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Red Dwarf To Return, Find Earth

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-nemesis,-the-tv-show dept.

Sci-Fi 298

Lawrence Person writes "Everyone's favorite live-action science fiction comedy series will finally return to TV, with Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat all making it to Earth. The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will appear on digital channel Dave, will be written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, and will reunite the line-up. 'It will sit alongside two further new episodes — the improvised Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which will feature the cast dealing with no sets, effects or autocue, and Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind the scenes look at the new production.' Personally, I think this is pretty smegging fantastic."

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Aged badly (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653531)

This series aged badly. Watched a few episodes last year and found them deeply unfunny.

Re:Aged badly (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653617)

And yet you still watched a few episodes. Maybe if you had stopped after the first one, you would have had more time to troll Internet forums.

Re:Aged badly (5, Funny)

LordEd (840443) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653741)

He would have stopped, but the king of the potato people wouldn't let him...

Re:Aged badly (2, Funny)

NCG_Mike (905098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654229)

So, let me get this right... you want to visit the King of the Potato People? And you think I'm crazy?

Re:Aged badly (4, Funny)

ichthyoboy (1167379) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654131)

Mr. Flibble doesn't like it when you stop watching...

Re:Aged badly (4, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653719)

This series aged badly. Watched a few episodes last year and found them deeply unfunny.

It's a britcom so of course it'll be a bit campy, a bit odd, and not for everyone.

What really impressed me was how the Grant and Naylor team wrote the novels as well as the shows. The audiobooks based on the novels were also voice-acted by the original cast.

Humor is a difficult thing and prose and teleplays are two completely different environments to work in. There's so much to written humor that can simply never be translated to the screen, the classic example from the Hitchhiker's Guide -- "The huge golden space ship hung in the air in almost exactly the way a brick doesn't." How do you convey that visually? You can't, not well. And likewise there's more than just sight gags that simply cannot be done in prose. The easiest example to bring up is the Heath Ledger Joker. So much of that performance wasn't just what he said but how he said it, the mannerisms and expressions. It was both comedic and horrifying.

What I find impressive is when you have a writer or writers who can take a story and tell it in such diverse media and do it well. Adams was involved in all the HHGTTG variants and, as I said, Grant and Naylor did both the show and the books.

Anyway, looking forward to these new episodes! Between this and the final movie wrapping up Dead Like Me, looks like we're in for some good telly this year!

Re:Aged badly (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653857)

Red Dwarf, like HHGTTG, is one of those things that just isn't for everyone. And, like HHGTTG, I'm not sure it can even be an acquired taste - If you read/watched a few and hated them, you'll probably hate the rest. Personally, I'm a big fan of both - A unique flavor of humor that just can't be duplicated. (Although in the case of HGTTG, I think the radio show out-shines the movie and, although maybe inferior, is more fun to revisit than the books.)

That said, I have to agree with GPP - It aged badly. When I go back to watch the episodes over, it's rare that I watch anything beyond the ship being reconstructed. It was still fun, but lacked a lot of the charm that the early episodes had. Still, I refuse to miss the Easter special - I'll be there front and center out of curiosity if nothing else...

Re:Aged badly (3, Funny)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654119)

Although in the case of HGTTG, I think the radio show out-shines the movie

The what? ;)

That said, I have to agree with GPP - It aged badly. When I go back to watch the episodes over, it's rare that I watch anything beyond the ship being reconstructed. It was still fun, but lacked a lot of the charm that the early episodes had.

Not a matter of aging imho. Something weird happened after season 6. I still deeply love seasons 1-6.

gestalt entity fissioned (3, Informative)

junkgoof (607894) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654597)

The Gestalt entity Grant Naylor fissioned, both Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, came out with crappy books, and, in spite of (or because of) the contributions of Robert Llewellyn the series went from amazing to crap.

Re:Aged badly (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653865)

It's a britcom so of course it'll be a bit campy, a bit odd, and not for everyone.

But you can't just lump all british comedies together that way. Some of them are just incredible works of comic art. Monty Python, Black Adder, the original HHGG, Fry & Laurie, The Office, and Spaced come to mind. And then there are british comedies that to my mind at least, have no redeeming value whatever. For example, Absolutely Fabulous, and Are You Being Served?. Red Dwarf to me, lies somewhere in the middle.

I'm not sure what it is that I don't like about some Britcoms, but it's not their Britishness. If that were the case, I wouldn't like any at all.

Re:Aged badly (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654213)

Unless you live in the country, the frame of reference for a lot of the gags is meaningless. Same ol' same slapstick translates to the US market very well. Although the so-called comedy shows we have are pretty tame compared to what BBC2 puts out. Anything we remake is always ridiculously watered down. You see, BBC2 doesn't have to worry about audience figures like BBC1, so almost anything goes. Huzzah! C4 used to go for the penis gags rather more than it should have, and ITV has never made a decent comedy other than The New Statesman.

Re:Aged badly (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654233)

And then there are british comedies that to my mind at least, have no redeeming value whatever. For example, Absolutely Fabulous, and Are You Being Served?.

I agree with you 100% on AbFab but Are You Being Served? You don't find that funny, not in the least bit, Hatta? I'm disappointed in you.

Re:Aged badly (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654259)

That's why opinions are like....

You see you put Black Adder as an incredible work of comic art but I have painfully watched and scratched my head and said "Why do people think this is funny?" The same with The Office (admittedly I've only seen the version here in the colonies). Maybe it's because I know the idiots being portrayed and have no desire to watch them on the tele. OTOH I really like Are You Being Served. I've only ever worked retail in the restaurant industry as a teen so I never had to endure any of the personalities being parodied and thus find them funny. If I'd actually had to spend long hours/weeks/years working with some of these people I doubt it would be nearly as funny. I enjoyed watching Red Dwarf and look forward to the new endeavor but I know everyone's tastes are a little different.

Re:Aged badly (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654283)

I'm not sure that any of the examples you list fail to qualify as "a bit odd, and not for everyone", although I would agree that not all of them are campy. (By way of illustration of the "not for everyone": The Office would make my list of comedies with no inherent redeeming value whatever; it does have the single redeeming value that it enabled Gervais and Marshall to go on and make Extras).

Re:Aged badly (1)

ceebee (125986) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654367)

Gotta disagree on your take on AbFab and AYBS. The latter was pants then and now, whilst AbFab captured perfectly that whole era and has aged well...

Re:Aged badly (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654435)

If Ab Fab is the worst British sitcom you can think of, I can only assume that we don't export the really dire stuff over to you guys.

While the best of British comedy is (imo) the funniest in the world, we also produce a huge volume of crap. What's more, this crap is what seems to appeal to mainstream audiences, and it's what you have to put up with if you watch prime-time TV in the UK (when we're not showing American stuff instead).

Re:Aged badly (5, Interesting)

jabithew (1340853) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654611)

I find the biggest difference is that Britcoms are normally about losers. Compare with the US, say 'Friends'. The main characters are very successful; they have lovely flats near Central Park. I find it hard to have empathy with them. Whenever they have a 'problem' I wish they'd just shut up and catch themselves on. They seem like whiney, spoilt, brats.

Lister, on the other hand, is a slob who lives in an interstellar slum. Yet he always seems pretty chirpy about it. You should check out the US version of Red Dwarf, where some moron at the networks replaced Lister with a super-jock. None of the jokes made sense afterwards.

Of course, there are good US comedies (normally the cartoons) and there are *loads* of really, really bad Britcoms.

Re:Aged badly (1, Funny)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654097)

"...several huge, yellow slab-like somethings. Huge as office blocks, silent as birds. They hung in the air exactly the same way that bricks don't."

http://xkcd.com/386/ [xkcd.com] ;)

Re:Aged badly (1)

Alonzo Meatman (1051308) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654591)

Actually, myself and a bunch of old friends re-watched almost the entire thing recently, all the way up through 6th season. I'd say that it mostly aged well. However, the one aspect of the show that *didn't* age well was The Cat. I think I found him mildly amusing back in the day, but now when I see him, I think "racist stereotype" at best, and "minstrelsy" at worst. Doesn't ruin the show, but does detract from it.

Re:Aged badly (2, Funny)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654321)

I think it's your sense of humor that has aged badly. Red Dwarf is still great.

Re:Aged badly (1)

Dupple (1016592) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654629)

Smeg head

Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (3, Insightful)

VShael (62735) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653563)

Season 7 and 8 levels of crap.

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (4, Insightful)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653739)

When Rob Grant left, it all went to hell.
It was a real shame to see a show I loved, grow from very humble beginnings, develop into something delightful (despite its still significant budget restraints) and then have to watch through two agonisingly bad series of death throws.

It looks like it wasn't quite dead though.

Quick! Someone get a shovel!

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (1, Informative)

VShael (62735) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654113)

When it aired, I didn't manage to make it through season 7. It was just too painful. Never saw season 8 when it was airing, but borrowed the DVD's from a mate. Tried to watch some of them but... in the end settled for seeing how it ended. And it ended BADLY.

Rimmer kicking the anthropomorphic version of Death in the nuts? WTF?

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654621)

I thought Rimmer kicking death in the yabos was a great moment. The show was always corny. What makes it great is the interplay between the actors. There have always been times in the show when the writing wasn't what carried it. Not the same show? Okay. Still funny for most of the same reasons? Yes. Looking forward to this new stuff? Ab-so-smegging-lutely.

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (3, Funny)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654153)

I'm a huge fan of red dwarf, so I somehow feel like I suddenly have the authority to post spelling/grammar corrections in this story.

death throws.

That's death throes. http://xkcd.com/386/ [xkcd.com]

BTW I actually totally agree with you - I only watch seasons 7 and 8 out of loyalty. 1-6 still really rule hard.

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (2, Interesting)

prelelat (201821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654285)

Even if it's crap it's not worth missing. Even when the stories got a little stale I thought that it was still good I liked that caliber of dedication by the actors and the fact that they are all excited to come back so many years later to finish it off is great. Though I thought that it wasn't going to be written by just doug nailer in the coffin :(

But it will be a good farewell I think, and I won't have to sit around thinking "but what next" for the next 40 years(even if it's not like the original I still sit down and watch the whole series some weekends). Hands down on of my top 5 favorite shows.

Re:Written by Doug Naylor. So expect crap. (2, Interesting)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654461)

"even if it's not like the original I still sit down and watch the whole series some weekends"

What I wouldn't give to have a machine that erases the memory of things like RD, so that I could sit and watch it all again. Sometimes it would be nice to be like Holly in that regard.

Indeed (2, Insightful)

Technopaladin (858154) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653571)

One of my all time favorite SCI-fi series. I thought Earth was destroyed and Lister the last human being in the universe(well until the nanites brought back the crew?) So lets hope they arent going to go BACK through time. Or have another BTL episode.

Re:Indeed (3, Interesting)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653923)

I don't recall the Earth being destroyed. Lister was in stasis for a long, long time as the ship drifted further and further away, but IIRC, Earth was still there - just unreachable in any reasonable length of time (kind of like Dark Star). (Feel free to correct my bad memory.)

But, there was at least one episode where the crew does go back in time to visit Earth. I liked it just because it was so terribly un-P.C. to suggest that JFK needed to be assassinated in order to save the U.S. (Not unrealistic, just not P.C.)

Re:Indeed (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654331)

>But, there was at least one episode where the crew does go back
>in time to visit Earth. I liked it just because it was so terribly un-
>P.C. to suggest that JFK needed to be assassinated in order to
>save the U.S. (Not unrealistic, just not P.C.)

Why is that un-PC? The idea that the Kennedy assassination was actually a suicide is perhaps the most innovative theory about the Kennedy assassination. The only other one that I know of is the "second lone nut" theory.

Re:Indeed (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654539)

I don't know whether or not you're in the U.S. Here, suggesting that JFK was anything but a superb president will inspire violent responses from a large portion of the populace that was alive when he was assassinated. The anger, grief, confusion, confused patriotism, and fear that gripped the nation after that event has, in many minds, overshadowed the debacle that was his presidency. He was popular, good looking, and died in office - Many people have heroized him. I've talked to people that actually blame Johnson (or even Nixon!?!) for the Bay of Pigs invasion & the Cuban Missile Crisis...

Suggesting that JFK was at all flawed or responsible for anything that might have negatively impacted America would be like suggesting that Columbus may not have been a genius hero-explorer who single handedly discovered America and brought civilization and cake to the poor ignorant savages living here who welcomed him as a liberator.

Re:Indeed (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654585)

In the book (and it's a long time since I read it) the Earth still exists bit it's been turned into huge garbage dump. At some point, Lister returns and becomes friends with the new dominant species - cockroaches.

Re:Indeed (1)

NCG_Mike (905098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654349)

BTL: Are you telling me you didn't visit the planet of the nymphomaniacs?

YouTube trailer for the new series (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653577)

I found a link to a video trailer for the new Red Dwarf series. It's hosted at YouTube [youtube.com] . I found it very intriguing - check it out!

They did the same thing on Lexx (5, Informative)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653591)

Usually these sort of "and then they came to earth..." plotlines are cost-cutting measures (so they can shoot in "regular" locations instead of on elaborate sets). They also often represent "jump the shark" moments for a series. When they did this on Lexx [wikipedia.org] , the show (which had already begun to go way downhill in the previous season) went from bad to ABYSMAL.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653703)

Red Dwarf jumped the shark when they brought back the old crew.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654071)

Is that in season 3 or 4 when they got more money, and you can tell by the brand spank'n new logo?

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

listen (20464) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654265)

No, its season 7&8. 1&2 were the real thing, 3-6 were ok. 7&8 were unwatchable.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653869)

Are you really talking about elaborate sets in conjunction with Red Dwarf?

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653895)

Point takenb. The BBC doesn't exactly throw big piles of money at their shows to begin with.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653947)

I'm re-watching the Lexx series and I have to agree with this. Once it gets to the "Fire & Water" season, I find it almost painful to watch.

Perhaps in part that I find Prince ( and Zev's attraction to him ) damn annoying. And 790's "switch" to loving Kai bizarre.. wouldn't his brain matter be unaffected by being powered off and therefore not reset to falling in love with the first thing he saw?

Anyways, the first time I saw them on Earth I thought "What a cop-out". Same with Stargate SG-1 actually..

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654603)

Anyways, the first time I saw them on Earth I thought "What a cop-out". Same with Stargate SG-1 actually..

What do you mean about SG-1? The squad was always based on Earth since its creation. Sure there were the occasional episodes/missions that took place on Earth but that kind of makes sense as they were defending their planet from invasion. Besides, the offword sets were never that elaborate... maybe a CGI shot of a building and then a modified corridor with curved metal and some flashing screens.

If you mean Stargate Atlantis, it was only a matter of time before they were able to make contact with Earth again; and even then Earth episodes were pretty rare.

The u[recent]u Battlestar Galactica is alright, as it's the end of the series and signifies what they thought/hoped was the end of their journey. Meanwhile you don't see any real buildings/landscapes.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654693)

Sorry, I meant that the majority ( 90%+ ) of the episode is on Earth. I'm not purposely watching SG-1 ( my other half is ) so I am only getting bits of the stories but I do recall a distinct period where a long line of episodes take place nearly exclusively on Earth. One that comes to mind is when Baal first creates his clones.

Apologies if I got that wrong, as I said, I'm not really watching the seasons properly.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654047)

For a counterexample, I quite liked the Doctor Who series set on Earth with Jon Pertwee, UNIT and the Brigadier. (Shown as repeats - I'm not that old!)

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654589)

Absolutely - classic era Who, though I haven't seen it since I was a kid, so I've no idea how well it's aged. It's certainly better than the current series, at least through the rosy glow of fond memories.

have you actually watched Red Dwarf? (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654081)

They also often represent "jump the shark" moments for a series.

Did you ever watch the show? They jumped the shark at least once an episode. That's part of what made it so great.

Re:have you actually watched Red Dwarf? (1, Informative)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654389)

>Did you ever watch the show? They jumped the shark at least
>once an episode. That's part of what made it so great.

That is not what jumping the shark means. Jumping the shark is when a show does something so out of character that the basic premise of the show is destroyed. This is usually done to either boost ratings or because the writers have run out of ideas. It usually marks the point where a series turns from being clever and innovative to being trite and predictable.

Re:have you actually watched Red Dwarf? (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654777)

>Did you ever watch the show? They jumped the shark at least
>once an episode. That's part of what made it so great.

That is not what jumping the shark means. Jumping the shark is when a show does something so out of character that the basic premise of the show is destroyed. This is usually done to either boost ratings or because the writers have run out of ideas. It usually marks the point where a series turns from being clever and innovative to being trite and predictable.

Precisely. Thus, as the GP stated, Red Dwarf seemed to jump the shark in every episode. The only thing missing was Henry Winkler in waterskis and a motorboat. But now, with finding Earth, maybe.... [crosses fingers]

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (3, Insightful)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654133)

I would hardly call the red dwarf sets elaborate, they look like they are about to fall apart most of the time

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654165)

Well the entire point of the show was returning to Earth so I don't think it's a cost cutting measure.

That being said, the last two seasons of the show were sub-par at best.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (4, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654237)

Clearly you have forgotten the brilliance that was BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1980.

And I would be a lot better off if you tell me how you managed it.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654303)

Sorry 'cost cutting' measure, what?!?!?! It only cost them 47p to make the sets (possibly an overestimate) so I don't see how location work would be any cheaper.

Re:They did the same thing on Lexx (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654565)

I'm glad someone else remembers this, it's exactly what came to mind when I read the summary.

My memory of it is slightly different, however. The first season (the four two-hour movies) showed a lot of promise, it had a weird European feel to it, and it was pretty dark and overall quite interesting.

Right away, the second series was absolute garbage in comparison. It consisted of the Lexx visiting a series of improbable locations while Stan tried desperately to find something to shag. The plot arc was virtually non-existent.

The third season seemed like a minor recovery to me, with the Fire and Ice story getting almost interesting at times.

The final season was, as you say, truly abysmal. But I have to say, after the first season I only watched the whole thing to laugh at how bad it was, which was a great shame after the show's promising beginnings. It's a long time since I've seen it, however - perhaps even the first season isn't as good as I remember.

Returning to Earth? (2, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653619)

Neat. Does this mean that there will be flying motorcycles and super-powered boy scouts too?

Re:Returning to Earth? (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653699)

And what about Fiji?

Re:Returning to Earth? (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654025)

According to the series, it's all under water... and he'd have to get waterwings for the sheep.

Re:Returning to Earth? (2, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654235)

Or better yet, you could cross breed them with dolphins and have leaping mutton.

Re:Returning to Earth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654705)

baaaaaa *ploosh* baaaaaaa *ploosh*

Re:Returning to Earth? (1)

Ragzouken (943900) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654759)

You can get a drainage grant these days.

Holly = Ninnle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653641)

Maybe they'll replace Holly's head with the new NinWM desktop!

Smegging Fantastic? (1)

dmomo (256005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653647)

My faith isn't so strong. I loved the first few seasons of Red Dwarf. When it was a sit-com, I thought it was hillarious. Then, it started to turn into a space adventure when they ran out of "situations" for comedy on the ship and started visiting planets. I'm not sure the later seasons were bad, but it just felt like a different show.

Finding Earth? This has the potential to be something entirely different. Maybe having the same director and line-up will ensure something good. Even if it's not the same, well... the people that made one great thing may possibly make a different great thing! I'm not going to tune in expecting "the same old show I used to love". Hopefully it will be good. I mean, revisiting Battlestar hit gold. Fingers crossed. I guess if I am not expecting much I cannot be disappointed.

Did anyone watch the failed American pilot for Red Dwarf? Eww.

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653977)

Did anyone watch the failed American pilot for Red Dwarf? Eww.

I watched it - Be fair. It was as good as the American pilot for Coupling. =)

Seriously, why take a perfectly good series and re-make it only changing the actors' accents and replacing "chips" with "fries" and "loo" with "bathroom"? British humor is a little bit different than American humor - And anyone who is going to enjoy it will be willing to infer from context what a "loo" is when somebody's had too much to drink and needs to pop off to one.

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (3, Funny)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653999)

Try asking the average American to tell you what a "bog roll" is and watch the steam come out of their ears thinking about it.

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654667)

Is that like a hay roll, except that instead of getting laid you get stinky and go down to live with little lights?

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654669)

I watched it - Be fair. It was as good as the American pilot for Coupling. =)

Holy shit. The American version of "Coupling" sucked so badly it warped the very fabric of time and space. It took NBC Studios years to recover from it.

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654753)

Those minor changes are important. The Average American is not going ot understand all of the British slang, nor be willing to learn it to start to enjoy the show. Switch from British to American actors/slang can work well (The Office).

Re:Smegging Fantastic? (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654765)

So far, the only direct UK->US remake that I thoroughly enjoy is "Life on Mars." I think it's a great show and they're doing a wonderful job. That being said I only saw a few minutes of the UK version so I can't say that I like the US version more... just that I think it's excellent. However I'd imagine that I'd "get" the 70's US styles/culture/references more than the 70's UK styles/culture/references.

The America version of "The Office" is... alright. The British version only had a few episodes (quality episodes, but too few). I have to say I'm finding Steve Carell to be too over-the-top-annoying. I pretty much only watch the show now for the B-story, which is pretty much what the rest of the office is doing when Michael isn't around.

Battlestar spoofing (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654245)

How much you wanna bet they'll be sending-up Battlestar Galactica every chance they get? With a title like "Back to Earth"...

Fan-smegging-tastic! (2, Funny)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653669)

I don't care what people think about the latter series of RD, I loved them all but the first series is still my favourite. Looking forward to more of the Smegs In Space!

P.S. Would anyone like any toast?

Re:Fan-smegging-tastic! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654089)

Look, I don't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. NO TOAST.

Re:Fan-smegging-tastic! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654291)

How 'bout a muffin?

Re:Fan-smegging-tastic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654651)

How about a muffin?

Re:Fan-smegging-tastic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654653)

so a bagel then?

cue flame war over which Kochanski is best/hottest (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653685)

in 3, 2, 1... actually I like them both...

Re:cue flame war over which Kochanski is best/hott (2, Funny)

Skreems (598317) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653851)

The best one is not the hottest one.

The War is Over - Chloe Won (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653887)

No there's no doubt it's thisone [scifidesktop.org.uk] and this one [scifidesktop.org.uk] .

Re:cue flame war over which Kochanski is best/hott (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654623)

At the same time?

Holy shit. (1)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653691)

I know it'll probably be a disappointment, but this is like...the Sci-fi/comedy equivelant to Duke Nukem Forever!

Pinch me!

They find Earth a radioactive ruin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653759)

The cat is so upset he pisses on the hologram.

ummm, spoiler? maybe? Kinda. YOU KNOW. (0, Flamebait)

CKW (409971) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653769)

SPOILER ffs! Thankyou!! Bastards.

fantastic? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26653829)

Personally, I think this is pretty smegging fantastic.

Why is resurrecting Red Dwarf fantastic but resurrecting Blade Runner an abomination?

Re:fantastic? (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653979)

neither as bad as the Karate Kid remake that is apparently going to happen. Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.... ugh.

Re:fantastic? (1)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654099)

neither as bad as the Karate Kid remake that is apparently going to happen. Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.... ugh.

Hey lets not even joke about that. You are joking.......they would never green light .....this can't possibly be good.

Re:fantastic? (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654423)

I heard it from a friend last night, went to IMDB.com and it is listed on there, set to begin production sometime soon. It makes me want to cry.

Re:fantastic? (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654297)

Why is resurrecting Red Dwarf fantastic but resurrecting Blade Runner an abomination?

Because the creator of Red Dwarf is alive and well, and is coming back to revive a universe that was created for the purpose of an episodal series.

The author responsible for Blade Runner (Philip K. Dick) died during production of a standalone movie based on his standalone book. Given that the story (originally "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep") was an exploration of what it means to be human and NOT an exploration of a fantasy future (ala Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.), expanding the universe would only detract from the original creation.

Besides, Olmos is too old to play Gaff again. He just wouldn't have that same menace about him. ;-)

Re:fantastic? (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654633)

Because Red Dwarf got absolutly no closure from the final episode, and there has ALWAYS been talk of doing more (either another series, or a film) - They were in talks with the same company that made Farscape in order to film a possible movie in Australia. That was a few years back now and nothing came of it.
Whereas Blade Runner was a one off piece of genius based on a book which was also a stand-alone one off piece of genius. (which have spawned 'cannonical fan sequels'
here [wikipedia.org]
here [wikipedia.org]
and here [wikipedia.org] '

Rimmer is back! (5, Funny)

DarthBender (1071972) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653845)

Puncture repair kit on standby.

Books (1)

daw1234 (585433) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653907)

Although I'm a big fan of the TV show, the first novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" was a brilliant book. I could never understand why the second book (Better than life) was just a re-telling of the end of the first.

Re:Books (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26654193)

Well, it wasnt.
Im pretty sure the first one ended with them going into the "game". and Better than life was about them in the game.

Re:Books (1)

daw1234 (585433) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654337)

The ending of the first book had quite a long section about the happenings within the game and I believe it ended with Lister imagining an exit but deciding he couldn't leave at christmas, but it was always christmas in Bedford Falls. Or is my memory mixing the first and second books together?

Announced on twitter (4, Informative)

Tryfen (216209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26653981)

...well, actually, Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) announced it on Llewtube [youtube.com] quite some time ago.

You can also get regular updates from him by following @bobbyllew [twitter.com] on twitter.

He's a really good user of social media - he's very active on YouTube and twitter.

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YES!! (1)

dkarma (985926) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654315)

i've been waiting years for this

Craig Charles == drug problem (2, Interesting)

Yuioup (452151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654351)

I wonder if Craig Charles has dealt with his serious drug problem [mirror.co.uk]

Re:Craig Charles == drug problem (3, Insightful)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654401)

Come on, the Mirror made it a serious drugs problem to sell papers - more than likely he was no more or less off his head than any other TV actor

Re:Craig Charles == drug problem (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654537)

It's the Mirror. You'd get more reliable information from a weegie board.

Re:Craig Charles == drug problem (2, Funny)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654655)

it's Ouija, what you described is a board with a nail in it, wielded by a Glaswegien (AKA a Weegie)

Re:Craig Charles == drug problem (1)

acedotcom (998378) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654719)

weegie? is that like squeegee?

Exciting development (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654425)

When I was in America, I saw complaints that Slashdot was too America-centric, never any nerd news for the English. The response was always something along the lines of "Fuck off, we don't care about your stupid British TV shows coming back or being canceled."

Okay, I live in England now, and I still don't care. Why am I suddenly seeing articles about things that involve countries I live in?

MST3K treatment (1)

British (51765) | more than 5 years ago | (#26654647)

I'm reminded of how MST3K went whereas the show died, and was resurrected, and it changed so much, it wasn't entertaining anymore.

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