Red Dwarf: Episode Reviews
“This is an SOS distress call from the mining ship Red Dwarf. The crew are dead, killed by a radiation leak. The only survivors are 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 evolved from his cat and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of one of the dead crew……”
Balance of Power
Waiting For God
Confidence and Paranoia
“… Three million years from Earth. The mining ship Red Dwarf. It’s crew; Dave Lister the last human being alive; Arnold Rimmer, a hologram of his dead bunk-mate; and a creature who evolved from the ships cat. Message ends…”
That was the rather terse introduction from the ships computer, Holly. In this season, Lister, Rimmer and Cat’s search for ‘skin’ (or any form of life – or any form of anything) continues….
Better than Life
Thanks for the Memory
“Three million years into the future Dave Lister, the last human being alive, discovers that he is pregnant after a liaison with a female self in a parallel universe. His pregnancy concludes with the successful delivery of twin boys, Jim and Bexley…
Lister returns them to the Universe of their origin….. Kryten, is found in pieces after his space bike crashed into an asteroid. Lister re-builds it but is unable to recapture it’s former personality. Holly, the increasingly erratic Red Dwarf computer, performs a head sex-change operation on itself and becomes Hilly.”
The Last Day
This is one of the Classic Red Dwarf seasons. many people declared that their favourite episode was from this season (including the lovely Penny) The superb ‘Camille’, ‘Justice’ and ‘D.N.A’ are probably the highlights.
You will notice however, that Holly plays a lesser influence on the activities of the crew (probably because she/he is becoming increasingly erratic). There is a greater emphasis on technology in this season.
This season produced probably the greatest example of comedy science fiction ever! The ‘Back to Reality’ episode was voted by British Red Dwarf viewers as the best.
In this season we also see Rimmer fall in love and even MORE strange is that his lover falls in love with HIM!!! Each of the crew are forced to prove that they are worthy of their existence (meagre though it may be).
Demons & Angels
Back to Reality
Psirens gave us that wonderful scene where Lister passionately kisses a giant cockroach and of course, who can forget the face of Rimmer on a female body in ‘Rimmerworld’ !!
Gunmen of the Apocalypse
Emohawk: Polymorph II
Out of Time
Unfortunately this was at the expense of Rimmer. Some of these episodes were so wacky, it was difficult to keep up. High points of the season were ‘Tikka to Ride’ where JFK shoots himself! (from the grassy knoll no less!).
Tikka to Ride
Stoke me a Clipper
Beyond a Joke
Rimmer was also reconstructed and along with Lister, Kochanski and the Cat, they wreak havoc on an unsuspecting Captain Hollister. Highlights from this series include flying Starbug up a rats bum in the first episode, the family Dibbley and a wonderful but unfortunately doomed Cassandra.
Back in the Red (I)
Back in the Red (II)
Back in the Red (III)
Only The Good
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