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  • #2238
    TheLeen
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    Well, so I did get the DVDs in the end and watched the first two episodes yesterday.

    And it was okay! We genuinely had a good laugh at some of the jokes. Good aliens with large hats, too. And Vin said at one point, “you know, this IS The Office in space!”. Which is cool. Andrew you were right though, the setup is kind of confusing.

    But anyway, it’s good enough to be our Sunday morning breakfast entertainment for the next few weeks. It’s only two series so you don’t waste a lot of time of your life watching them.

    You may throw eggs at me now :}

    (As part of the same package I also got Black Books and The Extras the same day. Damn you, Amazon, and your “up to 70% off all comedy” emails!)

    #121472
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    [throws egg]

    #121474
    Baz
    Participant

    (throws egg – ostrich)

    #121478
    Tanya Jones
    Participant

    >It?s only two series so you don?t waste a lot of time of your life watching them.

    I think this should be used in promotional material.

    #121487
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Really liked the episode when Kevin Eldon made a clone of himself and it was massively unconvincing and just spouted non-sequiturs.

    In fact that was the first full episode I watched.

    Upon watching a few others, I can firmly attest that the entire show can fuck right off.

    #121489
    Tanya Jones
    Participant

    Damn. I can’t disagree with you!

    #121492
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Haha. ;D

    #121497
    James
    Participant

    It had its moments, but why steal many plots from Dwarf? It was lazy, and possibly could have been a whole lot better.

    #121499
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    How about “Anything can happen in the next half hour – cause you’ll only watch five minutes”?

    #121505
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Really liked the episode when Kevin Eldon made a clone of himself and it was massively unconvincing and just spouted non-sequiturs.

    I found the fate of the clone amusing too. Shows my dark sense of humor.

    The humor mostly made me wince though. Particularly the, er, big lady’s infatuation with the captain. Not the fact she’s big… (that’d be like having a go on a bouncy castle with in and out bits after all (wahaaay!), just the whole sheer sickening desperation.

    I don’t think they were actually consciously stealing from Dwarf though. I think quite often plot points will occur in parallel.

    #121530
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It smells of my bum.

    #121541
    si
    Participant

    I’m saying nothing. I’ll just leave myself open to ridicule.

    #121542
    Phil
    Participant

    I saw a few clips on Youtube. I didn’t hate it, but neither did I laugh very much. (That said, I don’t laugh very much at Saxondale, but it’s the kind of humor that doesn’t require laughter to be successful, and I love it.) Hyperdrive definitely had a nice, polished feel to it–a bit sleeker than Dwarf. Not to say one is better than the other, but that’s kind of what stood out.

    I had no idea who the characters were, which doubtless hindered my enjoyment.

    #121543
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Hyperdrive definitely had a nice, polished feel to it?a bit sleeker than Dwarf.

    Until you get to the major effects sequences, at least. When it just becomes embarrassing.

    #121544
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Phil holds a placard which reads…
    I had no idea who the characters were, which doubtless hindered my enjoyment.

    This is one of the flaws of Hyperdrive, I think – you’re never introduced to the characters properly. You have no idea who’s who, what characters are like. The only character who’s really given any sort of definition is Kevin Eldon Security Man Guy.

    Red Dwarf, on the other hand, gives you everything you need in the pilot. Lister and Rimmer and firmly defined by their opening scene. Cat’s introduction sums him up nicely. Holly’s dialogue following Lister’s release from stasis puts him across well. Hyperdrive didn’t even bother with anything like this.

    #121550
    performingmonkey
    Participant

    It’s not even worth comparing Hyperdrive with Dwarf. Although if I were to go there I would say one is like a moist vagina, the other is like…a dry one.

    #121562
    TheLeen
    Participant

    > Red Dwarf, on the other hand, gives you everything you need in the pilot. Lister and Rimmer and firmly defined by their opening scene. Cat?s introduction sums him up nicely. Holly?s dialogue following Lister?s release from stasis puts him across well. Hyperdrive didn?t even bother with anything like this.

    *I* think that The End is brilliant and that it does introduce the characters very nicely.

    It’s ironic though, most of the Red Dwarf fans (*is looking at YOU and YOU and also YOU*) seem to think that The End is a bad first episode to watch when starting with Red Dwarf, and that it was for the best that it, along with the rest of series one, wasn’t broadcast for years after its initial release. So not introducing the Hyperdrive characters kind of can’t be that much of a flaw… (and also, a good character introduction in the pilot certainly wouldn’t have helped Phil who was looking at random bits)

    #121571
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I don’t think the complaint about the first episode is what it does so much (i.e. introducing the characters etc.) It does that pretty well. It’s just that the first episode feels very hammy for one thing. (Sorry to use a term used again, and again and again by Danny on the commentaries.) I think the main reason for that is the actors were just finding their feet, especially as Craig Charles hadn’t had much experience acting before.

    To be fair though it didn’t take him long to find said feet. Just looked down for the size 9s on the end of his perambulators. ;)

    #121573
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Dripping with salad.

    #121580
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Marleen puts words ON THE INTERNET!
    *I* think that The End is brilliant and that it does introduce the characters very nicely.

    It?s ironic though, most of the Red Dwarf fans (*is looking at YOU and YOU and also YOU*) seem to think that The End is a bad first episode to watch when starting with Red Dwarf, and that it was for the best that it, along with the rest of series one, wasn?t broadcast for years after its initial release. So not introducing the Hyperdrive characters kind of can?t be that much of a flaw? (and also, a good character introduction in the pilot certainly wouldn?t have helped Phil who was looking at random bits)

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes The End. It wasn’t the first episode I ever saw (I’m fairly certain that was Emohawk) but it does introduce the characters incredibly well. While it may be the case that not a lot actually happens in the episode (oh, save for the death of almost the entire crew, the evolution of a species, and the rise and fall of an entire fucking civilization) I still think The End is the best entry point for the show.

    #105933
    p2p_productions
    Participant

    Potential Red Dwarf/Hyperdrive connection just spotted: Juliet May directed the recent BBC sitcom, ‘Miranda’ starring Miranda Hart. Interesting to see Juliet’s work, post-Dwarf.

    #105965
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    I’m more interested in not seeing it. I want to kill my TV when the advert comes on.

    #105977
    Prue
    Participant

    Okay – now, Hyperdrive has only recently started here in Australia, but once I saw the adverts for it, I thought “Rip off!!!” and couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I try and change channel when the adverts come on!

    I’m guessing from others comments that Hyperdrive is a rip off from Red Dwarf and stole some episode ideas.

    Very sad…..

    #105980
    Dave
    Participant

    It’s not a rip off, Red Dwarf was a comedy.

    #105982
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    My favourite bit is when they rip off a terrible series VII episode.

    #105986
    Dave
    Participant

    Prue, give it a go and let us know what you think.

    #105993
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I’m not keen on Hyperdrive, but I certainly wouldn’t consider it a rip off of Red Dwarf. There’s the odd bit here and there which reminded me of Dwarf but overall the premise, plot and humour is quite different. Well, apart from there being a bunch of folk on a space ship in deep space of course.

    #105997
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I was lying around and wanking in the United States when Hyperdrive first aired, and it wasn’t until 2003 or 2004, on a return to the UK, that, switching channels one night I came in the middle of this programme, clearly a science fiction programme, and at once, to my horror and outrage, what I thought I saw, was a rip-off of Red Dwarf.

    I was already reaching for the telephone to call my therapist when something happened that made me cringe and it was something that certainly would not have happened on Red Dwarf. So I left the telephone where it was and I went on watching and I think, within a few moments, I had got what the show was and I was cringing all the time. For me, what made it then and what continues to make the show so shit is that, it is at times so close to the television show I recorded on video for seven years and also, so depressingly, makes a mockery of the kind of decent sitcoms I was watching.

    #105999
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    *applauds*

    #106024
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I liked that, Pete. Although Hyperdrive aired in 2005 and 2006. So you smell.

    #106027
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    Funny, Pete Makes it So.

    #106032
    Prue
    Participant

    Ahhhh – even the advert for it had the same shot as Red Dwarf floating slowly past in space. I haven’t been able to make myself watch it as yet, but I will try for the sake of science…..

    I will ‘try’ and watch it – although I can’t promise anything…….

    #106035
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    > Ahhhh – even the advert for it had the same shot as Red Dwarf floating slowly past in space

    I know! A shot of a spaceship travelling slowly through space. Clearly a Red Dwarf rip-off.

    #106049
    Prue
    Participant

    You know what I mean smarty :0)

    #106285
    si
    Participant

    Actually, it was 2006 and 2007. Sorry.

    #106306
    Carlito
    Participant

    HYPERDRIVEL! Call it by its true name!

    #106309
    Dave
    Participant

    >HYPERDRIVEL! Call it by its true name!

    Hyperdrive got to season 50?

    #106324
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    ISWYDT.

    #106328
    Carlito
    Participant

    IASWYDT

    #106331
    JamesTC
    Participant

    ISDP

    #106332
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    ISDN.

    #106340
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    ISBN.

    #106342
    Dave
    Participant

    >ISBN.

    ItS BeN.

    #106343
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Working on that Logic:

    ISDN = ItS DaN.

    IT WORKS!

    #106349
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Lawks.

    #106373
    hummingbird
    Participant

    *walks into the room*
    *walks straight out again*

    #106751
    si
    Participant

    >>>HYPERDRIVEL! Call it by its true name!

    >>Hyperdrive got to season 50?

    >ISWYDT.

    IDn’t. :(

    #211069
    si
    Participant

    RIGHT.

    I’ve dug deep into the forum, back to page 35, to bring back this thread after five years, juat so I don’t have to start a second Hyperdrive thread.

    Basically, I did an interview with Miranda Hart for my Hyperdrive fan site in 2006.

    I’ve delved into my old emails, and shoved it into a blog post, of you want to read it.

    You can even find out her views of Red Dwarf.

    It’s here:

    http://t.co/1FFYs6LdkU

    Okay, that’s it. As you were.

    #211158
    ori-STUDFARM
    Participant

    I saw some episodes and liked it. I bought the boxset a year or so back and, because Miranda is in it, was told I had to watch it with my wife. (She likes it when Miranda falls over a lot) We don’t watch many things together and so the boxset still has a cellophane coat on…

    #211164
    Jo
    Participant

    …probably for the best.

    #211210
    ori-STUDFARM
    Participant

    Probably

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