‘Red Dwarf’ smegs back into comedy

Red Dwarf X - Photocall
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, Craig Charles as Dave Lister and Chris Barrie as Arnold Rimmer attend a photocall for the return of Red Dwarf with a new six-part series ‘Red Dwarf X’ on October 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

Ladies and gentlemen, the boys are back. It has been three years since viewers last joined Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and Cat in their hilarious adventures in space. Starting in 1988, “Red Dwarf” is a cult favorite science fiction comedy that follows a group of degenerates far in the future of deep space. The series ran for eight series and ended its original run in 1999. After a ten year break, the crew came back with three episodes in “Red Dwarf: Back to Earth”. After these three episodes fans were left clamoring for more. To the joy of fans around the world, “Red Dwarf X” brings back the witty and sometimes extremely silly banter that has engaged viewers for almost 25 years.

In the first episode of the new series, “Trojan” delves back into Rimmer’s eternal hatred for his brothers. After finding a deserted ship he receives a distress call from his brother. Rimmer decides he is going to pass his exams to become an important member of the crew before saving his brother. Hilarity ensues when Rimmer has to decide whether to be honest or pretend to be the officer he always dreamed of.

The second episode “Fathers and Suns” deals with the fact that Lister is his own father. How can he discipline his son who has not amounted to anything? How can he respect a father that has not been around? In addition to Lister’s inner turmoil, a new computer is uploaded and starts predicatively taking over the ship. Will they ever find out if ‘Chinese whispers’ is racist?

There are an additional four episodes yet to air in this long awaited season, beginning on October 18 with “Lemons”. How can the crew get back from 23 AD when all they need is a 9-volt battery? Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn pick up right where they left off. Fans of the television show will not be disappointed because watching “Red Dwarf X” feels like coming home. In the immortal words of Ace Rimmer, “Smoke me a kipper; I’ll be back for breakfast!”


Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at doctorwhoheather@gmail.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-doctorwhoheather

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