This week in geek culture, a sitcom was announced, a game was announced and a film I saw more than a week ago finally came out elsewhere.
Red Dwarf XI and XII confirmed for Dave TV
There’ll be two new series of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, to air on Dave in 2016 and 2017.
The announcement was made by co-creator and showrunner Doug Naylor, who is a surprise guest at this weekend’s Dimension Jump XVIII, a Red Dwarf fan convention.
The two series will be filmed back-to-back this autumn, and feature the core crew of four – Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten.
As a cult TV favourite of nearly 30 years, naturally Twitter is abuzz at the news – some welcoming another shot of the universe’s most hapless crew, others unsure that the quality of years past will still be there considering a shaky second half of their BBC tenure and a deeply unpopular one-off special for digital channel Dave in 2009.
The debut of Red Dwarf X in 2012 actually won back some of that wavering fan base, stripping back the fluff which it had acquired during the late 90s, with simple stories and pretty decent gags.
It’s taken all this time to get the boys back together for a new series – and Craig Charles has left his regular role on soap Coronation Street in order to sign on – but hopefully the new series will be an even bigger improvement on series X.
Marvel and TellTale Games team up
As per Mashable, the storytelling masters at TellTale games are turning their attentions to the Marvel universe for future games.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe extending beyond cinemas and onto the small screen – with Daredevil on Netflix and Agents of SHIELD still performing well – it’s been theorised that a new game from the team which brought us Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead episodic adventures would somehow fit in with ongoing major story developments.
Reviews are generally excellent for the TellTale games, and I’m pretty sure that a steer from the Marvel creative team could make their new games an even bigger deal. But we’ll have to wait until 2017 to find out – we’ll be even deeper into the MCU by then so this would have to be a pretty ambitious story!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron released in the US
Bless your cotton socks, you Americans – you’re only now able to experience the new Avengers movie. This isn’t really news, just a bit of a ‘nyeh nyeh’ as I saw it well over a week ago!
I did really enjoy the new effort, and having since read the reviews made a personal decision never to let reviews affect my own enjoyment of something ever again – sure, it’s more set-up than execution but it’s beautifully done, very well written and features some amazing fight scenes, but what else was I supposed to expect?