Red Dwarf X
is a genuine triumph. Following the critically maligned previous run of the show, Red Dwarf: Back To Earth
, this is the programme back where it belongs: with six episodes, filmed in front of a studio audience. Written and directed by the show’s co-creator, Doug Naylor, Red Dwarf X
reunites Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn and Danny John-Jules. They step back aboard the Red Dwarf ship of the title, and while Red Dwarf X
has its bumpier episodes, there are a couple of cracking installments in the series, and a real sense that the show is back on form.
Take the opening episode, Trojan. This not only re-establishes the characters, it also injects plenty of laughs, and has a solid story underpinning it, too. Furthermore, the final episode, The Beginning, may be a little divisive, but there’s still a reason why many Red Dwarf fans list it as one of their favourites.
The disc release brings together all the episodes, as you’d expect, of Red Dwarf X, but there’s a lot more you get for your money besides. The centrepiece is an excellent, comprehensive documentary that’s both feature-length, and goes into great detail on the making of the show. There are umpteen outtakes to enjoy, too, and deleted scenes, with an optional commentary track from Doug Naylor. The documentary, however, is the highlight, and one of the finest extra features for a TV disc release in some time. It’s a fitting tribute to a series that’s proven there’s a lot of life in Red Dwarf yet… --Jon Foster
Space battles, quantum entanglement, and love triangles with snack dispensers, are just some of the problems facing the boys as they return on the small rouge one.
Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life. Lister grapples with the problem of being his own father, gets romantically involved with snack dispensers 23 and 34, while Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled forcing them to do everything in unison. The posse also find themselves marooned in 23 AD where they rescue a famous historical figure with a beard.
Packed with over 150 minutes of extras including an exclusive making-of documentary, deleted scenes and a brand-spanking-new collection of ‘Smeg Ups’.
DVD comes with special collector’s reversible sleeve.