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  • in reply to: Will Meltdown disappear from streaming? #268200
    JamesTC
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    The story here is that a victim of sexual assault took 20 years to get justice. And even then had to go public to help other victims and to highlight the systematic protection that perpetrators of sexual assault have had for far too long.

    A Red Dwarf episode from three decades ago is an irrelevance.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf VIII is flawed #260097
    JamesTC
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    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #258404
    JamesTC
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    Series VIII has the best deleted scenes. Series V has by far the worst (aside from Back to Reality).

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #258361
    JamesTC
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    >Bras and periods are things you’d imagine he’d have some idea about, given the crew of the Nova 5.

    LISTER: How come you don’t know what bras are? What about the women on the Nova 5?
    KRYTEN: Well, when I cleaned up my cache files, sir, I erased my lingerie database. I didn’t see there’s be much call for it, unless we had a fancy dress party, and you wanted to go as Herman Goering.

    in reply to: Star Trek: Picard #258305
    JamesTC
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    You could throw loads of deaths and resurrections in. The whole crew of the Enterprise D and Voyager in Cause and Effect and Timeless respectively. Add Year of Hell and Yesterday’s Enterprise too. Plus the episode Twilight and E Squared for the NX-01 crew.

    Most of the deaths and resurrections are part of particular plots rather than a character being killed off and then coming back much later so I would say they don’t really count. When it is set up by the plot in a purposeful way then it is fine by me. Tasha Yar and Daniels come to mind as the exceptions although Tasha Yar was only resurrected as part of a specific plot.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Cinematic Trilogy #258110
    JamesTC
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    >Were the last few seasons needed to get there or could Doug have just gone with specials since 2009 do you think though?

    Absolutely they were needed in order to get the tone and style of modern Dwarf right. And I don’t think you could jump from BTE to an audience based special. I feel like now we are in the happy medium of what Dave wanted after BTE, what Doug wanted and what the fans wanted.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Cinematic Trilogy #258104
    JamesTC
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    I thought this thread was going to suggest that Back in the Red, Back to Earth and The Promised Land are the Red Dwarf cinematic trilogy.

    I definitely think that specials are the way to go forward from now on. And it was a sentiment echoed by others when leaving the recording. Red Dwarf has had sixty-odd single episodes so now, as it is in its final few years, a few big stories are the best way to go.

    in reply to: Star Trek: Picard #257329
    JamesTC
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    >Why Generations and Insurrection?

    I explained Insurrection. To add to that, it is the story when Riker/Troi get back together. Generations is an important chapter in Picard’s story in terms of his family.

    in reply to: Star Trek: Picard #257300
    JamesTC
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    If you want a crash course in the Star Trek episodes that are likely to be relevant in Picard then I’d recommend the following:
    TNG:
    Datalore
    The Measure of a Man
    Q Who
    The Best of Both Worlds
    Family
    Brothers
    I, Borg
    Descent
    All Good Things…
    Star Trek VII: Generations
    Star Trek VIII: First Contact
    Star Trek IX: Insurrection
    Star Trek X: Nemesis

    Voyager:
    Scorpion
    The Gift
    The Raven
    Dark Frontier
    Collective
    Author, Author
    Endgame

    Essentially a crash course in Seven of Nine, Picard, Hugh, Data and the Borg. Thrown in Author, Author too as it is relevant for the “synthetic rights”. Insurrection I added as it has similarities to Picard (synthetic losing control and Picard rebelling against Starfleet).

    in reply to: New Sonic Trailer #256716
    JamesTC
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    >Hard-light Rimmer with Hattie’s Holly? Definitely non-canon.

    The flashback in Blue confirms that he wore the puffy blue outfit back on Red Dwarf.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #256538
    JamesTC
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    I’ve just remembered an odd one from when I was a kid from Series II.

    RIMMER: They don’t do they? You say “keep an eye on that lamb” and they do. They sit there for three hours and watch it burn.

    I didn’t make the connection to him cooking a lamb and just imagined Rimmer asking the Skutters to take care of a live lamb and then returning to find it on fire.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #256357
    JamesTC
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    Backwards Forwards Backwards

    in reply to: Brexit News #255288
    JamesTC
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    I think it would be good to have a general topic solely dedicated towards debating Breakfast, considering how important it is and how likely it is that the first meal of the day will affect the vast majority of members here.

    Anyway, today Muesli has refused breakfast an opportunity of holding a “yes” or “no” vote on its dried bananas deal. Muesli is clearly a “marmite” breakfast that is either loved or loathed, depending on which side of the debate you sit on. However people should, in any case not be bullied into deciding on Breakfast until full scrutiny of the dried bananas deal is complete. Who knows then what will happen in the next ten days before we are due to have breakfast on the 31 October (if we even do now). Anyone who claims to know where this will end is lying.

    in reply to: COKE ADDS LIFE! (Pepsi would be *buried*) #247672
    JamesTC
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    Honeymooners in Hawaii would stand on the peak of Mauna Kea, gazing at sunsets stamped with the slogan. Commuters in London, stuck in traffic jams, would peer through the grey drizzle and gape at the Pepsi constellation. The few primitive tribes still untouched by civilisation in the jungles of South America would look up at the heavens, and certainly not think about drinking Coke.

    This will sure as hell sell a lot of cans of a certain fizzy drink.

    in reply to: Six of the Best Part 2 #246781
    JamesTC
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    I think Future Echoes, Queeg, Polymorph, Dimension Jump, Back to Reality and Gunmen of the Apocalypse is a fair description as the best episode from each series even if I don’t personally agree with 4 of them.

    I’d go for:
    Series VII: Tikka to Ride
    Series VIII: Cassandra*
    Series IX: Back to Earth Director’s Cut
    Series X: The Beginning*
    Series XI: Give & Take
    Series XII: Skipper

    *not my favourite episode from these series but I think the one that would best fit such a release.

    in reply to: The Classic Doctor Who Thread (1963 to 1989/1996) #246599
    JamesTC
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    What I take exception to is the wording. They described it (and continue with later releases) as “Limited Edition Packaging”. This indicates that the release will later get a non-limited simple release later on but they have confirmed that they have no plans to rerelease Season 12. If they changed the wording for al future releases to “Limited Edition” then it’d be fine but they don’t seem arsed.

    For what it is worth they did appear to be taken aback by the demand for Season 12. Russel Minton (head of Who on DVD/BR now) said he had to fight for this release and used the strong DVD sales as an indicator but the higher-ups still didn’t have high expectations.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the plan is to wait until they are all out and then rerelease them in complete Doctor box sets (perhaps splitting Tom Baker’s era into two sets).

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #245379
    JamesTC
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    I was thinking about Force of Nature a few weeks ago.

    It completely fails in terms of trying to make people pay attention to environmental issues and even in-universe the future episodes just pay it a little lip service or ignore it completely…

    …just like when governments try to “go green” and it is ignored within a few months.

    Force of Nature being a complete disaster makes it a perfect analogy for the fight against global warming.

    “What? Warp drive is destroying the universe? Ahh we’ll be fine”

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #245355
    JamesTC
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    They weren’t in a romantic relationship though. There were the occasional jealous moments in Season 3 (at which point she was the equivalent of a human in their twenties age wise) but a lot of that came across more as an overprotective parent than a jealous lover.

    Things don’t seem to have gone well for Jennifer Lien since she left Voyager. It was very harsh how she was written out too. They needed to get rid of a cast member when bringing in Seven of Nine so they decided to get rid of Harry Kim but then he won a sexist man alive poll so the network wanted him to be kept.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #244903
    JamesTC
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    >In 2 I’d always get stuck at the Wing Fortress boss.

    Me too. I could only do that boss by getting Super Sonic which was a pain. That boss and the Metropolis Zone 3 boss can go to hell.

    I’ve never found the Doomsday Zone to be too difficult but I only played that from Mega Collection Plus. On the Mega Drive I only ever had Sonic and Knuckles. As a kid I never even knew that Sonic had a different ending as I always preferred playing through as Knuckles so I only ever got the Mecha Sonic final boss.

    I adore Blue Spheres so I always go for the 14 emeralds.

    One thing I am amazed by is how glitchy Sonic 3 and Knuckles is. Never noticed despite playing Sonic and Knuckles so much as a kid. It is all due to being a rushed game. There is a great YouTube channel which goes through all the glitches in the game. You can find it if you search Sonic 3 and Knuckles Glitches and Oversights (turn subtitles on for explanations). I would highly recommend the video for Lava Reef Zone Act 1. The mega glitch needs to be seen to be believed.

    in reply to: The Curse of Mr. Bean (thoughts) #244901
    JamesTC
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    My two earliest memories are of in and around my fifth birthday. First it was receiving Series III Byte 1 on VHS and then a few days later coming downstairs in the morning to find a VHS player of my own along with a copy of The Best Bits of Mr Bean.

    Back when I was a kid it was Red Dwarf and Mr Bean as my two loves. Watched them on VHS on an endless loop. Now I’ve not seen Mr Bean since it came out on DVD which probably would have been around 8 or 9 years ago. Not sure why.

    I now have a deep regret that I got rid of my Mr Bean VHS collection. Sure I would never watch them again but I will never watch my Red Dwarf VHS collection again yet that has pride of place on the shelves. I feel like I’ve nonchalantly gotten rid of a big piece of my childhood just because now the DVD of the series and two films take up less space than two videos.

    I really need to re-watch them all and see if I can relive that big bit of my childhood. I think I can. I’m sure Mr Bean played into why I loved Twin Peaks Season 3 so much.

    Also fuck the Reliant Robin.

    in reply to: "Let's fire them up and get them out of here!" #244459
    JamesTC
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    Hoverbeds are so common that in the future they refer to all hospital beds the same way whether they hover or not.

    Like how you “tape” something on DVR even though you aren’t using a videotape.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #243952
    JamesTC
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    >I think Taskmaster is ahead of Dwarf now, ratings-wise, isn’t it?

    I’d seen this mentioned before and just accepted it but now I’ve had a look at the BARB.

    All 7-day viewing:

    Cured: 1.2m
    Taskmaster S05E05: 0.635m

    Siliconia: 1.179m
    Taskmaster S05E06: 0.652m

    Timewave: 1.189m
    Taskmaster S05E07: 0.593m

    Mechocracy: 0.973m
    Taskmaster S05E08: 0.875m (the finale)

    M-Corp: 0.901m
    Skipper: 0.846m

    Red Dwarf also does a little better in 28-day viewing and repeats (marginal but noticeable).

    Taskmaster Series 6 and 7 have upped a little on that. A few of the episodes go above 1m in 7-day viewing:
    Taskmaster S06E01: 1.238m
    Taskmaster S06E10: 1.109m
    Taskmaster S07E01: 1.131m

    I’d say they are roughly at the same level of success now. Which is great as they are both two of the best shows on TV.

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #243612
    JamesTC
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    >I wonder if the Sliders made it home?

    They did. Several times from memory. Prime Earth was eventually taken over by Kromaggs (some evil alien that were originally just in one episode but became the main thrust of the show for some reason). I think it was around the same time that Wade Wells is written out the show offscreen by being taken to a Kromagg breeding camp and being brutally raped repeatedly. This is genuinely what happens.

    >Voyager right until the very end persisted in being an adventure of the week series.

    The annoying thing about Voyager is that the first couple of seasons have a nice throughline that means it doesn’t just feel like adventure of the week. It culminates in Basics which both brings together all the ongoing storylines together nicely but also wipes the slate clean and leads to, for the most part, the beginning of the disconnected nature of the show.

    The thing is the later seasons of Voyager have better individual episodes overall but the first two seasons feel more rewarding watching together.

    in reply to: We Should Totally Have an X-Files Thread #243395
    JamesTC
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    >Fun fact – I didn’t create “The X Files”.

    You would say that, wouldn’t you? All a bit too convenient.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #243364
    JamesTC
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    >So when are tickets available?

    I think the person to ask is Robert Llewellyn. Best thing to do is tweet him.

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #243363
    JamesTC
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    The Orville gets better and tones down the comedy very quickly. It is just Star Trek with the odd joke to pull in the punters. At times I wonder if I should just rewatch DS9 instead but I am happy somebody is trying to keep the spirit of the show.

    Stopped watching Discovery after three or four episodes. Most of the characters were unlikeable pricks which meant I didn’t care for anyone outside Saru (who was interesting). When a TNG character dies in Season 1 in a stupid scenario with a tar monster, I am sad because the character was likeable. When a Discovery character was mauled by an alien in Season 1, I was delighted because they were so hateful.

    I do wonder if the Discovery writing team have ever seen Equinox. Somehow I think not. Maybe they read the Memory Alpha page.

    Then again it seems nobody has seen any Star Trek before Discovery. Hollywood Report is currently claiming Discovery touching on faith and how it conflicts with technology is an “untouched topic” in Star Trek. Which is like saying Lister loving curry is an untouched topic in Red Dwarf.

    in reply to: We Should Totally Have an X-Files Thread #243361
    JamesTC
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    The opening to Season 11 was wretched. Just like the mythology episodes of Season 10. That said the season as a whole was an incredible return to form. One of the best seasons of The X Files. Even the finale managed to be an entertaining mythology episode and possibly ended the show better than any previous finale. The Mandella Effect episode is the funniest episode of The X Files.

    You might not want to take my opinion though. I really liked Season 9 and was disappointed they couldn’t continue with Reyes and Doggett. And not just because I fancied Annabeth Gish and think Robert Patrick is great even when he isn’t made of a mimetic poly-alloy.

    I have recently come to the conclusion that the best season of The X Files is The Lone Gunmen Season 1.

    in reply to: Classic Doctor Who seasons on Blu-Ray #239803
    JamesTC
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    >Upscaling only goes so far, colour grading only goes so far and enhancing certain VFX shots only goes so far.

    My copy of Season 19 hasn’t arrived yet but the Season 12 release looked superb. Massive step up from the DVD. It is the definitive way of watching Season 12 and will never look better. At under £40, it is an absolute bargain IMO.

    All of this (as well as the Dwarf release) means they have an HD version of these shows for broadcast and streaming and pay for it using physical releases (as with TNG).

    >Whoa, where did you hear all this?! If that’s true, it’s good to know. Given how long that’ll take, I wonder where the Blu ray format will be by the end of it.

    Season 26 has had features filmed for it and Season 10 has been mentioned by the Australian Distributor as coming up (I think it has also been mentioned as having features filmed). Season 26 was mooted for the end of the year. Season 14 has been mentioned on Zeta Minor by somebody who had previously provided information on Season 19 and 18 being next.

    They can only make around 3 or 4 per year by the production team’s estimates. At 4 per year it will take 6 years for this range to complete.

    in reply to: Classic Doctor Who seasons on Blu-Ray #239743
    JamesTC
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    >I’d kind of prefer if BBC Video focused on making animated reconstructions of missing episodes for DVD (as with Power of the Daleks, Shada and The Macra Terror) instead of this. Plenty to cover there.

    The animated releases are done by a different team to the Blu-Ray sets (with some crossover of personnel). One doesn’t have a bearing on the other aside from avoiding each other in the release window.

    They have made a commitment to release the first 26 seasons. They are already filming extras for releases way into the future. Season 17 has had stuff filmed for it even though that won’t be out until likely 2020 at the earliest (2019 is Season 18, 10, 26 with 14 also rumoured).

    The release order makes sense to me. The first season they wanted a popular set of stories with the most popular classic Doctor. It makes sense to go for the shortest and first. Then with the second release, they want to show off the format so it makes sense to go for the one with the most existing film which can be presented as true HD. From then on it is about varying it up with lesser seasons amongst more popular seasons (a less popular Tom Baker with a popular McCoy) and also about tackling the more troublesome seasons later (hence Season 10 being the first Pertwee).

    They definitely need to stop referring to it as Limited Edition Packaging. I’d dare say they’ll wait until everything is out and release complete sets for each Doctor in none limited packaging.

    in reply to: What if Red Dwarf VIII had been produced in widescreen? #237231
    JamesTC
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    Let’s ask the What-If machine.

    JamesTC
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    Was it at the last DJ when Doug went into more detail on this?

    From memory, he said it was roundabout 2002 he went to the BBC and pitched a new series but there were two reasons it didn’t happen. One reason was that it needed to be tied into the funding of the film (as the original agreement for funding for the film from the BBC had run out) and the BBC no longer wanted to contribute to the film. The other reason was that Doug felt that any commissioner would not get credit if a new series of Red Dwarf was a success so they preferred to make new shows. I imagine the latter reason was a bit of bitterness from Doug.

    in reply to: Skipping #236004
    JamesTC
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    It all goes out the window when Sam encounters an animal.

    in reply to: Skipping #235984
    JamesTC
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    They seem to be a little contradictory and confusing in how the leaping works in Quantum Leap.

    Watching the episode What Price Gloria right now and Al explains that he sees the person Sam has lept into whenever he is speaking to Sam (Al is letching on the attractive woman he has lept into) and in the waiting room he sees Sam.

    It seems the only person who sees himself as Sam is Sam (aside from when he looks in a mirror).

    in reply to: Strictly Come Dwarfing #235973
    JamesTC
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    I’m hoping it is Blue Midget.

    in reply to: Attention 'Quantum Leap' Fans! #235720
    JamesTC
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    I remembered this thread and decided to order the book to go along with the Blu-Ray set I have on the way next week.

    Pretty expensive at £34 but will hopefully be worth it.

    JamesTC
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    In the old Lee and Herring show This Morning With Richard Not Judy they had a brief flash on screen of things you should try.

    I’ve just been looking at the old Lee and Herring website and they have the first four episodes of these listed. One such entry is “Why not try being in Red Dwarf but still being a nice person?”.

    in reply to: What will happen if one of the cast dies? #234477
    JamesTC
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    I hope they try to do it like Series VII. Have the dead cast member appear in just half the episodes to ease the transition.

    in reply to: Favourite Dwarf Moments #228673
    JamesTC
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    I like it when the vampire needs a poo.

    in reply to: The Blu-ray Awakens #228601
    JamesTC
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    >Budget is a major reason for this happening, as they will often produce one master for all markets. If they REALLY wanted to, they could make it all work. The same goes for 5.1 surround mixes as well, but that’s another story…….

    It sounds like that won’t happen next time. Over on another forum when talking about the possible upcoming Classic Doctor Who Blu-Ray season sets a member of the Restoration Team has stated that there would be separate 50i and 60i releases, depending on territory.

    I think with Doug Naylor ensuring the quality of the release before signing off on them, we hopefully won’t get a screw up like that.

    in reply to: The Blu-ray Awakens #227354
    JamesTC
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    >Everything feels just a mild bit dreadful at the slowed pace.

    If you are watching Dear Dave, it is supposed to be like that.

    in reply to: The Blu-ray Awakens #227312
    JamesTC
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    I was impressed with the studio sections of Shada look superb on the recent Blu-Ray release. Stand well alongside the HD location footage and animation.

    It all depends if they do it right. Get the frame rate correct and do some colour correction and grading and then it will be the best Red Dwarf will ever look and a well worth purchase for us fans who watch these episodes so much. The frame rate is where I am anticipating the major fuck up. Doctor Who Series 1-4 came out 4% slower because of the frame rate issue. That was initially made for America though so hopefully this initially being for the UK market will mean it doesn’t happen here.

    in reply to: The Blu-ray Awakens #227200
    JamesTC
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    The Blu-Ray now looks like it is going full speed ahead but with a slight difference. Now rather than individual releases it is all 8 series. Currently listed as 16 discs and out October according to Amazon and Zoom.

    Get your pre-order in with Zoom now as it is currently listed as £40 (and you can use SIGNUP10 to get 10% off) and that seems like a misprice. They might not honour it but I think they have honoured misprices in the past.

    in reply to: The Blu-ray Awakens #226821
    JamesTC
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    They’ve been down as that date for a while now so don’t put too much stock in it being that date.

    That being said the Blu-Ray releases are back on. Doug tweeted in a reply on the 12th of November: “They’re increased the budget and are trying to convince me the uprezing will look much better this time. They’re also throwing in a colour grade something they wouldn’t agree to first time around.”

    in reply to: The Brittas Empire Rebuilt – BBC Radio retrospective #226416
    JamesTC
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    Bump to remind people that this is up now.

    Listened to the first half. Always nice to hear from Chris Barrie. Considering the DVD never had a documentary it is nice to have this even if it isn’t as insightful as we might hope for (as I guess it needs to appeal to people who are only vaguely familiar with the show).

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #224974
    JamesTC
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    SNACK ME A KIPPER

    Snacky becomes the next Ace Rimmer. Meanwhile Kryten takes up ballet lessons.

    in reply to: The BBC Are CUNTS….. #224487
    JamesTC
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    The spin-off range everybody should buy is Jago and Litefoot.

    in reply to: The BBC Are CUNTS….. #224450
    JamesTC
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    Them not doing adult stories has nothing to do with the quality.

    I think it is a perception fuelled by the fact that the early days had their two best audio exclusive companions in the form of Evelyn and Charley. Everything kind of melds into one with so much.

    It also had some of their stone cold classics like Spare Parts, Jubilee, The Chimes of Midnight, The One Doctor, The Holy Terror and Colditz.

    I’d say that all through Big Finish, aside from an off year or two (a quick look and I’d say 2011 and 2012 are it), they tend to have 2 real classics, 8 or 9 great stories and 2 or 3 not so good stories per year. It is also difficult to split things since they moved to the trilogy format in 2009.

    You can list some classics from after 2005 and they are as good but just don’t have the awareness of their existence and just get lost in the mass. Since 2005 we’ve had Night Thoughts, The Reaping, Circular Time, The Wrong Doctors and 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men which are all worthy of standing alongside the best.

    Also as they’ve expanded they have has classics like Peri and the Piscon Paradox (one of my favourite Doctor Who stories ever made), Solitaire, The Rocket Men, Return of the Rocket Men, The Scorchies, The Foe From the Future, The First Sontarans, An Ordinary Life, The Yes Men and The Black Hole to rattle off a few.

    In terms of how I afford it: Well I wait for sales for most stuff. £6 a CD is the current norm plus postage. I justify by the fact that since 2012 it is the only way for me to get new Doctor Who which I think I will enjoy after losing interest in the TV show. After collecting for a few years I’m now only missing 15 main range stories aside from very new ones (I have up to story 223). I also steer well clear of any new series spin-offs aside from the odd one (Tenth Doc Vol 1 and Classic Doctor, New Monsters is it) as I’m not a fan of new stuff. Once I’m all caught up it will still be an expensive hobby but not eye watering all things considered, probably around £250 across a whole year.

    in reply to: Pointless Hollies #224259
    JamesTC
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    The BBC is one person.

    JamesTC
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    What if Doug Naylor invented the Fing-Longer?

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #223900
    JamesTC
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    Heil Hogey I’m Home:

    Hogey the Roguey and Hitler-Bot move in next door to Rimmer and Lister. Hogey invites his boss for dinner but Hitler can’t make it so Lister has to pretend to be Hitler. Meanwhile Cat gets a tattoo.

    Directed by Juliet May.

    in reply to: The BBC Are CUNTS….. #223505
    JamesTC
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    Wow, going to have to go and read up on this, sounds interesting.

    Funnily enough I stopped reading because I felt he mag wasn’t critical enough in certain aspects and now it is being killed because of being too critical.

    Does seem like something funny has happened around the Shada DVD. Clayton Hickman had done the cover but his design was declined with no reason given late on.

    in reply to: GuruMediator Red Dwarf videos #223439
    JamesTC
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    “YouTube Poop, often abbreviated as YTP, is a type of video mashup created by editing pre-existing media sources for humorous, annoying, confusing or shocking purposes and often containing mature content.”

    They aren’t labelled as such but they are YouTube Poop.

    in reply to: Feels like… #223417
    JamesTC
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    I’m reading Infinity right now. Found loads which could be picked out and have been used in Series XI and XII. Stuff like Kryten insisting he is just a service mechanoid and not knowing about the Duality Drive is similar to Snacky and hacking stasis booths.

    in reply to: Good first episodes? #222980
    JamesTC
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    Demons and Angels.

    It requires no knowledge of the characters to really appreciate and the idea of evil versions of characters is a staple of sci-fi so will be universal in understanding

    in reply to: Leopard Lager #222899
    JamesTC
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    >So the Mirror token essentially allows you to drink a free pint of crap lager while possibly getting a glimpse of a Leopard Lager label as the barman pours the bottle into a glass?

    The token specifies bottle *or* glass. No reason you can’t ask for a bottle and drink it out of that and then take it home once it is empty.

    Worth mentioning that the bars and pubs are not allowed to give it away to take out the establishment as they are not an off license.

    Got mine on the shelf. It may not be a can but that doesn’t really matter. A nice memento for Series XII.

    in reply to: Leopard Lager #222886
    JamesTC
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    You could have ordered it and poured it out. That is you only wanted the empty bottle. That is what I’ll be doing if they won’t let me take the full unopened bottle when I pick mine up.

    in reply to: Leopard Lager #222865
    JamesTC
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    The voucher will only be accepted on Friday according the paper. Unless you find a pub that goes against that then you’ll have to wait till tomorrow.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #222817
    JamesTC
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    >can Archie produce semen?

    They never ask the important questions at these Q&A sessions with Doug and the cast. Just what is your favourite episode.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #222792
    JamesTC
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    >They all masturbate into each other’s mouths the end.

    Due to budget restraints that episode has to be padded into a two-parter and now includes a subplot about Kryten’s bollocks being on the loose.

    in reply to: How well does Series 10 hold up now? #222664
    JamesTC
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    I think it holds up really well. The Max Power episode is a particular highlight.

    in reply to: Walgreens Photo #222632
    JamesTC
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    I’m sure walgreensphoto will be a valuable asset to the forum.

    in reply to: The murderous Red Dwarf crew #222627
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Lister attempted to murder Talkie Toaster but ended up leaving him in a repairable state.

    I’d put the simulant murder in Rimmerworld solely on Rimmer.

    If we are including hallucinations then I guess we can also count simulations. Kryten caused a few in Beyond a Joke. I seem to remember Lister shooting a Gelf point blank in the same episode but we don’t know if they survive.

    Shouldn’t the crew dying be put under accident along with Irene? Likewise Cassandra. Lister also accidentally killed Holly by leaving a bath on.

    in reply to: Ganymede & Titan Remastered #222262
    JamesTC
    Participant

    The project will open up Ganymede & Titan to new markets and will make it possible to make a Japanese translation.

    in reply to: Ganymede & Titan Remastered #222245
    JamesTC
    Participant

    The banner will be expanded to be three times as long. The search box will have legs.

    Every news story will have the back of Doug Naylor and Ed Bye’s head superimposed to the bottom of the page so it looks like they are reading the news too.

    in reply to: Do you do the whole introduce yourself thing? #222120
    JamesTC
    Participant

    He does have impeccable timing.

    in reply to: Do you do the whole introduce yourself thing? #222118
    JamesTC
    Participant

    One of the first rules of the internet is when entering a community you should initially lurk to get a feel for the place.

    The people in the first few posts were joking around in the same way they would in any thread. In fact this was covered in the very first reply in this thread: “We just tend to dick around amongst ourselves, derailing threads to make puns for several weeks at a time until we eventually learn each other’s names.”

    React to normal forum behaviour with insults and offensive words (and don’t pretend it isn’t offensive or that there is a way of using it in a correct context) and don’t be surprised if that means you are treated in a different way.

    Also: Hi I’m James.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    How do you accidentally wear a shirt?

    in reply to: Re-watching X and XI before XII #221902
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Rob the episode of LOW ON PRETZELS? Fuck that.

    Captain Bollocks is perfectly in character for Kryten bearing in mind Kryten is able to insult Rimmer behind his back. Rimmer was never supposed to know the name of the folder.

    in reply to: New, mildly spoilery XII synopses copy-and-pasted within #221812
    JamesTC
    Participant

    If it is Hitler than I doubt it could do any worse than what Preacher (Ackerman’s new show) has done recently with him.

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221740
    JamesTC
    Participant

    >Is A Royal Flush the one that ends with [SPOILER!!!] another two pairs?

    No, that episode is A Losing Streak.

    A Royal Flush is the one with Del making a tit of himself being drunk around some royals.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    I do find it strange that they decided to pad two stories rather than doing a bottle episode just in the prison cells set along with one padded story. It just makes the series so misshapen.

    Perhaps they felt Duct Soup wasn’t recieved well in similar circumstances the previous series so felt they wanted to just expand a bigger episode. Or maybe there wasn’t time to write an entirely new half hour.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    WE’RE FINISHED

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221510
    JamesTC
    Participant

    You might look at something and say it is creatively bankrupt or just a cash in but other people may still get the love that you got from the earlier stuff.

    Not enjoying something is fine. Saying it is shit is fine. Saying it should end because you found it shit and have an internal struggle over your continued viewing of the show despite other people not finding it shit is selfish.

    I regret watching Futureworld. I think it is the worst film ever made. It was purely made to cash in on Westworld. Should that film not have been made? Nah, it should have. Some people do like it. I just read a review that says “with its visual ingenuity, interesting ideas, and a winning couple of leads, I like this just enough to give it a recommendation”.

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221498
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Quite frankly I’m one of the big champions for later Simpsons (as in post Season 8, I’ve not seen any since around Season 20).

    I was just making fun of how ridiculously long the show has gone on and how they only seem to still be making it to make up the numbers for syndication and to beat Gunsmoke rather than to actually make a good show.

    If people still watch it then sure they should make more. These days it does quite poor in the rating and would probably do just as well with repeats airing but there are people who still enjoy the new ones and it doesn’t overwrite the old ones so I have no problem with new Simpsons other than reserving the right to take the piss out of the longevity.

    in reply to: 'Jump The Shark' – Guardian article #221496
    JamesTC
    Participant

    These days any mainstream critic from a newspaper will be spewing the usual bullshit. Blah blah Breaking Bad. Blah blah Game of Thrones. Blah blah TV is like film now. Blah blah all TV from before 2009 is shit.

    It is that one about TV being so much better now that really infuriates me. Get in the fucking bin with anybody who fucking jokes about a wobbly set for the billionth time. Get a fucking suspension of disbelief you tosser and a new critique that wasn’t lazy before I was born.

    And I should add that I love Breaking Bad. It deserves all the praise it gets. I just don’t think it represents this massive watershed moment in television. I watch television all the way from the late 50s through to now and it is brilliant from then and it is brilliant now. I can just imagine these fucks watching an amazing piece of “early” television like The Twilight Zone: The Masks and having some sneering snobbish view on it which would rile me like crazy.

    I also don’t see why people are desperate for TV shows to end as this guy is with Red Dwarf. I mean The Simpsons have made more than enough episodes now but aside from that why does any show need to end just arbitrarily. I just don’t get this idea at all about shows being ruined by episodes that come later. Are the early episodes of Red Dwarf, The Simpsons, Doctor Who or any other long running TV show somehow ruined by episodes that happen later?

    The Brittas Empire limped on for two further series after the brilliant first five but does that mean the last two rubbish series have ruined the first five series? No, even when taking into account the absolute shite ending. And actually even despite being a bit crap the last two series had a couple of really good episodes.

    in reply to: "There wouldn't have been a Series 6, 7 or 8…" #221459
    JamesTC
    Participant

    The correct way to refer to Back to Earth is clearly 3,000,000 AD.

    in reply to: Will we get commentaries on the Red Dwarf XII DVD? #221176
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Almost certainly not.

    in reply to: Maybe I'm getting old but… #221056
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Well, when you see something like that, a wizard did it.

    in reply to: Maybe I'm getting old but… #221053
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Far less tedious answers are also available:
    1. Both
    2. They died
    3. Time Travel
    4. Time Travel
    5. Oh do fuck off with this already answered in 1989 tedium
    6. Yes
    7. Time Travel
    8. Todhunter misspoke. 169 people work in maintenance

    I don’t particularly give a shit in so far as I don’t need an on screen answer. I’m happy enough just to fill in the gap myself.

    That is why I loved “Nine years later” at the start of Back to Earth. Stuff happened, now we are here and you can fill in the gap yourself if you like.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #221048
    JamesTC
    Participant

    With regards to special stages and bonus stages you can do them in a complete save file.

    A special ring is very early in Press Garden Act 1 which you can use over and over again. Just go down and left after the robots throwing a saw back and forth to find it.

    The bonus stages reset all of the starposts aside from the one you entered every time you use them so you can just go back and forth two of them. There is a place early in Green Hill Zone Act 2 in which you can easily access two of them with only a few seconds to get to each. One is on the low route and one on the high route and they are separated by three platforms to get up to the high route.

    in reply to: Idea for an episode. #221016
    JamesTC
    Participant

    The Hard Light basically replicates the feel of the person.

    So you might say Rimmer is Flesh Light.

    in reply to: Classic series blurays #220999
    JamesTC
    Participant

    >I have the Just The Shows DVD, and it looks fine to me.

    That has made me finally get round to something actually.

    I got the anniversary set extremely cheap a few months ago and I’ve been wondering if the lack of animated menus and commentary meant the episodes are of a higher bitrate and therefore look better on the “Just the Shows” discs over the original releases.

    Just did a quick comparison of The End. Absolutely identical as far as I can see.

    in reply to: Test #220972
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I nominate this ban for Hall of Fame status.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    “One second Mr Sucks” is superb and I won’t hear anything to the contrary.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    “Ooh,” said Lister.

    “Ooh,” said the woman with the invisible appendectomy scar.

    “Aaaaaaah,” said John more enthusiastically.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    Wanks all round!

    in reply to: What are shirt tails for? #220807
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Rimmer can just use a voice operated forklift.

    in reply to: What are shirt tails for? #220796
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Also can a hologram get an ingrowing toenail?

    in reply to: What are shirt tails for? #220789
    JamesTC
    Participant

    It is a real shame that Doug and the cast are always asked what their favourite episode is or if they remember Tongue Tied when we could be getting the real answers we all want such as the intricacies of hologramatic bowel movements.

    While we are at it, do holograms cum?

    JamesTC
    Participant

    I don’t remember if the scene was filmed and is on the VIII DVD. I’ve just re-read it in the brilliant Series VIII script book.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    Maybe it was routine maintenance on the drive plate which ordinarily wouldn’t put the ship at risk if done wrong but Rimmer screwed up so monumentally (as in the floor repaired in Fathers and Suns) that it put the ship at risk.

    The equivalent of Rimmer being ask to fix the DVD drive on a computer so he decided to take the whole modem apart and he fucked it up when he put it back together.

    JamesTC
    Participant

    In a deleted scene Hollister says there are two more places which go to two “selected at random from the prisoner roll call”. Some guy called Polsen gets the first place and Lister gets the second. Lister goes to give the place to Kochanski but Baxter puts his hand on his shoulder and he gives it to him and Baxter says they are square for the hooch.

    Presumably if the ship wasn’t already a Starbug down from the opening episode they’d have had room for all of the JMC crew with room spare.

    in reply to: Test #220542
    JamesTC
    Participant

    >How many pictures of SMEG toasters have been posted on Red Dwarf subreddits?

    I was told by somebody recently that every time they see a SMEG they think of me.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220250
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Series 1 and 2 is Galaxy Counters
    Series III to V is Toffee
    Series VI is Malteser
    Series VII is Orange
    Series VIII is Coffee
    Back to Earth is the discontinued Peanut
    Series X to XII is Raisin

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220240
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Equating Series VI to Be Here Now does not mean that I dislike Series VI.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220232
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Series VI is Be Here Now.

    Series VII is Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220193
    JamesTC
    Participant

    No, ketchup makes Kryten’s head explode.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220146
    JamesTC
    Participant

    We need to ask Ed Bye about this.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220123
    JamesTC
    Participant

    He was the one Rimmer in an infinite number of universes who couldn’t cut it as Ace Rimmer and couldn’t shake his neuroses and hangups.

    I also consider the Drunk feature from the DVD to be canon. And the weblink. And the comic relief thing filmed on the DNA set. Nothing else though.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #220118
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I only consider the Series VIII PBS idents to be canon.

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