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2017?

There have been some inquiries about my little solo project and EToS. To be more exact, some people have wanted to know if EToS or myself are going to release new songs this year.

The answer is no. Or “most likely no”. Or “there could be something”.

As you may know, Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been writing songs for the eight album for months now. However, writing songs is much slower nowadays than it used to be when we were younger. Besides, we’ve been taking care of some other time-consuming things, too. Still, it is possible that you are able to hear a new song or two this year… Some way ;).

On my side project, I will write more songs when the time is right. When I feel like it, that is. It’s not all about the music, you know. It’s about the story, too. And the story consists of the lyrics and the music videos.

There are many questions. Is the end of the world really coming or is it just someone who thinks that way? Why is somebody (or some people) thinking of travelling in time? Or has someone (or some people) already travelled in time, to the past or to the future? Who are those weird people who have gathered in the dark to watch old black and white movies? Are they slaves or leaders or just regular people? When and where do they live?

And so on. I need to find answers to these questions before going on.

But anyway, 2017’s going to be an interesting year, no matter what.

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Doctor Who vs. Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been watching Red Dwarf for some days now. RD is more than just another British science fiction television show. It is a sci-fi sitcom, a science fiction situation comedy that are actually quite rare.

Is Red Dwarf just a humour version of Doctor Who or something more? Well, let’s compare them.

1. Travelling.

In Doctor Who, the Doctor (usually) gets to decide when and where to go. Any place in time and space. The Red Dwarf just sort of drifts back to Earth at the speed of light, or just a bit faster. They do occasionally travel in time and even get back to Earth for a while. But travelling is not the point in Red Dwarf as such.

From left to right: Kryten, Lister, Cat, and R...

From left to right: Kryten, Lister, Cat, and Rimmer as they appeared in 2009’s Back to Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Humour, including the laugh track.

Yes, RD is a sitcom. It’s supposed to make you laugh. In my opinion, a sci-fi sitcom is almost impossible to become successful. But Red Dwarf is an exception to this rule. Is Doctor Who funny and hilarious? At times, yes, but it can also be damn scary.

3. The number of the people on board.

In DW, it’s usually two, the Doctor and his companion. In RD, it’s five, Lister, Cat, Rimmer the Hologram, Kryten the Android and the ship’s computer, Holly.  Why more people on RD? Well, a sitcom with only two people must be harder to make and it is quite rare to do that. Bottom is one of the very few exceptions.

Hmm, Bottom and Doctor Who combined? That would be really weird, wouldn’t it.

Conclusion.

Well, these are the first three differences I could find in half an hour or so. In the end, they are very different shows. But there are a lot of similarities, too. To begin with, they’re British (obviously), which makes them, well, British. A bit wittier and less polished than North American science fiction television shows.

But in the end, if you’re a DW fan, you may like RD or not. And vice versa. But you can give it a try.

I’m still on the seventh RD series on Netflix, so I don’t know how good the brand new tenth series is. They say it’s good, though. Good.

By the way, I wish there were more Nordic/Scandinavian science fiction tv shows. Äkta människor (Real Humans), a Swedish show, is one of the very few great shows. Obviously, the British tv people are starting to make a new ÄM version. It could be good but I have my doubts.

 

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