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General Discussion / Re: Red Dwarf
« Last post by Ben on Today at 02:06:23 pm »
S01E03 "BALANCE OF POWER"
Another good one. It's at its strongest when Rimmer and Lister are bickering - all the white card/black card stuff is great - but I also like the continuing world-building (government health warnings on music is brilliant, the drinking game song etc). Also, interesting that this slips in a single gag with a talking appliance - perhaps Talkie Toaster would have felt less of an abrupt arrival in Future Echoes if that had remained as ep 5 or whatever.
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General Discussion / Re: Red Dwarf
« Last post by Ben on Yesterday at 12:29:36 pm »
S1E2: "FUTURE ECHOES"
This one starts pretty slowly, doesn't really kick into gear until the echoes show up. At that point though, it's great. Rimmer's glee, Lister's panic, it all works great. Cat is really charming too - again, I had it in my head that he's takes a couple of seasons to warm up, but actually DJJ is killing it. I love his reaction to the dog photo, it's perfectly pitched between human and feline. Plus, it's only the second episode and they're already doing clever 'you can't change the future, only facilitate it' stuff, it's impressively ambitious. So the slow start is a shame, and Barrie seems a bit nervous in this one, rocking on his heels constantly and almost corpsing in the wig scene), but overall a strong ep.

To address the issue of Lister's intelligence, which was brought up in the Discord: taking into account the first two episodes, he is a mix of smart and stupid. I think the best way to characterise it is that he's a lazy slob, and he's often lazy about thinking as well. He doesn't read books or bother to try to think about stuff on more than an instinctual level ("I'm scared that I'm about to die, so I'm going to grab a pipe", even though he seems to know this doesn't actually make sense). But when he's trying to change the future, and forces himself to think it through, he's pretty smart about figuring out that he should stop Cat from trying to eat the fish.
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General Discussion / Re: Red Dwarf
« Last post by Ben on Yesterday at 12:26:43 pm »
We're doing a group viewing marathon of Red Dwarf 1-6, one ep per day, over on the Discord. I'm going to also post my episode thoughts here for posterity.

S1E1: "THE END"
As someone who first got into RD around S3 or 4 when they were first airing, and only went back to watch the first two seasons later, for a long time I thought of S1 and S2 as "the boring ones". But watching it now, this episode is overall great. The opening titles are gorgeous - lovely effects work, and the mournful feel is a strong choice - I can't think of any other comedy that does that. The dialogue and performances are already there - it has a real Waiting For Godot feel, really snappy back and forth about nothing. The world-building is great too, full of little details. And like Dan says, it nails the set-up. Very efficient and organic. I'm honestly surprised to come back and like this one so much.
The only bad points really are the low-budget (could really do with some bigger sets and more polish on stuff like the funeral and even the port-holes, plus some scenes clearly didn't get enough coverage and have some wonky edits to cover it) and the incidental music which sounds cheap and jumps in and out jarringly.
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General Discussion / Re: The Terminator Franchise
« Last post by Ben on April 04, 2020, 07:00:21 pm »
How they should end the Terminator franchise. This is better than the whole of Terminator Salvation.

Sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9o3gdoHoeo

(not nearly as good, fittingly)
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General Discussion / Re: Minor things in Life that are a bit awesome
« Last post by Ben on March 25, 2020, 03:35:40 pm »
210. Pausing a movie and catching it at a perfectly composed or amusing frame.
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General Discussion / Re: I have established an opinion of Kanye West
« Last post by Ben on March 25, 2020, 03:33:44 pm »
Yup.
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General Discussion / Re: I have established an opinion of Kanye West
« Last post by Dan on March 25, 2020, 03:28:49 pm »
Huh.
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General Discussion / Re: I have established an opinion of Kanye West
« Last post by Ben on March 25, 2020, 02:25:38 pm »
After that whole 'Kanye interrupts Taylor's acceptance speech' thing, he decided to write a rap partly about her. He contacted her to ask her to sign off on it. They spoke on the phone, she asked him not to call her a bitch in the rap, he went ahead and called her a bitch in the rap anyway, plus he "featured a nude replication of her" in the music video. Taylor publicly stated her dismay. Kanye had (secretly?) recorded the conversation, and Kim released an edited version of it to make it look like Taylor had said yes to everything and was now lying to get victim points. She got harassed forever because of that. New footage just came out revealing K&K to be lying scumbag bullies.
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General Discussion / Re: I have established an opinion of Kanye West
« Last post by Dan on March 25, 2020, 10:46:56 am »
I read that article and I do not understand a word of it.
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General Discussion / Re: The Terminator Franchise
« Last post by Ben on March 23, 2020, 07:29:34 pm »
Euf, I can't remember that either (Dan had to tell me what the sunglasses scene was). Next retreat, we're going to have to do a Terminator marathon so we can get drunker as the films get worse.
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