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  • in reply to: Series III Certification #237994
    Paul Muller
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    I was under the impression Rimmer’s line was actually ‘sack of sick’, but I could be wrong.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf model shots in a skip. #237983
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Are we talking about the entire set of model rushes from across the series? If so, that’s insane.

    in reply to: Favourite Bunkroom? #237804
    Paul Muller
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    Just been back and watched BtE pt1 to get a better look at the bunkroom set – it holds up pretty well, although it looks incredibly bright after watching XI-XII. In general, the proliferation of windows is nice – although I guess it’s a bit weird having all the action taking place right on the edge of the ship.

    in reply to: Favourite Bunkroom? #237798
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Having flashbacks to this comments section: https://www.ganymede.tv/2015/04/high-low-popular-misconceptions/

    in reply to: Favourite Bunkroom? #237767
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    The BTE bunkroom is honestly one of my favourites, the only thing that brings it down is the static display screens. It’s a nice mix of the S1-2 and III-V design aesthetic and benefits hugely from the addition of a Fucking Big Window™.

    in reply to: What's the most you've laughed at Red Dwarf? #237754
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Bathtub to Holmfirth (2009)

    in reply to: What's the most you've laughed at Red Dwarf? #237719
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I’ve never actually bothered to watch the show, but I’ve been hanging around this website for quite a few years now and I think I’ve more or less got the gist of it.

    in reply to: BBC Two – new idents #237598
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Apologies for lowering the tone, but Channel 4 has also done a rebrand. Including this rather lovely, Dwarf-esque space station, which I’m 76% sure is a nicely put together miniature shot.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #237437
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Eminently readable and informative as always John.

    Noel Edmonds is still a twat though.

    in reply to: Conservative youtuber Citizen X muses on CC/Lister's ethnicty #237399
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “…he was surprised when Charles described himself as a black guy, as X hadn’t really thought of him as such, instead thinking that his defining characteristic was being a scouser.”

    Yeah, I mean it’s not like there’s been a visible black community in Liverpool since the 1700s or anything…Oh wait.

    Youtube’s algorithm is fucked though. I’m a massive insufferable lefty and every other suggested video is for JBP, a random red faced old man shouting about Tommy Robinson or some clip of Joe Rogan cordially chatting with a neo-nazi about ‘white genocide’.

    in reply to: Conservative youtuber Citizen X muses on CC/Lister's ethnicty #237313
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Ugh.

    in reply to: Howard Goodall is a fucking idiot #237312
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I did cringe a bit when I saw that Topic title pop up on the front page.

    Also, for what it’s worth I try and avoid talking about politics too much on here – there’s enough Corbyn bashing/Centrist bashing on my Twitter timeline as it is – it’s nice to come here and get away from it sometimes and spend some time talking about normal things like recurring corridor piping.

    in reply to: Burt Reynolds has died #237282
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I’d prefer chicken

    in reply to: Howard Goodall is a fucking idiot #237278
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I’ll always love Howard, the man’s a genius and always comes across as a genuinely nice guy.

    Whatever his tweet related sins, at least he’s not Frances Barber…

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237173
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Shit. In the time it took to write that post, BBH beat me to it.

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237172
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    There’s actually quite a difference between the BTE uniform and the X-XII one. The BTE costume was made of a lighter, two tone material with a sinched in band around the waist and collar and trousers which were padded, similar to the VI-VII material. The current tunic is more conventially suit-like. He also wore some quite peculiar boots, with a sort of blue sleeve. He now has a notably less ‘spacey’ pair of dress shoes, and in general the whole affair is looser fitting (presumably to afford Chris Barrie a more comfortable experience).

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237136
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I’m not too fussed about the colour, but it’s definitely time to retire the tunic/trousers combo – which he’s now been sporting unaltered for three series. It’s a bit too formal for my liking (I think it’s the shoes).

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #236996
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    One day.

    One day I’ll work out how to post properly on this forum.

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #236995
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Yeah, sorry about that…

    in reply to: Should Series XIII focus more on drama or comedy? #236641
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I think there’s often a conflation between ‘drama’ and ‘pathos’. Good comedy is almost impossible without pathos – having moments of seriousness/sadness, which you can then suddenly defuse with a joke, help to create emotional engagement. Perfect example, Better Than Life’s scene in the Observation Dome, which effortlessly intertwines heartrending tales of Rimmer’s abusive childhood, and Lister’s dad dying with gags that break the tension (his brother being 6’5″, ‘…reading him the football results’ etc).

    Without pathos, it’s very difficult to feel emotionally invested, which I think is my main problem with Series VIII. There’s almost no pause for thought, no grounded moments, just a relentless onslaught of gags, and consequently, it just leaves me completely cold. When Dave-era Dwarf does include those moments (BTE, Siliconia, M-Corp), they work pretty well – but they’re few and far between.

    I think the same applies to actual dramatic tension, moments of peril, fear etc, which to be fair Doug worked into XI and XII pretty well in places. Part of the reason ‘Can of Worms’ didn’t work for me however, was that the Polymorph never really felt like a threat. Compare its depiction in that episode against its original appearance in the show, or in the BTL novel for instance – it was genuinely pretty scary.

    In conclusion: Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry, make ’em wait. Also, make ’em shit themselves.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235719
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I know that Apple Watch and similar wrist devices are the future, but I’m not sure filming the series in 272 x 340 resolution was a wise move.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235715
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    In hindsight, I can see why getting Kerry Shale in to re-dub all the performances was an attractive option. Doug could make last minute dialog changes right up until broadcast, without having to resort to reshoots.

    But I mean honestly, they didn’t even try to sync up the lip movements…

    in reply to: Favourite Special Effect #235563
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Also, the Mill’s Red Dwarf movie test shot. Lighting, compositing, tiny floating astronaut, some nice lens flares on the boosters – all good. I’m not going to mourn The Pencil, but it really did look excellent in that one shot.

    in reply to: Favourite Special Effect #235558
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    The shot of Nova 5 crashed on a lunar surface. Everything works perfectly; the camera glides smoothly, the focal depth is somehow spot on, lighting moody and atmospheric and a great spaceship miniature as well. Also lots of little details like the scattered debris, the visible name markings and the dimly lit interior window that help to tell a story.

    in reply to: Things about Red Dwarf that make you irrationally angry #235403
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    1. G&T having an edit button on their forum posts which doesn’t actually let you edit the post.

    2. My continued inability to properly post Red Dwarf related images on this forum.

    3. Realising after 25-odd years that the original Red Dwarf model was completely assymetrical, with only one name plate.

    4. Series VIII

    in reply to: Things about Red Dwarf that make you irrationally angry #235401
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    [IMG]http://i67.tinypic.com/20kofn9.jpg[/IMG]

    in reply to: What will happen if one of the cast dies? #234513
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I nominate this thread for Hall of Shame status

    in reply to: Should Rimmer get a costume redesign for Series XIII? #233362
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    IMO Rimmer and Lister are both due a bit of a costume update – they’re both looking a bit stale after three series.

    For Lister, something a bit more utilitarian I reckon – I know everyone hates that boilersuit thing in VI/VII but something along those lines might work, with a bit more colour. There’s so many patches, patterns and prints on him at the moment it’s difficult to know where to look.

    For Rimmer, get rid of the dress shoes, give him some boots, a bit of padding or some alternating fabrics to break it up a bit. Currently, he’s just a very long slab of blue. And yeah, maybe it’s time for a colour change. Yellow or orange I reckon.

    That said, I’m probably talking bollocks – I know fuck all about fashion/style.

    in reply to: Camille Question #232744
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    It’s a shame he didn’t pop up as a cameo in Skipper, but I suppose with his busy schedule there’s more chance of waking up to discover My Dad’s The Prime Minister.

    in reply to: Regarding Starbug’s support legs #232584
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I’m building a 3D model of Blue Midget at the moment and I’ll be fucked if I’m putting arms on the thing. As far as I’m concerned it never happened.

    in reply to: Regarding Starbug’s support legs #232557
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Would I be correct in saying that the Blue Midget entry on TOS is still awaiting an update, eleven years later?

    I don’t recall seeing any entries before the current one: http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/database/index.cfm

    If so, that’s brilliant.

    in reply to: Only the Good… possible outcome #231622
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I really like S1-2 Hollister. Mac is basically playing his character from Aliens, which I’ve always enjoyed. He’s an incredibly funny guy so I can see why the temptation was there to give him more jokes and turn Hollister into a comedy character – but I think the series suffers from it – especially as he’s the primary antagonist throughout the series. Once you’ve seen him buggered by a dinosaur, struggling to hide an erection, admitting to being Dennis the bloody doughnut boy, any looming sense of threat that he might represent evaporates completely.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #230496
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Eleven year old Paul was convinced the Cat had spotted a Cheese String in Kochanski’s spinning laundry. He would go on to explain that it was ‘black and really, really small’ due to the high temperature inside the washing machine.

    He would also have told you that AstroCuts was located in the ‘Feeder Sector’, and that Red Dwarf’s Second Officer was a guy called Todd Hunter.

    Basically, what I’m saying is – he was an idiot.

    in reply to: Star Wars Hotel – bunkroom #230495
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Very nice.

    I do think that Back to Earth bunkroom set is quite underrated. Lots of nice detail and (although I can obviously understand why they got rid of it) – the giant window was a nice touch that sold the idea that they were actually in space.

    The X/XI/XII one is great but I like the delineation between the clean-ish living quarters and the grimier industrial areas of the ship.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #230394
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    SAM’S ARIA

    After the Cat contracts tonsillitis, Deck sergeant Sam Murray is once again brought back from the dead, so that the crew might continue their game of ‘The Magic Flute’, which is now well into it’s 21st year.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #230393
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    CURED MEATS

    Lister is delighted when Kryten prepares him a platter of cold meats, including prosciutto, pancetta, saucisson d’arles, Jamón ibérico, and of course his all-time favourite: wafer thin strips of dried horsemeat, cut from the succulent flanks of a Shetland pony.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #230387
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    BUTTER THAN LIFE

    Oh, sorry, wrong thread.

    in reply to: Who has has a Red Dwarf dream? #229559
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Judging by the recurring ‘discovering new/lost Dwarf and being disappointed’ theme, it looks like the ten year gap between ‘Only The Good’ and BTE has left us all with longlasting psychological damage.

    in reply to: Would you watch a Red Dwarf cartoon? #229494
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Apologies Ben, I absolutely should have credited you there as well.

    You should definitely do some more, they were great!

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #229386
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    MAC IN THE BED

    Just 26 minutes of a single camera focused on Hollister, as he lies in bed recovering from Yellow Fever.

    in reply to: Would you watch a Red Dwarf cartoon? #229352
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Also, something like an animated version of Prelude to Nanarchy, or our very own Kris Carter’s RD comics could work pretty well.

    in reply to: Would you watch a Red Dwarf cartoon? #229348
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Yeah some sort of Japanese Influenced hyper detailed style might work. Or decent CG failing that. Or something like the recent Thunderbirds remake – miniature sets / models with CG characters. None of these will happen though as they’re all horrifically expensive. So, no.

    in reply to: When did you first read the novels? #228790
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    God I hope not. She’d have probably phoned social services there and then.

    in reply to: When did you first read the novels? #228786
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I have a very vague memory of reading Last Human to an (extremely elderly) primary school teacher. I must have been about 10 at the time. Luckily I think we only got a few pages in, so she was mercifully spared the horrors to come.

    in reply to: Did Lister ever find out what an iguana is? #228361
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    The fried eggs are wrong, the shit..the shitney?

    in reply to: Chuckle Brothers Thread #227603
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I like it when they say ‘to me, to you’.

    Paul Muller
    Participant

    This thread has just put me off my lunch.

    in reply to: Series VII Highlights #227121
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Never got the “Hello, wall!” line either, unless Doug’s intention was to characterise Kochanski as being as annoying and humourless as certain members who think their basic sledgehammer sarcasm counts as genuine wit.

    Oh, ha ha.

    in reply to: Series VII Highlights #227109
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “Hello wall, what do you think?” always get a laugh out of me to be fair.

    in reply to: Pre-Production Art #226943
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    That was most likely Henry Jaworski. His website has a few pics of his concept art for the RD movie here:

    https://www.henryjaworski.com/red-dwarf

    Gazpacho Soup picked up on some other pre-production art by Dom Lavery a couple of years back, which features similar subjects but appears to have been done at an earlier stage in production:

    Red Dwarf: The Movie – Concept Art Discovered At Boot Fair!

    I know I keep banging on about it, but they should put this stuff in a book, or at least an extremely in-depth article/DVD extra – it’s fascinating.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Remastered Credits #226779
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I had a go at building and animating a 3D Starbug a few months back.

    I never properly finished working on it, but here’s a quick test shot that I put together:

    I tried to replicate the lighting and movement of the I-VI model shots as much as possible, but adding a bit more depth and some interesting planets etc.

    I also tried to match the grade and film noise to something approximating 35mm, not sure that worked, but it shows that a bit of post-processing can make a difference.

    I’ve been thinking of getting hold of the raw FX shots from XI and having a go at re-comping with new backgrounds etc. Of course, that would probably be copyright infringment so I definitely won’t do that…

    in reply to: Familiar sound effects used in Red Dwarf? #226703
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    This TOS interview with Sound Supervisor Keith Mayes has some nice details.

    http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/features/interviews/keith-mayes/

    “All those spaceship noises were jet fighters slowed down, speeded up, added effects.”

    No surprise there – I’m almost certain there’s a bit of Harrier jet in a lot of the Starbug landings/takeoffs.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #226535
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    BACK TO ELK: PART 2

    Rimmer murders an elk by pushing it in front of a speeding bus.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #226519
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    ELKIDEME

    Lister produces a rather flimsy explanation after he contracts a deadly STD from a decomposing, zombified elk.

    Kryten is shocked when Kochanski amputates her own arm, but she later reveals it was just an elk’s hoof wrapped in red PVC.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #226514
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Balance of Sour

    Lister studies for the Chef’s exam, in a bid to outrank Rimmer.

    He is unsure how much Lemon zest to add to his cake.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #226335
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Back In The Thread: Part 3

    The crew return to a derelict forum thread to make the same title joke pun again, but with a different number.

    Cat is forced to perform an elaborate dance sequence with Blue Midget for some reason – but before the crew can make their escape they must face down a man calling himself ‘Tonguetied’, who demands to know why the Blue Midget page on TOS has not been updated to reflect the inexplicable addition of arms to a shuttlecraft.

    After slipping on a foaming cloche, his flimsy disguise falls off, revealing none other than a disgruntled Holly, his monitor propped up on a pile of boxes, covered in a long coat.

    Enraged, he declares that this will be his last visit to this sad little site for people who haven’t got anything better to do…

    But was it an accident?

    in reply to: Name that tat #225645
    Paul Muller
    Participant
    in reply to: Name that tat #225644
    Paul Muller
    Participant
    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225359
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    OUT OF PRIME

    The crew battle to cancel their free Amazon Prime membership trial before the monthly fees kick in.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225259
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    You know, from the almonds.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225258
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Macarooned

    The crew are forced to evacuate Red Dwarf. Lister and Rimmer are stranded on an icy moon with little hope of rescue. Delirious with hunger, Lister cuts a hole in Rimmer’s prized camphor wood trunk to access the delicious macaroons inside. He devours them all and quickly succumbs to cyanide poisoning.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225243
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Back To Reality, Oops There Goes Gravity

    The crew write and direct a semi-autobiographical film loosely based around their famous encounter with the Despair Squid, which culminates in a high-stakes rap battle between Rimmer and the tentacled leviathan.

    Due to the unrelated failure of Starbug’s anti-gravity unit – actors, crew and production equipment have to be secured to the deck with rope and stage weights.

    Viewing the rushes, they are dismayed to notice that Rimmer’s ‘H’ drifted away from his forehead in the low gravity, and is floating across the foreground of every shot. There’s no budget for reshoots so they are forced to spend six months painstakingly correcting the shots in post-production.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225189
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Just Ice

    The crew stop off for lunch at a local Pizza Hut. The Cat gives a surprising answer when asked if he’d like ice and lemon in his refillable Diet Pepsi…

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225183
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Terraform

    The crew manipulate the atmosphere of a barren planet over several millenia to create a functional ecosystem capable of supporting life.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225182
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Stoke: “Me? A clipper?”

    The crew continue their tour of the West Midlands with a trip to the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. Rimmer is unable to contain his surprise when accused of stealing a priceless 19th century sailing vessel.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #225067
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Back in the Thread: Page 2

    The crew return to an old forum thread and discover that it has mutated into a hideous, unstoppable, self-replicating monster.

    Meanwhile, disruptions in space-time have led to catastrophic changes across history. In the new timeline, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government privatised British Rail in 1986, leading to massive industrial action forcing the cancellation of up to 60% of scheduled trains on the West Coast Main Line. BBC Commissioning Editor for Independent Productions Peter Risdale-Scott is forced to abandon his regular rail journey and drive up and down the heavily congested M1 motorway. He is therefore unable to read Grant Naylor’s pilot script for a new sRed Dwarf and never commissions the series.

    Consequently, a nondescript, bearded, doughy man in his early thirties is typing at his keyboard in the year 2017, when he suddenly forgets what he’s talking abou

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #223982
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    You guys have been…busy.

    Anyway.

    ‘Hanks for the Memory’

    Rimmer and Cat sit down to watch the 1998 romantic comedy ‘You’ve got Mail’. Afterwards, an argument ensues over Tom Hank’s AOL chatroom screen-name.

    Cat is convinced it’s ‘NY153’, while Rimmer is certain it’s ‘NY135’. They decide to rewind the VHS tape and check, but it get caught in the spool and is irreparably damaged.

    They realise that they have destroyed the only copy of ‘You’ve Got Mail’ in the Universe – but the crew manage to find a functioning time drive on a nearby derelict and travel back to Los Angeles, 1997 where they sneak into the Warner Bros production office, intending to steal a shooting script for the movie.

    On the way in they accidentally push Tom Hanks out of a sixth storey window and he falls to his death. The production is cancelled and consequently the crew return to a timeline where ‘You’ve Got Mail’ was never released at all.

    Everyone stands around looking confused. Roll credits.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #223677
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    The crew pass through a dimensional rift and discover that every room and corridor in Red Dwarf and Starbug looks out onto a packed studio audience and film crew who laugh hysterically at their every word. Kryten has a panic attack and accidentally kills an audience member with his giant hands. The studio is evacuated and we fade to black as the police arrive to take him away.

    in reply to: The real reasons behind Rob and Doug's breakup #222577
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I remember thinking it was quite funny at the time. But then again, I was twelve…

    in reply to: Old People #222524
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    31.

    Vague memories of V and think I had VI on video, VII was the first one I properly watched on broadcast.

    in reply to: The real reasons behind Rob and Doug's breakup #222415
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    When is Chloe Annett’s foaming cloche going to update the Blue Midget page?

    in reply to: Ganymede & Titan Remastered #222258
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Think it’s time G+T teamed up for a docudrama recreation of Norman having his ball taken away.

    in reply to: Ganymede & Titan Remastered #222254
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    You’d think after 10 years on this forum I’d have learned to embed a fucking image.

    in reply to: Ganymede & Titan Remastered #222251
    Paul Muller
    Participant
    in reply to: Do you do the whole introduce yourself thing? #222144
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Hi, welcome to G+T.

    I’m not going to lie, things are a bit fraught here at the moment…

    in reply to: How has Red Dwarf changed your outlook on life? #221596
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    As a graphic/video designer, it’s been a huge influence on my work, both aesthetically and in educational terms – you’d be amazed how much you can learn from sitting through those hours of behind the scenes documentaries and backstage material.

    On a personal level, it presented a (by and large) pretty solid set of ethics and ideas which undoubtedly influenced my own at a young age, and some good general life lessons. In Lister and Rimmer, it presented a pair of characters whose attributes and flaws I could recognise in myself, and become more conscious of how to deal with them.

    Also, I’ve been hanging out here, talking bollocks about Red Dwarf for god knows how long. Although I’ve never quite managed to get to Dimension Jump (I did design a logo for it), I’ve got to know people and had great experiences – thrashing a pub full of people at an RD themed pub quiz, nosing around modelmaking studios at Shepperton, the huge excitement of watching the show get recorded, delving into the show in an absolutely unhealthy level of detail – that I would have missed out on otherwise.

    So yeah, thanks.

    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Yes, I do.

    Also, the ‘nose’ is too long.

    in reply to: The avoidable problem with Red Dwarf #221094
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Friday update honestly can’t come quick enough…

    in reply to: The avoidable problem with Red Dwarf VIII #221090
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    If only Peter Risdale-Scott had missed his train in 1986, we could have been spared this whole fiasco.

    in reply to: Paul Giachetti, aka Karnie, RIP #220415
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    This is very sad news indeed, thoughts are with his family.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220176
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “Gosh, I just said that!”

    “Did you, really? That’s incredible! What a lovely story!”

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220166
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    The fact that they have a time machine which can transport them through time and space, as it does in Tikka, begs the following question:

    Why didn’t they just time-jump back to Red Dwarf’s last known location before it went missing, lurk around waiting for their past selves to fuck off in Starbug then collect Red Dwarf and carry on their merry way?

    That would also give a nice paradoxy, warped logical explanation as to why it went missing in the first place and avoid all the nanobot bullshit.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220010
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    My memories of Series VII are undoubtedly coloured by the fact that I was an excitable 10 year old when it first aired, and aside from a couple of times my parents let me stay up late to watch it, VII was my first proper exposure to Red Dwarf.

    At the time, I was totally in love with it. Explosions, spaceships, robots and loads of jokes that flew completely over my tiny head. Recently I was clearing out a load of old stuff at my Mum’s house and found a sketchbook of drawings of Starbug, Gelf cruisers, various attempts at Kryten’s head and some extremely unfunny fan fiction.

    The next few years were an exploration of the previous series, in completely the wrong order. I think I probably watched Series VI first, then III, then I. Eventually I got round to the other series, just in time to be hugely disappointed by Series VIII (even as a 12 year old I found it pretty cringeworthy).

    The point I’m making is that our memories of Red Dwarf are often tied into our experiences watching it the first time round.

    I have happy memories of VII, therefore I’m tempted to look at it through rose-tinted lenses. As my first exposure to the series, it formed my first ideas about what Red Dwarf should be; an exciting, funny, ambitious ensemble show with a different weekly premise and the occasional dramatic and affecting moment.

    With that in mind I was never going to feel much affection towards Series VIII.

    I’m still glad it was made though. Doug’s willingness to change and adapt the style and content of Red Dwarf over the years has probably contributed to its longevity. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to get next…

    in reply to: Set photos #219701
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I definitely saw a photo (think it was one of the leaked ones on Twitter) where the back door of the cockpit was open, leading to a small airlock-esque area with a door to one side. It didn’t appear to go back any further than that.

    I’ve done a Google, but can’t find the pic anywhere, but pretty sure it was around the time of XII shooting.

    Now then, never mind this tot, when are GNP going to update the Blue Midget page on TOS?

    in reply to: Who has has a Red Dwarf dream? #219619
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Now and again I’ll dream about stumbling across some new or unseen Red Dwarf, sometimes episodes, often the fabled movie. They are always incredibly bizarre, and quite often hideously disappointing (example:The crew return to Earth and open a motorway service station and restaurant) and in one instance involved Doug Naylor inviting me over to his house (he lives in a windmill, apparently – Jonathan Creek style) to show me a load of unproduced Rob & Doug era scripts. Very odd.

    in reply to: Answers On A Postcard From The Future #219613
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “Do you mean it’s taken nine years?”

    “Yeah. That’s about average for a second class G&T post.”

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    in reply to: Voxeljet: the 3D printed Starbug prop #219573
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Fucked that up didn’t I. Bollocks. You get the idea.

    in reply to: Voxeljet: the 3D printed Starbug prop #219572
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Just read a thread on The Model Unit’s Facebook page and it seems as though that is the exact reason – the paint acted in place of a resin sealant.

    in reply to: Voxeljet: the 3D printed Starbug prop #219509
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Interesting. I wonder if GNP went down the 3D Printing route with a mind towards a future Starbug based line of merchandising?

    in reply to: Where are all the miners #219493
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    On a related note, if you’d actually like to watch some mining on Jupiter’s moons, check out the 1981 movie Outland.

    Here’s a trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8WBk6nrYC0

    I always think of it as being contained within the RD universe – the aesthetic is very similar, even the spacesuits are the same, presumably pilfered by the BBC costumer dept after production ended.

    Also, it’s worth a watch just for the hysterically creepy performance of Sean Connery’s onscreen ‘son’.

    in reply to: Voxeljet: the 3D printed Starbug prop #219483
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Interesting process – looks like the original one was handbuilt and then scanned to make a 3D replica. I’m quite happy with the redesign, would be interested to know why they chose to handpaint it though – would have thought they’d go for an acrylic spray finish – maybe the material is reactive?

    Just read that back – I’m such a nerd, it’s painful.

    in reply to: Robert's Latest Periscope #219482
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I know what it is, but I can barely make it out on the video, so I guess the eventual surprise is still intact.

    in reply to: Where are all the miners #219442
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I blame Thatcher.

    in reply to: What if Red Dwarf had started in 2006 and not 1987? #219418
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “Come on, Rimmer, the only reason you knocked around with those prats from /r/TheRedPill was you could never get a date.”

    in reply to: What if Red Dwarf had started in 2006 and not 1987? #219412
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “He’s never been mistaken for Greg Wallace – he’s not bald and his head doesn’t…um…shwallace.”

    in reply to: What if Red Dwarf had started in 2006 and not 1987? #219410
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    “I’m not a combination of the Apple Watch, ASOS and Nicky Clarke”

    in reply to: That Old, Fake BtE Synopsis #219317
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Ah, right, yes – I only spotted it the other day, then couldnt find the thread when I checked back yesterday, so assumed it had been nuked. Anyway, the point is…actually there is no point. As you were.

    in reply to: That Old, Fake BtE Synopsis #219314
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Don’t remember this, but would be interested to see it. Someone posted some fake XII synopses on TOS the other day, apparently from the ‘Japanese Blu-Ray’. Totally bogus even at a glance, but it fooled a few people. I think Seb’s taken them down now.

    Paul Muller
    Participant

    I was hoping we’d get to see Starbug landing on its new pad, which was built by the Model Unit – but the raw footage has shown up on the DVD, which is a bit weird.

    Having said that, they made the bizarre decision to pump a bluescreen shot full of dry ice, which I can imagine would fuck up the key quite a bit – so maybe they just realised it would be a hassle to comp in a background and gave up. Which would be a real shame.

    in reply to: Series XI's model shots #217731
    Paul Muller
    Participant

    Yeah I did wonder about that, especially as the Model Unit built a landing pad for Starbug, which looks like it was shot against blue screen. Maybe it will crop up in XII, or perhaps they struggled to comp in a convincing CG background.

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