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  • Seb Patrick
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    I have extremely fond memories of the existence of Spatz that would, I’m sure, be ruined if I ever tried to watch it again. But yes, it’s also where I recognised Jennifer Calvert from when I first saw Gunmen.

    Also, were the writers of Spatz (1990-1992) aware of the weird trend of black superheroes having electricity-based powers and were knowingly parodying that, or were they just unknowingly contributing to it?

    Haaa, excellent point! I’m going with unknowingly contributing. It’s such a bizarre trend, though, and there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason for it and yet it keeps on happening, right the way up to Miles Morales.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf RPG – Potentially lost books? #258179
    Seb Patrick
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    I’ve got them, but, er, I’m probably not the person to ask about scanning and distributing copies of RD materials.

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #258072
    Seb Patrick
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    The truth is that any recorded show with a studio audience will by its nature have a small subset of people who know more about the content of the episode than most people do ahead of transmission.

    This is true of any recorded show without a studio audience as well, though. From people on the production (or people who are friends with people on the production who get told things), to journalists given preview copies… there’s always a situation where there are people out there who know more than the general viewing public.

    But when that general viewing public is a million or so people, and the number of people who’ve gone to see an audience recording number 250… I’m really not sure it’s all that big an issue.

    in reply to: How much of Red Dwarf consciously targets Americans? #257981
    Seb Patrick
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    1. I’ve seen “USian” before, I definitely remember movement in online circles from a particular kind of, as you put it, “progressive activist” to try and steer towards it (because yes, “American” should technically mean “anyone from the Americas”); however, I’ve not seen it for a while, and while I do take the pedantic point I also think “American” is perfectly reasonable as a term given that (a) “America” is in the country’s name and (b) there aren’t many situations where people have cause to refer to someone from all of the Americas, compared with how often we might say “North American” or “South American”. It’s not, after all, like the same people are pushing for “UKian” instead of “British”, despite the fact that you can be that nationality but not from the island of Britain.

    2. As regards the Hollywood movies thing, I think it’s simply that Rob and Doug are clearly both enormous film buffs, and fans of classic cinema in particular; and naturally, with a few notable exceptions (your Ealings, your Powell/Pressburgers, etc) that’s naturally going to mean that your frames of reference are American. I don’t think it’s a conscious effort to appeal to American audiences by referencing those films, it’s just “these are the films that we like”.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #257811
    Seb Patrick
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    >In Mania he fights you in a game of Puyo Puyo

    In Mania he fights you in a game of Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, thank you very much.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #257731
    Seb Patrick
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    I enjoyed it. It’s largely a middling kids movie that I wouldn’t have bothered seeing if it wasn’t Sonic, but it’s elevated by Jim Carrey being spectacularly Peak Jim Carreyish as Robotnik. Maybe he’s not a “classic style” Robotnik but he’s an awful lot of fun and you can really imagine him going further with it in the sequel. Mid-credits scene was an absolute joy, really didn’t expect them to do that in as full-on a fashion as they did (I expected a teasery hint and nothing more).

    In not unrelated news, I’ve only recently started playing Mania, when it showed up in a Humble Bundle a little while back. It’s taken me fucking ages to get past that fucking spider on Flying Battery Zone but I’ve finally just managed to do it without throwing my controller through my laptop screen, so that’s nice.

    in reply to: M-Corp on Wikipedia #257638
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    On the subject of the video release dates, incidentally, I’ve recently found more specific information about the dates for Series II and III (the ones where I’d previously had to be more general on TOS). Every episode/series in the Complete Guide on TOS should now have a VHS release date, so if anyone wanted to go through and add them on the Wiki as well, they’d be welcome to…

    (I feel like, much as I’d like to, in my capacity I can’t really go messing with the Wiki any more, as I know they frown on people actually connected with a thing working on it. But if you go back to the mid-late 2000s you’ll see an awful lot of work done by me to try and get it up to scratch from where it had been before then…)

    Seb Patrick
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    I quite enjoyed the first episode and I liked the twist about Hugh Laurie’s character as a meta joke about his terrible American accent.

    But blimey, eh, considering Iannucci’s on the record about never having been interested in Red Dwarf… very familiar aesthetic in the scenes in the engineering area, eh?

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #257057
    Seb Patrick
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    It’s already been said, but “It’s you, isn’t it?” is probably The One for me.

    And “I’ve always got a pen.”

    in reply to: New Sonic Trailer #256631
    Seb Patrick
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    it kind of depresses me just how many of us nerdy Brits/UK people have an emotional connection to Sonic/Mega Drive. All of our parents really should have gone a bit extra to get us those SNESes.

    The Mega Drive was out in the UK for fully eighteen months before the SNES came out. It’s no surprise that it stole a march. Also, from advertising to packaging to aesthetics to range of games, it was by far the more desirable object. Without the cultural memory of having grown up with the NES the way Americans did, Mario alone was never going to capture the imagination.

    (I love the SNES, it’s got some of the best games ever made and its versions of Street Fighter pissed all over the Mega Drive. But it’s really not hard to see why ’90s UK kids grew up so loyal to Sega.)

    in reply to: Rachael Stott did a couple of Red Dwarf drawings #255530
    Seb Patrick
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    Rachael’s been doing RD stuff on there for a while, she’s particularly good at Rimmer:

    She commented a little while back that she didn’t think her likeness-realistic style was a good fit for comedy, but I think those page samples show she’d work just fine. The love of the characters really helps to lift and give it life.

    I do still think that the ideal RD comic would maybe have a slightly more cartoony style on interiors (someone like Max Sarin would be perfect) but Rachael on covers. Not sure there’s anyone better at actor likenesses currently working in comics.

    in reply to: M-Corp on Wikipedia #255439
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    On the main Red Dwarf page on Wikipedia, someone’s bothered to list all the obsolete video releases and include arguably unnecessary details such as their respective UK and US catalogue numbers, but gave up while researching the release dates.

    Speaking as someone who spent a lot of time researching release dates for the VHSes for the Complete Guide on TOS, I can tell you it’s really, really difficult to find precise release dates for VHS in the UK in the 1990s. Especially seeing as (a) they often don’t seem to have had a specific “day one” release date so much as filtered out into shops roughly at a certain time and (b) in some cases the planned release date kept slipping and slipping to the extent that it became a running joke in the Smegazine.

    (If anyone does have hard evidence of more specific release dates for the videos than the ones I’ve got on TOS then I would be delighted to hear about it.)

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    IT’S THE ORIGINAL MUSIC. Or at least, Wild Horses is definitely in place, which is the one I knew about.

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    *checks for music substitutions*

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #250424
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    There’s a “smegging” in The Dying Days.

    in reply to: Blinds in Dubai #250300
    Seb Patrick
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    Of the two most recent threads at the top of the feed, I’m surprised that it was this and not the dick-sucking one that was spam.

    in reply to: Unexpected Dwarf #243814
    Seb Patrick
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    Back in the old, old days of this site I was going to do an article about Red Dwarf references in pop culture, actually. Some others:

    – “And it’s all my arse, Red Dwarf is all my arse” in Half Man Half Biscuit’s On Reaching the Wensum

    – Little Britain, the hypnotist at the car boot.

    – TBBT and Buffy

    – Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Show

    – Unexpected question on Pointless

    in reply to: Unexpected Dwarf #243813
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    In a 1990s Roy of the Rovers issue, artist Rob Davis:

    In an issue of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, written by noted Dwarfer James Roberts:

    in reply to: Who is Duane Dibbley? #243381
    Seb Patrick
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    It’s probably like the Crystal Maze experience type things, where you can either book as a group, or on your own, and if you’re on your own you get lumped in with other people who are on their own.

    in reply to: Which lines imitate the actors? #243305
    Seb Patrick
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    “I’ve got to get back to the Priory.”

    Seb Patrick
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    I’ve got a notebook at work that my colleagues made as a birthday present by finding this image on Google, printing it off and glueing it to the front.

    in reply to: Out Of Time #242527
    Seb Patrick
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    I then told her to imagine being an 11-year-old

    in reply to: Red dwarf on ebay again #240219
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    That Blue Midget is a replica, if it’s the one I’m thinking of – it’s been posted about on the TOS forums.

    in reply to: Red dwarf on ebay again #240215
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    From the colour it certainly looks like it’s a piece of the Remastered ship from prior to its RDX refurb. So while I don’t doubt that it’s possibly a legit piece, the description certainly seems dodgy.

    And legit or not, that is an utterly ridiculous price, as good a piece as it is.

    in reply to: Let's Talk About Inside No. 9 Live Episode #238590
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Ghostwatch, which is already a bit rubbish

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238589
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Is this the first time Who has mentioned a real life politician? I mean, we’ve had two story lines involving prime-ministers without mentioning real politicians, why bring Trump into it?

    Ann Widdecombe endorsed The Master for Prime Minister. I’m sure Ken Livingstone got a namecheck when a cab driver was grumbling about traffic in an early RTD one, too.

    Also: Churchill, obvs.

    in reply to: Series III Certification #238048
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Re the spaz thing, Weird Al Yankovic had the word “spastic” in his Blurred Lines parody (“Word Crimes”) but after it was pointed out to him how offensive it is here, he’s stopped using it in live performances.

    Brian Michael Bendis used to use “spaz” loads in Ultimate Spider-Man, too. It was a while before I discovered that it’s just not offensive over there in the same way.

    Same goes for “retard”/”retarded”, although they are starting to cotton on to that a bit more now.

    in reply to: Series III Certification #238044
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Bizarrely, on the first BBC2 broadcast they just took Burns saying “ow” and doubled it up again to dub over “wankers”. It was just odd and distracting.

    I REMEMBER THIS it was incredibly cack-handed.

    in reply to: Series III Certification #237979
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Ah, okay. AFAIK it should still work on IE (the underlying tech is largely the same as it has been for years), but the blank screen on Chrome does suggest a connection/firewall issue at your end more than anything. Does seem weird that it would be singled out by a policy, mind!

    But yeah, happy to look into any potential compatibility issues (or, I should say, get them looked into) as we would always want it to be as accessible as possible…

    in reply to: Series III Certification #237975
    Seb Patrick
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    Given the number of shits and bastards in it, you’d have to assume Back to the Future would have been a 12 if the certificate existed then. Ghostbusters, too, primarily for the blowjob gag.

    in reply to: Series III Certification #237973
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >The first Batman in ’89 was a 12 too I think.

    Faaaaaairly sure Batman ’89 was the first ever 12. The rating was pretty much created for it, as it definitely wasn’t a PG but they couldn’t have kids not come to the film given what a merchandising juggernaut it was.

    It’s often thought that the first 12A was Spider-Man, as well; but it actually came out as a 12 and was later reclassified. The Bourne Identity was the first to be initially certified as 12A.

    in reply to: Series III Certification #237972
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >official site doesn’t work on my browser

    Off the main topic, but what’s your browser, and in what way doesn’t the site work?

    in reply to: Favourite Bunkroom? #237787
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Me2 covers it pretty comprehensively, I think.

    in reply to: Favourite Bunkroom? #237761
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    The options you can pick being limited to only four kind of defeats the whole point of it, doesn’t it?

    Not really, it’s just a fun little Twitter poll designed to give people something to engage with and chat about.

    Also it specifically asks for your favourite bunkroom on Red Dwarf. The ones in VI and VII are on a different ship, and the one in VIII is a prison cell.

    You could split hairs over the difference between X, XI and XII but they’re fundamentally the same setup, just with cosmetic changes – just as between I and II. Given that the poll only allowed four options it did rather make sense to combine them.

    In short, don’t overthink it.

    in reply to: has anyone ever eaten a Shami kebab? What are they like? #237525
    Seb Patrick
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    I’ve had both shami and seekh plenty of times, and they’re both lovely. But yes, what Lister has in the episode is far closer to the latter than the former.

    in reply to: Charmingly error-riddled Red Dwarf article from 1993 #237377
    Seb Patrick
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    I love how, being an American, he even had to change the direct quote “the crew are dead” to “the crew is dead”.

    in reply to: Are there any XI & XII publicity photos avaliable? #237376
    Seb Patrick
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    They do exist in a very similar style to the X ones (backgrounds almost identical) but no, I don’t think they’ve ever been put out there. Not for any particular reason, I don’t think – just more that there was never really a reason to use them in that way.

    They might do one day, I guess.

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #237090
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    And why not cheer instead of murmer.

    Speaking as one of the audible “murmurers”, the simple answer is that you react how you react at the time, it’s not a choice to make a noise that you know will be heard, it’s a natural reaction that you can’t control. It was a genuine expression of what I/we felt at the time, which was basically “Awww, that’s lovely”.

    I don’t see how an out and out cheer would have felt less awkward, to be honest.

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    In any sense that would give the term any kind of meaning, Doctor Who 2005 is not a reboot.

    We have a word for what it is, and that word is “revival”. Why ruin the meaning of “reboot” by using it to mean that?

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    The dog food was found “in the tool cupboard”. Maybe it was in a toolkit left there by a forgetful engineer who serviced Starbug on shore, and also owned a dog.

    in reply to: What is G&T's rarest banner? #236065
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Ha! I don’t think I realised at the time (or indeed since) that that was where that came from.

    Or maybe I did and forgot.

    in reply to: What is G&T's rarest banner? #236055
    Seb Patrick
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    in reply to: What is G&T's rarest banner? #236054
    Seb Patrick
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    in reply to: Officer's Quarters? #235920
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    It doesn’t take that much to be an officer on RD – Petersen is a Catering Officer, after all. Kochanski is shown as having a roommate in Stasis Leak, as well.

    That’s part of the joke/irony around Rimmer’s desperate desire to join the “officer class” – he’s putting a status on it that it doesn’t really deserve.

    Seb Patrick
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    I don’t think you can say that for certain. There’s nothing in the dialogue to indicate that it’s the first dimension he jumps to. In fact, I’ve always found the line “I’m sorry, you reminded me of a fellow I once knew” jarring, as it could be read that he hasn’t seen Spanners for quite a while.

    I mean, you could infer it, sure, but the through line of the episode is very much “Ace goes to another dimension and meets Arnold Rimmer. He then, according to the text scroll at the end, goes off through countless other dimensions and finds other Rimmers who aren’t as pathetic.”

    I think that’s somewhat scuppered if the time he arrives to meet “our” crew is just the latest in a long line of other meetings. It would also be a bit weird that he talks about potentially staying, but then decides to move on because Arnold is such a maggot. He brings up the possibility of countless other universes as if it’s the first time it’s been thought about.

    IN CONCLUSION if you want to retrofit a load of different Ace adventures (and possibly even this being an actually different guy from the start of the episode) inbetween the first few minutes of Dimension Jump and the rest of it, there’s nothing in the episode that specifically precludes it, but I also don’t know why you would or what it would serve.

    Seb Patrick
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    Right, but in Stoke Me A Clipper Ace specifies he took over from the Ace they met in Dimension Jump. Which would mean there’s only a total of 2 Aces- and yet the planet’s ring contains the corpses of millions.

    He says he took over from him, but it’s later clarified that he didn’t do so directly.

    Seb Patrick
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    And it would be a really weird episode if we met a guy at the start of it and then it cut to a completely different guy arriving for the rest of the episode with no explanation whatsoever.

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >is the Ace in Dimension Jump meant to be the original Ace, though?

    Well… yeah. His jump into “our” universe is the first jump he ever makes.

    Seb Patrick
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    >It’s like how in Stoke Me A Clipper, the Nazis are around at the same time as jet-powered rocket bikes.

    Well, they’re around at the same time as Ace’s jet-powered rocket bike. He could have brought it with him when he travelled through time. Then again, he’s rescuing someone called Princess Beryl Bonjela who I don’t think is an established part of mid-20th century German history, so it is probably just that he’s in a universe where Nazis are more widespread/longer lasting.

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    How does Ace know what a series 4000 mechanoid is? Rimmer and Lister are from let’s say the early 23rd century and Kryten the mid 24th, at best the series 4000s would be getting designed by Mamet and going through testing while Rimmer and Lister are approaching their 120th birthdays.

    The computer onboard Ace’s ship did a scan of the lifeforms onboard and gave him a rundown. He didn’t necessarily know what a “Series 4000” was, just that Kryten was one, and because he’s a really nice guy he immediately told Kryten that he was the salt of the space corps.

    in reply to: Should Rimmer get a costume redesign for Series XIII? #233627
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >Orange and purple are secondary colours. As is green (Or ‘III’).

    Rimmer’s made of light, though, so green is primary for him.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232667
    Seb Patrick
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    I think you can take the Nirvanah line either way and it’s funny either way, but I definitely took it (given his past form) as over quickly but ready to go again soldier just as quickly.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232637
    Seb Patrick
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    I’ve always interpreted that as them cutting it off, yes.

    in reply to: The Important Questions… #232523
    Seb Patrick
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    For example, in Me2, Rimmer gives a two finger salute to the other Rimmer by casting a shadow on the screen. But, as Rimmer at the time was made of soft light, how is it possible for Rimmer to cast a shadow, not only here but at any point before Legion?

    The shadow is also a hologram?

    I mean, it’s not exactly a massive reach.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #232522
    Seb Patrick
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    I confess I’ve never really understood why women would be banned from playing the cello.

    in reply to: Remembering Ayrton Senna #231366
    Seb Patrick
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    If anybody knows anything about Formula One, they will know that the race in which Ayrton died in was pretty much cursed from start to finish.

    It wasn’t “cursed” though, it was the culmination of several factors including the removal of electronic driver aids (making cars harder to drive) and an emphasis at the time on vastly increased cornering speed without making comparable advancements in cockpit safety (because, with a couple of decades since the last fatality, it wasn’t seen as a necessary priority). It’s true that an ominous air hung over that weekend from the moment Barrichello had his crash, and that there were some unfortunate coincidences (not to mention little moments that add to the legend such as Senna’s conversation with Sid Watkins and the Austrian flag he had in the cockpit); but equally, there were other bad accidents in 1994 as well and it just so happened that several of them happened at once at Imola. That doesn’t mean it was “cursed”, just that that’s the moment everything came to a head.

    As for your video, I’m not entirely certain why footage of the accident itself and its grisly televised aftermath is much of a “tribute”, but maybe that’s just me.

    in reply to: ….Comedian found GUILTY of causing offence! #229853
    Seb Patrick
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    “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed “grossly offensive”. If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find “grossly offensive”, then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.”

    Ricky “You are blocked from following @rickygervais and viewing @rickygervais’s Tweets” Gervais talking about freedom of speech, there.

    Seb Patrick
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    Have you tried running it via Dropbox?

    in reply to: What if Lister drank milk instead of lager? #229161
    Seb Patrick
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    “I’ll just have a cup of coffee.”
    “Milk it is!”
    “No, I said coffee.”
    “Milk?”
    “Coff-ee.”
    “Mi-ilk?”
    “C… O…”
    “M… I…”

    in reply to: What if Lister drank milk instead of lager? #229144
    Seb Patrick
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    “Another great idea from the people who brought you milk… shakes.”

    in reply to: Misheard lines #228220
    Seb Patrick
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    Isn’t there a bit of history with the subtitles being, well just completely wrong? G&T commentaries go on about it a lot

    Oh, shut up, Patrick.

    in reply to: Guest actors that they wanted but couldn't get? #228219
    Seb Patrick
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    Yes.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #228181
    Seb Patrick
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    Speaking of Timeslides, Graham Chapman would have been much better than Ruby Wax.

    I’m not certain of this. In general Graham Chapman is much better than Ruby Wax but I have a hard time imagining what that scene would have been like with him. So differently-written as to not really be comparable, I guess.

    in reply to: Tikka To Ride Xtended #228034
    Seb Patrick
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    >but surely you would need an excessive amount of naan bread to mop up all that curry sauce?

    Not if it’s a thick enough curry – I just eat it with a fork.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #228033
    Seb Patrick
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    >While you’re trying to fit contradictory and aborted events into the timeline, remember that Red Dwarf doesn’t take place in real time.

    And that not all series take place in the same universe as one-another.

    in reply to: Tikka To Ride Xtended #227972
    Seb Patrick
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    Unless the curry is especially runny I often skip the rice and just have naan.

    If you like curry as much as Lister, the rice is really just a waste of stomach space.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227954
    Seb Patrick
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    one of my favoured Red Dwarf fan theories is that the future versions of Lister from Future Echoes (and also the future versions of the crew from Stasis Leak) are from the same timeline as the future crew from Out Of Time

    Stasis Leak might work, but Future Echoes Lister isn’t a brain in a jar.

    in reply to: Doug WhatCulture interview #227858
    Seb Patrick
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    Epideme and Nanarchy are unquestionably a two-parter.

    in reply to: It's Here Where Somewhere #227855
    Seb Patrick
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    In the Re-Dwarf documentary you can see the Rimmer’s mum redub as one of the notes they show. It says something like replace with a more “well-spoken” voice, which she has in Dimension Jump. So I doubt they would have changed it there, I think they were just aiming for more consistency between the two versions.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227831
    Seb Patrick
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    >I, II, and VI at 30, 30, and 25, respectively? Am I not thinking straight?

    Well yeah, but if you’re picking different numbers out of the air then every year is literally the [something] anniversary year of every series.

    But this year is the thirtieth anniversary of both series I and II, is what I meant.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227803
    Seb Patrick
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    >Surely that number should be three?

    Nope, you’ve lost me.

    in reply to: The End TV Listing 15th Feb 1988 #227768
    Seb Patrick
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    That’s excellent, never seen that before!

    I presume the others are all on Genome…?

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227767
    Seb Patrick
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    >it’s so incredibly strange that we got nothing whatsoever in real terms

    The problem is that (unless you’re Doctor Who) it’s sometimes quite difficult to line things up for a specific date, particularly given how recent the RDXII cycle (and the focus on all of that) was. So there may still be Interesting Stuff to come, it’s just that we weren’t yet in a position to make a song and dance about it yesterday.

    As was the case in 2008, I think the attitude is very much to treat the whole of 2018 as the anniversary year, and 15th Feb as the start of it, not the be all and end all. As we wrote on the site today: “You’d better stay tuned for the rest of 2018, because we promise you it’s not over yet.”

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227758
    Seb Patrick
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    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227757
    Seb Patrick
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    Four posts above, man.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227753
    Seb Patrick
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    Two posts above, man.

    Seb Patrick
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    in reply to: The End TV Listing 15th Feb 1988 #227711
    Seb Patrick
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    >User /u/Dreamxtreme on Reddit posted

    Well, Doug posted it first.

    in reply to: Mac McTorchwood #227464
    Seb Patrick
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    Why is Fear Her called Fear Her though

    in reply to: Series VII Highlights #227220
    Seb Patrick
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    It absolutely bothers me that shooting your past self both keeps you alive but destined not to become that person and kills your past self for good right then and there in the same episode.

    It’s taken me twenty years, but I’ve come up with a rationalisation for this: Lister is wrong. Lister thinks that they were brought back to life by virtue of being killed by their past selves, and that’s what he tells his camera recording. What he doesn’t know is that Rimmer destroyed the time drive and that that’s what caused the reset.

    in reply to: Series VII Highlights #227219
    Seb Patrick
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    Have to say, I completely disagree on the gay panic idea. It’s not gay panic. It’s Rimmer panic. I think if you’ve never seen the show before then yes, it could come off as “This man is disgusted that he’s just imagined kissing another man”. But if you know anything about Lister and Rimmer and their pre-existing dynamic, then there’s surely nothing to it than “Oh my God, I just kissed Rimmer”.

    To be fair one of the points the episode was making was that Kennedy’s image became larger than life because of how he was assassinated, and how left to his own devices he would have left a far less flattering one. That is the whole reason he shot himself.

    Also, the person saying that Kennedy was “a fine man” is Rimmer. Who also idolises Napoleon Bonaparte.

    in reply to: Series VII Highlights #227126
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    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.

    I like it as a Frank Grimes moment: it’s Kochanski reacting with utter exasperation at characters that we’ve got used to being dumb and funny. Yes, it’s a bit sledgehammery, but she’s basically been driven to it by that point.

    There aren’t many gags in any of the series that top “It’s an obscene phone call” for me, either.

    in reply to: Mac McTorchwood #227095
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >Nation’s agent was very cunning to demand the rights to the Daleks remain with him.

    Mmm, not really, it’s standard practice for all characters created by freelance writers to have the rights owned by that writer – was always thus on the old show and continues to be so on the revived one. They have to get agreement from and pay them any time they want to use any of them. It’s just that the Nation Estate/Tim Hancock are the ones more likely to kick up a fuss, as they have the bargaining power of the fact that it’s the Daleks.

    RTD’s agent also represents a lot of the old writers’ estates, and she’s much nicer about it.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227079
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    it’s a really nice model, lots of detail and it looks good on my shelf. something like that for the Red Dwarf ship would be bloody lovely.

    Someone else, gussets, etc.

    in reply to: So what do you think we'll be getting for the 30th? #227078
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    If Ed Bye ever came to Dimension Jump, you can guarantee we’d get a new ident to play at the end of each DwarfCast.

    SYMES: So until next time, Ed Bye everybody!
    EVERYONE: Ed Bye!
    IDENT: Oh, fuck off, I’m not recording that for you.

    in reply to: Mastermind #227077
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >Can someone please explain where this joke came from? Thanks

    Multiple tellings of an anecdote in various documentaries (first one I can recall is the A-Z but it may have turned up sooner somewhere).

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225768
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    The Blackadder the Third Goes Back and Forth II

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225657
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Indeed. If series 9 was truly a ‘lost’ series, then it would make sense of BtE not being 9, X coming along. There would actually be a joke in the numbering of the series, which is about as meta as it comes.

    This is the point, though, isn’t it? BTE contains dialogue that refers to a mythical series 9 that we haven’t seen and will never see. Then the show comes back for another series, and it’s not series 9, it’s series 10.

    That’s the joke. That’s absolutely the joke. I’ve always seen it as deliberate.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225655
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    I might have been not being entirely serious about the Divine Comedy thing anyway. But yes, I figured when he did Victory that was the point at which he was finally acknowledging Fanfare as a thing rather than brushing it away.

    As for Weezer, they have made three great albums post-2002, so nyeh.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225640
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >If we’re taking word of the author, ‘Liberation’ is the first Divine Comedy album

    It is. Fanfare for the Common Muse is an album by a different band that also happens to be called The Divine Comedy and also happens to have Neil Hannon as one of its members.

    in reply to: Name that tat #225639
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    The door lock on the Series X bunkroom is a docking station for (I think) Dell laptops.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225547
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    If we’re taking word of the author, then Doug is adamant that BTE is not Series IX. So there.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225456
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Also it IS ‘1’ and ‘2’ because they never had an official title, as opposed to the proceeding series’ which were actually known as ‘Red Dwarf III’ etc. technically all of them are ‘3’ ‘4’ etc. but people use the numerals for III onwards cause it was the actual title.

    Wellllll only Series III uses “Red Dwarf III” onscreen – none of Series IV, V or VI do so. So is “Red Dwarf IV” any more correct than “Red Dwarf I”? Only if you give the Radio Times listing more authority than the onscreen title card.

    And even if you are going by the Radio Times argument, the “Red Dwarf [Numeral]” discussion is entirely separate from the “Series [Numeral]” discussion. I can understand doing this:

    Red Dwarf (series 1)
    Red Dwarf (series 2)
    Red Dwarf III
    Red Dwarf IV
    Red Dwarf V
    … etc

    … although I wouldn’t do it myself. But I can’t see any justifiable basis for this:

    Red Dwarf Series 1
    Red Dwarf Series 2
    Red Dwarf Series III
    Red Dwarf Series IV
    Red Dwarf Series V
    … etc

    … since, unless anyone wants to correct me, the first time “Series [Numeral]” was officially used to designate the series was on the DVD releases. And in that instance, they all used numerals.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225430
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >i think there is a Series I and II, isn’t there? it’s on my shelf, im sure of it

    Basically, there’s a long-running G&T argument that the first two series aren’t referred to by Roman numerals, because that way of naming the show only came in with Series III. As such, they’ve always been pedantically referred to around here as “Series 1” and “Series 2”.

    I have never agreed with this, because Roman numerals have been used for the first two series ever since the VHS releases. And the DVD spines refer to them as “Series I” and “Series II”. Whereas I’ve never seen “Series 1” and “Series 2” used in any official context, anywhere.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225429
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    I’d have called the main pilot the feature and the promo the Bonus Feature, to get around that.

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #225423
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Why isn’t there technically a Series I and II?

    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    I wonder how many people whistle Knock on Wood at Philip Labey on a daily basis?

    in reply to: Merry 10th to The Bodysnatcher Collection #224841
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Yep, I-VIII were £19.99, Just The Smegs was £15.99.
    As great as the set was, £49.99 was as indefensible then as it is now.

    Conversely:

    Bodysnatcher Collection = 14 hours of content = 6p per minute
    Series I = 264 minutes of content = 13p per minute
    Just the Smegs = 100 minutes of content = 16p per minute

    “Indefensible”? I’d say it’s better value than any of the previous releases!

    in reply to: Thoughts on the Series XII Flipside Cover? #224763
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >Also what kind of prick says “season” when referring to a British show and actually being British himself

    Every Doctor Who fan for twenty-six years, for a start.

    in reply to: TiMEWAVE reviews including one from 'the gay uk' #224620
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Good-oh. And yes, for my part I appreciate now why the singular context of that review may have looked odd. It’s just honestly not something that would have occurred to me before, as the wider nature of the outlet didn’t even really seem notable to me in the context of reviewing Dwarf (although yes, I was aware that Dannii was the reviewer and that she’s a fan of the show generally).

    Are we all being reasonable and coming to an agreement, then? That’s weird. Where’s Better Dead Than Smeg when you need him?

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