RDXI Ep 1 - TWENTICA - DISCUSSION THREAD

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  1. jmc2000

    jmc2000 Deck Sergeant

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    I'm game. We'll see who rusts first.
     
  2. Ant E

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    It's so so soooo boring!

    Can everyone shut up about it now?
     
  3. Seb

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    As a Scouser who lives in Liverpool, I'm stamping my authority on the fact that he very definitely still sounds Scouse.
     
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    I think you're right, story wise, and mostly in execution as well, it could have slotted in as a 5/6 episode. The most obvious parallel is Gunmen I think, and I think that whilst Gunmen is better, it could have stood along side it in those series. The only thing lacking IMO is a clear plot with a solid ending.

    The Dwarfers mission should have been to get Starbug working and back to their own time, but they just seem to stumble through this alt-1950s America and accidentally achieve it. It's not explicitly mentioned, as far as I noticed, that they were too worried about getting back, but more about defeating the Simulants. Even that isn't explicit. They witness a criminal get shot and then take his gizmo and follow his instructions.

    In contrast, Gunmen has a very definitive, we need to do this to achieve this and then a beginning, middle, and end. I don't think Twentica lacks in quality too much because of this, but it would have just been a little sharper had it not been, "quick, lets leave ... tagged on scene with Lister and Kryten, roll credits"

    Oh, this is another of those episodes where Cat is a bit of a spare wheel after they arrive in the past. He suggests they need new clothes and then occasionally chimes in with a sarcastic comment. But I'm sure we'll get to see him do more in later episodes.
     
  5. Seb

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    I might be misremembering, but I thought the line he struggled over was the one about "that gizmo the Resistance Bunnies have been cooking up" or whatever it was? Did he have a different speechy bit that got cut? Genuinely can't recall!
     
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    That would make sense (though I may also be mis-remembering). "Screwy contraption machine the resistance bunnies..." is a bit of a tongue twister, but it also marks Kevin Eldon's entrance and I recall he was riotous every time that line went for another take.
     
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    Someone who loves you.
     
  8. BetterAnythingThanThatToupee

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    Not even slightly.
     
  9. BetterAnythingThanThatToupee

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    Well, it's about 5 posts so far ... so I guess that's 1/4 of a page.
     
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    I think that's quite a big fail, personally. :lol: Many of my favourite Dwarf episodes are the ones that leave you wondering how they managed to fit so much into twenty-five minutes. There was none of that here. It didn't feel as dense to me as many episodes. And I think that's partly because it rambled along a bit, without enough clear beats to engage me in what the characters' goals were at any given time.
     
  11. BetterAnythingThanThatToupee

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    No. Read something else.
     
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    Watched it a couple of times now and I thought that was a great episode. Funny and entertaining. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series and the next.

    I know this is going to sound odd, but the show looked almost too good. I know sfx are cheaper and easier now, but I still remember the old fx fondly. Rose coloured glasses and wot. :-)
     
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    There goes that theory - i.e., you hear the accent less because you're used to it.

    I had a Scottish friend who complained that, when he went home, everyone said he'd "lost his accent." He sounded like Rab C Nesbitt to me.
     
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    That's just mass divided by volume, right? :lol:
     
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    I walked right into that!
     
  16. Ant E

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    Post something interesting and I might :roll:
     
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    It's not my job to entertain you. I'll post whatever I care to discuss.
     
  18. Ant E

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    Thank god for that! I'd have fired you four comments ago.
     
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    One thing I found is that Twentica's visuals (maybe because both are now Baby Cow productions) reminded me a great deal of Mighty Boosh...particularly it terms of lighting and colour, I dunno how many staff carried over to the productions of both shows.
     
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    That actually made me grin, so points to you for that one 8)
     

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