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I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. I was hoping for a few laughs, and getting the blu ray for completeness sake as I have loved Red Dwarf, despite its flaws, for a long time. But I laughed out loud at Dave's fatherly messages to himself, at Rimmer's meeting with his brother Howard, and Cat and Kryten's quantum entanglement. And the hours the crew spends on the phone to the All Droid shopping channel trying to get hold of a Stirmaster are priceless.
The look of the show is shockingly different, (Red Dwarf's bridge now looks like Starbug's cockpit with a spiral staircase leading up out of it), and it's in widescreen, but the characters are back they way they should be, and the banter is hilarious.
Rimmer: Can you hear that?
Rimmer: That! Can't you hear it? It's been driving me crazy! All over the ship, wherever I go, there's this really annoying, whiny sound!
Lister: Yeah, it's you. Stop talking it'll go.
Rimmer: It's still there.
Lister: You're still talking!
What really sells this show is that it has gotten back to its roots, as a sitcom about the last human alive, plagued by ennui, and stuck on with a space ship full of mad computers, bizarre aliens, and a hologram of the worst bunkmate/co-worker ever. The studio audience has moved the feel of the series back to that of classic british comedy shows, like Ab Fab and Blackadder, though the filmed inserts are amazing and Starbug, Blue Midget and the small rouge one have never looked so weighty and realistic.
Of course this return to its roots has cost it the series it's continuity. Kochanski is gone, travelling through space, while Dave does nothing to get her back. Holly has vanished, both from the ship and his watch, and while we are at it, who actually is Rimmer? The first hologram of Rimmer became Ace Rimmer and left this dimension to perform daring do across the multiverse. The Rimmer who was resurrected by the nanobots was last seen on Red Dwarf as it was being eaten by a Chameleonic Mycrobe... I mean Microbe. Even though he kicked Death in the crotch and ran off, did he actually die and become the hologram Rimmer? Or is he still floating around somewhere, maybe playing chess with Bengt Ekerot. But none of that matters for the moment because the boys from the Dwarf are back, and they're just as funny as ever.