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  • in reply to: Mundane observation dome #269463

    That mashup is lovely, cheers for that!

    in reply to: Series V has two theme songs in almost every episode #269403

    Pre-echoes come from when analogue tape is stored long enough, it begins to imprint itself on the next bit of tape spooled around it. It’s most obvious on audio cassettes, particularly ferric ones. The question is, if this happens on analogue video, why isn’t there an image pre-echo?

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Tiermaker lists #269286

    Am I missing something with the SABCDF format? What does the S mean and why no E?

    in reply to: Seeing actors who have been in the show in other things #269214

    Angela Bruce and Robert Bathurst are the two I always see as their Red Dwarf characters. Everyone else I can just about separate.

    In terms of the opposite, Johnny Vegas is hard to watch because he’s so utterly himself. On first watch I didn’t actually realise it was Kevin Eldon in the first half of the episode, somehow, so I’ve always been able to maintain a touch of distance. I suppose also he’s been in so many things as bit parts that he’s always able to slide in as a background character quite well.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf DVD commentaries #268845

    They’re quite fun, but not as informative as, say, a Rob/Doug one would be.

    Norm is the best thing about the VIII commentaries. The worst bit is Bobby calling Krytie TV ‘classic Dwarf’.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #268804

    Yeah, but it’s blatantly how it was written though.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #268802

    The pan-dimensional liquid beast from the mogadon cluster definitely stands out as a bit weird. Although there’s also the alien war fleet false alarm in Legion, which although obviously not real, feels like the crew were happy to acknowledge that aliens might exist.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #268785

    I suppose the original idea of the main characters being alone in space was the main concept, so once they started introducing GELFs and such on a regular basis it had kind of stuck.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268685

    Yes it, like the actual kidney bootstrap paradox, is strangely underplayed in an era which still has a fair few VIII-esque overdone moments.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268542

    Maybe it’d just be a bit smelly.

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #268354

    “Do you think he’s capable of murder?”

    “Yes,” said the Doctor without hesitation. “I think he’s capable of ripping someone’s arm off and beating them to death with the wet end.”

    Ben Aaronovich’s NA The Also People. There’s also been two Blackadder references, in terms of a huge celebratory pie in the shape of a huge pie, and the heart of a concrete elephant.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268307

    Sounds like a pretty big compliment to me.

    in reply to: Will Meltdown disappear from streaming? #268211

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets cut from repeat runs and wouldn’t complain if that were the case.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268145

    I would imagine everyone involved was aware of how it looked and certainly didn’t play down any humour the audience would have got from that interpretation, but at the same time the joke clearly works just as well (however well that is) without needing that element.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268119

    Ah yes, the “lol sex toys” joke. I didn’t get it on first watch, it clicked not too long after, and I’ve still never laughed at it.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #268111

    Happy to inspire some smugness.

    Yes, it’s worth considering that those designs were created for CRT displays. Like early CDs sounding tinny and shit because they were using masters created for vinyl.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267907

    If I was to head-canon any changes like that, it would be the initial breaking of his programming in Kryten, followed by Lister’s pre-III rebuild.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267879

    True, although the opening Camille scene is definitely written and acted as if lying is some kind of unattainable goal, which still doesn’t really work if the last thing we saw Kryten do is exactly the thing he’s now failing to do.
    I just quite enjoy it as a very obvious example of the ‘make it up as they go along’ scrappy approach Rob and Doug took to writing.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267870

    The Last Day ends with Kryten saying he was lying, and Camille opens with him saying he can’t lie. Not much of an arc in that sense.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267832

    Yeah, the actual ‘futuristic’ stuff we have all feels a bit more mundane. 25 years ago, something like Alexa would have been mind-blowing, as would iPhones and vaccines with microchips sending biodata to Bill Gates (lol), but they’re things that crept up and became day-to-day household items.
    There are definitely differences in interior decor – we’re in a very stark era of plain while walls in homes and craft beer pubs with exposed piping – but the Aigburth Arms feels really cartoony because it’s going for ‘sci-fi’ rather than ‘fashion’.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267827

    The Ouroboros pub is a really, really ninetiesy vision of the future. It feels kind of quaint now. But it fits the era of the show quite well, because VII in particular feels like everything exists in a sci-fi universe, whereas the III pub fits its own era well because the reality of the show was still pretty down-to-earth and humdrum at that point.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #267805

    He could have been on the bridge for a meeting to discuss catering issues with the Captain. The more important question is how did someone like Petersen end up as an officer at all?

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267755

    It’s all part of the VII comfort zone: they’re still stuck on Starbug, but supplies are plentiful and everybody seems quite content. Have I mentioned my idea of how VII should have started with them using the time drive to recover Red Dwarf so the feel and setting of the series actually made sense before? I have? Oh.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267722

    The origins of his curry thing just come from it being a basic greasy takeaway food like all of his favourites really, aren’t they? Wonder why it was decided to make it his favouritest thing.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267711

    Always assumed the bike was because the ship was so large that it would be an hour’s walk to get anywhere, which would get pretty tiring.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #267661

    I totally understand the psychology behind it. I suppose, after everything they’ve been through in the previous few years, and being stuck on Starbug with almost no supplies, I think I would stop with Legion.

    Why didn’t Legion just sabotage Starbug if he didn’t want them to leave? He probably could have sent it out on autopilot and stranded them there.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #267656

    Yes, him standing there watching it all – even taking his mask off in time to see his face changing – has always been very clunky.

    Honestly, given the fact they have nothing to live for on Red Dwarf, staying on Legion’s space station with an additional person for company, the holosuite and a seemingly great supplies situation seems like a no brainer.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267546

    I had no idea about Chris leaving in VII so it was a pretty big thing when it happened.

    VI was my first series as a fan, and the first series I taped, and it’s still my least favourite of the Rob-era, which should be a good counter to any “your first is your favourite” theories.

    I think, more than anything else, the internet has made us more critical, as people in general. And this is both good and bad. It’s enabled people to express their dislike of things, not feel alone in said dislike, and even be able to voice this dislike towards creators. It also means it’s harder to just enjoy things as they come along, as was the case in the ’90s, as we’re now able to express our opinions and discuss them – to the extent that we’re often <i>expected</i> to do so – and thus simple personal enjoyment is not the defining feature of any form of art or media these days. Which I think is a very bad thing.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267536

    Out of Time is a top five episode for me, but the rest of VI still feels like a step down from everything that came before. It’s still magnificently funny for the most part, and has some great imaginative bits, but it feels like it’s treading water and mostly lacking in the pathos that is a key ingredient in the show’s magic for me. Gag-for-gag, it’s probably on par with the rest of the bubble, but it still feels slightly… off.
    First time she watched it, my girlfriend thought it was the first post-Rob series, she found it that jarring and unfunny.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267516

    It wasn’t until this thread that I even knew who Quayle was, the whole joke baffled me. A list of names of 23rd century physicists, how is that funny? I thought.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267341

    And if so, does that open the door for Norman to at some point appear as the “original” human that Holly was based on?

    The greatest and most prolific lover who ever lived? Would be an interesting episode.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267321

    I still don’t like Tikka – it’s crammed with really, really awful gags, it almost entirely takes place on 20th century Earth, it destroys Kryten’s character within five minutes, and only exists by completely contradicting its own rules of time travel within the same episode – although I enjoyed some of it at the time. VII never felt quite right as a 12 year old – it was immediately my least favourite series – but I think I actually appreciated the more dramatic elements and the slight world-building elements, as well as finding some of it funny, especially Blue.

    VIII felt really, really off to me on first watch. I wasn’t an even remotely critical viewer of anything before then, but from Chris’s performance in the opening scene I immediately realised this wasn’t right, and although some of the more questionable bits – knob gags and misogyny – appealed more to my 14 year old self than they do now, the series has always felt rough around the edges to me, only moreso over time.

    I think it’s possible to put some of the blame of one’s own criticism on getting to know a show and then new versions not feeling quite as good – the gap between VI and VII meant that it would be seen by a lot of people as ‘new’ Dwarf, rather than stuff that was always around – only I didn’t see IV until 1998, and the first half of V until 2000, and they were immediately better than VII and VIII.

    & I hate VIII as much now as I did in 2008. The existence of nine or ten ‘almost classic’ episodes hasn’t made it seem any better in hindsight.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267314

    I’ll always give a boost to original eras over revivals, whether it’s a TV show, discography or genre copycats, so even if I-VI isn’t mostly objectively best (which it probably is), it’s got the freshness and the classic look, atmosphere and nostalgia going for it that make even the weaker ones a luxuriously indulgent experience.

    Yeah, I struggle to find <i>anything</i> that comes back from a hiatus – TV, music, book series – that properly recaptures the magic of the original version. Atmosphere is a huge part of my enjoyment of these things, and the look and feel of later Dwarf will always make it feel slightly off for me – I suppose that ties in with my Wafflem’n topic of not being able to enjoy the Dave era because it doesn’t have a slightly grainy video look. There are a handful of Doug solo episodes I’ll be putting in the bubble for the 2023 poll (The Emerald Experiment?), but for the most part even the best Dave stuff really feels more like a nice bonus rather than part of the version of the show I actually love.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267272

    You point a magic wand at things and magic things happen; you point a time wand at things and timey things happen.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267249

    As a pre-teen, then a teenager, then probably into early adulthood, I never came across people calling perfume ‘scent’, so it just made no sense. As soon as I got the reference the joke became obvious.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #267235

    Yeah, that gag felt like a non-sequitur to me for years.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267098

    Because the horsemen of the apocalypse aren’t, traditionally, cowboys. Nor do they carry guns. And Gunmen of the Apocalypse, with its little bit of wordplay, makes a more interesting title than Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which is unimaginative and generic.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #267080

    Horsemen of the Apocalypse, only the horsemen have guns. Gunmen of the Apocalypse. It’s a fairly rudimentary but simple to understand bit of wordplay, surely?

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266999

    Yeah, it’s kind of telling that Hattie’s Holly Episode is the one where she’s turned off for most of it.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #266845

    It’s kinda funny how TPL kinda addressed a lot of the issues some people have with a lot of the Dave era. Too many plots, not enough time, quick endings, broad characterisation, over the top acting etc. And then people go asking for a series again which presumably would have the same issues as before.

    I suppose for me, one of the issues is I find the first half of TPL to be as bad as the worst bits of XI and XII. Just lacking in any decent jokes or focus, and it makes the whole story drag, as if Doug doesn’t actually know how to fill the episode. Maybe doing something like three 45 minute specials would be a good compromise.

    I think one thing we can conclude is, no matter the format or plot, everyone’s going to really hate some part of it, and it’ll have some really cringey jokes. These are now givens for any Doug Dwarf episode.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #266830

    For me, if Doug had spent the amount of time he did on XI & XII and spent it on six episodes, using the time to tighten the scripts and use the best jokes from the other six episodes, it could have been a series we wouldn’t have to make at least some apologies for. Especially with these six:

    Give & Take
    Officer Rimmer

    Hmm, this is a well worn conversation eh

    in reply to: Movie script on Ebay #266710

    Well i asked if i could see some more pages and got this reply

    “I am afraid not. The page you see is from the script. There is no point sending any more pages.”

    Probably worth replying telling him the listing says “I am happy to send partial photos of the dialogue” and thus it’s very clear from his response that this is a bogus item and that you’re going to report him to eBay.

    Just to see how he replies.

    in reply to: Movie script on Ebay #266681

    The preview section feels very broad and not very funny.
    As a follow-up to VIII, pretty convincing.

    A simple tweet asking Doug should clear it up, surely?

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #266676

    That’s the end and the beginning with small letters, by the way, before anyone tries to be hilarious.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #266675

    Yes, I imagine it would been more a case of UKTV showing an interest in doing specials going forward, and Doug sorting out the logistics with GNP, rather than three being fully commissioned.

    I’d still prefer a series, but I’ll take specials. We’re so much closer to the end than the beginning at this point, and the last four episodes have been either very good, or had plenty of great moments, so really, I’m just happy to take whatever few episodes we have left now.

    But is the Universe sentient?

    You’ll always be Dana Scully to me.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #266423

    Actually, thinking about it, Red Dwarf, with all its power, is only able to sustain one hologram. By shutting off all non-essential systems in Me², Holly was able to get the ship to sustain two holograms.

    And now we’re expected to believe something the size of a shuttlecock can sustain a hologram and can be booted by Starbug’s onboard computer?

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #266415

    I suppose that makes Last Human work under the same rules as the TV series, while the first two novels, at least, have a different approach, most obvious in the black hole section of BTL.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #266410

    In the books the light bee seems to be just a projector, with the actual data coming from the ship.

    In the show, it’s much more practical for the light bee to just be Rimmer’s computer brain as well as a projector. He can go as far as needs be from Red Dwarf and have new software transmitted straight to his light bee.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266311

    It’s typical Red Dwarf vagueness that makes this arguable on both side. I’ve always taken it as not a bootstrap paradox, though, and that Holden invented it at a younger age than he originally did.

    Lister’s kidneys in Give & Take, now they’re a great bootstrap paradox.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266294

    It’s quite likely that the pan-dimensional liquid beast from the Mogadon Cluster tried to kill them.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266267

    Yeah, I definitely fall into the ‘not liking comedy guest characters’ camp. Humour can arise from them, and often does, but their character shouldn’t be undermined by making them overly wacky. Meltdown has some fairly broad performances, which might be another reason it’s less fondly remembered than most of the Grant Naylor era.

    As a one-off, a ‘comedy’ guest would be fine – I liked Hogey a lot, for example – but it’s definitely the issue that, even though the tone of the Dave era feels either like 1-VI, or at least an attempt at 1-VI, most of the guest characters still feel like they come from VIII. Even Asclepius was ramped up a bit much in the comedy creepy stakes for my liking.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266255

    Holoship works because, although they are ostensibly human, they have absolutely no interest in the non-Rimmer crew. Although it’s through snobbery, it’s still an alienating factor, and no one from the ship properly interacts with the rest of the Dwarfers. Even Binks communicates with Lister vicariously through his transmissions to the Enlightenment.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266248

    I think the gradual introduction of various GELFs and, eventually, hardlight, worked really well for the show, as it allowed them to explore the largely unpopulated universe and Rimmer’s lack of body for quite a while before changing them over time. Part of me still wishes hardlight was only available on Legion’s space station, as giving Rimmer a body does remove a little of what made the character what it was. It’s not a big deal, but I would have preferred it that way.

    As far as humans are concerned, it’s an issue I have with the Dave era. 1-VI Dwarf, we see other actual humans in six episodes, three of which are time travel, three of which are alternate versions of the main characters.
    In X-XII, there are seven episodes with humans, two are time travel, one alternate dimensions, four are actual different people with the crew in the future. Throw in Tikka and VIII and you’ve got 16. If I really wanted to be petty, I could say that the alternate realities joke at the end of BtE means everyone in that was a real human, and thus could push it up to 19. Either way, Doug Dwarf is considerably more populated than Rob and Doug Dwarf, and I think it’s not a good thing. I quite like the VI/VII thing of coming across simulants and GELFs more often, of them travelling through a part of space that’s occupied by effectively ‘alien’ lifeforms, but the more human-centric approach doesn’t work for me, and somewhat spoils the atmosphere of the show.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #266224

    Yeah, tarka dahl has become one of my go-to curries, tried partially because of the Red Dwarf reference.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #266220

    I thought Tarker Doll and Bindy Bajjy were just funny alien names for a long time. Didn’t get into Indian style food until my 20s so finding them on menus was fun.

    I still don’t actually know what taramasalata actually is, and I’m not going to Google it, just so I can legitimately make this post.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266192

    Watching X for the first time still feels like the current chapter of my life, which is scary.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #266191

    Goalpost Head was a fairly recent one for me, too. I thought it was a variation on blockhead or similar.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #266096

    STARDISbug really feels like Doug having his cake and eating it, wanting to do the series in Starbug for whatever reason, but also wanting a ship with miles of vents and a landing bay and such. If he was going to bring back the time drive, it would have made far more sense to have them return to the time and place of Red Dwarf’s disappearance, make a bootstrap paradox of them stealing it from themselves, and then have the rest of VII set on Red Dwarf, thus negating any need for dimensional anomalies at all. This would have also had the bonus of meaning VIII would have been very different.

    in reply to: Mundane observation dome #266035

    Yeah, Lister really wouldn’t have a grey acoustic. The Les Paul works much better.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #265960

    Kochanski herself

    Given that Lister immediately recognises Khloe’s Cochanski, I think we’re meant to take it as a retcon. As far as Lister’s concerned, she’s pretty much the same person he dated.

    I’m definitely headcanoning my uniform change theory, though.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #265947

    That’s only if you accept that the divergent point is Kochanski going into stasis. Which I don’t as there’s too many other differences.

    As long as the divergent point is after Lister’s birth, it should still work though, surely? The uniform change could easily have been implemented a few days before the flashback.

    Hell, given that Frankenstein is a kitten in the flashback, the uniform could have changed from the blue one that day after the flashback, and everything else we see from the pre-accident ship could have been set afterwards. I think I’m onto something here.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #265910

    Yeah Kochanski’s flashbacks all the crew wear blue uniforms, but you can accept that by just saying it’s an alt reality so the uniform colour was different.

    Except it’s portrayed as the moment when the timelines diverged, so surely until then it should have been the same?

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #265895

    If we’re being completely honest, I’d say it probably wasn’t written with either perspective in mind, just a general jibe in Rimmer’s direction that shouldn’t be looked at too deeply.

    Headcanon, I’d go with Lister taking the piss rather than Rimmer’s mum actually buying the clothes. Especially considering he divorced her.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #265855

    Yeah, old and worn seems much more like a Rob and Doug gag than Rimmer fucking holes in it.

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #265728

    More smegs from Benny in Sanctuary, as well as The Doctor keeping a copy of The Junior Colour Encyclopaedia of Space in the TARDIS escape pagoda.
    I think it’s fair to say at this point that David McIntee is a Red Dwarf fan.

    Some are a bit tenuous, but top marks for Underworld and Attack of the Cybermen.

    in reply to: Where do they get their crazy ideas from? #265239

    Is that idea used much in the classic series? I know it’s commonly mentioned in the revived era, but the rules of changing time seem very vague in the original run.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #265215

    Not sure just how unpopular this is, but one of my all-time top ten Red Dwarf jokes actually comes from Red Dwarf USA. Kryten’s ‘fire exit’ gag. That must be a Rob & Doug line, surely?

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #265200

    Yeah, we barely see the bunkroom at all in V.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #265176

    I remember being disappointed by the not-quite-accurate bunk room and uniforms in VIII back when I was still a teenager on first broadcast. It felt kind of ‘off’, which I suppose matched my feelings of the series as a whole.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #265122

    The second half of Skipper is let down for me by stuff like Everybody’s Alive Arnold and the VIII characterisation of Hollister. It’s very funny, but it also feels like Doug is intentionally going for “hey, remember this!” rather than coming up with a totally new idea. Mr. Rat is obviously an all-time Red Dwarf highlight, and the quick jumps that have the elephant sound, Blue Dwarf and then the original model are superb.

    I’m yet to not be tickled by the jump cuts, especially the making and eating of Lister’s breakfast.

    in reply to: Where do they get their crazy ideas from? #265096

    Does anything else commit so fully to the fatalist approach to time travel seen in Future Echoes / Stasis Leak / Cassandra?

    Hartnell-era Doctor Who story The Aztecs. The Doctor tells Barbara there is no point in trying to save lives: “You can’t rewrite history! Not one line!”
    Obviously it all changed in later years.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264912

    Yeah I’d agree with Pete. He is clinging to genuine achievement. It’d be less funny if it turned out he’d made that up too.

    I’m sure there’ll be a bit in next month’s Last Human section where it turns out he’s made it up, then.

    Sorry to derail the thread immediately, but I actually laughed out loud at this bit from the Chris Veale interview:

    You must be pleased by the feedback from the REMASTERING and for VIII

    in reply to: Series X US Re-release #264886

    To be fair, Babylon 5 gets very, very heavy going in places. It has a reputation – to some – of being a bit of a cheap, naff, lightweight show, and yet it’s one in which we watch Earth turn into an Orwellian state.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264868

    It’s possible that so far he only Inquisited people born after Kryten was created, in which case the chance of him affecting the comparatively few human creations they’ve stumbled across would be reasonably low.

    in reply to: Series X US Re-release #264843

    I struggled a bit with Atlantis. I think I just find Space Vampires a really, really uninteresting choice of enemy. I probably got halfway through the second series before giving up. Annoyingly, although it doesn’t come close to Arrowverse level, there are a handful of things in Atlantis which do have an effect on SG-1, so I remember a couple of times when I realised I’d missed something.

    in reply to: Series X US Re-release #264813

    it becomes only more impressive when you learn what Michael O’Hare was dealing with at the time.

    I’m glad I didn’t see it until after his death, because I would have been really annoyed about him leaving before it all got explained. The whole thing is really tragic.

    Stargate was my Star Trek replacement after DS9 ended. I thought the early, naive years were loads of fun, but I got less interested around season 5/6.

    I think the first series is pretty naff, suffering from the kind of generic sci-fi stories that most first series tend to, but after that it gets pretty good. I think it lost a little something around the time Daniel left and never quite recovered, although I do like the Ben Browder & Claudia Black series at the back end. Speaking of…

    Then I moved on to Farscape, which was the most entertaining epic sci-fi sitcom until Moffat/Smith Doctor Who came along.

    Yeah, an absolute gem and one of my all-time favourite shows.

    in reply to: Series X US Re-release #264780

    SG-1 doesn’t come close to Babylon 5, but it is a <i>lot</i> of fun.
    I’d almost recommend not watching the Stargate film, though, what with it having entirely different actors and some pretty different concepts, and being really, really, really bad.

    in reply to: Series X US Re-release #264731

    The first series is pretty patchy, and yes, it’s definitely smaller budget than the Trek of the same era, but it’s really worth sticking with. The third and fourth seasons are some of the best TV sci-fi ever made.

    in reply to: What year did “The End” take place in? #264627

    To be fair, it would put Red Dwarf in the 22nd Century if he is 57 years old.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264608

    I might be wrong. Maybe it’s on a commentary.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264603

    I always thought it was an error. I have a feeling I got that idea from something mentioned on one of the DVDs.

    in reply to: The Sound Design Of Red Dwarf #264593

    A meteor that size would have obliterated the ship, so I’m definitely happy to accept the intentional mining idea.

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #264527

    4 is my least favourite Peep Show series. It moves away from the original format into The Wacky Adventures of Mark and Jez where one always tags along with the other for some really tenuous reason and they do daft stuff like eating a dog. Kind of the antithesis of what I like about the show.

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #264525

    I’d say series 2-5 of One Foot in the Grave probably match it. Being objective, they possibly beat it in terms of successful plotting and gag-for-gag rate.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264524

    I think a first-person shooter set in the Red Dwarf universe, with a section set on Rimmerworld would be great fun.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264488

    JMC run the ship and employ the miners, but the whole thing is owned and financed by the Space Corps, who also use parts of the ship to do their Space Corpsy stuff.
    I guess.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264460

    I think it’s been discussed before, and it’s usually agreed that either coming to a stop or parking in orbit around a moon, while constantly broadcasting a quarantine message, would have been infinitely wiser. Given the technological breakthroughs humanity came up with in the interim – psi-moons, holoships, time machines, teleporters – you’d think it would have been easy to get Lister out of stasis without subjecting him to radiation poisoning, or even to clear the ship of radiation. Lister might have missed a few hundred or thousand years of culture, but at least he wouldn’t have been on his own.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264424

    Depends whether it’s Lister pronouncing it as hyou-muss or not.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264417

    RE: The time thing regarding Ace, obviously in Dimension Jump the “original” Ace not only travels between dimensions, but also 3,000,000 years into the future, to meet up with our cast. So not every dimension is at the same “time”.

    The explanation in Backwards, that Rimmer is always pulled towards whichever dimension he’s in’s version of himself, is nonsense but works well enough as an explanation.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264415

    It’s never mentioned how they manage to turn around (especially in context of the line in Future Echoes about how long it would take), but even if they manage to turn around in series 1, they’ve still only been travelling back to Earth for, what, a few hundred years including the various spells in deep sleep. A thousand or so tops. That is only a drop in the ocean in the context of three million. So yeah, basically everything we bump into, from the Polymorph’s canister onwards, suggests that humanity managed to just about catch up with them, or, if humans have been extinct for a long time, then humanity managed to overtake them.
    Of course, if humans <i>have</i> been extinct for many millennia, it’s hard to imagine all the technology would still be working. Some things they find seem derelict, but even if humanity lasted two million years, it’s hard to imagine that any space stations would have survived another million.

    All in all, if Rob and Doug had planned to take the show into the more action-and-exploration direction when they started writing it, I really doubt they would have gone with three million. As a figure it works really well for the total isolation of the first two series, but not so much for everything that came after.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264397

    Timeframe is irrelevant I think, the wormhole/portal thing seems to lead them all to a very specific point in another time and space and reality altogether.

    Surely every coffin would arrive at the same time, then? As it is, there are already millions there, which would suggest there is a timeframe involved.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264326

    Apparently I only joined in 2015, which surprises me. I’d been a long-time reader of the site and remember reading all the X set reports. I suppose the fact that I lived without home internet for three years might be why I didn’t join sooner.

    I was on the TOS forum a very, very long time ago, around 2000-2002 I think. I never really got that involved though (some forums from the time I stayed on for at least 10 years), but this place has always seemed really friendly and welcoming, and the Dwarfcasts and articles are always a highlight when they come along. Hurray for G&T.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264319

    Didn’t he suggest wiping the printing bank so Rimmer couldn’t create a crew of his subordinates?

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #264316

    Just how far would he be willing to go to have people back?

    He’d rather have no printed people around than have them working for Rimmer in Officer Rimmer, so not very far, apparently.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264292

    Yes, I was fairly sure you were a troll with your anti-PC Timewave nonsense, and it has thus been confirmed. Yawn.

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