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Very funny but ultimately disappointing.
on 10 November 2000
In many ways, Colony is a poor man's Red Dwarf. Certainly, it is very, very funny in places and I found it difficult to put down. However, there's always the feeling that you've been there before. There are very few new ideas in Colony. Yes, much of it is well written - the characterisation is excellent and it flows like every novel shuld but few do. It's just impossible to fail to compare every little detail with that of Red Dwarf. Take, for example, the plot: A likeable, unlucky nobody wakes up to find he is one of the few remaining humans alive, the rest of the crew are all lunatics and the ship is heading for disaster. Describes Red Dwarf to a tee doesn't it? Couple this with a weak, almost sentimental ending, and Colony is ultimately disappointing. So, although I laughed a lot, I can only award Colony 3-stars. Maybe I'll read Backwards again.