The new series of Red Dwarf is an utterly fantastic return to form!!
For me it is almost, ALMOST, as good as anything they have ever done and I would say that the laughs themselves are amongst the biggest the series has produced.
This time the series has done the right thing and gone back to its roots; Red Dwarf was never really about the locations or the special effects, it was about the marvellous interplay between the motley crew and I am simply over the moon that the writers have concentrated on that once more.
This series has always had that rare thing, true chemistry between its leads and I am pleased to report that it is better than ever.
The makers clearly know how to press all the right buttons and nolstagia plays no small part in the success of this latest outing; the music, the shots of the ship travelling through space, the sets, the costumes and even the credits would not look out of place in the 'prime' episodes some twenty years a go (my God that makes me feel OLD!!!).
The stories are very good, the script is excellent with one joke after another and many of them are genuine belly laughs; a good example that made me laugh out loud came in the episode 'Entangled' (episode four) when during the introduction Lister starts a 'fire' and then tries to put it out, it was simply brilliant and 'classic dwarf' as they say.
Although the cast have aged they have aged pretty well, with The Cat in particular appearing almost like he hasn't aged a day in some scenes (I'm not including Kryten because he cheats!).
The full episode listing is:
2. Fathers and Suns
5. Dear Dave
6. The Beginning
This is the first full series of Red Dwarf since 1999(!), with only 2009's 'Back to Earth' Red Dwarf - Back To Earth - Director's Cut [DVD] [2009
] to keep us going in the meantime.
As much as I love Red Dwarf and have done so since I was in my early teen's I was highly doubtful of this new series when it was first announced by the channel 'Dave', sure 'Back to Earth' had its moments but the 'magic' had pretty much gone and in all truth it hadn't been the same since series six in 1993 for me, but much to my surprise and delight this new series is everything I could have wished for and more, much much more!
This, the tenth series of Red Dwarf, will sit proudly on my shelf alongside the others, and I am pretty confident that on this performance there will almost certainly be more to come.
The set contains two discs and the sleeve on the DVD case is reversible;, the alternative cover uses the same design as the existing releases and thus fits perfectly in the collection; I think this is a fantastic touch and other companies should sit up and take notice!
Disc one contains all six episodes and they look and sound fantastic; the episodes come with an English soundtrack only, likewise with the subtitles.
There is no audio commentary track with the episodes on this release, unlike previous seasons, I'm assuming this has something to do with the short time since its production and release.
I think this is made up for with the superb 'making of' documentary on disc two; it is entitled 'We're Smegged' and with a running time of just under two hours it provides a huge amount of information as well as a fair few laughs.
Elsewhere on disc two there are deleted scenes from each episode; these come with audio commentary and there are a total of thirty minutes of them.
Finally there are the 'Smeg Ups'! There are tweleve minutes included and as always they are very funny.
A great series, a suprising return to form and a worthy entrant in the Red Dwarf cannon.
Now where the SMEG is my remote?! I want to watch it again!!!