11 September 2011

Fishy's Series Reviews - Red Dwarf

Its cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere,
I'm all alone, more or less.
Let me fly, far away from here,
Fun, fun, fun, In the sun, sun, sun.

Number of Episodes – 52, a 3 episode special and a new series starts filming in November
When was it on – 1988-2012
Running time - About 30 minutes per episode
Cast –
Craig Charles as Lister
Chris Barrie as Rimmer
Danny John-Jules as The Cat
Robert Llewellyn as Kryten
Norman Lovett/Hattie Hayridge as Hollie
Clare Grogan/Chloƫ Annett as Kochanski

The plot
This is an SOS distress call from the mining ship Red Dwarf. The crew are dead, killed by a radiation leak. The only survivors were Dave Lister, who was in suspended animation during the disaster, and his pregnant cat, who was safely sealed in the hold. Revived three million years later, Lister's only companions are a life form who evolved from his cat, and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of one of the dead crew.

I am Holly, the ship's computer, with an IQ of 6000. The same IQ as 6000 PE teachers.

Additional: As the days go by, we face the increasing inevitability that we are alone in a godless, uninhabited, hostile and meaningless universe….

Still, you've got to laugh, haven't you?

What's right with it?
It’s a Sci-Fi series but at its heart it’s a situational comedy sitcom. All the characters have their own quirks that bring out a lot of laughs

The first 6 series are comedy gold.

What’s wrong with it?
Series 7 and 8 were okay, some bad episodes in them. I watched the 3 part “Back to Earth” special recently for this review and it was awful

There are some continuity and story changes if you’re watching carefully, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s more about the comedy

Best Character?
Arnold Judas Rimmer BSc., SSc

Rimmer is the second technician aboard Red Dwarf. It sounds important but all he does is clean chicken soup nozzles and food dispensers aboard the ship. In the very first episode he fixes a drive plate improperly and wipes out the whole crew and is revived as a Hologram to keep Lister sane

Over the course of the series we learn about his childhood and why he became the man he is today, his many aspirations to become a better officer and blaming it on everyone else when he fails and we get to see many alternate versions of him as well including a female, space pilot and also good and bad versions of himself

“Gazpacho Soup......”

"Unpack Rachel and get out the puncture repair kit! I'm alive!!"

"At least he gets 24 hours; that's more than most of us get. All most of us get is: 'mind-that-bus-what-bus-splat.'

"I just want to say: over the years, I have come to regard you as . . . people I met."

"The point I'm trying to make, you dirty son of a fetid whoremonger's bitch, is that we're friends!"

And my favourite Rimmer scene is this ^_^

Best Episode?
This has had me pondering for a week or so. It’s so bloody hard to choose!!!!

Dimension Jump

It starts off with Rimmer as a young boy and his mum discussing how he is doing with his schoolwork and whether or not he should be kept down a year to catch up. This decision could completely alter the course of his life

We cut to twenty years later, and instead of seeing Arnold, the snivelling weasel of a man we are used to in the series, we see Ace, a fantastic space pilot loved by all

Lab technicians have invented a drive that can warp the fabric of reality and allow him to “Dimension Jump” to another universe, but it’s a one way trip. That won’t stop Ace though, he’s a test pilot in the Space Corps, it's his job to do it

He crosses over into our Universe and meets the crew of Red Dwarf

Hilarity ensues…..

The reason why I love this episode the most is that it plays on the aspect that I’m sure everyone goes through, that decision we made earlier in life, what would happen if we made a different choice? How would that change you?

Bongo: I know that this prob'ly won't interest you, but I'd hate myself for the rest of my life if I didn't at least suggest it.
Ace: Suggest what?
Bongo: If you're interested, I'll be in my quarters at lunchtime, covered in torama* salada.
Ace: I didn't know your bread was buttered that side, Bongo.
Bongo: It isn't. I've been happily married for 35 years. It's just, a chap like you can turn a guy's head.
Ace: I'm sorry, Bongo. Lunch is...on Mellie.
Bongo: Would it make any difference if it was...hummus?
Ace: I'm sorry, Bongo. I'm strictly "butter-side-up."
Bongo: Understood. (ACE leaves the office.) What a guy!

Lister: Kryten, get the First Aid box. We have to clean this up, make sure he doesn't get gangrene.
Cat: Gangrene? You think I might get gangrene?
Lister: Yeah.
Cat: Hey, that might work! Green with apricot -- I think I could pull that off!

Ace: Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.

Best Scene?
This scene from White Hole

and this scene is probably one of the best easter eggs in the whole show. The Red Dwarf crew go back to an Earth which is running backwards. Make sure you watch the whole thing

Best Quotes?
Cat: I'm so hungry. I just have to eat!
Lister: Shh... Rimmer's dad's died.
Cat: I'd prefer chicken.

Holly: I just don't know where we are. There's no two ways about it: I flamingoed up!
Rimmer: What do you mean?
Holly: It's like a cock-up, only much much bigger.

Holly: Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?
Rimmer: But five of them? . How can you manage to miss five black holes?
Holly: It's always the way, innit? You hang around for three million years in deep space and there hasn't been one, then all of a sudden five turn up at once.


Bonus Trivia
Alan Rickman was first choice for the part of Rimmer, while Alfred Molina was considered for Lister, but it was decided that it might prove difficult to get these two successful movie actors to return for further series if the show became a success, so the idea was dropped.

For the recordings of the first series, the producers dragged in the customers of a local pub to fill the audience for the laughter track; a far cry from Series 8 where often over 200 fans had to be turned away. Unexpectedly, the audience's laughs actually drowned out the stage sound during live tapings.

Two pilot episodes were made for a never-produced American version of the series, Red Dwarf, also known as "Red Dwarf USA". In the first pilot, the cast included Craig Bierko (Lister), Chris Eigeman (Rimmer), Jane Leeves (Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Hinton Battle (Cat), Elizabeth Morehead (Kochanski), Michael Heintzman (Munson) and Lorraine Toussaint (Captain Tau). The second version of the pilot recast Terry Farrell as Cat, and Anthony Fuscle as Rimmer. The show's failure to be sold allowed Leeves to join Frasier and Farrell to join Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

In the show's original concept Lister was described as 41, Holly was female, and Lister was to have spent seven billion years in suspended animation rather than a relatively short three million.

Ahhhh pure gold

Everyone should watch this series

And if you don’t agree with me you’re a SMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEGGGG HEAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDD!!!!

Watch it!!!

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