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  • in reply to: I Would Just Like to Pronounce… #120969
    Ben Paddon
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    Surely the plural is “?Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses?

    in reply to: Earthquake! #120931
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Just typical. I move to California, and then England has a bloody Earthquake! I have to say, I’m rather disappointed.

    in reply to: Video Game Music #120930
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Mick just popped by to say…
    More importantly, have you played the sequal ?Heart of the Alien? on the MegaCD? Simply awesome.

    No. No no no no no. No. Awful game, simply awful – replacing Another World’s wonderful vector-based animation system with a sprite-based one was their first mistake. The second mistake was making an utter hash-job of the animation they did. The third mistake they made was making an utterly shit game.

    It’s an interesting concept – seeing the original story from the perspective of Buddy, the alien – but it utterly ruined the ending of the first game simply by telling us what happens next, and not doing a very good job of it, either.

    Eric Chahi had nothing to do with this game short of suggesting it run parallel to the first game instead of following it (he may have suggested the ending, too). He later said he regretted allowing the game to be made, and it’s not really considered “canon”.

    Heart of Darkness, while more of a spiritual successor to Another World than a sequel, is a much more fitting follow-up. A shame only seven people played it.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf in games #120929
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The very first Simon the Sorcerer game, in which the titular character was voiced by Chris Barrie, includes a sequence where Simon is set on fire by a dragon with a cold. Simon backs out of the cave, cover from head to toe in ash, says “ouch,” and falls over. Clicking the mouse anywhere makes Simon stand up, shake off the ash, and say, “Lucky I was wearing my asbestos underpants.”

    I like to think this is a reference to some of Rimmer’s dialogue from “The Last Day.”

    in reply to: Video Game Music #120866
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I wasn’t really paying attention, but I think Andrew said something to the effect of…
    I was always touched by the low-key conclusion of Another World (skip to the end):

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=atlAr5kdpQM

    One of my dreams is to see a big-budget Another World movie. It should look spectacular and feature absolutely no dialogue whatsoever.

    Incidentally Andrew, have you played the Anniversary Edition of Another World? It costs peanuts, and it’s absolutely incredible.

    in reply to: Some instructional diagrams #120865
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    And now, a moment with Cappsy…
    Those are lovely diagrams. Do more!

    People have been saying this to me on and off for a year. Any thoughts on what I could do?

    in reply to: Some instructional diagrams #120839
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I suppose I could’ve removed the muffin when I made the diagram, but I didn’t. Such is life.

    in reply to: Some instructional diagrams #120824
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    There are wallpaper-sized versions of “The Rimmer (Informal)” if anyone’s interested:

    1024 x768 | 1280×1204

    And a version with the H…

    1024×768 | 1280×1204

    in reply to: Least favourite Red Dwarf episode? #120823
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I hold the apparently controversial view that Series VII is not, strictly speaking, bad. I like Series VII, and I honestly believe that the series has some of the finest moments in the entire run of the show.

    VIII is just dire, though. No redeeming value whatsoever.

    in reply to: Keep watching the all-new reddwarf.co.uk for more updates. #120776
    Ben Paddon
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    I stay away from the WebBoards because of the horrible, horrible interface. So far as I’m concerned, G&T is the official Red Dwarf Forum.

    There is a possibility I’m being secretly ironic here.

    in reply to: Least favourite Red Dwarf episode? #120777
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Emohawk was good up until the Emohawk was sent after the crew. I sometimes think that if the Kitawai tribe stuff had been properly fleshed out a bit, you could probably end the episode at “Change of plan! LEEGG IIIIIIIITTTTTT!!!”

    in reply to: Ficlets – Not knobbly snacks coated in Marmite #120769
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’d like to mention that I’m currently writing a script for an episode of Doctor Who, although sadly not because they’ve asked me to – it’s purely recreational. It’s something that’s never been done in the show at all, so it’s something I’m very excited about. I imagine once I’ve finished it I may strip out elements and use it for a future issue of Jump Leads.

    Oh, my ficlets can be found here. I’d love some feedback from you guys.

    in reply to: Least favourite Red Dwarf episode? #120752
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    This is a very good point, and not one that had really clicked with me.

    Of course, now we?ve got Bodysnatcher, all that makes a lot more sense. You can see echoes of Bodysnatcher all over that section of Waiting For God?

    Exactly. And I’d be willing to chalk up his entire obsession with aliens to this very fact. We never see him mention aliens in The End, nor in any of the pre-leak flashbacks we see. Perhaps the reason the Alien obsession becomes less prominent in later episodes is that Rimmer becomes more accustomed to and accepting of his hologrammatic status…

    in reply to: Least favourite Red Dwarf episode? #120720
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Ah yes, but what really makes Waiting for God work for me is, as previously mentioned, the Religious satire. That really worked for me, and it’s an idea Will Self would later explore in his novel “The Book of Dave,” and I just thought it was well-written and superbly executed.

    The dialogue between the Cat Priest and Lister near the end is also alarmingly touching stuff. Despite Lister’s apprehensions about being the Felis Sapien equivalent to God, he is still prepared to say what he believes the Priest wants to hear. The only thing that doesn’t work for me in that scene is the rather exaggerated fall of the Priest as he dies.

    The Quagaar/Garbage Pod plot, on the other hand, seems less to me about Rimmer’s obsession with alien life and more about his bald-faced denial of the notion that he will never, ever be able to have a solid physical form again (or at least as far as they are aware at the time). For him, the fascination is not that there are aliens themselves, but rather that there are aliens who might be able to build him a new body – he’s jumping to an unlikely conclusion in desperation here.

    Thematically, it’s the strongest episode of the first series, and it has some cracking jokes in it to boot. Perhaps I’m reading far too much into it – like people who assume that They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse in your Soul” is about God when it is, in fact, about a plug-in Night Light – but it’s an episode that really works for me and it’s probably in my personal Top Ten.

    in reply to: Least favourite Red Dwarf episode? #120692
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I don’t understand all the hate for Waiting for God. I love it, personally – it’s probably my second-favourite episode of the first series, and it’s definitely in my top five list. I love the way it picks apart religious precepts and notions. But then again, I’m fascinated with the concept of religion, so maybe that’s just me.

    Least favourite episode overall, though? Probably Terrorform.

    in reply to: Video Game Music #120652
    Ben Paddon
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    I have the complete Super Smash Bros Brawl soundtrack. It’s Awesome, and it’s also well over 300 tracks. I’d put it up for download but it’s bloody huge. And in real life, too. Arf.

    In all seriousness, if anyone asks me nicely I’m sure I could burn the tracks to a DVD or something and pop ’em in the post.

    in reply to: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #120621
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Saw the trailer the day it became available, because one of my co-workers is an Indy Nut. It’s good to see Ford back in that costume.

    in reply to: Lost #120620
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    A friend of mine suggested a season of 24 depicting Jack Bauer’s day off. He could spend the first four or five episodes having a lie-in, then he gets up, has a shower, gets the paper, watches some daytime telly for a bit…

    in reply to: Your toastie combinations #120611
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Evidently.

    in reply to: Your toastie combinations #120603
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You too? My mother thinks the stuff?s disgusting but I find Nutella on toast to be one of the yummiest things I?ve ever eaten. (In fact, I?ll be in need of another jar soon?)

    Oh yes. The trouble is, it tastes differently in the States. And they don’t prononunce it “Nuh-tella,” either – they pronounce it “Noo-tella”. Tch.

    in reply to: Anniversary… serious now. #120571
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Blimey.

    That is a nice cake.

    Also, the official website is doing something, I guess.

    in reply to: Your toastie combinations #120570
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Nutella.

    in reply to: Best Inventions #120530
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    If the quality of a new TV show would match the current quality of the magazine, I hope they never bring back Gamesmaster.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120529
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I like that analogy. It’s a good analogy, largely because it implies that watching “Lost” is bad for you.

    in reply to: Dark Ages on DVD #120509
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The Seb, he say…
    Sorry, Ben, I missed that earlier as I hadn?t been in the thread for a while? ;-)

    What were you offering, exactly??

    The Region 1 Dark Ages set. To be reviewed on G&T in the name of SCIENCE.

    in reply to: Dark Ages on DVD #120489
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You not going to take up my Fabulous Offer of Generosity then, Seb? Or does someone else want a copy instead?

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The NewWho boxsets here go for about $70 at Amazon.com, and if Series Three was any indication then Series Four will be coming out around the same time as it does in the UK. The packaging is much, much slimmer too – about half the size of the UK releases. $70 + $8 shipping = $78 = ?39. Bargain.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Awesome. I don’t think you’ll regret it. The first series suffers a bit from pacing issues, but it’s the only series of the show that doesn’t have a single duff episode in it.

    in reply to: American Gladiators?! #120452
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Er… Norman Lovett was never going to be playing Davros. That was a joke Cast submission that was sent to the IMDB, and they took it seriously.

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #120413
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I remember seeing that trailer vividly. It was the end of one of the series of Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, and as the credits were rolling I turned to my sister and, to wind her up, I said, “Y’know they’re starting a new series of Red Dwarf next week, right?”

    The joke was ruined when that trailer played immediately after the credits had finished.

    in reply to: Dark Ages on DVD #120412
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Is that the same episode where he had a wooden leg?

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #120367
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Actually, and this is a genuine offer, if Andrew ever wants to write an issue of Jump Leads he’s more than welcome.

    in reply to: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles #120359
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Serenity II is about as likely to happen as the Red Dwarf movie.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120358
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Batman could totally beat Spock in a fight if he had time to prepare.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120344
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    There is a hrorible tendency for Star Trek writers to fall back on the ol’ Time Travel thing. It’s for that very reason that I have banned Time Travel in Jump Leads.

    in reply to: Dark Ages on DVD #120340
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Seb wrote a song, and it goes a little something like this…
    I?d buy it for completeness? sake, and so that I could write an article on it – but I wouldn?t spend more than a fiver on it.

    I’m feeling generous this morning. Drop me an email.

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #120339
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    There may be an actual, logical reason for that, mind. Unless, when you bring it up, Doug just sort of goes “Er” and then hides behind a potted plant in the hopes you think he’s vanished from the room.

    I’ve been asked a similar question about Jump Leads on a couple of occasions – “Does the Flurry materialise in the exact same spatial co-ordinates in every Universe, or does it appear in an entirely random location? If it’s the latter, why did their first attempt to jump away after Lucas died bring them to a parallel version of the Universe they were already in?” – and I actually have an answer that I’d quite happily insert into the comic if I thought it would move the story along. Which it wouldn’t. Maybe I’ll write it down sometime.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120336
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Clawing forth from the depths of Hell itself, Jimbotfu opened his gaping maw, and he spake…
    ***SPOILERS***

    I’d be very interested in hearing your source for this. I may well find myself calling some of my contacts at Paramount this afternoon to see if there’s any credence to it.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Add them to your Amazon Wishlist, and then tell people about it so they can promptly not buy them for you.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120211
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yes, that’s it.

    in reply to: J.J’s Trek Trailer #120195
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    This is a prequel. It seems to be set before the original series, but isn’t strictly speaking a “reboot”. Not if my information is accurate, at least.

    in reply to: Real Life Dwarfisms #120194
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I tried to turn a mutton vindaloo into a chicken vindaloo using a DNA machine, with hilarious consequences.

    in reply to: No Tos #120192
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The MySpace thing was definitely there last week.

    in reply to: Super Smash Bros Brawl #120155
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Seph sez…
    I?m kinda glad if Jigglypuff?s gonna be gone from brawl, the amount of times I sat staring in utter confusion at the screen during matches with Jigglypuff and Kirby.

    One is bright pink. The other is a pale pink. One has squinty little black eyes. The other has big blue eyes. One has red shoes on. The other does not. It’s not a huge problem spotting the difference between the two up until the point where Kirby eats Jigglypuff.

    Oh, and Jigglypuff is in Brawl :)

    performingmonkey climbed out of his hole to say…
    Wind Waker doesn?t get slagged off half as much as it used to. I think that?s because people eventually realised there WAS a good game behind the ?kiddie? graphics. I always liked the graphics anyway, in many ways they?re still better than Twilight Princess?s visuals. Speaking of that game, in the end I don?t think it holds up as well as TP, or as well as Ocarina of Time and Majora?s Mask of course.

    Wind Waker was the butt of many “ZELDA MORE LIKE CELDA OLOLOL” jokes for a while. Some of the people on the Penny Arcade Forums have already taken to calling Wind Waker Link “Retarded Link”, which is a bit unnecessary if you ask me. I really adored the visual style of Wind Waker, though. Absolutely incredible. That said, I don’t think it would have worked for Twilight Princess.

    I’m of the opinion that Zelda doesn’t quite work as well in 3D as it does in 2D. A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and Oracle of Ages will always be my favourite Zelda games, and having listened to the SSBB soundtrack it’s really good to hear these three games get some kind of representation in the game.

    in reply to: The Ultimate Fast Show Collection #120154
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Nope, it was broadcast in widescreen (which is 16:9, if memory serves). I distinctly remember watching the second episode on a spiffy widescreen TV at a family friend’s house when it first broadcast.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Series One is the only series of the lot so far that I think doesn’t have a single bad episode in it. Series Two has “Fear Her”, which is an interesting story but it moves forward at such a slow pace that I have no interest in watching it again. Series Three has “Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks” which is an interesting idea poorly executed. I can’t think of a single episode of Series One I wouldn’t watch again.

    For some reason, Series Two’s “Love & Monsters” has grown on me. I think I would have enjoyed it more without Peter Kay.

    in reply to: Super Smash Bros Brawl #120121
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The entire character roster has been posted on Kotaku a few times. Pretty much everyone from SSBM is in it, although one or two have been relegated to Secret Character status. Perhaps the best discovery so far as I’m concerned is that Young Link has been replaced by “Toon” Link from Wind Waker/The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass. I loved wind Waker, and it’s a shame it gets as much flack as it does.

    in reply to: Dr Who audio dramas for download #120094
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That works for me!

    in reply to: The Ultimate Fast Show Collection #120074
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The annoying thing about the R&H(D) reboot is that the first series, which was filmed in widescreen, is cropped to 4:3 on the DVDs. The second series DVDs are widescreen, though. There was a box set of the two series released in 2006, and I bought it hoping that the widescreen issue would be fixed. I was very disappointed to see that it wasn’t.

    in reply to: Anniversary… serious now. #120072
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    in reply to: The Ultimate Fast Show Collection #120071
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Did you know that while the reboot series didn’t make it to the US, the original did – albeit under the name My partner the Ghost? The DVD boxset for the original run includes the American titles as a bonus feature.

    in reply to: An Evening With Mr Caruthers #120070
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I live in Los Angeles but goh lah wee veh!

    in reply to: The Ultimate Fast Show Collection #119970
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I rather like Charlie Higson. I was devastated when Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) wasn’t renewed for a third series, and apparently so was he. I’d love to sit down and have a chat with him about it one of these days.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Cliffhangers have been a part of Doctor Who since it began back in the 60s. It did start out life as a serial, after all. All but one of the six stories in the Key to Time series from 1978 were made up of six 25-minute episodes, and the last story was made up of eight. Doctor Who and cliffhanger-endings go together like peas and carrots, so to bring back the show and not have them in some capacity would be criminal.

    My major gripe with the cliffhanger at the end of “Aliens of London” was that they showed the “Next Time…” clip immediately afterwards, diffusing the tension and rendering the entire point of the cliffhanger pointless because… well, you know what’s going to happen now. Apparently when it aired Steve Moffat lept to his phone and called RTD to get him to make sure it didn’t happen in future episodes. And it didn’t.

    Don’t mess with the Moff.

    in reply to: Really annoying things you do as a Red Dwarf fan #119954
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    According to the Star, performingmonkey was reported as saying…
    Phrases I often use –

    ?Tee hee hoddle ha.?

    I tend to use this when I want to fake-laugh at something, usually expanding it by tacking on part of another Dwarf quote to the end. “Tee hee hoddle ha, chuckle guffaw giggle.”

    in reply to: Spot The Wrongness #119932
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    We should probably register on the DVDTimes forum and link to this thread.

    in reply to: Spot The Wrongness #119928
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    As someone who has often been implicated as a Journalist, I have to say that this review is exceptionally poorly written. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had been penned* by a twelve year-old.

    ____________________________________________________
    * Interesting sidenote: If something is written on a computer, is it then “Keyboarded”?

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #119927
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I liked a lot of the Holly dialogue from VIII. What ruins the lines in most cases is Norm’s delivery. He seemed much more enthusiastic than he did in the first two series, it didn’t really work.

    If the film ever gets made, I’d vote for Hattie to come back. I think she’s probably the only one of the two still capable of playing “their” Holly effectively.

    in reply to: Really annoying things you do as a Red Dwarf fan #119883
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I am reminded of a friend in High School. He was a bit of a moronic yob, but he was a Red Dwarf fan. Anyway, he got caught smoking a joint behind the Sports Hall and, as he tells it, the teacher actually asked him where he got the joint from. “I want names, places and dates,” the teacher supposedly said.

    “Arnold Rimmer, his locker, this morning!” said my friend with a cheeky grin. Allegedly.

    The teacher didn’t get the reference, it seems: he asked who Arnold Rimmer was, and then proceeded to ask the school receptionist to pull up his file and find his locker.

    Possibly much of this story was embellished by my friend, as in all likelihood he was a little high when it occurred.

    in reply to: Spot The Wrongness #119882
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Arf.

    in reply to: Identity #119875
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Sky are going to bring back Gladiators.

    This isn’t surprising really, considering how successful the revival of American Gladiators has been here in the States, but is it necessary? I think not.

    in reply to: Spot The Wrongness #119874
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That review is about as reliable as a plumber’s estimate.

    in reply to: Danny fronts BBC #119873
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m fairly sure I’ve seen torches used.

    in reply to: Really annoying things you do as a Red Dwarf fan #119808
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    If you go the whole hog and rent a tank, then Thumbs Up.

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #119807
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Jimbotfu, he say…
    … ?See you in ten minutes?? …

    DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL. DO A BARREL ROLL.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The SciFi Channel are editing out bits of the show to fit in more of their really irritating promos. I don’t watch much TV since moving to the States, but even still it’s just bad. They also edit their own shows – SciFi cut chunks out of Battlestar Galactica too.

    Morons.

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #119704
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I always wondered why the line “Please be upstanding for the cutting of the cake” was so quiet. A mixing problem, perhaps?

    in reply to: Worst line from Red Dwarf #119692
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    “Maybe we can get it to eat some roughage!”

    in reply to: Scholarly articals/books on the dwarf #119653
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Don’t say things like that, Dave! Joe might take it seriously!

    in reply to: Lost #119652
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Apparently Season 2 takes a while to get going but now it’s Really Good.

    in reply to: Really annoying things you do as a Red Dwarf fan #119634
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I am reminded of a story from a few years ago. I was living with my Mum at the time, and a friend of hers had popped by to visit. He’d brought one of his friends with him, who was probably the singularly most boring individual I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter. So there’s me, another family friend, and this Incredibly Boring Guy sitting in the kitchen. And the Incredibly Boring Guy is, apparently, a plumber. A plumber with a criminal record.

    He was talking about this abandoned house in his neighborhood. He was talking about the Boiler in this house, and how he wanted to nab it. So he paid some kids to break into the house and get the Boiler. It was not an interesting story, and he spoke with such a strange inflection (pauses in the middle of sentences, broken vowels and so on).

    Frankly, I’d had enough. I stood up, said, “Will you excuse me? I think I’ve left the oven on,” and walked out.

    To add insult to injury, I had been sitting on the (switched off) oven during the conversation. The family friend who was left with the Incredibly Boring Guy later said that the move made me a “magnificent bastard.”

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #119623
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Profanity, really, appears to be going the other way. You know the BBC have gone through all of the old episodes of Only Fools and Horses to remove “politically incorrect” dialogue, such as “nip down to the Paki shop” and the like. Now, that’s not a word I’d ever use, but you don’t go back and edit old shows just because the current generation finds their content objectionable. That’s the sort of shenanigans that’s preventing The Sound of Music getting a DVD release.

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #119614
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Too many Mother ‘uckers, ‘uckin’ with my shi’.

    in reply to: “Best” real-life chatup lines #119612
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    While waiting for a bus in Luton Town Centre a couple of years ago, I heard a girl shouting.

    “Oi!” she said. “I like you! Giz’ ya phone number!”

    I pride myself on my ability to see a person’s Inner Beauty, and I could tell from her mannerisms, her speech and her dress sense that she was a person whose Inner Beauty was in dire need of thousands of pounds worth of cosmetic surgery. She seemed to have just recently stepped off of the Chavette production line. Her tracksuit was the most peculiar shade of pink, and I was blinded by the sun glinting off of her ridiculously large golden hooped earrings. She had that stupid “bumpy hair” haircut a la Mark Lamarr circa 1992, and I seem to recall that dental hygiene was not high on her list of priorities.

    “You’re not subtle, are you,” I replied.

    “So you gonna give me y’number, or wot?”

    I raised my eyebrows. Mercifully, my bus arrived, and as I stepped on I called back, “Sorry, I’m taken.” I severely hoped someone would take her, too – preferably to some sort of Asylum for the Chronically Wrong In the Head.

    (I have a horrible tendency to assume that any girls who expresses an interest in me must be mentally ill, largely because any girls who expresses an interest in me must be mentally ill.)

    in reply to: What is your favorite reply in this thread? #119611
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Great, thanks Phil. Now I have to be funny. You know how much pressure that puts me under? Eh? I can’t just pluck Hilarity out of the air, y’know. I don’t excrete Humour. Mirth does not drip from my armpits. It takes time and effort to craft a seriously funny post and now I’m terrified I won’t be able to live up to expectation.

    Stop testing our love.

    in reply to: Entertainment, It’s behind you…Oh no it isn’t. #119609
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m still firmly of the opinion that we need to see the return of Whose Line is it Anyway?. Cracking show, that is. I’ve just discovered that the UK version has been released on DVD here in the States.

    in reply to: The Film Effect #119608
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The penalty for using the word “Guesstimate” (and/or its variant spellings) is vaporization. Please stay where you are. The Vaporization Bot for your region will be with you as soon as possible.

    in reply to: Entertainment, It’s behind you…Oh no it isn’t. #119485
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    A while ago, Andrew, you gave us a link to a comedian drunkenly singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. I can’t find the link now… any chance you’ve still got it floating around?

    in reply to: German IT Crowd – episode 2 review inside #119484
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Reading this review has reminded of me just how much I enjoyed the UK version and has prompted me to actually buy the DVDs. Shocking, I know.

    in reply to: Brown Nuts #119428
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Nuts have their own network now?

    Right, that’s it. I’m catching the next boat off of this planet.

    in reply to: The decline of Scifi Comedy #119426
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I blame more the change in writer than change in directors for the disastor that was X-men 3, David Hayter actually seemed to know how to write decent plots and characters (maybe i?m just biased towards the idea of Solid Snake writing the x-men movies)

    I seem to recall Ratner requesting a different writer, or something.

    in reply to: The decline of Scifi Comedy #119416
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I?m not sure you can call it a decline when the genuinely great entries in this genre – on TV anyway – can pretty much be counted on one hand.

    This is true, especially when you take into account that, specifically in terms of quality British scifi-comedy, you’re looking at ten years between H2G2 and Red Dwarf (and, if we’re counting it, fourteen years between Doctor Who and H2G2). But my concern is taking into account modern practices in marketing, which are mostly very very nasty and focus more on genre/setting/style than writer/cast/quality.

    The channels, it seems to me, know there?s an audience out there. It?s how Hyperdrive was commissioned. But there are maybe three people who could do it WELL.

    So the BBC/ITV/Sky/whoever need to get those people involved, then. Or at least try to.

    I see the webcomics, videos, scripts and ideas out there and I?m rarely left impressed by the genius; usually I?m disappointed by either the SF, the comedy, or both.

    I’m hurt, and I think I’m going to cry.

    In TV great SF comedy is rare. just as a good musical drama show is rare. The lack you?re pissed off about, Ben, seems to me to be the standard lull between periods of luck and inspiration. This is ?normal?. It?s a tiny sub-genre. (It also requires us to be pretty draconian about what constitutes SF comedy. Do we really need to exclude shows like Buffy or new Who, both of which are superb TV?)

    Buffy and Who are fantastic shows, both containing real moments of wit and humour, but they’re not strictly speaking comedies, are they? You can find Red Dwarf in the ‘Comedy’ section at HMV, but Buffy and Who tend to be in the ‘Drama’ section.

    I may bleat about cinematic SF/fantasy comedy not being as good now as in the 80s – Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, how spoiled we were! – but back then we had lousy comic book adaptations. Now we have some cracking ones – Sin City, Spider-Man, Hulk (yes, Hulk, deal with it), Batman Begins. ?Tis just ebb and flow.

    It appears comicbook movies are in decline again, though – Spider-Man 3 was a disaster, neither of the Fantastic Four movies impressed, Superman Returns was a disappointment, and with X-Men 3 Brett Ratner single-handedly undid all of the great work Bryan Singer had put into the rather awesome first two films. Alright, we’ve had the films you’ve mentioned, and also 300 (incidentally, apparently this is Sparta. Who knew?), but we’re looking at more misses than hits at the moment. he only comicbook movie I’m not worried about right now is The Dark Knight, because having seen the first six minutes last month I fail to see how that film would possibly suck.

    I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent here.

    in reply to: The decline of Scifi Comedy #119400
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    ?dimaond”? Bugger. I should of proof-read that bad boy before I clicked “Post Comment”.

    Edit: oh look, I found an “Edit” button.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Incidentally, I’ve been contacted by Larry Hyrb, who’s Director of Programming for Xbox Live, and he says he’lls ee what he can do to get my problem sorted in the next few days. Huzzah!

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’ll be putting a YouTube vid up next week, most likely. I would do it this weekend but I’m off to Houston.

    I already have pretty much every major system at the moment, so I’m not left out in the gaming department.

    in reply to: Making Do on bobbyllew #119222
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yes. Everyone who doesn’t do exactly the same thing as everyone else is lazy. That’s it.

    Tonguetied’s rather idiotic closing comment aside, I’ve really enjoyed following Making Do these past few months. Cracking stuff.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You’re used to. Because you’re a git.

    in reply to: Learning Japanese… #119172
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Y’know, I think some people here – and I’m not naming any names – get some kind of weird sexual pleasure out of seeing people post semi-obscure Red Dwarf quotes.

    in reply to: Good news, everyone! #119070
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s how Prince does it, isn’t it?

    In any case, as I haven’t been that involved in Red Dwarf fandom I had no idea who Paul Gannon was. After seeing his comments above, I now know what sort of person he is and, frankly, I’m glad to see the back of him.

    in reply to: Anyone living in London? #119069
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I moved to Los Angeles without a job, but I had somewhere to stay so it’s not quite the same thing.

    If you’re looking to work in London, you might want to consider finding somewhere cheap to rent in Luton and commuting down, although that can work out expensive.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I don?t know what your tastes are, as far as film is concerned, Ben, but if you find yourself enjoying the works of Wes Anderson, or films like I Heart Huckabees and Little Miss Sunshine, then Juno will probably appeal to you as well.

    I’m not really much of a “boom-bang-a-bang” guy when it comes to films. I’ve not got my head so far up my own arse that I will dismiss them completely, but I’m a real sucker for films with an emotional core. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favourite films of all time. I saw Dan in Real Life twice, although the second time was paid for my work (I had the option of not going, and I chose not to not go because it’s a brilliant film).

    I’m visiting a friend in Houston, Texas next weekend, so we’re going to see Juno together. I am, of course, giddy as a schoolgirl.

    in reply to: The Bodysnatcher Delux Boxset #118952
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I bought it myself back in November when I visited my Mum in England.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I was supposed to go but we ended up seeing Juno instead. I?m wary of saying it was a good decision because that implies that Sweeney Todd would have been a bad one, but Juno was a pretty great film, I have to admit.

    I wanted to see that last night, but I was outvoted so we went to see National Treasure: Book of Secrets instead. I will withhold my opinion for the moment, as I am typing this post from work and as I work for the company who made the film, it’s probably best I keep that particular opinion to myself.

    in reply to: Voyage of the Damned #118950
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I can have it on a shirt within twelve hours.

    Tonguetied, is there anything you do like? You’re beginning to sound like that bloke from The Beautiful South who appeared on all of those “I love the 70s/80s/90s/etc.” shows who sat there and said he hated it all. And he was a miserable git.

    in reply to: Voyage of the Damned #118911
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Daleks have been able to fly since the classic series, Tonguetied, you bloody idiot.

    in reply to: Take that BBC! #118772
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m offended. The creator has good intentions but, ultimately, they should have their PC and any video-editing software taken away and torched.

    in reply to: Voyage of the Damned #118771
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The reason the end credits went by so quickly is because they were overrunning as it was. I’d rather have fast credits on one episode of the year than regular-speed credits and no Series 4 preview…

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #118747
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    He’s not my friend, he’s a funking idiot!

    in reply to: OH MY CHRIST #118746
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’ve still never seen It’s a Wonderful Life…

    in reply to: Merry Christmas #118710
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    But… but I love you!

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