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Small cheese in comedy terms
Member Name: sympatic
Advantages: The odd funny moment from Rimmer
Disadvantages: Not consistent enough
When this first came out I was not really a fan of it and often would pass over it in favour of other comedy programmes however recently I thought I would give it another chance and while I find the TV show funny it failed to really engage me which suggests that this is not a comedy that you can grow into so maybe it is one for the less mature sense of humour as I found a lot of the humour used a bit infantile and lacking that satirical sharpness that I like in my comedies. I do enjoy slapstick comedy if it is done well so I'm hardly a comedy snob however this particular sci fi based comedy is not one I will be watching in future.
The show is set on a space ship where only one human was left alive called Lister and is played bt Craig Charles who has since sold out to take a safe gig in Coronation Street although his drug problems have put that role at risk in the past. With him is the annoyingly pedantic android hologram Rimmer played by the very funny Chris Barrie, the suicidally depressd ships computer Holly (Hattie Hayridge), Kryten a sort of android played by Robert Llewellyn and a half man half cat creature Cat played by Danny John-Jules.
Primarily Rimmer is the victim mostly of the others scorn because of his pompous ways and there is a joke made of the relative poor quality of the visual effects, the rest of the comedy comes from the banter between the cast as they encounter various absurd alien life forms on their travels.
This is the sort of comedy that polarises opinions, some love it but equally others like myself are totally indifferent to it. Nowadays it can be found on a couple of cable channels like Dave or Paramount Comedy.
Summary: Comedy of a sorts