All things RED Dwarf

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Toril Toran, Sep 28, 2022.

  1. Paul Weaver

    Paul Weaver Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    If I remember rightly The Last Day is where we find out about Lister being abandoned in a box under a pool table, he never found out why. Of course we then saw years later why, it's a nice touch to continuity which often takes the back seat to the Rule of Funny.
     
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  2. Qonundrum

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    I hadn't seen the full episode in some time, just the edited highlight clips ubiquitous on YouTube, hehe. That the series 7 episode, "Ouroboros", expanded on it... "The Last Day" was about a replacement droid to Kryten finally reaching the ship, its circuits went haywire, and the crew has to stop it before it destroys Kryten.

    Good point on "rule of funny", and for Red Dwarf it works. The concept works better for a comedy anyway and RD often balances a lot rather well. Not an easy task...

    Never cared for series 7. The drama felt forced, often artificial, and more akin to melodrama. Characters that were originally put together out of happenstance now had some revised backdrop or big revelation for what could be called "Rule of Epic". Rimmer's was the most obvious example, though they just about make it work. It still has some nice ideas, and it made sense why they brushed aside the cliffhanger resolution from series 6 due to the delay between years... the blu-ray, for this season, uniquely, has a different frame rate - not quite like the original release that also had the "faux film effect" applied, but not quite the same feel either. The late-90s, where - as with the late-70s for music instruments, using bleeding edge technology to craft a product with didn't always have the optimal effect. Save for autotune, a lot has changed for the better since...

    That said, "Beyond a Joke" was surprisingly good. "Tikka to Ride" is a bit eerie at times and feels more like a hard sci-fi novel with Red Dwarf characters grafted onto it but isn't too bad. "Duct Soup" was awful. "Epideme" and "Nanarchy" are a step up. "Blue" has one good thing going for it, maybe two. "Stoke me a Kipper" is digging up fanservice to epic up Rimmer with.

    And "Identity Within", the unmade episode, would - if I recall - have bits of it repurposed for the later episode "Can of Worms".

    Still amazed at how series 7 through 9 were mixed bags, yet 10 knocks it out of the park, with 11 being solid, 12 being hit or miss, and 13 (Promised Land) solid if not treading back into overdone-epic territory (but not in a bad way, it's more rewatchable for me than series 7.)
     
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  3. Malicia

    Malicia Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Just thinking of the gifts for Kryten in The Last Day and Listers attempt at building a Marilyn Monroe robot which malfunctions and runs in to a wall :lol:

    Ever the gracious Kryten:

    “It’s those cute little flaws that keeps a guy interested”. Kryten appreciated the effort from possibly the laziest person in the universe.

    I liked the fish earring Kryten receives from Cat. I would have worn that.
     
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  4. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I thought Tikka to Ride was particularly clever. Who would have thought the shot from the grassy knoll was...Kennedy.
    Brilliant!
     
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  5. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    It's a show with very little continuity, but occasionally they refer back to something from an earlier episode. Like when the Mutton Vindaloo Beast was chasing them and Lister said "remember a year ago to the day, when I was attacked by the killer shami kabab?" (aka: the Polymorph).
     
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  6. Paul Weaver

    Paul Weaver Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    Indeed, which I think make's Lister's backstory even more poignant.

     
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  7. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    There have been a couple like that. Lister being his own dad is kind of plot-twisty too. It's not like Doctor Who though
     
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  8. Skellington

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  9. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    I put the longer, more properly oriented version up about a year ago.
     
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  10. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    "AWOOGA! AWOOGA!" :guffaw:
     
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  11. Malicia

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    See, the thing about a black hole…

    @Skellington sorry you beat me to it. Silly Hilly me.
     
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  12. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I've always wondered why she didn't look it up in the Junior Color Encyclopedia of Space...
     
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  13. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Maybe it got erased along with all Agatha Christie novels?
     
  14. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Cat : I think they are playing our song, the Awooga waltz. Anyone care to join me in a quick-step?
     
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  15. Paul Weaver

    Paul Weaver Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    Radio had a quiz this morning. "Name as many things you can keep in jars".

    Sadly the contestant didn't say brains.
     
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  16. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Holly: “I've seen things down in the cargo decks that would make your hair stand on end."
    Lister: "Like wot?"
    Holly:"Brill Cream it is called. It makes your hair stand on end."
     
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  17. Toril Toran

    Toril Toran Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
     
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  18. The Knappos

    The Knappos Captain Captain

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    You know what the problem is? Every day is the same old slog through deep space. Take Christmas! What did we do Christmas Day?

    Don't you remember, sir? Last Christmas Day we were attacked by that pan-dimensional liquid beast from the Mogadon Cluster!
     
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  19. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I thought there were no aliens in the RD universe?
     
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  20. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    They talk about them a lot, but everything we see is somehow man made. GELFS, simulants, etc.