Top 5 Red Dwarf episodes

With the new series of Red Dwarf on, giving us what we’ve been waiting for and giving young viewers a taste of Red Dwarf, I thought I’d go back and highlight some of the best of Red Dwarf. This is an opinionated list of what I believe to be the top 5 episodes of Red Dwarf.

5. Tikka to Ride

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All I want is a curry!

The first episode of series 7. Tikka to Ride sees the lads racing back in time in order to get a curry, which, consequently, causes them to botch up the Kennedy assassination and create an alternate universe. This was the first episode of Red Dwarf to not use a live audience but instead recorded voices. This was due to time restrictions and so they could try filming with four wall surroundings. It’s also one of the more, grosser episodes, as we see Lister and Cat eating what they believe to be chicken. They are then told by Kryten that it was actually the dead pedestrian they saw on the road earlier, much to They’re disgust. This episode was a big risk by the producers, which turned out to be a big success. They twisted a conspiracy into a Red Dwarf episode which ends with Kennedy having to kill himself as they mucked time up so much Oswald was unable to shoot Kennedy himself.

4. Body swap

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Let the orgy commence!

A classic episode in series 3, beautifully crafted, amazingly put together and just a timeless classic. This episode sees Lister and Rimmer swapping bodies so that Rimmer can help Lister lose weight. But soon he starts to pig out immensely because he was unable to touch anything whilst in a hologramatic state. Lister then wants to swap back and finds out Rimmer has done horrible things to his body. The lip sync for this episode is incredible as well as the overall episode. This is a must watch for any newcomer who wants a taste of Red Dwarf. You’ll be giggling through the whole episode and will remember it forever.

3. Backwards

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I think he’s a bit teed off ‘cuz we’ve just uneaten his pie.

Only Red Dwarf could take something so simple, so small and so unnoticeable and turn it into something so amusing you’ll choke. This episode marks the beginning of a new era for Red Dwarf, taking the show one step further and adding Kryten as a permanent Dwarfer. In this episode the Dwarfers seem to find themselves in a universe where everything is backwards! Eating, sleeping, reliving yourself, all done backwards. All except for them. Rimmer and Kryten get a career performing things ‘backwards’ to people whilst Lister and Cat try to bring them back home. The producers of this got a camera and utilised it in a way that turned this episode into a work of art. A stroke of genius. This episode will surprise you on how much you’ll laugh at stuff just because its going backwards. The highlight has to be when Lister is unbeaten up by a man which cures his black eye and cracked back.

2. Back to Reality

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No. No no no please no! I don’t wanna be called Dwane Dibbley!

Back to Reality indeed. The boys find out that Red Dwarf is just a game and they have just been playing it. This is the most hilarious one of series 5 and probably has the most memorably character of all time. They wake up and realise what rubbish lives they all have, especially the Cat who finds out he is a buck tooth nerd called Dwane Dibbley! The moment when they all remember who they are and collect they’re things is full of chuckles, both big and small. Series 5 as a whole was quite disappointing and lacking the Red Dwarf feel compared to the rest of the show, but believe me when I say this episode makes up for it completely. The highlight of this episode for me has to be the Cats reaction to being Dwane Dibbley. A truly genius idea with originality and humour that you’ll never forget.

1. Meltdown

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Get him out of that damned nappy! Don’t you have any pride man? Don’t you want to win this war?

This is my most memorable and favourite Red Dwarf episode of all time. This series 4 finale is filled with numerous gags, unless references and unbelievable plot. In this episode the boys arrive at wax world, a place inhabited by droids made of wax. The droids are making army’s and the people in those armies are not quite what you’d expect. Rimmer takes control of the good side whilst lister and Cat escape from the bad side. The plot is fresh, unique and unforgettable. With guest appearances like never before, including: Hitler, Gandhi, Elvis Presley and mother Teresa. Taking advantage of the endless characters they could use they beautifully turn historic icons into laughing stocks. The ending theme was even revamped and sung by Elvis in this episode too, a brucey bonus if you ask me. If you want to see a nun and an Indian engage in hand to hand combat, Elvis training an army and Winnie the Pooh being tied to the stake then this is the episode for you! It cannot be beaten and is certainly unforgettable, every last smegging second of it!

So there you have it. My list on what I believe to be the top 5 episodes of Red Dwarf. If you disagree or have any suggestions of your own top 5 episodes then go ahead and comment. I might have to change the list if I agree.

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Red Dwarf X: Trojan Review

Last night was the premiere of the brand new smeging series of Red Dwarf, and did it deliver the goods? You bet your arse it did!

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It’s been 13 years since the last ‘proper’ episode was aired. After such a long break there’s no way you’d ever expect to see them performing just as well and beautifully as they did back in the good old days. But that’s where your wrong! They shot straight back into red in all they’re smeggieness! Trojan had all the aspects of the youthful crew and even exceeded that of a lot of episodes. This is one premiere you couldn’t have afforded to miss.

Red Dwarf always had a strange sense of humour, often getting most of its laughs from the boys being, well, boys really. Only Red Dwarf dared to send Lee Harvey Oswald plummeting to his death, mock the blood writing trick and have laser shooting stuffed penguins. Trojan has extended the humour even further than it was before. Making fun of things as simple as pig races and head squeezing.

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Your thinking… I’m squeezing your head too tight!

The special effects of Red Dwarf were always impressive for the time it was made In, but I never thought they really mattered until I saw Trojan. This episode uses modern day special effects and looked stunning. Absolutely stunning. Rimmer’s glitches, the swirly beach balls of doom and the laser gun effects. These were the more noticeable effects and they took Red Dwarf to a new step of technology. They created an atmosphere that takes you closer to Red Dwarf than ever before, and that’s just amazing.

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I have a serious case of beach ball eyes.

The actors. Oh yes, the actors. I must admit when I saw the poster they looked like old, incapable men that are bring back what was not meant to be. But boy was I wrong, they brought back a brilliant show in all it’s smegging glory! Lister is just as lazy as ever. Rimmer is just a bossy and resentful as before. Cat, the one and only, has yet to lose his touch, and Kryten is still the loveable, oblivious android he was before. When I saw them back on the big screen, I was blown away by they’re ability to still act like a bunch of self centred kids. Cat especially, and I bet my hat that you just could not find another man so capable of acting a character like the Cat.

The plot for Trojan was: silly, stupid and hilarious just like it should be. With Lister refusing to put down the phone because of his insane desire to have a stir master; and Rimmer trying to impress his brother (who finally appears in present time on the show) by pretending to be a captain. I even feel like they took Rimmer to the next step by showing just how selfish and cruel he can be by having his brother die, believing that Rimmer had lived the dream whilst he had a life not even worthy of living.

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You’ve only got one Lamborghini?!

One aspect of the episode that caught my attention was the lack of Holly, the ships computer. Although the episode was very humorous and true to the original, I felt like that lack of Holly didn’t really work. Holly would always crack a wise one or point out the obvious in his traditional mundane way. Will Holly return later? No. The truth is that Holly will not return because of the little mishap in Back to Earth when Lister accidentally drowns Holly. Although Back to Earth was a one off special, it is still counted as part of the Red Dwarf series.

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Alright dudes? How’s it goin in groove town?

The only thing that really let me down was the missing explanation on how they survived in “Only the Good…”. It doesn’t explain how Rimmer survived and how Red Dwarf stopped crumbling. But on a more understanding tone, it would be for the best if we could believe our interpreted endings were how they survived.

As a whole this looks like it will be another smeg-tastic series that is bound to get more exiting with every new episode. Remember, every Thursday at 9pm on Dave. See you there smeg heads!