I can’t quite believe it but tomorrow marks the end of Series XII for UKTV Play when it only seems like yesterday that Lister was playing a duet with Hitler. It will also be the first time in almost two years that there will be no new Red Dwarf waiting in the wings for us. This could very well be the end. Don’t fret, though, as for the final time this year we’ve been given a teaser clip for the forthcoming finale Skipper – and it’s a good ‘un.
There’s a moment, very early on in M-Corp, which set my mood for the entire episode. It’s a very small exchange, I’ve got to admit.
KRYTEN: Now, eat up. It’s time for your present.
LISTER: Ah, I don’t need a present, Krytes. I’ve got everything I need.
KRYTEN: Sir. You’ve got nothing.
And with this single joke – with its bleak matter-of-factness – I relaxed. I relaxed in the same way Back to Earth made me tense up, with its tedious ironed sneezes and unearned graveside pathos. Unfairly or not, I’ve had enough problems with post-1993 Dwarf that each episode needs to win me round anew. Many never manage it. Just make me laugh, dammit.
M-Corp not only won me round. It’s my favourite Dave-era episode, by a considerable margin.
In what is possibly a first for G&T, a consensus has been formed regarding the quality of a new episode, and it’s not negative. To document this momentous occasion, 80% of the team – namely Jonathan Capps, John Hoare, Tanya Jones and Ian Symes – congregated to explain exactly how this has come about, along with our excellent guests Jo Sharples and Shelley Smith, both of the Official Red Dwarf Fan Club.
Join us for noticeably jollier than average discussion about all things M-Corp, including perception filters, word counts, virtual worlds, puppetry, birthday presents, startup sounds, vibrators, radio jingles, and whether or not cats wank. We also round up Richard Naylor’s revelations on Mechocracy, find ourselves once again pondering the possibility of a Red Dwarf Movie, and look ahead to what appears to be a jam-packed series finale.
Prepare to be upgraded. It’s the time of the week where we like to sit around refreshing UKTV Play, get anxious if the episode isn’t there at *exactly* 10:20pm, spend the next few minutes pondering whether it’s worth tweeting about it given that it’ll probably turn up imminently, give in and tweet about it, realise that the episode was released while we were typing, then receive replies for the rest of the night telling us it’s there, as if we’ve *just* tweeted that it isn’t. Anyway, the product of all the above is this link:
Fill your boots in the comments below, but save some space for our LIVE Instant Reaction DwarfCast at 9pm on Friday. Please join us to listen and chat along live; the link will appear on here, on our Twitter feed and our Spreaker page at 8:40pm.
Hello there, Dave viewers. I must apologise – I’ve already used up all my politics/election based metaphors during our Play-paced coverage. The good news is that you’ve got a brand new episode on your way tonight at 9pm on Dave. Do use this post for any thoughts this event inspires, and the same goes for all you UKTV Play viewers who want to make any last-minute points before the next ep – just do be mindful of what you’re giving away prior to broadcast.
After you’ve watched the episode, you can study the results of our various exit polls: the Play-paced discussion thread, last Friday’s Live Instant Reaction DwarfCast, and Cappsy’s in-depth written review. Oh look, I did have one election joke left after all. Meanwhile, M-Corp is due to be released on UKTV Play at around 10:20pm, and our discussion thread for that will be here after Mechocracy has aired on Dave.
Despite drawing on so much from the show’s past, Mechocracy feels like a very different sort of episode. It ends up in a ridiculous place in a way that I might not’ve been so receptive of had this been part of a hypothetical series IX in 2000. But as it happens, this represents the most sheer fun I’ve had watching the show in a while, and a great example of how to fold in references from the show’s past.
I like these little preview clips of the up-coming UKTV Play episode. For one or two glorious minutes I can see what it might be like to watch the episode for the first time without it being a muddy, low resolution, low bitrate mess. Ah, the future.
We’re all pretty familiar with the basic premise of this week’s episode and this clip seems to set that up. There’s some good laughs in there, and this is definitely one of the episodes I’ve been most looking forward to this year. We’ll be kicking off our M-Corp chitter-chatter proper tomorrow, just as soon as Mechocracy has appeared on that fusty, old, linear platform known as ‘television’. Speaking of which my review is due up later today, stretching any goodwill you or my colleagues may still have left towards me to its limits.
Dust off your rosettes and buff up your ballot box, it’s time for the strong and stable podcast that caters for the few, not the many. Mechocracy is this week’s political hot potato, but G&T failed to return a majority, so John Hoare and Ian Symes entered into a coalition of chaos with Joey Newsome and Carrie Parsons of the Fan Club, and independent member Curtis Threadgold.
Topics on the agenda include manipulative mopping, surprise re-appearances, how many times Rimmer has killed himself, smear campaigns, the women of Doncaster, and how many letters there are in the names of various colours. We also find time to squeeze in Some News, look ahead to M-Corp and end on an impromptu examination on how the Dave era is perceived.
Praise be, Timewave has now aired on Dave, which means we can try to heal the pain with a brand new episode, namely The One Where Everyone Gets An Election. Continuing the now finally established pattern, we can expect to see Mechocracy appear on UKTV Play within five minutes or so of 10:20pm. Or, if you’re reading this in the future, it’s already here:
We really hope that the comments below are a lot jollier than they were this time last week, and the same goes for tomorrow’s LIVE Instant Reaction DwarfCast. Do join us and our guests at 9pm on Friday; the link will appear on here, on our Twitter feed and our Spreaker page at 8:40pm.
Hello there, Dave viewers. Sod it, let’s carry on with these threads, because you’re going to have a lot to say when you’ve seen this particular episode. It’s been quite a week, and you’ll have much to catch up on, such as the UKTV Play-paced discussion thread, last Friday’s Live Instant Reaction DwarfCast, and our full in-depth written review. But not until you’ve watched the episode of course; 9pm is the TimeWaveDaveTime.
You’ll have about a forty minute window of being up-to-date after the show, as Mechocracy will be released on UKTV Play at around 10:20pm. The discussion thread for that will be along at the end of TimeWaveDaveTime.