A lot of the reviews for the earlier series may be short, badly written or may be more focussed on recapping than actually talking about the episode. At the beginning, I am open hearted and interested, and as I go on I become more sarcastic, bitter and, finally, angry. The post-Series VIII stuff varies, of course.
Last Updated: 22/5/13
Series I - February 1988
Ah, the quiet. Highly conceptualised, character-driven, ocean grey or marine grey. It isn't as fun as later seasons, but it's certainly very interesting and I've a real soft spot for it.
- The End and Future Echoes
- Balance of Power and Waiting for God
- Confidence and Paranoia and Me^2
Blue Midget turns up. More concepts; first sign of Kryten. Lots of big ideas, only one of which is well executed (and is subsequently forgotten because of it). The end of an era, and the beginning of another.
- Kryten and Better Than Life
- Thanks for the Memory and Stasis Leak
- Queeg and Parallel Universe
Revamp! Kryten shows up for good, Holly has a sex change. Starbug, big ideas that actually work, six classic episodes in. a. row. If you wanna introduce someone to Dwarf, pick Series III.
Arnold Rimmer's season, which brought us Ace Rimmer, Justice, an adaptation from the Books and plenty of other goodies.
It doesn't get better than this, really. Has in it my favourite episode of Red Dwarf, as well as that other one that everyone else likes. Takes "high concept" to a brand new level.
- Holoship and The Inquisitor
- Terrorform and Quarantine
- Angels and Demons and Back To Reality
Last continuous season. More confined; we've lost the titular ship. Holly's not even here any more. Some very good episode and probably my favourite series of the first eight. Feels more like sci-fi than ever before, and the cliffhanger promises so much.
- Psirens and Legion
- Gunmen of the Apocalypse and Emohawk
- Rimmerworld and Out of Time
Sudden break, bigger budget and... Rimmer leaves? As does Rob Grant, leaving Doug Naylor with a bit of a flounder. Kochanski turns up, without the Scots. Kryten becomes whiney. Relationship, ironing a bra on your head. Lots of intimate moments that equal nothing. The beginning of the end.
- Tikka To Ride, Stoke Me A Clipper and Ouroboros
- Duct Soup, Blue and Beyond a Joke
- Epideme and Nanarchy
Return to the Dwarf, and suddenly it becomes Porridge with more knob gags. And shit gags. And reasons why I refuse to ever watch one stinking second of this absolutely pathetic excuse for television ever, ever, ever again. How glad I was that this was the last. I begin really ranting.
- Back In The Red (Parts One, Two and Three)
- Cassandra and Krytie TV
- Pete (Parts One and Two)
- Only the Good...
Back To Earth - 2009
Everyone's aged a bit. Trying to copy Blade Runner. Lots and lots of CGI. Not as bad as before, by a long shot. Promise for the future?
All shiny and new. Knows its age. Most of the time. A bit racist. Seems to hate Rimmer. The End?
Better than the series, at any rate.
Other bits and bobs.