Red Dwarf X, Dave, review
Michael Hogan reviews Red Dwarf X, the first episode of the first new series of the sci-fi sitcom in 13 years, starring the original cast.
By Michael Hogan
9:45PM BST 04 Oct 2012
Sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf returned for a first full series – Red Dwarf X – in 13 years, even if it has made the alarming shift from the BBC to digital channel Dave in the interim. The show has an obsessive fan base, which stereotype would suggest is mainly men in their thirties and forties with a penchant for sci-fi and gaming – see how I’m subtly avoiding using provocative words like “nerd”, “geek” or “unsuccessful with women” here? 8)
Wisely, this 10th series had reverted to sitcom format after Dave’s misjudged Back to Earth specials three years ago, and had been filmed in front of a studio audience. The old gang were back on-board their ramshackle space mining ship: slobby last-human-alive Lister (Craig Charles), neurotic hologram Rimmer (Chris Barrie), humanoid feline Cat (Danny John-Jules) and prissy robot Kryten (Robert Llewellyn).
The plot, such as it was, involved Lister waiting on hold on the telephone for the entire episode as he tried to buy a “Stirmaster” coffee-stirring gadget from a shopping channel, while he and the other three explored a mysteriously abandoned ship.
Still, the script did deliver laughs and smart ideas. Rimmer crashed, goggle-eyed, due to “self-created malware” powered by his own stored-up resentments. Things were described as “slower than the speed of dark” and “smaller than the salad section of a Scottish supermarket”. No classic but largely a return to form then. Those non-nerdy, not-remotely-geeky, lady-killing fans must be mighty relieved.
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