Red Dwarf X: Series Review


As much as we don’t want to believe it the new series of Red Dwarf is over. After years of agonisingly waiting for a glimmer of hope that it would return came, it went. But this will be six weeks of my life I will never forget. Each episode brought us half an hour of jaw aching laughter and an indeterminate amount of memorable moments. We couldn’t be happier with what Doug and his crew did with this series.

The crew returned in all it’s glory: Lister searching for his lust again. Rimmer being a miserable sod. Kryten back on cleaning duty; and the Cat, well, being the Cat. I thought the original cast coming back to reprise their roles was a genius idea. It just wouldn’t have worked at all without them. They’re a one of a kind crew; irreplaceable (but oh how America tried).

Bring comedy shows back to it’s roots, Red Dwarf X brings back live audiences for Red Dwarf. In my opinion I love when there is a live audience, the laughter of the public is like fuel for the actors. They thrive off they’re reactions and praise, increasing proficiency in their performance as their roles as Dwarfers.

The ideas were unique and fresh, an essential for any Tv series that wants to keep going strong. Red Dwarf made a new set of episodes the likes of which I had never seen.

Red Dwarfs new opening is consistent as always!

Episode one. Trojan. The crew come across an advanced ship called ‘Trojan’ which Rimmer uses to make his brother think he is a captain in the space core. Whilst as a side story Lister is on hold while he desperately waits for a stir master.

Episode Two. Fathers and suns. Lister disciplines his son (himself) which leads to Lister no longer having a job at Red Dwarf while Kryten and Rimmer instal a new, female, computer to replace our beloved Holly.

Episode three. Lemons. In India 23AD the Dwarfers find Jesus Christ, take him three million years in the future, and remove a kidney stone through his urethra. After all is well Jesus goes back to the past to undo a big event in history.

Episode four. Entanglement. An episode so lengthy you’d need to be a super computer to remember everything the first time around. Rimmer is lost in a poker game which ends up spawning a hilarious number of events thanks to a quantum rod Cat and Kryten were exposed to.

Episode five. Dear Dave (my personal favourite of the series). Poor Lister misses the human race and thinks it’s about time to find another species to settle with (unbeknownst to him that the vending machine on B deck fancies him). Meanwhile the Cat has a bad day with both a lack of fashion and toilet paper.

Episode six. The beginning. An appropriate name for this series conclusion. Making reference back to the first episodes name entitled “The end”. An unfathomable amount of references to the first episode are made here. Red Dwarf gets a bit gory and a side of Rimmer comes out that was thought impossible to be inside him. This episode made me applaud during the credits I was that impressed. It’s a sin for and Red Dwarf fan to miss this.

The series lived up to my expectations and more. The final episode of this series is just indescribably amazing. It explains so much and makes so many referrals (including the inconclusive eighth series). If you’ve never watched Red Dwarf this would be a good place to start. It’s a brilliant show filled with so many incredible gags and humour it would make David Cameron laugh until he chokes. I’m incredibly please with how this turned out and I hope a new series might be in progress in the future.


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