The entire fifth season of the popular BBC sci-fi comedy set on board the mining spaceship Red Dwarf. In 'Holoship', Rimmer (Chris Barrie) falls in love with Commander Nirvanah Crane (Jane Horrocks), captain of a computer-generated spaceship. In 'The Inquisitor', Lister (Craig Charles)'s body is taken over by a self-repairing stimulant, known as The Inquisitor, who flies back and forth through time judging the quality of people's lives - and obliterating them if they do not meet his exacting requirements. In 'Terrorform', the crew cross the Swamp of Despair to look for Rimmer who has been captured on a 'psy-moon': a moon that shapes itself to a person's psyche. In 'Quarantine', the crew contract a Luck Virus and a Sexual Magnetism Virus from a hologram in an abandoned research centre. 'Demons and Angels' sees Lister and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) playing with their new invention, a triplicator - but unfortunately the machine is having more than a few teething problems. Finally, in 'Back to Reality', the gang 'wake up' to find they have been playing a computer game called Red Dwarf for the last four years, and they are actually a bunch of sad geeks... apart from Lister, who is really a rich and successful yuppie called Sebastian.
It's brown alert time all over again for Red Dwarf
fans with the fifth season of the much-loved sci-fi/comedy series. Episode-wise, it's business as usual for the crew of the Red Dwarf
--that is, if one considers encountering an alien squid that squirts a despair-inducing hallucinogen ("Back to Reality", later voted the best episode of the series by viewers and Stephen Hawking!), evil (and not particularly bright) versions of the crew ("Demons and Angels"), a virus that causes insanity ("Quarantine"), and a trip to a moon created entirely from the mind of the insufferable hologram Rimmer ("Terrorform") business as usual.
In short, it's six hilarious episodes, highlighted by the typically terrific writing of creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (who also direct two episodes). As with the previous deluxe DVD releases, Series V features a wealth of supplemental features, the most intriguing of which is a look at the failed attempt to recreate the show in America (with U.K. cast member Robert Llewellyn and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Terry Farrell as Cat). Also included are cast and fan commentaries, featurettes on the show's "science" and villains, special effects tests, blooper reels, and a sampling of Grant and Naylor's BBC 4 radio sketch "Dave Hollins, Space Cadet", which served as the inspiration for Red Dwarf. Dedicated DVD owners will also be rewarded by Easter eggs lurking throughout the menus. --Paul Gaita