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  • in reply to: The Curse of Mr. Bean (thoughts) #259718
    tombow
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    I guess Rufus did say “eventually” their music would contact other planets and stuff. It actually fits better for me to imagine they got big for a while, faded away, then had a triumphant comeback in 2020 which created their future.

    in reply to: The Curse of Mr. Bean (thoughts) #259716
    tombow
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    when I rewatched them the other day one thing that did occur to me was that maybe the 2 writers didn’t really know enough about current music to know what kids like Bill n’ Ted would be into. Like with how they’re dressed they look like they would have been into like Jane’s Addiction and Chilli Peppers, not just older stuff like Van Halen and Iron Maiden. That is one way the 2nd film is superior in that it has Faith No More and Primus in it, so more research was taken to imagine up to date stuff they would have been into.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #259714
    tombow
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    probably said this on the thread before, but I never really liked Backwards. I just find it a bit boring and I usually skip it if I rewatch S3. I love the concept in the novels though.

    As for the Morgan Freeman universe voice, I thought he should sound northern, like God did in the Better Than Life audiobook.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #259709
    tombow
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    BTE needed audience laughter

    in reply to: The Curse of Mr. Bean (thoughts) #259707
    tombow
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    I bought the Graphic novels/tpbs of Bn’T’s Triumphant Return and Bn’T Save the Universe a few weeks ago. Return is only ho-hum (it’s about Bill n Ted trying to help Denomolos as a kid, only to have him go back to their San Dimas and steal their success, to make a dark future where he rules and Rufus is a rebel leader)…it’s pretty short and padded with some other one off funny stories, like the good robots getting a virus and Bn’T having to track down an IT expert woman in the future to help them.

    Save The Universe was really good/epic and could have been a movie IMO. It’s mostly set in space and quite Dwarf-ish in places, I won’t give too many spoilers except their moms are in it. Missy and Deacon have big heroic roles in it too. Although to be honest neither storyline really feels like something canon that you could imagine happening in the films. They’re way more wacky.

    also..the end of Bogus Journey was actually a late addition to the script. In the first draft they win the battle by defeating the bad guys but still play their crude out of tune chords as the credits roll. Promising Rufus they will get good later. http://www.billandted.org/moviesbjearlydraft07.htm

    in reply to: Break a Red Dwarf Episode #259699
    tombow
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    krytie Tv

    As a mechanoid controlled by his programing, and way beyond the technology of anything the nano-reborn Dwarf crew have seen, Kryten is not put on the prison deck but handed over to the top minds on the ship to be examined and questioned, and therefore can not film the women.

    in reply to: The John Belushi Conundrum #259698
    tombow
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    I think Brad Garrett (the brother in Everybody Loves Raymond) would have made a good Lister. He has that same “slob with hidden depths” feel. What about Martin Kove for Rimmer? He had the same “petty failed military man” feel in the Karate Kid films. And since this is a fantasy how about Prince for Cat and Bryan Cranston (in his nervous Malcolm in the Middle Dad mode) as Kryten.

    in reply to: The Curse of Mr. Bean (thoughts) #259697
    tombow
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    I thought I’d bump this as I wanted to make a thread about Bill n’ Ted 3 and this had a lot of Wyld Stallyns discussion on it. Of course…the Red Dwarf novel omnibus had a subtle dig at Bn’T where it’s listed as one of Rob and Doug’s early Dwarf ideas before being rejected as “too dr who”.

    As for the debate between the two films, everyone I know seems to prefer the second, but I don’t get it at all. Excellent Adventure was one of my favourite films as a kid – I was already fascinated with epic rock bands like Queen and Iron Maiden when I saw it, so the idea that a band like that could be usher of a new age just completely grabbed my imagination as a kid. I loved all the characters too, I found the dudes and the historical figures really lovable.

    Wheras Bogus Journey…every 5 years or so I rewatch it a couple of times to try and love it, but it’s just not my thing. It just feels like a bunch of madcap cartoony ideas crammed together…robots, aliens…the 2 actors seem way over the top, like really shouty with exaggerated mannerisms, (even the good versions) whereas in the first film they’re more relaxed and natural. Like stoned versions of their real selves. I love the Reaper and the parts they’re playing games with him,..I like most of it, the end is nice, I just don’t think I’ll ever love it.

    Plus the first one just feels like a serious film in places, like the Wild West, Ancient Greece, it feels real. Everything in BG looks cartoony. EA just left me with a really powerful feeling as a kid, like I’d seen this important spiritual film.

    I am really excited about Face the Music ..I’m expecting to love it…I don’t really know what the status of UK cinemas is now. I just really need to see the trilogy finished.

    As for Bean, I remember my Dad having strong feelings that Bean was going downhill and he was becoming too cruel. I can’t remember the cut off point for him though.

    in reply to: Jupiter Moon: Crap TV Show #259692
    tombow
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    Australian shows were rockin’ in the early 90s – Girl From Tomorrow/Tomorrow’s End, Pugwall, Round the Twist…

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #259565
    tombow
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    maybe only organic/alive beings are affected by timeslides changing the past. Maybe as the place where the timeslides were kept on, the ship and it’s parts (including Rimmer and Holly) were left unchanged. Although there’s no reason to *keep* him on – “so it’s just you and me?” “well without Lister here there’s no reason to keep you around” *blip*

    as for drive plate, maybe there was an atmosphere of negligence. Maybe Jupiter was just a really badly run company…maybe the Captain really was a donut chef who had gotten friendly with the right people, just scraped through the exams into being captain and didn’t really understand how important the drive plates were, or everyone just thought someone else was in charge of them and didn’t think about Rimmer not being able to handle them. Maybe Rimmer pushed himself into taking charge of them to feel important.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #259554
    tombow
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    I still wonder why Holly had Rimmer activated in the “Lister gets rich with the tension sheet” timeline of Timeslides.

    And…I know nothing about spaceship (or any ship) mechanics, but if Dwarf needed multiple technicians and a navigation crew to fly safely before the accident, why is that not an issue in the show? Who fixes the drive plates now?

    And the valid question from Justice, why were they responsible for the drive plates? What were they, lowly soup machine maintainers or people with the whole crew’s life in their hands?

    in reply to: Christopher Nolan saw Red Dwarf #258820
    tombow
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    he was an 18 year old sci fi fan living in the UK when RD started, so he must have at least known about it

    in reply to: hypothetically making the worst possible ep of RD #258770
    tombow
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    I suppose in my hypothetical “worst episode” there is an undercurrent of the aggressive simulant representing real gay people. Like the scary gay people in the Police Academy films. I mean I’m imagining the worst of what Dwarf could have been, maybe I didn’t think it through enough,

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #258769
    tombow
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    I haven’t played Mania or Forces, but I really like Sonic Generations. I think it’s more replayable than the mega drive games – it has a better balance of rewarding you for having quick reactions and letting you fast without the obstacles being too hard to dodge. I really want to catch up on the series and play Lost World, Unleashed and all the other games I missed.

    in reply to: hypothetically making the worst possible ep of RD #258767
    tombow
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    – the jokes would all be really lame and obvious, like, Lister saying “there’s some kind of hideous grotesque creature out there” and Rimmer saying “that’s just your laundry basket” and kryten cleaning with his willy

    -there would be some kind of LGBT-phobic element like they pick up a crazy stimulant and he’s wearing women’s clothing and tries to kiss them and that’s the scary part

    – it would ignore canon, like they would meet other human beings and no one would mention it, or Rimmer would say he was raised in a hippy commune or something that contradicts what we know, or cat would talk about an ex wife

    – the final act would be a fight with a CGI monster and doesn’t have any jokes or funny parts

    – end credits now sung by Craig Charles with a band of BBC6 experimental musicians on minimalist keyboards

    – model shots were all lost so Doug does them himself with a small Red Dwarf toy and phone camera

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #257795
    tombow
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    I’ve always been curious about the first activation of Rimmer’s hologram and how long it was before Lister woke up. I got the impression he had been hanging round for a while somehow. He seemed to be used to it all when Lister first meets him.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #257790
    tombow
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    I feel like I asked this already on this thread, but I can’t see it…at the end of Timeslides, why did lone Holly activate Rimmer?
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    in reply to: Sonic Mania #257753
    tombow
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    “I think Sonic 1 is very much the first series of Red Dwarf and Sonic CD the second. Sonic 2 acts as the III-IV era and Sonic & Knuckles is V, with Sonic Adventure playing the part of series VI”

    the master systems Sonics would be Dave Space Cadet

    in reply to: CBS Red Dwarf reboot rumour #257751
    tombow
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    LOL with the amount of control s.j.w’s have now, a modern Holly would probably have a gender change 2 series in

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257711
    tombow
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    Yeah, the thing I like about pretty much all sci fi is that it’s a product of it’s time, whether it’s Dwarf, Metropolis, Star wars, etc, they’re about then more than the future really

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257685
    tombow
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    the despair squids are similar to the story of Sphere and of course the Chimp in Entangled is clever like the one in Congo. The Dwarfers have gone back to Medieval times like the characters in Timeslides and…oh crap Waxworld probably is a reference to Westworld. Maybe there’s something in this after all.

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257680
    tombow
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    sorry just my attempt at silly humor. I don’t actually know if Michael Crichton was an influence on Kryten’s name, I just imagined it could have been as a kid. Then of course MC got bigger with the Jurassic Park books and Dwarf coincidentally did it’s own JP with Pete…

    in reply to: M-Corp on Wikipedia #257679
    tombow
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    I remember back in 2003/4 or whenever wiki first got big, I got brave enough to edit the Richard Laymon (horror author) page. It was just to add some information about horror lit awards I knew he had won which his then tiny article didn’t mention. Someone else soon decided the page “needed an overhaul”, and rewrote the whole thing with better grammar/flow, including my addition.

    Of course not only has Laymon sadly passed away since then, his wiki page is now a huge monster going over his whole life and detailing in depth his influence on the current “splatter-punk” genre…

    in reply to: Star Trek: Picard #257678
    tombow
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    I’ve just remembered that the fantasy nexus or whatever it was in Generations seemed really similar to Better than Life to me. In fact on first viewing I was reaching for the phone to call Rob and Doug’s lawyers when something happened to make my cry, and it was certainty not something that would have happened on the classic 60s show. I think soon I had “got” what TNG films were and I was soon crying all the time.

    in reply to: Star Trek: Picard #257648
    tombow
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    there’s a reviewer on youtube who hates First Contact because of the way it messes with the Borg mythos and makes them less faceless, giving them a queen etc. I can see his point, but it’s still 100X more entertaining than the other TNG films IMO. I love First Contact and I’ve never managed to even remember what happens in Insurrection despite seeing it 2 or 3 times over the years. I remember something about a baddie with peeling skin and the characters having to do some long walk over hills with a group of people. But thats it.

    in reply to: How woke can Red Dwarf go? #257647
    tombow
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    “(jaws) is fully capable of behaving himself (just like all the other neurodiverse people on here who seem to be able to keep ourselves largely in check), but chooses not to”

    ahem…diagnosed “aspie” here who does not always keep myself in check…I mean I get impulsive an attention seeking here sometimes…probably lucky for me that we don’t browse each others past content here. We are judged by who we are in the present moment

    tombow
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    just realised that Matt Damons characters in the Martian and Interstellar are directly inspired by Dwarf

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257645
    tombow
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    I always thought Kryten was named after Michael Crichton who of course at the time was famous for books about robots. The multiple references to dinosaurs in the later series reflect MC becoming more famous for dinosaur books.

    As for the political stuff..I mean obviously series 1-3 have a lot about society in them (heck right down to the class/north-south divide in Lister and Rimmer).. I’m not sure if timeslides is a critique of Thatcher or just a product of the era. I mean, I’m not sure if thicky, rimmer and lister were portrayed as being bad for wanting to get rich with the sheet, just lucky.

    in reply to: Reading a comic hero called Faith and she likes Red Dwarf #256852
    tombow
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    mr Flibble reference in vol 3

    in reply to: Reading a comic hero called Faith and she likes Red Dwarf #256833
    tombow
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    definitly way worth 2.99 a graphic novel, although I find it hard to get into e-reader comics

    in reply to: Reading a comic hero called Faith and she likes Red Dwarf #256828
    tombow
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    oh, I forgot to type that I got them all out of the library. I don’t think I’d have heard of it if I was relying on seeing what was on sale. Although I’m a big Batwoman fan and one of the creators of (modern) Batwoman, Maurguerite Savauge, works on Faith. (I really think Batwoman is like back to Batman’s roots, it has that spooky feel that the Tim Burton films and 90s cartoon has, I can’t wait to see the Ruby Rose tv show.)

    in reply to: the Wall by John Lanchester #256826
    tombow
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    yeah, I guess one thing I found interesting is that Kavanagh and the gang aren’t really like, super racist patriots or full of compassion for the “others” and self-doubt about their job. They’re just…going along with it.

    in reply to: the Wall by John Lanchester #256763
    tombow
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    …and also I guess just the absurdity of it all (without giving too many spoilers) of them being giving medals one day and hated the next, and how it didn’t really matter to the people in charge who was heroic to them, who was treacherous etc. And the queasy feel of following characters on the wrong side (the people helping the others are probably more classicly heroic)

    in reply to: the Wall by John Lanchester #256762
    tombow
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    I thouught the opening pages described it as being 30/50 feet high or so? They go up a few stairs to get to the top, I guess I imagined the refugees using grapple ropes etc to get over so quickly. I’m not sure why I found it “funny” so much now, I guess just the regular banter between the characters in some places and things like the politician guy being so chirpy.

    in reply to: New Sonic Trailer #256647
    tombow
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    yeah, I guess I really never knew about Mario as a kid, it’s only as an adult I really got how classic the Mario games were. As far as I was concerned, Sonic was THE platform game mascot.

    “I got Crash Bandicoot 2 in 1998 and it took me until 2007 to get 100% in that game”

    I guess technically I’m still trying to catch a fish and defrost that frozen world in Zelda Ocarina of Time. Even if I haven’t popped it in for a decade.

    speaking of the Sonic fandom…there was that funny Sonic Boom episode that had a stereotypical nerdy Sonic fan come to town. Seemed to be based partly on notorious ones like Chris Chan (not sure we’re ready to talk about him here though…)

    in reply to: New Sonic Trailer #256627
    tombow
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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.

    in reply to: the Wall by John Lanchester #256618
    tombow
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    (plus it definitely has a UK sense of humor. almost a Dwarf/2000ad ish humour in places)

    in reply to: Diamond Brothers (1991) #254167
    tombow
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    I was obessed with the books as a kid! In fact, once my teacher in year 6 screamed at me, completely lost it, because I was reading “South” all day hidden away in the corner! In fact, I was browsing in Waterstones years ago and turned a corner to randomly see Horowitz doing a signing.

    tombow
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    “What is THIS? This is up there with Space Channel 5 as the weirdest shit I’ve seen MJ in”

    It’s a short film that introduced a ride at Disneyland or something…made by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas (!) MJ is an awesome Han Solo type captain AND a Jedi Master!

    in reply to: Signed book worth anything? #253475
    tombow
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    I know signed Discworld books are usually only going for ten quid or so on ebay, there’s so many out there. I expect this is about the same.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #253119
    tombow
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    here’s another head canon, you can’t really touch or eat anything in time-slides. You can lift up a mug, or someone can grab you, but it feels ghostly and nothing has taste. Hence Lister wasn’t really hurt in the wedding photo and they didn’t bother to pop in some p*rn.

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #253083
    tombow
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    I like the theory that they can wait for time to pass. Like day to night. I wish they could at least get one of a liverpool pub for him to live in or something? Heck even the Cavern during the Beatles days!

    in reply to: Unanswered Questions #253075
    tombow
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    In Timeslides I thought they should get a photo of Earth from space, project it large in the hangar and fly Starbug through it

    tombow
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    i guess if he could feed the polymorph he must have some emotion. And the novels describe Rimmer and Holly’s inner life. But even that could be a process that is not being “experienced”…?

    tombow
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    just when I think you can’t get any worse, you post something like this – And totally redeem yourself!

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #246049
    tombow
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    wasn’t there a crap Sonic 4 on phones/tablets a couple of years ago?

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #246048
    tombow
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    When I completed the Master System Sonic I ran around the house yelling. it was the first game I ever completed.

    in reply to: Michael Jackson un-personing – Lister says Wacko Jacko #246047
    tombow
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    for me, I think the way he acted with boys he befriended was emotionally unhealthy enough, even if he never physically abused them. How he would pull one kid into an intense friendship, spend a lot of time with them, then dump them when he met a new interesting kid. (I’ve read a couple of books about MJ). And there’s enough stories about him doing inappropriate stuff to impress kid friends, leaving porn and beer around etc. And all the stories from employees about bizarre stuff he’s done, like the story that after Oprah left his house (after interviewing him in his living room), he unzipped his fly and peed where she had been sitting, to “reclaim his territory”. There’s so much bizarre stuff if you read a lot about MJ.

    I remember Quincy Jones saying that MJ can’t read music or contribute much technical stuff, but in the early days he did come up with melodies and lyrics. I always think of MJ as being kind of like Ozzy Osbourne, in that their band/producers come up with the music but it’s just a backdrop for their dancing/stage show/wild behavior.

    in reply to: Smegazine strips collected #243417
    tombow
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    Seems strange that they didn’t release them as a graphic novel/trade at the height of Dwarf merchandise in the early 90s. people would buy “the log” but not that?

    in reply to: We Should Totally Have an X-Files Thread #243415
    tombow
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    one of my best online friends is an American woman who loved X Files in her teens and saw Mulder as her role model. And she used to wear a suit to school and call herself Agent. I think it would have been so funny to know her then.

    in reply to: Merry Smegmas! #241583
    tombow
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    I remember 15 years ago getting a dvd player for about 20/30 quid and how excited I was. I think the first ones I got were League of Gentlemen and Kill Bill.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #241562
    tombow
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    I hated the weakest link/big brother episode in 2005, to the point that I stopped watching, annoyed. I just felt like it was a silly idea. But I just watched it and the Bad Wolf finale again. I quite liked them this time. Maybe the theme was ..it’s all about tv..this season was all about getting Who back on TV, so they were exploring the kind of trash tv they had to compete with (in that sci fi-less time). Or something.

    in reply to: "We Have To Go!" #241561
    tombow
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    did Rob and Doug know what Lolita was, or did it just occur to them as a generic name for an erotic novel?

    in reply to: slzhnjhmwu #239715
    tombow
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    the springs on a Slzhnjhmwu’s honeymoon bed

    in reply to: 💩 Did anyone like Farscape? 🚽 #239714
    tombow
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    I bought season one 2 years ago, but got bored and forgot about it. I may skip to 2.

    in reply to: slzhnjhmwu #239521
    tombow
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    i dint come here lookin for trouble, i just came to do the SLZHNJHMWU SHUFFLE

    in reply to: Unintended recurring themes in episodes/series #239482
    tombow
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    someone who watched the show for the first time commented on how they like classic American culture, and how it kept popping up in subtle ways, Marilyn Monroe, noir VR games, etc

    in reply to: slzhnjhmwu #239481
    tombow
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    the Kintowari demand that you marry Slzhnjhmwu and consummate the wedding

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239359
    tombow
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    Got the Missy stories book out of the library and enjoying it

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239333
    tombow
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    according to the internet “many credible rumors” say that JW and CC are going to move on next year after a 6 episode half series. Be interesting to see if this comes about. Personally I’d like to see JW come into the role for longer.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239327
    tombow
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    Other than Chibbers though?

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239313
    tombow
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    according to IMDB, yeah, none of them have written who before

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239305
    tombow
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    I just watched the end of New Earth (early Tennant episode with hospital zombies) on youtube – I thought he filled up a water gun with the cure and ran around spraying it, instead of just putting it into a sprinkler? I’m sure I remember a scene like that. Maybe I’m remembering something else.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239301
    tombow
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    oh, I just saw the Girl Who Died/ Woman Who Lived for the first time. Wow, I think that competes with Silence in the Library for my favourite nu Who episodes. Not looking forward to the Zygons ones next though. The trailer looks like Sontaran Stratagem which were my least favorite episodes. I least, I think they were, I can’t really remember them. At least the Osgoods are going to be in this one.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239300
    tombow
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    I think Alan Cumming’s accent was possibly meant to be an authentic 1700s accent – there’s been some stuff on TV recently on how linguists are figuring out how people sounded then, based on the word patterns and rhymes in stuff like Shakespeare’s poems and plays. Kind of precise English crossed with Yorkshire crossed with modern day rural american.

    incidentally – I’ve never understood why people complained about stuff like, Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. I believe it’s a lot more possible that a middle ages outlaw would have sounded like Kevin Costner than, Patrick Stewart say. (not that we would have understood them anyway)

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239271
    tombow
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    It’s just occured to me that it really is like ..a stereotypical Yorkshire/northen DW series. Like, slow paced, gentle, Sunday evening..like it’s Heart Beat gone sci fi. And the Dr is a cross between Victoria Wood and Mork.

    tombow
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    Eh…Dougal…d’y know what he’d love?

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #239126
    tombow
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    I’ve been thinking lately about the similarity between Kirk’s fate in Generations and Luke in Last Jedi – right down to the actor publicly not liking it – though I’m sure Hamill won’t bother with personally having his own EU novels ghost-written, like Shatner did to bring Kirk back. (not that the new canon rules would let him). But yeah, Kirk really does get an anti climactic end (though maybe that’s the point. He’s a hero, even if it’s not a cool looking battle). I don’t get why they made that film such a dark non-crowd-pleaser. I don’t really get any of the TNG films other than First Contact – they seem to have all the worst of the show without the good.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239123
    tombow
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    Well, as I’ve just started the series, I’m slightly worried the whole of it is going to be padded like that, with the 2 parters structure. I’m sure I’ll love it though.

    in reply to: Pitch a late 1990s/early 2000s Red Dwarf video game #239120
    tombow
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    Streets Of Mimas

    side scrolling arcade beat em up

    the 4 boys go back in time to Mimas to get curries but are stuck in a crime wave when criminals take over the streets and have to get back to the Dwarf.

    power ups found on ground – vindaloo boxes, fish, mashed potato meal from Bodyswap, Kryten’s Krysis red suit, Lister’s dna Robocop suit, Rimmer can turn into the monster from Officer Rimmer,

    abilities – Lister – slow but with liverpool pub fight skills, Rimmer – Io military combat training forced on him by father, Cat – goes berserk when takes cat-nip, Kryten – knock dust everywhere to trigger his clean attack

    weapons on ground – Bazookoids, high speed duster/mop, guitar, vindaloo box which releases curry monster,

    Limited to 1 or 2 times a level you can call Holly to fly over in Starbug and blow all enemies up, you can also hop into a Blue Midget for some levels

    in reply to: Pitch a late 1990s/early 2000s Red Dwarf video game #239116
    tombow
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    Lister Vs Rimmer

    A version of Puyo Puyo, but with Lister and Rimmer. Lister wants to fill the bunkroom with vindaloo boxes and lager cans, Rimmer wants to fill the bunkroom with Officer Medals and model soldiers.

    in reply to: Star Trek Crap #239115
    tombow
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    I watched the first Trek film as a small kid in the early 90s, and remember it being slow and boring, but also having some kind of epic special spiritual feel that made me want to watch it again some day. I’ve always meant to get a copy but never got round to it.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239114
    tombow
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    Yeah, I’m thinking If I go in steeled with the knowledge that the series is a love story between Ten and Rose, I might enjoy it more. I remember even being put off by that first episode where he cured zombies with water guns shooting happiness. I think I’ve seen most of series 1 and 4 – Checking Wiki now – definitely seen all of 1 but of 4, only seen Adipose, Pompeii, Ood, Agatha Christie, and the Library/River episodes – don’t remember any of the others on the list.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239108
    tombow
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    (oh yeah, I loved Cyber Brigadier, even though I’m only slightly familiar with him, it was a great moment).

    I’m thinking of getting the series 2 dvd (the one with Tennant and Piper) and giving it a chance. I found it too sappy at the time, and only got back into Who when Martha came in. It was mostly the Rose/Doctor relationship I found too sentimental too. I do remember some of the individual episodes being awesome though (like Madame de Pompideu, the Coronation TVs one, and the werewolf/ Victoria one). Maybe I’ll enjoy the emotion more now I’m not missing Eccleston, years older and have a more open mind.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239107
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    I’m still not sure about the logic of Missy’s afterlife business – I’m not sure if she downloaded the mind of every single person who ever lived or died (even from the past and future), just people from when her “3 words” thing was in business, or people who had fought alongside the Doctor. And why did it look so pleasant for the first few people in the series (a garden centre) and then a dark city at the end.

    Just seen the S9 opening Davros 2 parter, loved it (I’m sure it would have more impact if I’d seen more past Davros, but I know who he is). Loved the shock of Clara not being able to say what she wanted in the Dalek, really dark moment. Capaldi seems to be giving a bit of an OTT performance, so I’m curious as to if he will calm down as the series goes on.

    in reply to: Pitch a late 1990s/early 2000s Red Dwarf video game #239078
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    Kryten’s Mean Dust Bunny Machine

    (puyo puyo with Kryten)

    Cast – Lister – Paul McCartney, Kryten – Kelsey Grammer, Cat – Jamie Foxx, Rimmer – Patrick Stewart

    in reply to: Pitch a late 1990s/early 2000s Red Dwarf video game #239069
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    Game Title: Red Dwarf the Game
    Year: 1996
    Platform(s): Mega Drive and SNES
    Genre: 2D platform/puzzle
    Plot: A cross between Earthworm Jim, Prince of Persia and Alien 3 – animated 2D game where you follow the boys around the ship as they figure out problems and get through traps/puzzles, avoiding mad skutters, curry monsters, GELFS and simulants.
    Voice Actors: just clips from episodes.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239068
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    Well, I hope you will be fascinated to know that I am currently watching my way through the Capaldi era for the first time, after having seen none of it before. And – having just picked up the series 8 and 9 dvd sets – this is the first time I’ve ever really watched Who properly. I’ve seen most episodes from Nu-Who up to Smith’s first series (and loved some episodes), but this is the first time I’ve ever really engaged with the show and put effort into following it, as opposed to just sitting there while family watch it. And – I’m loving it. Some reactions so far …

    Deep Breath – Loved the steampunk look and how spooky it was – it made me think the series was going to be more elaborate and canon-heavy than it turned out to be, with the characters from Smith’s era (in fact, I didn’t even know Silurians and Sontarans were in the old series).

    Into the Dalek – thought this was going to be a throwaway, but the weird little scary touches (like the immune system) made it better than I thought.

    Sherwood – I really liked this one, I liked the humor around Hood being as cheesy and heroic as he should be.

    Listen – I really like Danny’s character, I’ve always admired a good schoolteacher, and I was really upset what happened to him at the end of the series, even if it set him up to defeat the Cybermen in a powerful way.

    Time Heist – like Sherwood, one I thought would be skippable but had enough flair and style to make it worth it.

    Caretaker – I laughed all the way through – love the Doctor being mean to Danny, and Danny seeing him as an Officer. It’s a bit unfortunate IMO that the show’s good diversity, combined with the Doctor being derisive to companion boyfriends, means he ends up being rude to black men so often though. (ie Mickey and Pink.)

    Kill the Moon – I liked it – seemed a bit of an easy solution though. What would they do if the dragon didn’t lay a new moon?

    Mummy – just good gripping fun.

    Flatline – loved Clara proving herself as an effective Doctor! Hopefully she can go on to be some sort of Time Lord ish person some day?

    Forest – Again I’ve always admired good school teachers so I liked Clara and Danny in this one.

    final 2 parter – Probably one of the most disturbing episodes I’ve seen. Missy is better at playing the DC comics Joker than any actual Joker actor IMO. I’d love to know if Moffat flicked through some Batman issues as there was some stuff there that seemed specific from 70s/80s Joker (I forget what now).

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238906
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    I was surprised that he only got to space in the end showdown, obviously I thought the whole film was in space

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    a source in the studio heard him shout “Hey! dancing asshole, If you don’t move your dumb-ass heels, our chances of winning this show are gonna be flatter than…”

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238875
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    Wow so he is the first person to utter the word Sith on screen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Erf6s_wYJk

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238871
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    Has anyone been in both RD and Star Wars other than Koo Stark? ( Lady Sabrina Mulholland-Jjones
    in Timeslides and Camie in the original cut of New Hope)

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5724/22783926380_c75c369f5e_b.jpg

    Has anyone been in both RD and Doctor Who other than Angela Bruce? (Brigadier Bamera and Parallel Lister)

    http://pm1.narvii.com/6087/25bc7ab801d86e95cc0a97f5894296f639e1023d_00.jpg

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238860
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    The only other Bond/Dwarf link I can think of is Chris Barrie and Daniel Craig both being in the first Tomb Raider.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238850
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    Everything Or Nothing is a real flawed masterpiece. It can range from being the most fiddly frustrating thing you’ve ever played, to being almost magical in it’s ability to make you feel like you really are Bond making chaos in an OTT action movie.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238833
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    Ace has some strange mixtures really. Bond, Biggles/WW2 RAF, Top Gun.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238810
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    just seen them start off “Only Fools” with the “selling the watch” episode. they really know how to pick a jumping on point.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238809
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    I think this whole thing about the show being more of an ensemble and the Doctor not standing out as much, sound like an interesting choice. I mean, it may be boring to watch, but it’s interesting if they’re making a choice to get away from the “things get done by one awesome person and his group of inferior friends” mindset.

    in reply to: Red any funny books lately? #238805
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    I own an old copy of Third Policeman which I bought when I was really into surreal fiction and liking Italo Calvino, Borges, Mervyn Peake etc. But I’ve never got through it. I still plan too though. Alan Moore calls it one of his favourite books in an interview.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238804
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    I really don’t like the Dad of the post modern family (who this video is by). He has that “cult member” smug charm mixed with wary paranoia. No surprise to hear that they are strict religious members who home school their kids.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238803
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    I mean..I can imagine someone like Judi Dench playing a “scary” Doctor in a more Moffat style series. That would have been good, but maybe we have to wait longer for that. Maybe the next era will be Olivia Coleman playing a more intense Doctor.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238802
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    I’ve only had a chance to see the first episode and clips of the rest so far, but from what I’ve heard talking to friends etc, it sounds like the new series is kind of very down to earth and going for a more more kid’s show, CBBC-ish feel, less epic and intense, more friendly. I think I’ll probably prefer the Capaldi era (which I’m watching now and enjoying), but yeah, good luck to the new series even if it turns out to be more for kids than older fans. And not so much my thing.

    in reply to: Red any funny books lately? #238753
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    I still recommend (with warnings that they can be overly gross and a bit iffy) the Scoundrels trilogy by “Cornwell and Trevelyan” (actually 2 comedy writers called Peak and Crowe). They’re basically Ace Rimmer novels.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238745
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    If they can’t even be bothered to get a dvd, hard to see why they deserve any views.

    in reply to: Favourite model or CG shot in all the Red Dwarf series? #238739
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    I apologize if I’ve completely missed the point here but… did RD ever really need more ship shots beyond what was filmed for Episode One? I mean…it’s a ship floating through black space..in a show centered around a few people bickering on it. I’m not sure I’d even notice if they just re used the same shots over and over.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238724
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    The first 2 episodes I saw properly were Marooned and Polymorph. They still have sacred status in my memories. I felt like I completely “got” the characters after that.

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238706
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    I started with Series 3 (though I had seen Queeg before) and then read the (then) 2 novels while watching on. I didn’t think Series 1 and 2 were as good as the books when I finally saw them.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238670
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    OH – I thought it was him introducing himself…

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238666
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    another little thing. I rewatched the “day of the Doctor” scene where they freeze his planet, and when Capaldi says “no, all 13” to introduce himself, he sounds English. I wonder if they only decided to use his accent after that scene?

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #238663
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    I’ve only seen nu Who, but I’m never sure what to make of regenerations. I’m never sure how much you’re supposed to feel the Dr is the same person with a new face, or a different person with the same spirit/mission.

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    Scum’s DJJ has been rehabilitated and is ready to rejoin socety

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