment was just a clever joke about the origin of the word, I don’t think bloodteller is a cunt.)

  34. It’s all been worth it for me to have the sudden moment of realisation about why “Sraesgip” means beer in Backwards.

  35. Don’t be a berk about it though.

    I probably was a little too grumpy with you yesterday, Veni, but it was a bit annoying to see someone make the same point I’d already made, in a way that implied that I hadn’t made it. I obviously don’t have any problem whatsoever with people agreeing with me, or expanding upon something I’ve said, or indeed disagreeing and picking apart things that I’ve said. It’s just this specific combination that makes it look like I’ve been an idiot when I haven’t, on this occasion at least. But yes, I was too pass-agg about it, and it’s not that big of an issue in the scheme of things. Then again, I think you’ve overreacted too. Perhaps we’re all just a little stressed and on edge at the moment, so we should all (not least myself) concentrate on that which unites us. Truce?
    (PS. That berk comment was just a clever joke about the origin of the word, I don’t think bloodteller is a cunt.)

    why don’t all forumites behave like this? if this was gallifreybase we’d all be dead by now

  36. >Like calling a piano a Joanna
    The English are a different species, I swear to God. Also worth pointing out that the only people who are going to understand this nonsense are people from England, and probably only a percentage of people from a specific part of England, as well. I assume Jimmy Riddle = piddle. Iirc the original intention behind cockney rhyming slang WAS to exclude people and to be as obscure as possible, namely to throw off prison guards, unless that tale is apocryphal.

    I also don’t think there’s any harm in somebody re-making a point; it’s hardly a competition for who can make the most original point anyway, no one’s trying to take credit away from you for your observation, it’s just a discussion, innit.

  37. Maybe it’s just that a percentage of younger people don’t really engage with society/ culture or what went before, and like to complain about things that aren’t tailored to them.

    I’m under 30, Northern and have been to London twice in my entire life but I still know a fair bit and what I don’t I can work out by context and rhyme. It’s part of the language.

    Honestly, in 10 years there’ll be people tweeting Doug to re-edit Red Dwarf and take out the Berni Inn reference because they’ve never been to one and feel excluded.

  38. > It’s all been worth it for me to have the sudden moment of realisation about why “Sraesgip” means beer in Backwards.

    Mind blown! I think you’re right. It doesn’t make sense at all, especially given that the backwards earth people have actual reversed speech elsewhere in the episode. But then I suppose it’s in keeping with the backwards writing, like Nodnol.

  39. I wouldn’t think it’s possible to take a moral highground position on whether or not you know or care about fucking cockney rhyming slang, but the internet is full of surprises

    Also, trying to apply logic to Backwards is a bit… backwards, innit

  40. The English are a different species, I swear to God. Also worth pointing out that the only people who are going to understand this nonsense are people from England, and probably only a percentage of people from a specific part of England, as well.

    Even if this was true… so what?

    Personally though I think there are probably more people than that with a broad enough cultural knowledge and experience to know what it’s about.

    I wouldn’t expect everyone to know what rhyming slang is; equally, I wouldn’t expect someone who doesn’t know what it’s about to take umbrage at a joke or reference that’s outside their sphere of experience for that reason alone, which seems to be what’s happening here.

    As an example, I’m not much of a sports fan, and so a lot of gags about football teams or sports personalities are pretty much lost on me. But that’s fine – not every joke or reference is for everyone. And in those circumstances, I sometimes find that I learn something new.

  41. Mind blown! I think you’re right. It doesn’t make sense at all, especially given that the backwards earth people have actual reversed speech elsewhere in the episode.

    This is as big for me as when we found out that the opening theme has lyrics.

    I’ve always found it weird that ‘Erskib’ is subtitled as ‘Bitter’, but could never work out why.

    Red Dwarf, still giving up secrets 30 years later.

  42. > trying to apply logic to Backwards is a bit… backwards, innit

    Well, quite. Certainly diegetically the logic is all over the shop. I was just reasoning that the fact they do the backwards writing thing lends credence to ‘raesgip’ being a very subtle joke.

  43. This has made me appreciate the trailer even more. I think I was being too harsh about the jokes in the other comments section, though I didn’t mean to imply I thought they were representative of all of them. The first bit about Lister being a nobody I did actually find very funny, but it went down like a leg balloon when I watched it with my family, I probably got a bit too negative about all of them due to that. It’s not that I blame other people, it just happens to genuinely be my family’s fault, as usual.

    But yeah, really looking forward to the communal part of watching this. Always enjoy Dwarfcasts.

  44. Oh crap, I meant lead balloon. LEAD balloon. Oh well, I guess it’s a damp squid now anyway.

  45. I’ve always found it weird that ‘Erskib’ is subtitled as ‘Bitter’, but could never work out why.

    Sorry to pop your bubble but when you say Bitter into a microphone and reverse the recording it actually does sound like “Erskib”.

    I know, I did that as a kid. What a sad life he’s got.

  46. Anyway, back to religion… I think the ‘bug’s cockpit being visible like that has got me more excited than anything else. With that one shot alone, suddenly it feels more real. As much as I applaud the production work on all the Dave series’; the Starbug set, along with the X drive room, always feel a bit ‘awkward’ in their staging, and thus just sets. I know it’s not happening, but it would be amazing to get the VI-style ‘bug back. Still, as Ian said, it’s awesome to get more action on that ship.

  47. I see on today’s twitter chat Doug say’s Holly’s return is permanent. So if there was a series 14 he’d be in it as regular. And 3 , 45 minute documentary’s aren’t airing until later in the year.

    This special & the documentary’s were made from a full series budget same as XII at least. Plus a tax (dodge) break. So Ron Pember May still come calling.

  48. There’s a ship name that I don’t think has been revealed yet.

  49. I’ve suggested elsewhere that some of the stuff in the SFX feature (and these are quotes from Doug and co.,not the writing from the mag) might be spoilery. Obviously, I don’t know if it is, or how much of the story it ‘spoils’.

    Anyway, it’s what’s on the reverse of those blueprints that are the best thing.

    Also, assuming that that’s just the print from SFX that someone’s put in a frame, attempting to sell it for nearly forty quid is criminal.

  50. Eh, fuck you.

    Yeah, and fuck you too The Unknown Prick.

    I obviously don’t have any problem whatsoever with people agreeing with me, or expanding upon something I’ve said, or indeed disagreeing and picking apart things that I’ve said. It’s just this specific combination that makes it look like I’ve been an idiot when I haven’t, on this occasion at least.

    I get that, and I’m sorry if that pissed you off. Just understand how I was equally insulted by your lowkey mockery of me. Yes, let’s bury the hatchet.

  51. Thought this was an interesting response from Doug on what particular episodes were worth watching ahead of The Promised Land:

    You don’t need to have seen any Red Dwarf for the RDPL to make sense. But you might watch the first show and the last show of Series XII.

    The first show makes sense for obvious reasons, but I wonder why Skipper was picked out. Just to catch up on the current status quo, or something deeper?

  52. “The first show [The End] and the last show of Series XII [Skipper]”, or “The first show and the last show of Series XII [Cured and Skipper]” ?

    My first instinct was maybe because Skipper re-introduces Holly, but it doesn’t, and Holly is in The End anyway

  53. Not Waiting for God? I guess the trailer is a complete bait and switch then.

  54. I was thinking it could be that when Rimmer appears in his old outfits he’s quantum skipping, or other Rimmers are quantum skipping and replacing him. But neither is consistent with how that works in Skipper.

  55. “The first show [The End] and the last show of Series XII [Skipper]”, or “The first show and the last show of Series XII [Cured and Skipper]” ?

    I did wonder that myself but couldn’t think of any reason why it would be Cured.

    And yes, Waiting For God feels like the real touchstone here. But Doug is probably canny enough to know that it isn’t a great marketing move to say “if you didn’t watch a random early episode of the show that went out thirty years ago then you might be a bit lost here”.

  56. I’m assuming in a tongue in cheek way that he meant “The End” (so you get the premise of the show) and “Skipper” (so you know what happened in the most recent episode and this way the jump from shitty 4:3 greyness to full HD won’t be as jarring).

  57. Cured for Cat is psychopath

    Skipper for the Mr Rat guest appearance.

  58. Cured for Hitler as he was so popular that he returns as a guest character in the special.

    Skipper because the Michael Jackson joke is promoted to a regular running gag à la the space corps directives.

  59. Probably relates to the Rimmer and Cat stuff in Skipper and Cured. with Rimmer its probably the being a loser thing.

  60. Burying the hatchet is all well and good, so long as you’re not producing a second, slightly smaller hatchet in the process. That rather makes the entire process ever-so-slightly silly.

  61. It’s even worse if someone else comes along and tries to dig up the hatchet that you buried, after several days of non-hatchet-related… er… chopping.

    I think I’ve over-extended this metaphor, but you get the gist.

  62. Anyway, new Red Dwarf is going to be televised two weeks today, how exciting! Let’s keep talking about that.

    Any word yet on whether it’s getting an early release through the app? I hope not.

  63. I’m sure they would have said by now if it was going to air online before the tv broadcast.

    Seems daft for a 1 off. I can sort of see the benefit of doing it with a whole series, sort of, but a feature length? Be like releasing a film online a week before it hits the cinema.

    It’ll be the tail end of the initial 3 week of lockdown too, so could really help boost some viewing numbers as, in theory, the majority of the country will be home.

  64. Pretty sure I have seen it pictured amongst all the SFX mag gubbins. Mine hasn’t arrived yet though so I can’t say for sure.

  65. They’re on the reverse of the Cat Dress-up Paper Doll. A free gift with a mag costing a fiver, they’ve stuck it in a frame and are trying to charge forty quid. Shocking.

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