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This review is from: Red Dwarf: Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Red Dwarf is one of the finest sitcoms ever to hit the British screen, and even though this series loses its way from time to time it is still a gem. The lines are brilliant, we meet Dwayne Dibley (rivals Ace Rimmer for funniest bit part character ever) and many episodes simply shine. Unfortunately, some of the flaws that BEGAN to surface in IV and would eventually cripple the show in later series are all too clear.
Quarantine is one of the episodes that can lose its way, with the focus sometimes shifting towards special effects although it still has its momenets with the King of the Potato People. The Enquisitor is much the same, with perhaps too much sci fi but laughs a plenty with Rimmer's adventures with Fiona Barrington. The low point is definately Terraform, but even that is still very funny, as Kryten's SOS terrifies the Cat and Lister. The series picks up in the later half though, Demons and Angels is brilliant, with Lister forced to do things he would never do, eat things he would never eat and spill things onto things that no one should ever spill things onto! Holoship is another that suffers from too much glitz rather than plot, but yet again it's a good laugh as Rimmer finds love (and she does NOT want to throw up all over him). But then comes the real reason to buy this DVD - Back to Reality. Quite simply one of the funniest episodes ever for any sitcom, the episode is legendary. From Norman Bates' mum, to the Cybernautics division, to Dwayne Dibley and from William Doyle aka Good 'Ol Bill Doyle to Billy Doyle, a name from the wrong side of the tracks, this episode is perhaps the best Red Dwarf episode ever.
Overall, the series is too hampered by special effects and glitz, taking away from the brilliance of the plot and characters. While the Enquistior, Demons and Angels and especially Back to Reality rank up with the best, the other three all have their moments but fall short of the mark. Sometimes disjointed, never less than hilarious, always worth watching!
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2013 11:59:59 GMT
I'm a late Red Dwarf fan and am working my way through from the beginning having just finished series 5.
I'm glad someone else appreciated 'Back to Reality' it was brilliant the look of horror on Cat's face when he's Dwayne Dibley was priceless. I laughed out loud, the best so far!
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