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  • in reply to: Cassandra is not shit #262337
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Well, I’m in a definite minority here it seems as I really liked Casandra. My opinion on most of Red Dwarf may be a little skewed though I must admit. Series XI is the ONLY series I’ve watched “live” as it were, as it was broadcast the first time. Series 1 I saw for the first time a …. well, I caught a few episodes when it was shown on PBS (which is what made me a fan btw) and I special ordered it as that was the only way I could own it at the time ($60 too!) For XI I got BritBox for the duration. All other series I bought sight unseen and the majority of them before I even knew or looked for a website tbh. I still haven’t seen The Promised Land either. I will be ordering the DVD friday and am eagerly looking forward to it.

    Anyway, my point being, not having ready access to 99.5% of Red Dwarf as “new” each series has been a treat to get and view when I was able. Yes, even the much hated series VIII and BTE are bits of joy in my life even now. As good as others? Definitely not, but being starved for RD for so long and being able to dine on its courses later than most and with far more time between servings I look at each as dessert I guess. Something sweet and looked forward to.

    RealBigOleDummy
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    Didn’t really do a “review” much in my first comment as I didn’t want to be a “spoiler” but now that just about everyone who WANTS to see it has….. hehe

    First, again, the trope mentioned by the OP was a beef I never connected to anything Dwarfish.

    Second, I loved the movie! A worthy entry in the B & T universe? …. multiverse? … whatever you want to call it. It was especially nice seeing the original Death as well as Missy back for the third. The bit showing Rufus was kinda sad though. The “murderous” incompetent robot I liked better the second viewing much more than the first. On the whole a very good hour and a half of entertainment. As Bill says “we still got it!”

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #261627
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Series 3 – Backwards. Its only saving grace ,for me anyway, is the last scene with Cat in the bushes. Makes me laugh just thinking about it ;D. I used a screenshot of it as my Avatar for gaming for awhile actually.

    Series 4 – DNA, but only the second half or so. Kryten’s bewilderment at being human is hilarious and the look on Daves face when he sees “the photograph” are just sublime imo.

    Series 5 – Heresy to even suggest a “worst” episode of this series.

    RealBigOleDummy
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    Just watched Bill and Ted’s newest movie a couple of days ago. I kinda have to agree with quinn _ drummer though. Its such an old concept I never associated it with “Out of Time” or Red Dwarf at all. Great little movie though.

    in reply to: The style of the forum #261272
    RealBigOleDummy
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    I like the forum here just as it is tbh. Its easy to navigate. Its easy to find what I want. What more can you ask for? Well, lol, I see others asking for changes so I presume I’m easy to please ;D

    in reply to: What would you like to see in a new novel? #261243
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Anything that doesn’t have Kochanski for me. Why even make it linear? I mean… a new novel could take us back to the earlier times in the crews saga. I’m sure there are adventures and/or plotlines worth reading about set in the timeframe of ….oh, say…. series 2-6. I mean, we “see” the dwarfers a day/week at a time so what happens the REST of the time? Now that “The Promised Land” is out and canon maybe a closer look at the Cats and their trials and tribulations from the early years. Actually…. lol… just about anything as I would buy and read it.

    in reply to: The John Belushi Conundrum #259444
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Well, some interesting picks so far I must say. As a US citizen I’m not real sure just what US shows and/or actors you guys may be familiar with but here’s my selections.

    Lister – Dave Chappelle or possibly Matt LeBlanc
    Rimmer – John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox on Scrubs)
    Cat – Richard Pryor. He had the manic energy and the smartassness to pull it off
    Kryton – Phil Silvers
    Holly (male) – Bob Newhart
    Holly (female) – Gracie Allen

    Well, that was a bit easier than I thought it would be actually. My main hold up was Lister to be honest.

    in reply to: Loose Ends #258902
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Seeing as how The Promised Land hasn’t been released yet for us yanks I haven’t seen the extras or the the episode yet for that matter. But reading the comments so far I can plainly see that I’m in a very small minority when I say …… NO! NO! NO! No more Kochanski! Please, she was and is nothing more than a sidebar to the main story imo. To ME at least she died with the crew… parallel universes/alternate timelines be damned. Let her memory rest in peace.

    While not a “loose end” I would much rather see the boys revisit “Better than Life”. Either just re-do the whole thing but at an hour (with much better graphics) and conform more closely to the novel OR let them find another mail pod with Better than Life 2 inside. “New and improved! Easier to get out of” etc etc. Hell I’d rather they went back and found Butler again and work a story around that. He’s a “loose end” in a way. How about Dave’s “wife” the GELF? Anything but more Kochanski……………………………………..

    in reply to: A day-by-day thread? #258804
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Not sure if theres enough of us for a daily but maybe one a week? I’d be in.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #258406
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Hmmm….. my unpopular opinions… most have already been covered actually but here goes.

    I hated, well…. disliked immensely anyway…. Chloë Annett as Kochanski. She was always a stand in for me and was rarely funny To me bringing her in was by far the worst thing that has happened to Red Dwarf. She’s much too…. “classy” in her portrayal of Kristine. Claire was much more down to earth in her portrayal and much much closer to Daves …. social standing.

    Marooned is an average episode at best.

    Waiting for God is one of the better episodes period.

    Tikka to Ride and Cured were puerile attempts to “shock/titillate” though both had a few laughs.

    I never want to see the crew make it back to Earth and as such can only hope that an “ending” is never put on film. I always want to think of the crew as out there making someone laugh.

    I didn’t think Pete was as bad as most make out either and BTE was pretty good.

    There, my major differences with ….. most people. Oh, and I like Norman as Holly more than Hattie. Hattie was excellent mind you but to me Norman will ALWAYS be “Holly”.

    in reply to: How much of Red Dwarf consciously targets Americans? #257922
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Not as sure as some about some of the “specific targeting” of the U.S. I mean…… firstly how could anyone NOT know who Stan Laurel is? Esperanto is definitely NOT an “American thing” either. I know of nobody who even has heard of it tbh. Agree with Katydid about the movies fully. Those are all Classic cinema and anyone the world over who has access to movies in general will have at least heard of them and some of the plot/catchphrases.

    At least one of the “American” leaning episodes fell totally flat too imo. Tikka to Ride especially at least in my case. I’m old enough to remember when JFK was killed and many here (I’m a U.S. citizen) can still remember the pain our country suffered through because of this. It remains a very divisive subject to this day. Tikka is consequently among my least favorite episodes and while I can count the viewings of most episodes in the hundreds if not higher I probably haven’t watched Tikka more than twice. Maybe 3 times. it just seemed in poor taste to me AND to everyone I’ve tried to turn on to the Dwarf.

    in reply to: Top of the 2010s #256140
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Geez …. time for these lists already? Well, I guess so as my dear sweet Sister already has the damn xmas decorations up!!!

    Full disclosure, I’m old as f*** and don’t do much these days except watch old movies and play games. Retired life DOES have a few upsides ;D

    Games:

    Number 1 with a bullet = The Witcher 3

    2.= The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings

    3. Cuphead

    TV. I don’t really watch tv but ….

    Red Dwarf XII
    Red Dwarf XI
    Red Dwarf X
    American Dad (pick a year)

    Movies :

    John Wick

    Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2

    John Wick 2

    John Wick 3

    Captain America Civil War

    Comics :

    Doomsday Clock (by a mile)

    Books:

    Extremely sorry to say that nothing I’ve read in the last 10 years has either stood the test of time or even been particularly memorable. Sorry state of affairs for Science Fiction imo.

    in reply to: BIg Budget Dwarf #252118
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Funnily enough both Me2 and Waiting for God were on my short list too. I only left out Me2 (in my list) because I already had so many Rimmer-centric episodes. Waiting for God is one of my favorite episodes, I can’t remember just where I had it in the Pearl poll but it was much higher than most people placed it. Which is the main reason I left it out tbh. Kudos to Mr. Bailey for mentioning Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers! The “scene” where Rimmer goes to the ….. cathouse ….. (I’m from the U.S. and that’s a euphemism for Brothel here) and that sheep comes out! Hilarious!

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #251839
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Why is Red Dwarf painted red everywhere but where the name is? I mean…….. a red spaceship is all fine and dandy but why have a huge splotch of white just so you can paint the name in red. A totally red ship with a white name would still be a red spaceship after all.

    in reply to: Great Acting In Me² #251838
    RealBigOleDummy
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    I just started binge watching the show again…… for the millionth time lol. Just finished series 1 and will starting on series 2 later on this evening. Me2 was always way up there in my favorite episodes, just so much going on and all of it great. Mr. Barrie gave a virtuoso performance indeed. But then ….. so did Mr. Charles ……

    Anyway, as far as Cat crapping in the closet I always assumed that was just a “lets fuck with Rimmer” thing and not something he did as a matter of course.

    in reply to: What improvements can be made for XIII? #249772
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    More jokes. This is a sit com not a drama. I wouldn’t mind a new Science room and/or Drive/navigation room either tbh. I REALLY dis-liked the huge “alert” signs, thought they looked quite cheesy tbh. Except for keeping Kochanski far far away that’s about all I have.

    in reply to: Would you ever watch a Star Wars/Red Dwarf crossover? #247966
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Short answer , probably not. Now… a Star Trek crossover would be a different story ;D

    in reply to: COKE ADDS LIFE! (Pepsi would be *buried*) #247964
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Yeah…. me again. As an aside, why can’t I edit these replies? When I click on “edit” upper right it just sends me to a “reply” screen. I’m old so I may be missing something here. (best part of getting old lol, you can blame just about anything on age :D) (Yeah, I’m that old fuck mentioned in the Pearl Poll lol)

    in reply to: COKE ADDS LIFE! (Pepsi would be *buried*) #247963
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Found it. lol. And I was wrong. It was a story by Robert Heinlein “The Man Who Sold The Moon” published in 1950. Here’s a quick quote of the relevant passage ….. “That” was the two-inch disc; Harriman unpinned it and put it in his pocket. It was a celluloid advertising pin, in plain yellow; printed on it in black, almost covering it, was a simple 6+, the trademark of Moka-Coka’s only serious rival.
    “No,” answered Harriman, “though I don’t blame you for being irritated. I see half the school kids in the country wearing these silly buttons. But I came to give you a friendly tip, not to annoy you.”
    “What do you mean?”
    “When I paused at your door that pin on my lapel was just the size-to you, standing at your desk-as the full Moon looks when you are standing in your garden, looking up at it. You didn’t have any trouble reading what was on the pin, did you? I know you didn’t; you yelled at me before either one of us stirred.”
    “What about it?”
    “How would you feel—and what would the effect be on your sales—if there was ‘six-plus’ written across the face of the Moon instead of just on a school kid’s sweater?” … and then he goes on to explain how he would do it.

    in reply to: COKE ADDS LIFE! (Pepsi would be *buried*) #247962
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Not to take anything away from Mr Naylor but Isaac Asimov was the first to use this particular ….. “idea”. To advertise “Moke” …… on the face of the moon. The threat was to secure funding for …. something , I really don’t recall atm. As also I can’t recall which particular story. Will research and get back with the information. This was a story published in late 50’s , early 60’s and so pre-dates both Mr. Naylors AND this terrible horrible idea.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #247217
    RealBigOleDummy
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    Well, personally I’ve given up all hope for a series XIII. I’m across the pond and so slightly more out of
    the loop than most of you, but I have heard not a single word that gave me hope for more episodes.
    Reading through these comments hasn’t brightened my outlook either to be honest. What with the
    BBC/Dave buyout/take over news (of which I’ve been entirely unaware) and the complete absence of
    even a peep from Mr. John-Jules (only dwarfer I follow on Twitter) my original optimism is now
    completely gone. Very very sad about that but….. what can you do? I still have all my DVD’s of the show and actually watched some of series 1 again this morning so the Boys from the Dwarf will always be making me laugh regardless. To me its all the more sad because I thought XI and XII were very good entries in the canon. Hell, I even think Timewave is better than most seem to think. (to me the absolute worst part of that episode involved the damn costumes! The guest star was brilliant imho)

    Anyway, while you British MAY have an opportunity for some kind of “live show” involving the Dwarf and its crew, its completely out of the question for me and the rest of its American fans. So, in the last few months after lurking here to look for any good news, I have finally and completely given up even a shred of hope. Red Dwarf will never completely die, the shows we have are just too damn good for that to happen but as far as any new stuff goes……….. I’ve already paid my respects and cherish the memories.

    in reply to: What's the most you've laughed at Red Dwarf? #237622
    RealBigOleDummy
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    The scene in “Legion” where they’re trying to knock out Rimmer. When he’s pounding his head into the wall while Kryten’s bopping him on the head has me laughing even as I write this.

    The scene in “The End” with Captain Hollister “what’s in it for the cat?”.

    in reply to: Should Series XIII focus more on drama or comedy? #236757
    RealBigOleDummy
    Participant

    Comedy in my opinion. Red Dwarf is first and foremost a sit-com and its light shines best in these circumstances. Drama has its place, but not on the Dwarf. I don’t mind a little social commentary from time to time but in the end, there’s literally millions of shows/sites/magazines etc. to cater to this. Comedy is special imo and it IS what brought most if not all of us to the show in the first place.

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