OK so after half a dozen or so blog posts on the rebirth of the boys from the Dwarf, of photos, information and some would say obsession – it’s finally been and gone.
But the reason for the delay isn’t because of my generally inability to be arsed to write, no it is more specifically because I didn’t really know WHAT to write.
Lets break it down with a couple of words on each of the three parts and then I’ll explain myself in more detail.
Felt like we had accidentally joined them on a bit of an ‘off day’. On one of the days the television show wouldn’t have filmed if it was a reality programme.
Although towards the end it started to improve with the caveat that the characters sort of felt like a parody of themselves.
Weird is the word and the word is weird. This didn’t really feel like a Red Dwarf episode as it was a bit over meta for me.
This is where it all came together, the twist and turn and big reveal felt like a ‘proper’ Red Dwarf ending.
So what’s with the delay?
OK so that all sounds fairly painless, a reasonable four paragraph review of 75 minutes of television – interesting start, poor middle and good ending.
But its more than that. You see I wasn’t convinced the start and middle where as bad as I thought they were and that they needed a second watch.
So on Monday I put a bit of effort in, I recorded the three episodes from Sky+ to my DVD burner, ripped them all on to my computer, opened them in a video editor, cut the adverts, credits and start up (for the end of ep 1, all of ep 2 and start of ep 3) out and burnt it back to a DVD.
I then sat down with my ≈75 minute feature legnth episode of Red Dwarf, a drink, a snack, lights off and a silent house (everyone was in bed).
It was wonderful, as a whole, a single entity without interuption or gap it felt like a proper episode of Red Dwarf.
The start came across better on the second airing as I picked up subtle jokes I missed the first time, it wasn’t as I originally reviewed it on Sunday ‘a bit crap’.
The middle made sense as I knew what was coming and in fact I noticed the jokes as I wasn’t as baffled by the pointlessness of it all.
And finally the end was more improved than I originally thought. The twist worked wondefully and left things open for a series.
And for it to get millions of viewers over the three parts on a tiny channel like Dave is seriously impressive.
If the BBC brought the second airing rights to the three parts and ran them all together as a feature legnth episode on BBC TWO it may even beat the previous BBC TWO highest viewing figures record – held by Red Dwarf of 9 million.
More on the ratings can be found in the Media Guardian.