Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Highlight: Red Dwarf II

Thanks for the Memory. Rimmer tries a
Triple Fried Egg Chili Chutney Sandwich.
So I may have left Rimmer's episode out of my Highlight from Series I. No matter. Series II is a bit different; while still stuck with the first series' aesthetic, the second 1988 series tries to be bigger and better than its predecessor, introducing Blue Midget to get about and actually meeting other people and things. Unfortunately this leads to a lot of great ideas that are never well-delivered upon, the most notable examples definitely being Better Than Life and the troublesome Parallel Universe. My highlight is of course Thanks For The Memory, the best episode of the series on account of Chris Barrie's astounding performance and the way that timey-wimey is used to deliver genuinely touching character development. Goes down well every time, and yet is frighteningly underappreciated by some of the fandom.

Written 9/6/12

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