Sometimes when a show goes off air it’s probably for the best. After Dave (the channel) brought back Red Dwarf with Back To Earth (which wasn’t dreadful, but wasn’t great either), I thought the show had reached the end of the line. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be proved wrong! The Boys from the Dwarf are back and on top smegging form…
I’m told there are people who didn’t watch Red Dwarf first time around (and have contrived to miss the repeats on Dave) – if you need to know more than that this is a comedy about four dysfunctional people trapped in a room (albeit the room is deep space) then check out the BBC’s archived page for the show.
I don’t want to quote the jokes here – the delivery and the context are what make them funny – but the important thing is that they are funny. Not quite Rimmer in a red gingham dress talking to Mr Flibble funny, but funnier than “deader than A-line skirts” funny.
We’re back to basics – the funny comes from the characters again. Lister, the spacebum-last-human-alive trying not to go insane; Rimmer, the cowardly and self-loathing hologram with a Napoleon complex; Cat, the vain and self-absorbed felis sapiens; and Kryten the mechanoid obsessed with cleaning.
So, no serious spoilers, but here are the best smegging bits:
- It looks gorgeous (as gorgeous as a three million year old mining ship can look). They’ve put the red into the dwarf and so much thought into the designs.
- “Hey-ho pip and dandy”
- The thing with the phone…
- Rimmer sharing the ‘really hard’ lateral thinking question with Lister, Kryten and the Cat. In particular the Cat’s reponse.
- The Galaxy Quest-style Star Trek pastiche – those uniforms, that leaning…
- The eventual solution to Lister’s tea-making problem,
Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for the next episode (Thursday, 9pm, Dave).
Posted by Jo the Hat