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  • in reply to: Bad Continuity in Gunmen #223645
    Ben Paddon
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    I figured you were joking, Seb, but I tripped over myself trying to find a way to “yes and” the gag.

    in reply to: Bad Continuity in Gunmen #223592
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Um.

    in reply to: I forgot how utterly terrible the series X Kryten mask was. #223591
    Ben Paddon
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    The problem with the X mask is it looks uncannily like really, really bad fanart. Which is baffling, especially considering how ruddy good the mask in BTE was.

    in reply to: Don’t put Vicks VapoRub in your vagina #223570
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You can not put Vicks VapoRub where you’d like to not put it.

    in reply to: Not Another Back in the Red Fanedit #223370
    Ben Paddon
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    It’s a pointless scene already. May as well get it over with, no?

    Or just cut it. It doesn’t add anything to the episode.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    WHy did they combine three sexual harassment allegations into one, though?

    in reply to: UKTV Play Episode 3 Upload Time Sweepstake #223136
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Why not 10:21pm?

    in reply to: Radio Times interview #223090
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    “Den of Geek” and “fairly decent” are not terms that typically get used in the same sentence, but that was a surprisingly enjoyable read.

    in reply to: Last Human signed by Rob Grant #223051
    Ben Paddon
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    in reply to: Walgreens Photo #222631
    Ben Paddon
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    Thank you for this trenchant insight, walgreens photo. I, too, am interested in a more intensive take a gander at the outcomes uncovers that CEO Jeffrey Housenbold was scarcely re-chose while he and different officials got wounding negative votes on their pay.

    in reply to: Theory on Kryten being Additional Zero Zero One #222437
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It’s worth pointing out that “Additional 001” does not, strictly speaking, make Kryten registered crew.

    in reply to: New, mildly spoilery XII synopses copy-and-pasted within #222241
    Ben Paddon
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    IIRC< UK Gold were slated to air it as part of an anniversary night, and then suddenly changed their minds and didn’t.

    in reply to: LEGO Ideas – Red Dwarf Lego #222240
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I was already way too old for Lego by that point.

    Unless you typed 12 when you meant to type 120, this is an outright lie.

    in reply to: Do you do the whole introduce yourself thing? #222236
    Ben Paddon
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    in reply to: Dwarfcasts XII #221924
    Ben Paddon
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    Can you combine three separate shit bits into one?

    Has this joke run it’s course?

    Who’s eating this chicken?

    in reply to: Please view this thread to read title. #221923
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Hey, I want to settle down! And as soon as I find the right small group of viewpoints, the three separate opinions combined into one who are right for me, my wandering days are over, buddy.

    in reply to: Re-watching X and XI before XII #221922
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Snacky. Or, more specifically, the decision to reveal that Snacky wasn’t, in fact, Asclepius, to the audience so early on in the show. What happened to the long wind up?

    But that is a long wind-up, and more to the point it’s something Red Dwarf does very well. Case in point: “Kryten” revealing that the three survivors aboard the Nova 5 were, in fact, dead.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf current logo recreation #221835
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I have up on Plex when it decided every episode of Red Dwarf was a chapter of the first episode, which… y’know, how the fuck do you balls it up that badly?

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221817
    Ben Paddon
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    If Back to Earth or any episode of Series VIII was my first experience of Red Dwarf, I’d take a lot of persuasion to bother watching any further episodes.

    Well, no, but then where BTE is concerned the reasons are obvious – it’s largely fan-service. BTE isn’t really for anyone other than people who had watched the preceding eight series.

    I rewatched “Only The Good…” last night, then jumped straight into BTE. In terms of production, it’s a jarring switch-up, but BTE still contains some of my absolute favorite moments across all of Red Dwarf.

    “I’m pretty cool, I don’t take any smeg, and even though I’m disgusting, sometimes I can be quite brave,” is still one of the best moments from the entire run of the show. I love it. I cry every time.

    in reply to: Please view this thread to read title. #221816
    Ben Paddon
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    We’ve adapted the matter paddle. Only now the returning signal is split three ways, so as well as receiving the original opinion we also get two identical copies.

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221667
    Ben Paddon
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    Would be good if Back to Earth actually had the balls to do something interesting.

    I’m just going to ahead and say this – the jokes don’t always land, but the character moments are strong and the overall story is rich. BtE is probably one of my personal favorite Red Dwarf stories.

    in reply to: Blu Ray #221666
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It was very quietly listed on Amazon but keeps getting pushed back. It’s been a source of some debate here, because it was all shot on video and wouldn’t really benefit from an HD release, but apparently there’s demand from the Japanese market… so who knows?

    in reply to: How has Red Dwarf changed your outlook on life? #221665
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    So much of my appreciation of scifi comes from concepts in Red Dwarf, and Red Dwarf was a huge influence on Jump Leads. It’s probably safe to say that without it my life would be very, very different.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I don’t want the pronoun conversation to dominate this thread, because it’s mostly about watching Red Dwarf VIII with someone who, it turns out, won’t be finishing it owing to the fact that we’re no longer together, but their preferred pronouns are they/them, but they also didn’t have any objections to she/her or he/him.

    Anyway, dinosaurs! Discuss.

    Ben Paddon
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    I sat down to try and watch “Pete Part II” myself, but I couldn’t do it. I made it as far as “…now we… rebuild the time wand.”

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221518
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    My favorite bit of where he implies that the decline in quality in series VII is why Chris Barrie left, which is absolutely 100% what happened and isn’t a gross misinterpretation of events in the least.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Update: We broke up a couple of days after watching “Pete: Part 1”.

    in reply to: "There wouldn't have been a Series 6, 7 or 8…" #221472
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I rather like BTE. Can VIII not be Red Dwarf instead?

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Cripes. Red Dwarf I was the first DVD I ever bought. I didn’t even own a DVD player at the time, but my sister got one for her birthday, so I watched it on that.

    I still have that DVD, actually. It’s sitting very proudly on my shelf. It’s gotten a lot of love over the last god-has-it-really-been fifteen years – I occasionally toy with the idea of replacing it.

    in reply to: Do you know who the Series 8 Rimmer is? #221418
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I can answer this one – Series VIII Rimmer was played by Chris Barrie, who in the 90s was a fairly well-known actor and impressionist. He previous appeared in the sitcom The Brittas Empire, and also appeared as the butler in the two Tomb Raider movies before hosting shows on Discovery about vehicles.

    Little known fact: Barrie has appeared in Red Dwarf before! He played the alternate “Ace” Rimmer in the Series V classic “Dimension Jump”, and more recently played some of the Rimmers in “Office Rimmer” – seems like he’s GNP’s go-to Rimmer duplicate!

    Hope this thoroughly answers your question.

    in reply to: The Orville #221289
    Ben Paddon
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    I also watched the pilot. It struggled.

    In terms of the story presented, both from an individual episode and show arc perspective, I actually didn’t hate it. It felt suitably Star Trek, which is absolutely what Macfarlane and co. are going for. In terms of pilots I’d say it’s stronger than the Enterprise and TNG premieres. If the A story had been the plot to an episode of TNG or even TOS I think I would’ve enjoyed it well enough.

    The humor is… okay. It’s fine. It’s also sparse – one gets the impression that Macfarlane isn’t really looking to make a comedy, but rather a one-hour scifi show with occasional comedic elements. Shows like that can and do work – Firefly is a key example – but unlike Firefly, The Orville’s two leads lean in to the comedy (when it happens) as if it’s a sitcom, and that’s probably going to cause confusion down the line. Firefly felt real. The Orville feels like it hasn’t decided which side of the fence it wants to land yet.

    Which is weird, because we know exactly what kind of show it is. It’s Star Trek, but with Real People in it. I’d go so far as to suggest that maybe Macfarlane pitched this to CBS/Paramount for a Trek series, got turned down, then took it home to file off the serial numbers and re-pitch it to Fox. That’s not strictly speaking a problem, and the premise they have is an interesting one that could work very, very well if they can hit the mark. I’d argue they actually pull it off a couple of times in the episode.

    The problem, though, is that lack of consistency. The tenor of the jokes varies from “real thing that happens and is just funny” to “hey, we’re in a sitcom!” – that’s a huge problem when the humor isn’t supposed to be the focus of the show, and it leaves The Orville with a very uneven pilot.

    At its best, The Orville veers close to Star Trek territory. At its worst, it’s Hyperdrive with double the runtime and half the jokes. I’d like to see it get better, because I think TV needs hopeful scifi right now, and Star Trek: Discovery looks very much like it’s going to be a grim affair, particularly when compared to the bright colors and clean walls of The Orville. If the show can nail that Firefly humor balance and keep coming up with compelling Trek-esque storylines, maybe it has a shot.

    I wouldn’t mind them knocking it on the fucking head with the sexist jokes, though. There were a couple of jokes in the pilot that just felt so dated. Toilet seat jokes? Come on, the only thing you should be borrowing from the 90s is the TNG/DS9/VOY production aesthetic.

    in reply to: Will we get commentaries on the Red Dwarf XII DVD? #221252
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Why has Ed not come back for the Dave era? Is he busy/too expensive/retired, or does Doug just want to do it himself anyway?

    I always assumed it was a budget thing.

    in reply to: Oswald Blenkinsop #221236
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Kill Crazy works in Cassandra. It’s a funny little character bit. It sadly doesn’t translate well to later episodes.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    We finally reached the first episode of the show that they couldn’t sit through – “Krytie TV”. They asked me to turn it off, I told them it’s considered one of the worst episodes of the show, and they asked me how it ends. I did my best to summarize the episode from memory, because it’s been well over a decade since I last watched it.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    We watched all three parts of “Back in the Red” – two last night, one this morning. They liked the Blue Midget dance.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #220924
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Shit, wrong thread. Bloody Chrome tabs.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #220923
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    We watched all three parts of “Back in the Red” – two last night, one this morning. They liked the Blue Midget dance.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I think VI might be my partner’s favorite run of the show so far. I’m largely guessing, though.

    Incidentally, there have been a couple of times where they’ve said, “I feel like something has been cut out here,” and their instinct is usually right on the money. Just from one viewing, they accurately guessed that “Holoship” was cut down from a longer edit. I’d mentioned that someone was working on an “xtended” edit a while back – I think John was working on it, unless I’m mistaken – but it was never finished.

    Ben Paddon
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    So I went in and reformatted the spreadsheet a little bit – just made it a bit more aesthetically pleasing to look at. I came up with a very clever and original color scheme for each sheet in the document that no one has ever thought of before.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    VI is when I first became aware of Red Dwarf – my earliest memory of the show is “Change of plan! LEEEEGGG IIIIITTT!!!” – so I have a soft spot for it, warts and all.

    in reply to: Classic series blurays #220811
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I vaguely recall demand in the Japanese market being the impetus behind the decision to release the show on Bluray, and I’ve definitely seen some stuff labeled “SD on Bluray” on Amazon.jp, so apparently there is a market for it over there.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Did you project your own negativity about it while you were watching it?

    Assuming everybody heard me say “Oh, shit,” it is entirely possible.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Fast forward through the opening credits when they’re out the room.

    I think they get genuinely excited about the opening titles for a new series, because it gives them a hint of what’s to come.

    But that’s REALLY difficult when watching something with someone, because you feed off the other person’s reactions and energy. Which is something I find intriguing, and also not written about nearly enough. So if *you* don’t like a series, she’ll probably automatically enjoy it less anyway, regardless of anything else.

    So as an aside, I’ve started doing monthly get-togethers to watch a selected classic Doctor Who serial – most of my friends here in the US haven’t seen the classic stuff, so I’m specially selecting serials I think are worth watching. It’s sort-of become a tradition to watch something beforehand. It started during the first one when a couple of people were running late, so we watched “The Curse of Fatal Dearth”. For the second one we watched… oh, I can’t actually remember. Something. But for the third one someone suggested Red Dwarf, so I had someone pick a number between 1 and 11 to pick a series. Someone called 11, I said, “Oh. Shit.” and we watched “Twentica”, which didn’t go over particularly well. I wonder if that was my fault?

    But anyway.

    I think part of the problem I face with VIII is that I would preempt basically every episode from 1-VI with “oh, this is a good one,” to which they’d started responding “they’re all good ones” (hooray!). I don’tr want to start apologizing for episodes now we’ve hit the first rich vein of shit, but I think the lack of this-is-a-good-one-ing is probably going to be a bigger tell than anything else.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Is it worth putting in gaps for the episodes without Dwarfcasts yet?

    in reply to: The Orville #220640
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Another factor, I think, is that we (that’s us!) have been hurt before. We were hurt by Futurama’s return, which wasn’t quite up to par. We were hurt by Hyperdrive. We were hurt by bits of X and XI. We – collectively, us lot, us G&Ters – have a lot to be skeptical about. Especially when what we’re being presented with is a new scifi-comedy from the guy who brought us the “Prom Dumpster Baby” song.

    But – but! – I remain cautiously optimistic. Even though some of the jokes feel a little Family Guy-y. Even if the premise can apparently be summed up as “Hyperdrive meets Ink”. I want to believe that this is a show that was put together out of a love of scifi, of Star Trek, and of a desire to make some really, really good scifi-comedy.

    I want to believe, damnit.

    in reply to: The Orville #220606
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m not the biggest fan of Family Guy – you won’t hear me bash how lazy it is, mostly because I have friends who work on the show and I’ve seen first-hand how much effort goes into making an episode, but certainly it’s not to my particular tastes.

    Surprisingly, this is probably the only place I’ve seen negative reactions to The Orville. The response to the trailer among my friends has been optimistic, even among people who can’t stand Family Guy. Pretty much everyone I know who’s a Trekkie is looking forward to it.

    in reply to: Politicians With Connections to Red Dwarf #220605
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I wonder if Hitler’s descendants (assuming there are any) get residual checks for that appearance.

    in reply to: The Orville #220576
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Fox are historically rubbish at trailers.

    in reply to: Politicians With Connections to Red Dwarf #220575
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    “Bill Clinton likes Red Dwarf” is one of those facts like “Max Spielberg’s favorite video game is Worms.” It’s nice, but utterly unverifiable.

    in reply to: The Orville #220557
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It looks to have more of a Hyperdrive feel to it. But, y’know, maybe a little less shit. Though saying that, there’s a lot about Hyperdrive that I liked. I just wish it’d been funny.

    So far, everything I’ve seen for The Orville looks promising, and it’s got US Trekkies’ hopes up far more than Star Trek: Discovery does, so… I dunno. I remain cautiously optimistic.

    in reply to: Test #220536
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Ludlum? Hang on, wait a minute! Ludlum! Lud! Lum! It’s in Bulgaria, isn’t it!

    in reply to: Test #220495
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Is your name Holly?

    in reply to: Episode Titles #220462
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I can see “Fawsmisbeee”.

    in reply to: Edinburgh screening #220440
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    No.

    in reply to: Everybody's alive, Dave. #220407
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Golf clap, John.

    I’ve been rewatching VII of late – my partner has become quite taken with Red Dwarf, so we’ve been watching it. They’re seeing it for the first time, which is immensely enjoyable. We just finished VII, Rimmer is gone and I’m keeping quiet about whether or not he’s gone forever, though I was able to point to that “wild horses…” quote, so they seem pretty well convinced he’s gone for good. That’ll last all of six seconds into VIII, mind.

    Anyway.

    I’ve always been a staunch defender of VII – even as the comedy wasn’t quite up to scratch, or certain bits of characterization changed, I’ve always been fond of the attempt to blend in the drama. And, on this more recent rewatch where my writing and storytelling senses are a little more honed (it’s probably been, I dunno, maybe a decade since I watched it top-to-bottom), it’s clearer to me now that it doesn’t quite work.

    But I love the ambition of it, and I remain fully convinced that within that dram-com blend is a version of Red Dwarf I can quite happily fall in love with. BtE veers dangerously close to that at times. It’s hard not to get a bit Those Darned Onions about Lister walking away from Dream Kochanski toward the end.

    But a big part of me – a huge part of me in fact – would like to see Red Dwarf given a reboot in the style and tone of Battlestar Galactica. Single camera, maybe go a bit handheld, screw down the Space Corps aspect of it so that it doesn’t become the farcical organization it appears to be by the time we reach VIII, and see if that particular paper airplane makes it across the room.

    Oh, and it should be funny, obviously. That’s the important bit.

    in reply to: Paul Giachetti, aka Karnie, RIP #220379
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Oh, this hurts. Such a shame. Wonderful guy.

    in reply to: Noise to Signal #220364
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Well, one of them is an episode-by-episode review of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) starting with the first episode of the ’69 original and ending with the last episode of the surprisingly-good-but-still-occasionally-wobbly ’00-’01 remake, then (hopefully!) moving on to maybe reviewing (or doing a dramatic reading of!) the script for the aborted US remake from a couple of years back. We’ll start that one as soon as our schedules align.

    The other one is a Doctor Who one, but I want to do something a little different than just “episode recaps and news,” and it’s not something anybody else is doing in the Doctor Who podcast space right now, so I’m pretty excited about it. Should be recording a pilot for that soon.

    in reply to: Noise to Signal #220348
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    (I did once have the idea that we could revive NTS as a group podcast – or even a podcast network. I think that’d work great if we all put the time in… but ultimately, would probably have failed for some of the same reasons it failed originally. We’ve all moved on to our own stuff.)

    Considering I have two – two! – podcasts in me right now, just waiting to bust out, I would be particularly and quite selfishly interested in this as a notion.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220195
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    In fairness, Kryten lived through the paradox. The camera AI…

    …oh, I’m going to bed, this is gonna go on all night.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    A brand new PortsCenter dropped in the early hours. This one looks at the magnificent SNES port of SimCity. Watch it here.

    This also marks the debut of a new spin-off channel, Chainsawsuit Games, which is devoted entirely to gaming videos and whatnot. I’d be very appreciative of anyone who decides that’s worth subscribing to and/or sharing on social media.

    in reply to: Parallel Whoniverse #220090
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’ve read negative things about Bill. Perhaps curiously, they’ve all come from straight cis men who see someone who isn’t them and immediately assume “box-ticking”. Perhaps there is a pattern!

    in reply to: Parallel Whoniverse #220075
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Bill was great, Clara was great, everybody who didn’t like either of them is wrong forever.

    in reply to: RD References List #220048
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I vaguely recall seeing something that said basically anyone had permission to continue the work, but I may have imagined that.

    in reply to: RD References List #220033
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yeah, knock it on the head, please.

    in reply to: Business Resources #219904
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Make UK company law your omnibus.

    “Football, It’s a Funny Old Game” by Wayne Rooney.

    in reply to: Bodysnatcher – Region 4 #219886
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Ah. Thought it might’ve been the Luton one, though it’s just The Mall now.

    in reply to: Bodysnatcher – Region 4 #219877
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Which Arndale, out of curiosity?

    in reply to: Bodysnatcher – Region 4 #219874
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’d heard much the same, but don’t have experience enough to verify. Amazon Australia might be worth checking, they’ll list all the region codes in the product overview.

    in reply to: Business Resources #219783
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    *slowly lowers hand*

    in reply to: Business Resources #219769
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Alright, let’s take a poll, who on here actually is in a position where they could sign corporate groups up for this?

    Anyone?

    *slowly raises hand*

    in reply to: Set photos #219768
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Yeah, there’s all kinds of little references throughout the set. That’s… y’know, it’s not anything particularly special or clever, probably.

    in reply to: Set photos #219734
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Speaking of twats…

    in reply to: Where are all the miners #219707
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Third base!

    in reply to: Where are all the miners #219705
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Not here, it’s too sandy.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf fan-edits #219413
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m still hoping some bugger’ll come along and do an extended cut of “Holoship”.

    in reply to: We have a visitor? #219239
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Oh, thanks FileTrekker. Might’ve missed that otherwise.

    in reply to: Let’s Talk About Red Dwarf XI: The Game #218965
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m seldom a 101%er these days, either – the last game I got Everything™ in was probably batman: Arkham Asylum on the 360, and I’m about to do it again on the slightly-disappointing XB1 remaster.

    in reply to: The BBC Broadcasts Guide #218945
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    This project clears up some lovely memory issues I’d been having about VIII – I was sure I’d seen it air before I went to stay with my dad in Los Angeles for three months, age 13, but in recent years I’d become convinced it might have aired later in ’99 than that.

    Of course, I could’ve checked TOS, but sod that. I’m lazy, and this project is fascinating. Well done.

    in reply to: Let’s Talk About Red Dwarf XI: The Game #218944
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Finally picked up the Android version yesterday – 99 cents! Wotta bargain! – and I mostly find myself playing it on the toilet, as is the custom with handheld titles.

    So far I’ve found it to be incredibly easy. Maybe that’s because I’m playing this off the back of (almost) finishing SuperHOT on the Xbox, and I acknowledge that as mobile games reach a much wider audience they maybe need to be a little more forgiving, but I’ve literally been able to plough through some of the Metal Gear Lite areas by just charging forward and taking the hits. Possibly that was harder before health pickups were sprinkled around the game like confetti.

    I’m digging it, though. It’s a little more robust than your average mobile game offering. Just, y’know, a bit easy for my tastes.

    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    in reply to: Red Dwarf is Back on Netflix Streaming, but… #218833
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    The good news is that Red Dwarf is surprisingly affordable on DVD in the US – the individual series sets range from $6 to $22, or the complete I-VIII set is $60.

    in reply to: Something I've noticed about Balance of Power Remastered #218812
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Hang about, Jawscvmcdia has actually posted something of interest!

    in reply to: Was it just me, #218803
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Studio audience sitcom in “set redressing” blunder.

    in reply to: The real reasons behind Rob and Doug's breakup #218746
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Can we pull the dirt over the top of this one?

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #218745
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    No, seriously. I haven’t said much else because I have nothing substantial to say, but I’ve now re-read it four times.

    in reply to: Has Doug bitten off more than he can chew? #218744
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #218737
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Fab post, John.

    in reply to: The real reasons behind Rob and Doug's breakup #218717
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Doot-doo, da-doo-doo.

    in reply to: Has Doug bitten off more than he can chew? #218616
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    As for saying rob hasn’t written anything as good, that’s unfair to say since rob wasn’t the one writing red dwarf and dougs already been changing the tone multiple times to try and get favourable tone so it’s not like he had trial and error.

    Rob has tried and failed to get several projects off of the ground. He did write Dark Ages, which wasn’t very good, and The Strangerers, which also wasn’t very good.His novels were pretty good, but the last one – “Fat” – came out a decade ago and there’s nothing to his name since. Y’know, if we don’t include “Bodysnatcher”.

    So Ian has a very valid and real point when he says Rob hasn’t done anything good in a while, because he hasn’t. Not for a full decade now.

    in reply to: Font help? #218593
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m still holding out for Bluray-formatted R2 versions for BTE, X and XI. I’d do it myself but… eeeuuueeeehhh.

    in reply to: Out of Time Ending Rescored #218585
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I liked it more than I was expecting to. It’s perhaps a little big for Red Dwarf, but the timing works well. Personally I would’ve kept the silence after Starbug explodes – I don’t think that extra bit really does it any favors, and fades awkwardly into the end theme. Otherwise, fab.

    in reply to: GOG.com is selling Simon the Sorcerer on the cheap #218584
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    As I recall, the main thing that annoyed me was that unlike every other talkie point-and-click adventure, you could have either subtitles or voice acting, but not both at the same time.

    They did fix that for the iOS re-release a few years ago, but I think that’s since been pulled from the App Store, which is a shame. It actually highlighted some differences in the dialogue – I guess they tightened and tweaked some stuff during recording.

    I think the assumption, way back in the Year of Our Lord One-Thousand-Nine-Hundred-and-Ninety-Three, was that if you could hear the characters you wouldn’t need to see what they were saying. Which, y’know, I can understand the thought process that goes into that sort of decision, but what I don’t understand is exactly zero people during this process stopping to say “Hang on, what about deaf people?”

    Personally I was always more baffled by Chris’ read of the line “There you are” when Simon gives the Wizards their gold coins. He reads it like he’s found someone he was looking for. It always sticks out to me.

    in reply to: Font help? #218511
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’d probably use that ancient ‘n’ ‘orrible BBC Video logo, just for consistency’s sake, but otherwise splendid.

    I don’t suppose anyone’s done Region 1 versions alt covers for BTE and X, have they?

    in reply to: Would you watch a Red Dwarf porn film? #218482
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Can we knock it on the head with these novelty goof threads, maybe? They’re turning Geeantie into… well, into literally every other ruddy forum on the internet. Bin ’em.

    in reply to: Font help? #218443
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’ve always had mixed feelings about the US DVDs. They lack the logo spine which simultaneously sidesteps the alignment issue while also rendering the spines less interesting. But they also have that silver foil effect on the logo.

    in reply to: Who is/was John Hoare? #218442
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Thanks FHoare the MemHoareies.

    in reply to: Continuity Announcements #218268
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I remember that, Seb. Gave me chills.

    in reply to: …but is there proof? #218267
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure the intent is that he’s looking for the Kochanski we saw in VII-VIII.

    in reply to: TRUMP. #218236
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Drama club, inaugural meeting after the end of school, 2001. We sat in the room as Mr. Bailey the drama teacher talked about the play we’d be doing. There was a silence. Then it happened.

    I knew it was coming, but I thought it’d be a squeaker. Quiet, stealthy, almost inaudible to the human ear. Oh, how wrong I was. The resulting sound was like the car horn on a Mini Metro. Everyone knew where it’d come from. The looks on their faces still haunt me today.

    I was never invited to drama club again. That was the end of my career.

    in reply to: What if Red Dwarf Series 10 and 11 were remastered? #218068
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I propose we remaster Ganymede & Titan and cut out all of these duff threads. Might be a bit of a watershed moment where savage cuts made for a remaster is considered a massive improvement over the original.

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