Britgeek Says RED DWARF X 'is a most welcome return to form'!!
On October 4, Dave will broadcast the first entry in a new six-episode series of popular sci-fi sitcom RED DWARF, and after the dreary disappointment that was 2009's three-part special – the fourth-wall breaking Back to Earth – I am overjoyed to report that Trojan, the first chapter in RED DWARF X, is a most welcome return to form.
Back to Earth should perhaps have been titled Red Dwarf Lite. It fell into the exact same trap as so many television shows that return after long absences, which resulted in a real nightmare for fans. It took an overly sentimental direction that did no favours for the convoluted BLADE RUNNER-inspired plot and striking lack of gags, descending into a lampoon of itself that ceased to feel like the aptly farcical breed of the show that audiences had come to love since the late 1980s. Evidently – and most thankfully – the tenth series does away with the forgettable mythology of the special and instead continues to entertain in the same spirit as the most memorable episodes.
With the return of a live studio audience, the palpable energy is back and gives the lovably bizarre characters the sense of so much more purpose than in the aforementioned special. Rather than looking like four ageing men (or at least a man, robot, hologram and cat-human hybrid) who do not want to be part of the revival, the chemistry between Lister, Cat, Rimmer and Kryten is as comfortably poignant as it has ever been.
Without giving too much away, Trojan is centred around the crew of the Dwarf receiving a distress signal from someone in Rimmer's past who has been referenced in previous episodes. It is this link to the history of the programme that makes it all the more enjoyable and gives the sense that there hasn't been a 13-year gap since the last proper series. It may be cliché, but so far the series feels less like RED DWARF resurrected and more like RED DWARF never left our screens.
Those involved have done a sterling job with the production values, ensuring that the visuals of the show are the best they have ever looked. The sets no longer look like an assembly of painted cardboard boxes and the CGI is some of the finest you'll see on British television, putting the majority of ITV's programming to utter shame.
With the fun, finesse and fervour reinstated, and one particular scene involving The Cat and his, er, navigation that is likely to go down as one of the all-time funniest RED DWARF moments, Trojan has rejuvenated a classic and provided ample anticipation and excitement for the rest of the season.
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Sept. 19, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
My son HATED the last one, so it's nice to see the boys back. Lord, Kryten is always a hoot.
Sept. 19, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST
Glad they're using practical model effects again too.
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST
Awesome to the max!
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST
Can't wait and agreed the special was pretty dire. Still prefer the look of the series 1-6 with the wobbly sets! they seemed more fun but can't wait to see these new ones - stoke me a kipper!
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST
What American channels will carry this? BBC America? Anyone? Extremely interested in seeing this.
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
Am I the only one who enjoys season 8. I remember coming home 1 night and Kryten TV episode was on and I never saw Red Dwarf before and when I watch this I was hooked. Maybe the combination of being late night an alcoholic made me enjoy it more than I should have but I knew this show was freakin awesome.
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST
Glad they are going back to the classic setting and live audience. The jokes just play better when they mug and play to the audience, pausing with anticipation of the next line as the audience laughs.
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST
...without Holly (Norman Lovett).
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST
glad to hear that this is getting good reviews.
Sept. 19, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST
Season 8 had its moments (even season 7 had a few decent moments... ie the rimmer ride, preventing the jfk incident because they went back in time for a curry). I don't think there's been a consistent season since season 6 though (which also shows you can have a decent season without holly or hilly).
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST
I always give this show another chance. Fuck it. I will watch this with low expectations, but, it had better smoke me a fucking kipper or, i, am, done with Dwarf.
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST
Series 7 & 8 were a complete waste of time. Back to Earth was nearly unwatchable. Longing for the days of series 2 - 6, but doubt the positivity in this review judging from the series' trailer.
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Sept. 19, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST
everything that came after was an abomination. Was very strange watching it and not laughing once, especially after having had six seasons with barely a miss in them (ok, seasons 1 and 2 could be a bit ropey)
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
...I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Do Dave have anything like an iPlayer? I don't really watch telly.
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
Save me a Kipper... as long as we get to see Ace Rimmer killing nazis while riding a crocodile through the air, I'll be happy ;) I'll watch no matter what the reviews
FUN FUN FUN IN THE SUN SUN SUN!
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST
Shit that was 20 years ago...shit I'm getting old. Anyhoo seasons 6 -9 were complete fucking garbage. RD only works with the four principle characters on the ship. Holly I can take or leave, and Konchalskis (sp?) completely fucked up the chemistry. Glad to hear X is going back to its roots.
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST
I mean I'd like them to try something new- but if it's still good, I'll watch it :)
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST
I first saw "Timeslides" on Maryland Public Television in 1992... twenty years ago. Smegging hell!
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
The BBC did an amazing job on the DVDs, and showed real love to RD. I like it, but I disagree that it sucked since 5 or 6. 7 had its moments, 8 was stretching it, and the specials were just sentimental and hollow. Then again, series 2 and 3 had its bad episodes.
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST
Also, thought the end of Back To Earth made clear that the whole thing was a hallucination so there wouldn't really be any mythology to carry forward.
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST
by Rakesh Patel
that was a long long time ago! I hope its a return to form, the last couple of seasons where dire. Always had a thing for Claire Grogan. There was only one real Kochanski !
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST
by kenneth campbell
the first 4 seasons were great and the 5th was OK. but ever since then it has been mostly crap. hopefully this will pick up its dreadful form but im not holding my breath. oh and BRITGEEK Cat isnt a cat-human hybrid he is just a cat that has evolved in the millions of years that Lyster was in stasis
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST
by Paul Denton
Just sayin'. Everything else in the RD pantheon is strictly middlingly diverting to outright awful.
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST
I actually quite liked "Red Dwarf 8". Yeah, it was no masterpiece - but you've got to give them credit for trying something different with the concept...
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST
Yvonne McGruder :D
Sept. 19, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST
Sept. 19, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
If you mean I-VI, then all to the good. If VII or VIII, then not so much. I wish that Rob Grant had stayed for one more series to resolve the cliffhanger from VI properly, give the show a fitting ending and conclude the Grant Naylor trilogy of books. Then Doug Naylor could have rebooted Dwarf as a movie franchise or taken it to America by himself. As it was, Red Dwarf USA and the failed attempts to make a movie were distractions from the core British show. I'd love to see Red Dwarf get a proper ending, but I fear it will eventually just fizzle out. As long as the final episode isn't a cliffhanger. I've had enough of those.
Sept. 19, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST
I actually enjoy the cheesy sets and horrible special effects, because IN SPITE of these things the shows are enjoyable - and as I catch up on Rd Dwarf on Netflix I feel if they got all 'shiny' just because they could they'll lose some of what made Red Dwarf classic Sci-Fi comedy - Sci-Fi comedy should have cardboard sets -
Sept. 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
I wasn't expecting this ever.
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST
by Squinty CGI Flynn
Excited! Really need to check this out...
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST
by Rob Taylor
Sounds like we got our programme back. If they can get near Meltdown then I'll be happy. Would love to see a modern take on it... Lister: "God the Evil Wax Droids are back... and they've got Justin Bieber, I remember him from that time I saw Rimmer's private magazine stash!"
Sept. 19, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST
...that's already a step in the right direction.
Sept. 19, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST
And Back in the Red or whatever started off slow, the final payoff twist was clever.
Sept. 19, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST
Can't wait! Been a long 13 years since the last proper Red Dwarf series. Too long in my humble opinion. It'll be nice to see a return to form after Back To Earth.
Sept. 19, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST
I heard it was all model shots. Or are you referring to some other kind of effects?
Sept. 19, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST
Hey you prequle babbies, try I-VI you'll love it.
Sept. 19, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST
Since they never stuck with one Kochanski, I hope we get an all new Kochanski, if they need one, although looking more like the original would be good. I'd settle for an extra long episode where they make it to Fiji.
Sept. 20, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST
Brilliant news. Only on Dave, though? Pffft.
Sept. 20, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST
by Martin Hogg
...But i'm still getting excited about this. Damn, i only have 3 weeks to fix Windows Media Center!!!!!
Sept. 20, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST
Alphabetti Spaghetti Your guitar was made of camphor wood. Pint of erskib, please. Fifteenth wednesday after Pentecost. etc. etc. etc. Red Dwarf peaked with the first half of series 3. That was 23 years ago. Didn't bother with series 8 or 9, after the disappointment of 7, so I'm not holding out much hope for this one, either.
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST
Surely that's the only way a supposed Dwarfer could trumpet the great visuals and CGI as a plus. True Dwarfers despise seasons 7 & 8 for precisely their soulless CG upgrades over anything funny. The basic sets were always part of the charm in the first 6 seasons of RD. The golden era seasons 2-4 hold up because the visuals don't seem dated because they were hokey then and hokey now. You don't care because the jokes and characters were great. 7 & 8 didn't get that and i'm dubious about that being their concentration now.
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST
by Martin Hogg
with being a little, TINY bit optimistic. Just a smidge.
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST
by Martin Hogg
Britgeek, if you're wrong, half the country is very probably going to hunt you down and subject you to one of Rimmers slide shows
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST
by Adam Stephen Kelly
Sept. 21, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST
Love it when the boys from Big Bang Theory give call-outs to Dr Who and ... Red Dwarf. Makes ya proud to be British.
Sept. 22, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST
by Ed Davies
1/ This series sees a return of model shots... in HD. Those beautiful spaceship shots are NOT CGI (hence why they look beautiful in the first place). Far too many people reporting on this series are saying that the CGI looks amazing. It's not CGI, they're models! 2/ The person from Rimmer's past in the first episode is... SPOILERS! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Rimmer's high ranking officer Brother, Howard (in hologramatic form).
Oct. 4, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST
Not a classic...but very solid...definitely had it's moments. I'm one happy dwarfer tonight !
Oct. 4, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST
I thought 'Leave me to Bleed' by Erasure would have made a great Bond Song This one sounds too generic to me...Loved Chris Cornells effort a few years back.
Oct. 4, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST
The navigation gag was a nice little in-joke, but it wasn't absolutely hilarious. Red Dwarf at its best was one of the funniest shows on TV. This new one nailed the tone, but didn't make me laugh out loud. I think people might just be happy to have it back.
Oct. 6, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST
by Mr. Hippo
This is the original Mr. Hippo, reviewer of Red Dwarf VIII from way back when in 1999 on Ain't It Cool News. You can still read the reviews by myself and Mrs. Hippo on this site though I forgot my original login user name and password - or even the email address I was using then - a LONG, LONG time ago. However, I still have nightmares about the AOL internet logon sound from the 90s. Sadly, I am now sans Mrs. Hippo (never really forgave her for that whole Babylon 5 hating thing) but the Hippoman has been back in the States now for over a decade. I just wanted to butt in and confirm Britgeek's prognosis for the first episode of Red Dwarf 10. The Boys from the Dwarf are back and hilarious! After the painful, badly smegging "Back to Earth" online series, the Red Dwarf crew have managed to right the ship and produce some great laughs. I really needed a laugh and the Boys from the Dwarf delivered in the episode I watched tonight. So, don't sweat it, sit back and enjoy! And remember, it's a moose!
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