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This review is from: Red Dwarf - Back To Earth - Director's Cut [DVD]  (DVD)
The day has finally arrived. The long awaited final episode of Red Dwarf has landed and every one of us who watched it did so with a rather unique trepidation. What of the verdict? Many were disappointed, it didn't live up to expectations, it was not pure comical genius through-and-through, they visited Coronation Street for Chrissakes, etc...
I wish to thank all the naysayers for lowering my expectations of this tremendous episode and therefore making it such a blast when it turned out to be awesome.
Where to start? The first part, indeed, is a rather poor introduction that slowly but surely puts us back in the Red Dwarf mood, that shows how the Dwarfers got into this "visiting the real world" mess. There are no particularly memorable moments in this episode, it will make you smile a couple of times, which in itself is still worth the whie, but that's about it.
But from the second episode on, it's lighthearted-yet-oh-so-subtly-deformed cliche after another. The Dwarfers' trip to the "real world" is perfectly paced, the twists keep coming up, and the ridiculous exaggerations & kitch shots never let down. It never fails to delight.
What of the story? What of the final twist? From my perspective, it was dumb, it was bold, it was fitting, it was ambitious, and it was delightful. Indeed, as the end credits rolled, I found myself clapping. What more can you say?
Just buy it and enjoy the ride. The good-old typical Dwarf humour may be gone, but there are more than enough references to the old series, and enough new-yet-oh-so-dwarfish turns to make it more than worth your while.
A word of warning : if you have not seen or do not like Blade Runner, forget Back to Earth altogether.