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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great episodes (and some bad ones)., 9 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Red Dwarf X [DVD] (DVD)
We've been waiting for a new series of Red Dwarf since 1999. In 2009 it returned for a three part story which many fans felt didn't cut the mustard. BUT, the 'pilot' relaunched our favourite outer space sit-com.

The 10th series arrived on Dave in October 2012 and arrive like a truck filled with dynamite!

The series begins with 'Trojan' in which the crew of Red Dwarf stumble across the delict, state-of-the-art spaceship, The Trojan. Whilst on board the crew receive a distress call from someone from Rimmer's past. The episode is loaded with laughs and fells like Red Dwarf in its 1989-1993 peak. It feels fresh.

Episode 2: Fathers And Suns is another very strong, very funny episode in which Lister celebrates the birthday of his son, who is Lister. If you haven't seen series 7 then you won't get the joke. There's some brilliant scenes and memorable moment.

Episode 3: Lemons. I'm not going to tell you the plot because the channel did and spoiled it. It's not a good episode, too forces but I enjoyed it more upon a repeat viewing. It is mainly let down by some very bad acting by the guest stars.

Episode 4: Entangled. An improvement over Lemons, but I'd say it's about the quality of series II.

Episode 5: Dear Dave. In my opinion this episode is awful. It doesn't work on any level.

Episode 6: The Beginning. The Simulants return with a bang (and with comedy too). I was very happy this was the last episode because if no more Red Dwarf are made at least it goes out on a high note. I have noticed that writer Doug Naylor does his best work when given more toys to play with. Toys being able to do more than bottle shows with just the 4 cast and no locations or new sets. This episode, like Trojan and Fathers And Suns really stick out and could be part of the classic dwarf.

It has to be said that the cast: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn settle back into their character as if they'd never been away. Of the four main cast members, Danny John-Jules finally has the lime-light. Since series 3 Cat has been an after though reduced to witty one liners, but John-Jules is given a lot more to do, and that's great because it just shows what this guy can do. Lister, Rimmer and Kryten have always had a lot of time to develope but the Cat (and Holly) never had much screen time. It's good to see this actor get his spotlight. A Cat episode in series 11?

Ultimately, every Dwarfer would love Ed Bye to return to the directing seat, and Rob Grant to co-write (or script edit)the next series.

One last detail. DOUG NAYLOR - will you please use 25 frames per second instead of making Red Dwarf filmic. I like to feel in which the crew. Abandon the series 7isms. Go back to Series 1-6, 8 25+ frames look.

Had the series ended on a dull note I would not be tempted to buy the forthcoming DVD set, but I may have to buy a copy of this new one.
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