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The BBC takes viewers three million years into the future with this science-fiction spoof chronicling intergalactic adventures of the only human to survive a radiation leak on the ship Red Dwarf. Dave Lister battles loneliness with a holographic incarnation … see full wiki
The last human being in this universe, Dave Lister travels through the farthest reaches of space, salvaging supplies and sharing adventures with the rest of motley crew. Red Dwarf is a city sized ship occupied by Dave, the surviving member of the race that evolved from his Cat, Kryten a nervous droid obsessed with housework, and Holly, the ship's computer. Holly used to have an I.Q. of 6,000... but he's gone a bit peculiar after 3 million years in space, and after giving himself a headswap operation to look like his female self from another universe... the crew are pretty certain that he's lost it!
Season Five (1992) is one of the best collections of this BBC cult classic.The writers and the cast really hit their stride this year. They branched out a little, tried new things, and further embellished their characters.
Holoship is the opening episode for the fifth season. The boys from the Dwarf cross paths with a Holoship crewed by all the most brilliant holograms left in space! Believing he's finally found perfection and a place where he can truly belong, Rimmer petition's to join the crew of the Enlightenment. He's found new inspiration by falling madly in love with Nirvana Crane, one of the officers, who inexplicably finds him endearing!
Rimmer learns that he must enter into a showdown with whichever crew member the computer gives him the best odds against and win his place on board the Enlightenment. If Rimmer wins this intellectual gun fight, his opponent's personality disc will be wiped clean to make space for him on the ship. What will he do when he realizes that Nirvana is his adversary?
Favorite Quote: "A superlative suggestion, sir. With just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields. And two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realize that technically speaking that's only one flaw but I thought that it was such a big one that it was worth mentioning twice." ~ Kryten
A cybernetic entity known as The Inquisitor travels through time acting as judge, jury and executioner to the biggest losers in existence. Now he's set his sites on the boys from the Dwarf! Plenty of physical comedy, and hilarious moments in this episode! The Cat's outrageous defense of his life, "I have given pleasure to the world because I have such a beautiful @ss."
Lister's description of Rimmer, " You're really mean with money. You're a tremendous physical coward. You once spent an afternoon on the Samaritans switchboard and four people committed suicide. Your middle name is Judas but you tell everyone that it's Jonathan. You sign all your official letters "Arnold Rimmer BSc" and the BSc stands for "Bronze Swimming Certificate". You're a cheating, weasley, low-life scum-bucket with all the charm and social grace of a pubic louse." And a hilarious scene in which Kryten attempts to soothe Rimmer who is freaking out because the Inquisitor is coming to delete them are wonderful highlights found here. The wit flies as the boys lead the Inquisitor a merry chase.
Kryten: "Sir! Sir, you don't have to be a great philanthropist, or a missionary worker, you simply have to seize the gift of life!
Rimmer: "Oh, God."
Kryten: "Make a contribution."
Rimmer: "Oh God."
Kryten: "No matter how small."
Rimmer: "Oh, God."
Kryten: "You simply have to have lead a life that wasn't totally egocentric, vain and self-serving."
Rimmer: "You're doing this on purpose, aren't you?"
Kryten: "I'm just trying to make you feel better, sir."
Rimmer: "Well, shut up then!"
Terrorform is one of those episodes that has tickled me throughout repeated viewings over the years. Kryten and Rimmer had forced Kryten to assist him while he laid claim to stray moons in the name of the Space Corps. Not realizing that they landed on a pleasure planet that shapes itself from your subconscious, all Hades breaks loose when the psi-moon draws it's blueprints from the depths of Rimmer's mind!
"Why are you all looking at me like that? Like this is MY fault? Do you have any idea what kind of day I've had? I've been kidnapped, stripped, oiled, manacled, licked, nibbled, chained, taunted, humiliated and I very nearly had a round, knobbly thing the size and shape of a Mexican agave cactus jammed up where only Customs men dare to probe. " ~ Rimmer
As much as I truly enjoy that last episode though, Quarantine might very well be my favorite episode of any season! The boys encounter Dr. Hildegaard Langstrom. Once a brilliant genetic physicist, she fell prey to one of her own inventions gone horribly wrong, a holovirus that increases a hologram's psionic abilities while driving them into a state of homicidal madness! I have laughed so hard at this episode that my sides have ached.
Rimmer was the first one back to Red Dwarf, of course, and I didn't think much beyond what a pain Rimmer was being when the other three return to the ship and he insists on them going through an official quarantine. Cheerfully exploiting the Space Corps Directives for their maximum discomfort and his enjoyment just seemed like Rimmer finally getting the upper hand. But when he appears before them in braids, a red gingham dress and combat boots I feared the worst!
Mr. Flibble, a somewhat tattered looking penguin hand-puppet, becomes evil Arnie's sidekick as they pursue Dave, Kryten and Cat through the ship determined to inflict some lethal mayhem. I love watching Dave make the most of the positive viruses Langstrom had hanging around the ruins of her lab; one for Luck and another for Sexual Magnetism!
Here we will learn of the King of the Potato people, and see Kryten, Cat and Dave driven to infighting, insults, and minor pummeling by the enforced closed quarters, an all Brussels sprout diet, and entertainment treats like a knitting magazine with a pullout special on hats! Another favorite scene is when Rimmer uses his new psi-abilities to take control of Kryten's body and attack Dave and Cat! If Kryten, Dave and Cat can't find a cure for Rimmer soon he'll literally self-destruct! Madness and mayhem on-board the Dwarf were never quite like this.
Favorite Quote: "They've been very bad, Mr. Flibble. What we going to do with them? [Mr.Flibble whispers something in Rimmers ear and he looks at the crew, shocked] We couldn't possibly do that. Who'd clean up the mess?"
"Rude alert! Rude alert! An electrical fire has knocked out my voice recognition unicycle! Many Wurlitzers are missing from my database. Abandon shop! This is not a daffodil. Repeat, this is not a daffodil." Thankfully Holly appears totally unaffected by the latest trouble on board the Dwarf!
Demons and Angels doubled and then twisted the hilarity found aboard the Crimson Short one. Trying to get creative in managing dwindling supplies, Lister tries to use a triplicator to increase food supplies. When things take a sudden turn, as they usually do, the crew finds that two copies of Red Dwarf have appeared in space. Just like the food, one is a divine copy and the other thoroughly corrupt and both are complete replicas of the Dwarf right down to divine and demonic crew members! Can they correct their error and rejoin these distilled selves back into the ship they call home? Or will their dastardly alter egos win out?
"I'm going to thrash you to within an inch of your life. And then... I'm going to have you." ~ Evil Rimmer
Back to Reality closes season five with some real twists. The crew investigate the Esperanto, an underwater research vessel on an ocean planet. While there, the station is attacked by an enormous Despair Squid, and it's squirty self-defense weapon alters their perception of reality. The boys believe that everything they have experienced up to that moment has all been a part of a four year-long immersion in a virtual reality game! Now they must deal with their "real" selves...
Kryten is Jake Bullet a wanna-be hard-boiled... traffic droid! Cat has become his worst nightmare... Dwayne Dibley, he of the awful fashion sense and cobblestone teeth, also known as the Duke of Dork. Dave is Sebastian Doyle, a rich and decadently privileged leader in the fascist regime that rules this reality; posterboy for everything Dave hates! And Rimmer is William Doyle, Sebastian unsuccessful half-brother; finally proving to himself that even with the same "good" start as his sibling, the privileged entry into society that he has always craved, Rimmer still wouldn't end up on top! Will Holly be able to break the boys free of the suicide squid's powerful spray before they take their own lives to end their personal shame?
Favorite Quote: "So this is really me? A no-style gimbo with teeth the Druids could use as a place of worship?" ~ Cat
Red Dwarf finally settles into a consistent groove that adds to the laughter-inducing comedy that has always been a regular feature of the show. Chris Barrie got to play around with Rimmer's established character traits quite a bit in this season. He shows a little flash of nobility and true feeling in the season's opener, evokes sympathy while they are trying to escape from the psi-moon, delights us with his murderous madness, and gives us a glimpse of what he would have been like if he'd been more like the laid-back anti-establishment Lister!
Cat too got to break out of his mold. He tries to involve himself more in crucial decision-making moments, even if the best he can do is fake a reasonable contribution to the conversation! He also created an amusing alter ego in hopeless geeky Dwayne that re-appears in future episodes. Dave shows that he actually does have a higher self and is more than a collection of impulses and rude gestures.
As of 2006, the series is technically still in production by the BBC, 18 years after it first aired! This makes it the second-longest running BBC science fiction series of all time, "Doctor Who" (1963), and in fact the self-loathing beast found in Terrorform was taken from an unused design from Doctor Who! Due to the erratic nature of British TV scheduling, however, only 8 series of Red Dwarf were actually produced. Funny, quotable and reasonably priced at $30 on Amazon.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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