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  • in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #262326
    Ben Paddon
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    I think The Promised Land would’ve worked better as a single-camera, no studio audience affair, to be honest.

    I also think that, as good as the sun/moonlight scene was, the dialogue was in dire need of another pass. Solid idea, wonky dialogue.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    If I had one gripe – and it’s a small gripe, in the grand scheme of things – it’s that the film ends suddenly. Very suddenly. But the film as a whole, I loved it. I adored the entire thing.

    in reply to: The “Programme Guide” books #261837
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Why in the name of God’s arse would they get angry about the smeg ups?

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #261366
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    As soon as Kryten said the words “sex change” my whole body tensed up. When he barked “LET ME FINISH” it felt like Doug saying, “Look, you’re going to be uncomfortable, but please put that discomfort to the side for a minute so we can keep doing the joke.”

    I didn’t like it. It felt awkward, dated, and I honestly wish they hadn’t done it. It took me a while to loosen up for the rest of the show. Easily the most upsetting, disappointing point of an otherwise fine special.

    in reply to: Aspect Ratios #259937
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Alternatively: “Yeah, the first series had such a shoestring budget they couldn’t afford to film on location in space.”

    in reply to: Aspect Ratios #259936
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Series 1 of Doctor Who was spectacularly low budget, they never leave Earth’s orbit once because they couldn’t afford to

    Hello! This actually isn’t true. The reason the first series sticks to Earth or Earth-adjacent stories was to ease a general audience into the premise. The idea that they somehow couldn’t afford to take a disused warehouse and pretend it’s on the planet Zog is a ridiculous one, considering they do exactly that the following year… and recycling a location they’d used for the first series, no less.

    in reply to: The John Belushi Conundrum #259365
    Ben Paddon
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    would pay to see Glenn Howerton play an American Rimmer.

    This really would be perfect.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Give writers enough time and they’ll wank out an explanation. We’ve had at least half-a-dozen explanations for the Doctor being half-human (some of which state it was only for the events of the movie), and we’ve even had at least two canonical explanations for the UNIT dating controversy (the dating protocol thing from DotD, and a mention of time being sort-of badly folded in on itself from one of the Big Finish “Legacy of Time” stories).

    in reply to: Red Dwarf RPG – Potentially lost books? #258323
    Ben Paddon
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    Shock! I actually just found my Extra Bits book going through some boxes I haven’t opened since moving about a decade ago. It’s in pristine condition, and is probably the easiest of the four pieces (CRB, Sourcebook, AI screen and Extra Bits) to scan. So if I can get access to a scanner I might well be doing that.

    in reply to: Bobby & Doug Q&A #258254
    Ben Paddon
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    I think they should never repeat it, wait 2 years to release it, and then spread it over 2 VHS releases for £12.99 each. And sell it in Woolworths, so I can get some Pick ‘n’ Mix at the same time.

    Not strictly speaking super-relevant, but this reminds me of a conversation I had with someone here in the US about how they won’t watch Doctor Who on DVD or on BBC America because the only “real” way to watch it is using a set of rabbit ears to pick up a signal from the PBS station the next state over, watching it through a baffling haze of swirling static.

    As someone who grew up watching the classic series on UK Gold and VHS, it’s wild to me that there’s this entirely different, largely culturally-specific means of watching the show, let alone that it’s considered by at least one human-shaped person to be the only “authentic” way of watching.

    Anyway, I bought Red Dwarf III on DVD from GAME back when they sold DVDs, so what do I know?

    in reply to: new Doctor Who scene ahead of Day of the Doctor rewatch #258253
    Ben Paddon
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    We know, probably, that there’s 100 years between the War Doctor’s life in The Day of the Doctor and the Ninth Doctor in, at the earliest, Aliens of London. Personally, my assumption is that the Ninth Doctor moped around the universe for a century trying to figure out what to do next before ultimately realizing the answer is, of course, “be the Doctor.,” and the reason he’d never seen his reflection before that moment in Rose is because he couldn’t bare to look himself in the eye knowing what he’d done. Or what he thought he’d done, at least.

    Not that, y’know, I’ve written extensive fanfiction about it or anything.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf RPG – Potentially lost books? #258191
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I have physical copies of everything, but I’ve never scanned them. Honestly, I was always worried about doing damage to the books.

    That being said, my Bits and Bobs bookelt appears to have gone missing. I wonder if I misplaced it during one of my many moves?

    in reply to: Credits Framerate #257106
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The BBC will often run credits on feature films at 2x speed (and therefore videolook) as well though this is mostly to save time I think.

    I am reminded of a BBC Two broadcast of Suburban Commando, which ends with the credits rolling over a long pull-out shot of Christopher Lloyd driving his car on the freeway, which the BBC had sped up and, quite bafflingly, opted to replace the music with Offenbach’s Can-Can music. It’s always stuck in my memory.

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #256965
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    “Well, it means you’ve got a more tasteful cockpit.” One of my favorite Holly jokes, one of Hattie’s best reads.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Okay, I’m done. So long, everyone. It’s been fun.

    in reply to: Conservative youtuber Citizen X muses on CC/Lister's ethnicty #237305
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Not a fucking chance.

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237176
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I knew the top tunic was different, but I’d forgotten entirely about the pants and boots.

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237170
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Considering the current version of the uniform debuted in BTE almost a decade ago, is this the longest we’ve had Rimmer in one consistent uniform?

    in reply to: Hitchhikers Blu-ray – Two Editions #237126
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It’s not as problem with the BBC specifically, but with US Bluray standards.

    Officially, US Bluray players aren’t supposed to support 1080i50 which, given most UK content is shot at 25 or 50fps, is what they’re encoded at. Most players do support it, of course, because blocking 1080i50 content is something that has to be done at the software level so it’s easier to just let players run it. But Sony and Samsung players don’t, including the PS3 and PS4, which creates problems.

    To resolve this issue, BBC Video in the US slows their content down to 24fps, resulting in a slight reduction in speed. They also pitch-correct so it doesn’t sound like it’s been slowed down, so only people who have seen the original versions will really notice the difference. The US release of Red Dwarf X wasn’t pitch-corrected, though, so it’s incredibly noticeable. There’s also a history of BBC Video using frameblending (BTE) or changing the picture from interlaced to progressive (RD XI/XII), so the US releases are usually inferior on a technical level as well.

    BBC Video US also tends to strip out special features to reduce the number of discs – all of the Peter Capaldi sets are knocked down to 4 discs, and there’s huge swathes of content missing. As an example, IIRC, the Series 10 set omits the spatial sound mix for “Knock Knock” entirely.

    For Doctor Who season 12, however, there are additional problems. Firstly, it’s labeled as “Tom Baker Season 1”, which is accurate only in the loosest of senses. Secondly, the packaging is horrible – nowhere near as good as the UK/AUS packaging – a single slim-line pack, no sleeve, no special box, no additional trinkets or dooberies. It looks cheap and nasty. I was, in fact, given advanced warning from someone who works at the BBC not to buy the US version because of how fucking awful it is. I was going to get the UK set, but I lost my job and had to cancel my preorder.

    in reply to: Hitchhikers Blu-ray – Two Editions #237104
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yeah, the American version is fucking garbage. Not to mention the ongoing framerate issue that exists with US releases of BBC shows on Bluray.

    in reply to: Ranking Kryten's Cosmetic Appearences #237103
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I actually really like the XI-XII Kryten costume and mask, though the ear “vents” are slightly too big for my liking. I think part of the problem, if it can so be called, is that Robert has changed shape over the last thirty years. Entirely understandable – he’s human, after all – but it does mean he’s lost the svelt look he had when Kryten looked his absolute best during IV-V.

    in reply to: Best And Worst Episode Endings #237102
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Quinn was referring to the remastered version of Kryten.

    in reply to: Hitchhikers Blu-ray – Two Editions #237071
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Still available in Oz by the way with the same UK packaging ;)

    Ah, nuts. They don’t ship to the US.

    in reply to: Cassandra #237019
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Why does it bother you so much?

    The “it” you’re referring to there is rape. You’re asking why rape might bother someone. You are actively asking that question, publicly, on an internet forum at least partially operated by a man with an active interest in archiving websites for as long as possible.

    This question, in all its glorious stupidity – indeed, possibly the stupidest question you’ve ever asked which, given your track record, is quite fucking impressive – will be preserved for ever.

    I hope you ruminate on that for a bit, but realistically speaking you’re already thinking about the next inane thread you’re going to post. “Would you watch Red Dwarf if all the main characters were made of cheese,” style of thing.

    Jesus fucking Christ.

    in reply to: Best And Worst Episode Endings #236957
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Watched “Samsara” with the flatmate last night. Blimey, that one really does plod along after Lister and the Cat get locked in the cantine, doesn’t it? Four minutes of plot stretched out over fifteen minutes. Wasn’t quite enough meat on that particular bone, was there?

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m really glad this turned into a debate about the merits of The Last Jedi. There really hasn’t been enough discussion of that movie online, and this – a thread about whether or not we’d watch an all-female Red Dwarf reboot or not – certainly seems like the best place for such a discussion to occur.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Trouble with that is, we’re veering into Sequel Trilogy territory. Make it echo the older stuff, and people complain that you’re just “ripping off” what came before, but make it too different and you’re in “rabid fanbase petitions DIsney to let them remake The Last Jedi” territory.

    Personally, I like Discovery. Initially my thoughts were, “Well, this is very good, but it isn’t what I come to Star Trek for.” By the time I finished that first season and I saw what they’d been doing as a whole, I was in love. It’s easily the best first season of a Star Trek series since TOS, and it contains one of my all-time favorite Trek episodes ever. So… yeah.

    Different isn’t bad. It’s just… different. And people are inherently scared of different. It’s why people’s first instinct when they hear about something getting a remake or a reboot is to sort-of balk. It’s why some old-school fans of Doctor Who had already decided to hate the revival as far back as 2003, before they’d even shot a single frame of it. It’s why nerds are lashing out at the new ThunderCats and She-Ra cartoons despite the fact that we’ve seen virtually nothing of them. Different is scary, and so people get on the defensive about it when really there’s just as much a chance we’ll end up with a Battlestar Galactica or a Next Generation as there is we’ll end up with a Life on Mars or a Total Recall.

    FWIW, I’ve long thought a reboot of Red Dwarf – one that leans in a little to the comedy-drama tone of VII or BTE, though obviously funnier – could work. Like a comedy Galactica. Hell, I have part of a pilot script and a series bible sitting on my hard drive, because sometimes the only way to deal with a depressive bout is to sit and rework your favorite TV series into something new. I really think it could work.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Controversial and objectively wrong opinion from Ben Saunders, there.

    in reply to: Best And Worst Episode Endings #236554
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Beyond A Joke’s ending is pretty lousy, I thought- the final Curry World scene feels like an unnecessary addition that just kills the momentum of the episode.

    Not to pick nits, but… it’s an epilogue. It’s not supposed to contribute to “momentum”. I mean, yeah, it’s a crap ending, but still.

    in reply to: What if Rob and Doug got married? #236473
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Aye Caramba!

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I used to be quite anal about the way people used the word “reboot,” until I realized it didn’t actually bloody matter – a reboot can be a revival, a remake, a ground-up reimagining of a premise. I’ve no qualms referring to modern Doctor Who or Dave era Dwarf as reboots.

    Language is fluid and words change depending upon usage. We lost the battle when the definition of “literally” got amended in the dictionary to incorporate its frequent figurative use in modern parlance. It’s over. Let it go.

    in reply to: Played any new games recently? #236429
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Nopw I have a USB adapter for my Amiga joystick, I suspect I’ll be playing a lot more Amiga games.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #236250
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    TERRY PRATCHETT’S BOGBOTFATHER

    The Dwarfers arrive on a flat, disc-like planet currently observing a winter festival that bares a remarkable similarity to their Christmas. Only their anthropomorphic personification of that festival has gone missing – it’s up to Kryten, aided by his grumpy but affable pixie in the form of Lister, to fill his shoes.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Well, the Series II Blurays would look a bit better, for starters.

    That’s basically it.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #236204
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Did anyone else catch that lyric in “The Kryten Song (Spin My Nipple-Nuts)” alluding to a possible return of Selby, Chen, and Petersen? Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I thought that the bit that went “and Petersen is coming back / Chen and Selby, too / anyway, it’s Kryten’s song / we wrote it to pad the episode” pointed at the possibility.

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236201
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Red Dwarf I was the very first DVD I owned – purchased before I even had a DVD player of my own – and the quantity of special feratures absolutely blew me away. Those I-VIII sets, along with the bulk of classic Doctor Who stuff, set a gold standard for me that few releases have ever been able to live up to.

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236130
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Just seems so slapdash and sloppy now, even down to the point of the Doctor Who Series 10 boxset not giving any indication whatsoever of what is on each disc, and fans having to create their own leaflet. Very sad.

    The US release has the edge there, for what feels like the first time – they continued the trend of having episode titles around the rim of the disc (careful now). I did buy the UK set though, both for the superior cover art and better picture quality, so I need to make my own leaflet too.

    Is there a leaflet on the internet that can be downloaded, or do I have to make my own?

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #235872
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Oh, someone punch him out!

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Back in the Red, it seems.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235808
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s her day-to-day makeup. They didn’t have time to redo it before the studio taping. That’s why she looks so radically different in the location and pre-taped stuff.

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #235807
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That over enthusiastic person in the audience for ‘Backwards’ who tries to start a round of applause at the “do you think Wilma’s sexy?” joke.

    My first thought when I saw this thread.

    This reminds me of a conversation I was having with a friend of mine. His name is MIke, and he absolutely detests studio-audience sitcom. He’s one of those people who says he hates hearing a live audience (he almost always calls it “canned laughter,” which in most cases it isn’t, and I’ve long since grown weary of trying to correct him), he hates “being told when to laugh.” Not an uncommon attitude among people who hate studio-audience sitcoms. But when I probed him further on this, it went further.

    I suggested, “A sitcom is like seeing a recording of a play, or a standup special. You wouldn’t hate the audience so much if you were sitting in it.”

    He countered, “Yes I would. The other audience members are the price you pay for going to see a comedian perform.”

    Which absolutely blows my mind. I’ve performed standup for an audience of thousands, and for an audience of six people, and the energy is so different. There’s an awkwardness to as smaller crowd, or a crowd who doesn’t want to be there. The energy is different. It’s why I can’t watch those Maria Bamford specials on Netflix – one is her doing her show for her parents, and the other cuts to different locations showing her doing a show one-on-one with another person. It just feels so awkward to me, I can’t stand it.

    (Which is a shame, because I love Bamford. But oh well.)

    How do you explain the benefit of an audience, recorded or otherwise, to a person who would rather have that one-on-one experience? Who thinks the other people in the audience, in an audience he’s in, are a nuisance? It shorted out something in my brain.

    in reply to: Does anybody have the full image of this? #235806
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Interestingly, that’s not the same photo! Though they definitely came from the same photo session. The photo in the paper shows Chris’ head at an ever-so-slightly different angle, and the light is catching the crease in his tie a little differently.

    I’m sure I’ve seen the full version of this photo somewhere. Is it on the Series I DVD?

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235756
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Seems a bit weird that they’d confirm Series XIX during the ad break for episode 5 when we don’t even have XIV-XVIII locked in yet. How’s that gonna work?

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Petition to have a toilet emoji marker next to Jawscvmcdia’s threads so I know which ones to avoid.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The thumbnail Netflix has is the same one Netflix US used to have when they had the show, which did include everything up to and including BTE (I don’t believe Netflix ever had X). If they’ve just recycled the same thumbnail, that might be why.

    in reply to: Favourite Special Effect #235360
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I really liked a lot of the visual effects in VI. There was some surprisingly sophisticated stuff going on there.

    in reply to: Craig hosts Super Mario promo video #235222
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    *primordial glooping sounds*

    in reply to: Mac and Me² #235221
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I always took that Death Day tape to have been tweaked by Rimmer for dramatic license, rather than a literal presentation of exactly what’d happened.

    in reply to: Lost Red Dwarf content? #235220
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Someone else tell him. I’ve got gussets to scrub.

    in reply to: Craig hosts Super Mario promo video #234904
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Hercule Poirot’s just stepped off the steaming train, and if you want my opinion, I think they all did it.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The BBC are a public broadcaster – they’d receive no end of flack for that.

    in reply to: Craig hosts Super Mario promo video #234869
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Just popped to the loo, but really loving the dynamic between Lister and the Captain in that scene about the cat Lister smuggled aboard! Can’t wait to see how that pans out across the remainder of this series.

    in reply to: Technology #234816
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The Ganymede & Titan Forums.

    in reply to: What is G&T's rarest banner? #234815
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’ve not seen any of these.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234454
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I can’t believe I said BTE was the only example etc. etc. wow, I’m an idiot.

    in reply to: The Radiation Leak #234449
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yes he was.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234448
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The way Red Dwarf typically handles references compared to the way it handles them in Back to Earth, is like comparing Spaced to Ready Player One.

    I think that is more often than not the case, yes, but the show has plenty of overt examples of parody. “DNA” is one of them, specifically the Jaws reference, and the Casablanca stuff in “Camille” isn’t exactly subtle.

    Granted, BTE is the only example I can think of where the show actively states the name the thing it’s parodying, and we can argue about whether or not that was appropriate until the cow’s come home (or not, let’s actually not do that, please for the love of God) but it’s not something that bothers me, it doesn’t stick out much more than other overt parody in the show, and I’m fine with it.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234423
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The Blade Runner stuff didn’t bother me any more than the Terminator stuff in “The Last Day” or the Casablanca stuff in “Camille”. I think it worked just fine.

    in reply to: Small goof in "Back in the Red: Part 3" #234422
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Why are we spending so much time talking about how crap Red Dwarf used to be when we’ve got plenty of new Red Dwarf that we can complain about?

    in reply to: Why was my topic removed? #234421
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    nice-neighborhood.mp4

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234384
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    One idea was to have the audience for everything before they go “back to earth” and then the laughter track would be gone for their earth adventure. which would certainly add an even more meta feel to it.

    I always thought that was a fan-idea rather than one that’d come up during production, but it was something I always liked the idea of.

    in reply to: Small goof in "Back in the Red: Part 3" #234383
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Well, that’s put a crimp on an otherwise damned fine episode!

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234268
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I really think it needed some kind of audience laughter on its TV broadcast though.

    Every time someone’s tried to do this, it’s been terrible. It wasn’t written with an audience in mind, and showing to an audience after the fact a la VII wouldn’t have worked. BtE is better without one.

    That being said… so is VII, sometimes. The Xtended versions are a brilliant exercise in showing us why stuff that winds up on the cutting room floor should probably stay there, but awkward pauses aside VII fares a lot better without the audience laughter.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #234244
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Back to Earth, while not perfect, is genuinely brilliant.

    The worst part is, a lot of people agreed with me as it was going out. We loved it. And then at some point after the shine wore off, people started to talk as if it had been an unmitigated disaster on all fronts. The idea that BTE is a bad show became accepted wisdom, and I don’t get it. I don’t get that transition at all, from adored to deplored in under five years.

    It puts me in mind of Avatar, a film that is universally reviled (and one I’ve somehow never seen) but managed to make nearly $2.79 billion at the box office. It’s still, still!, the highest-grossing movie in history – if nobody liked it, how come every bugger went out and saw it eleven times each?

    For my money, BTE is still some incredibly strong Red Dwarf, and a good template for how a complete reboot/reworking of the series as a single-camera dram-com could work. Certainly it’s a lot better at the comedy/drama balance than VII (which I also like, though nowhere near as much). For its flaws, BTE is the Dwarf I have revisited the most in the near-decade since its broadcast, and whenever people bash it – on here, on Twitter, at Q&As, wherever – it always feels like they’re squinting at a Magic Eye picture that I can see and they can’t.

    I can see the sailboat… I wish everyone else could, too.

    in reply to: Lines That Don't Really Make Sense #234097
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s the ones, yes.

    in reply to: Lines That Don't Really Make Sense #234090
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    When I bring up Pot Noodle to Americans, they invariably understand what I’m talking about. You have to make weird logical leaps to go into the weed place.

    in reply to: Is Justice a deliberate retcon…or is Kryten lying? #234089
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Having rewatched them the other day, “Duct Soup” and “Blue” kind of feel like Red Dwarf VII doing II and I style episodes. With “Duct”, the plot kicks in around the halfway mark and involves some new locations, kind of like a series II episode. With “Blue”, it’s almost all character stuff; slower-paced, scenes that are only one or two lines of dialogue long… it has an old Dwarf feel to it with that VII aesthetic.

    I still don’t hate VII, mind. VIII can get in the sea, but VII has a lot more going for it than I think people give credit for.

    in reply to: Lines That Don't Really Make Sense #234040
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s the joke though, surely; that Pot Noodles are so bad that even Lister, a man who eats garbage, will not touch Pot Noodles.

    in reply to: Lines That Don't Really Make Sense #233981
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I think he’s just having fun.

    in reply to: We say good things about the Dave-era #233810
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You’re right, if someone told me that my dad wasn’t my dad, it’d definitely lessen the importance of his influence on my life.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    My mum quite liked Dark Ages.

    There’s a joke in there somewhere.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I think there’s an interesting story to be told about a society that doesn’t allow for any sort of criticism, but “Timewave” is not it, and I don’t suspect that Doug Naylor is capable of writing it.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #233467
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Hoguey the Roguey was a brilliant idea undermined by a daffy accent and less-than-ideal costume design.

    in reply to: What if ITV had produced Red Dwarf instead of the BBC? #233294
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    One of my roommates wanted to watch Red Dwarf. He’s heard people singing its praises but knew nothing about the show. So, naturally, we started with “The End”. He was genuinely shocked by the crew being wiped out, and immediately wanted to watch the next episode.

    “The End” can be an effective episode. It’s compelling, it establishes characters, it has some solid gags. It’s only a weak episode if you know what happens, which of course we all do.

    in reply to: What if ITV had produced Red Dwarf instead of the BBC? #233028
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I suspect it wouldn’t still be on the air. ITV sitcoms aren’t known for their long shelf lives.

    in reply to: Who had more control in the early years? #232927
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I think one aspect of Red Dwarf discourse that will never, ever get old is the ongoing debate of whether Rob or Doug was the Good One™. Definitely a conversation that is absolutely worth continuing 25 years after they split.

    in reply to: Doug unable to read fanfics? #232910
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Again, it’s a pretty standard industry thing. I have friends who write for a few shows here in the US who, as much as they’d love to, absolutely cannot look at fanfic for the shows they write for.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #232909
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Back to Earth is a lot better than people give it credit for. Beyond that, the single-camera studio-audience free take works very, very well indeed. I think, meta story aside, BTE provides a template for which a single-camera comedy-drama version of Red Dwarf could be like.

    I feel much the same about some of the Xtended versions of VII. Not all of the jokes land, but the show works a lot better without a studio audience than people seem prepared to admit.

    in reply to: Camille Question #232835
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Coupling also gave us the line “I’ve got the key to the gates of paradise… but I’ve got too many legs!”

    in reply to: Camille Question #232806
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Dismissing Joking Apart and Coupling as rip-offs of American sitcoms rather does them a disservice. For a start, Coupling is actually good.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf stars appear at mini comic con in Cannock #232743
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    As seen on Tumblr:

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232659
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I always interpreted that one as “You’ve got a small donger, but you didn’t arf make me come a bunch.”

    in reply to: Chris Barrie banging on about tanks for ten minutes #232438
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It’s a bit Partridge, this, isn’t it?

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232377
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Wilma is Lister’s Waifu.

    Fucking Hell.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232246
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The WIlma Flintstone scene might’ve worked if they’ve changed the characters’ names to fictional ones, but it’d have been far less funny.

    in reply to: I like uniformity! #232245
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yeah, the 1080i50 issue is an embuggerance if you happen to have a Sony or Samsung player. I have an Xbox One and a region-free LG player, so I’m sorted twice over.

    in reply to: I like uniformity! #232229
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I gave my US copy of XI to a friend and ordered the UK steelbook, mostly because the 1080p render was really annoying.

    I still need to replace my US copies of Back to Earth and X with British ones. For X, they slowed it down from 25fps to 24fps, which is fine – the BBC does that all the time with their Doctor Who DVDs – but they neglected to pitch-shift the audio, so it sounds noticeably slower.

    For BTE, they used frame-blending, and it looks awful.

    in reply to: Remembering Ayrton Senna #231396
    Ben Paddon
    Participant
    Ben Paddon
    Participant
    in reply to: I would like another 'Back to Earth' style mini-series #230945
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    In fairness, it has happened before.

    in reply to: ….Comedian found GUILTY of causing offence! #230934
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The third entry in a trilogy is almost always the weakest, isn’t it?

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #230849
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    TYPEWAVE
    Red Dwarf is hit with a typewave, changing all of the printed signs on board ship to change to a really bad font that would be better suited to a low-budget CBBC show about space dogs.

    in reply to: ….Comedian found GUILTY of causing offence! #230821
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m starting to think RamesesNiblickTheThird is some kind of rogue AI.

    in reply to: ….Comedian found GUILTY of causing offence! #230740
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    We are guaranteed freedom of speech. We are not guaranteed freedom from the consequence of that speech.

    in reply to: ….Comedian found GUILTY of causing offence! #230732
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    “It was only a joke!” is a bullshit argument, and fuck anyone who thinks that makes it okay to say racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise offensive nonsense.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #230721
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Cliffhangers aren’t “well, they’re not going to get out of that!“, they’re “Ooh ‘Eck, how’re they going to get out of that?!” – knowing that the Master replacing the entire human race with duplicates will be undone before he regenerates in “The End of Time – Part 2” didn’t stop me from experiencing anxiety over how it’d be undone when the credits were rolling at the end of part 1.

    Anyone who dismisses cliffhangers as pointless because of a lack of genuine peril isn’t watching TV properly and should hand in their sets immediately.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #230528
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    1337

    Red Dwarf enters the range of a gaming network and obsessively competes against local simulants and GELF in an online video game, picking up a variety of interesting turns of phrase and slang terms in the process. Meanwhile, Kryten discovers his original head (David Ross), and the two start a folk duo. Finally, putting an end to a three-decade long debate, Cat gets his sexual organs trapped in a dictionary, but makes the wrong sound.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #230143
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I know people don’t comment on this thread so much, but I want you to know that I love the time, effort, energy and verve that you put into pieces like this. Bloody marvelous stuff.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #230082
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    My thinking was that Rimmer had succeeded, which was so unbelievable to the others that they refused to accept that he’d been able to display anything even vaguely resembling competency and assumed their future selves had succeeded in destroying the ship.

    But I’m basing that on precisely zero actual evidence.

    in reply to: Remembering Ayrton Senna #229987
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    What the actual shitting fuck is happening to this forum?

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