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Red Dwarf: Series 1 - A cult classic!
Red Dwarf - Series 1 (DVD)
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Red Dwarf - Series 1 (DVD)
Advantages: Very funny and easy to watch
I'm going through a bit if a Sci-Fi phase at the moment, so after rereading the four Red Dward novels I decided it was only fitting that I was the tv shows too. I'm a bit obsessed with having things in chronological order so Series 1 was a good place to start!
The story revolves round Dave Lister who is a service technician onboard a massive space ship called Red Dwarf. He's a bit of a slob and is well known for his love of curry, often finishing off last nights curry accompanied by flat lager. His bunkmate and boss is Arnold Rimmer who is power hungry and more than a little bit neurotic. Rimmer is universally disliked by the majority of the crew.
In the first episode after an accident made by Rimmer the whole crew is killed by a radiation leak. Only 2 things onboard survive; Lister who is in suspended animation after smuggling a cat onboard and his pregnant cat who is sealed in the hold of the ship.
Fast forward 3 million years and Lister is released from suspended animation (stasis) to find everyone is dead. The onboard computer, Holly, kept him in stasis until the level of radiation was safe. He awakes to find Rimmer has been revived as a hologram and his pregnant cat's descendents have evolved into a humanoid race leaving the last surviving member, known only as, 'The Cat'. The Cat is vain and narcissistic, things that he sees as his best qualities. He is often aloof and thinks only of himself, just like real cats!
The onboard computer, Holly originally started out with an IQ of 6000, but after being alone for 3 million years, he's become a bit computer senile. He appears in most rooms on the ship and only ever as a giant head.
The series was first aired in 1988 (when I was only 4!) and consisted of 6 episodes
Episode 1 - The End
We are introduced to the Red Dwarf crew and see the accident that leads Lister to be stuck 3 million years in the future.
Episode 2 - Future Echoes
After travelling at top speed for over 3 million years, Holly discovers they are about to break the speed of light. This leads the crew to see future echos of themselves, sometimes in strange situations.
Episode 3 - Balance of Power
Lister wants to try swapping Rimmer's hologram with the one of a crew member he used to have a thing for - Kristine Kochanski, but Rimmer is steadfastly refusing leaving Lister attempting to pass the chef's exam so he can outrank Rimmer.
Episode 4 - Waiting for God
After following The Cat, Lister comes across an old Cat Priest and finds out he is the stuff of legends and is infact the Cat God!
Episode 5 - Confidence & Paranoia
After Rimmer hides Kochanski's hologram disc, Lister tries searching the ship to find it. He inadvertently goes into a contaminated area and contracts a virus. This leads to his Confidence and Paranoia becoming visible to all with unwelcome effects.
Episode 6 - Me²
Rimmer figures out a way to create a duplicate version of himself by copying his hologram disc. He moves out of the bunk he shares with Lister into a room with himself. Things don't go to plan though and the two Rimmers aren't exactly best friends. Lister decides one of them has to go, but which one?
I really love Red Dwarf, the humour is just up my street and the jokes are cheesy yet manage to be funny at the same time! Season 1 isn't my favourite as the crew are pretty limited in where they can go and most of the scenes are shot in a limited number of areas. That said, the only reason I look on this as a negative is because I've seen the later episodes.
The character interact very well with each other. In this series I find that Lister and Rimmer are the 2 main characters and they don't tend to interact with The Cat very often although he finds them if he wants something!
Each episode lasts around half an hour and I feel that this is just right. Any longer and it could get boring and a bit repetitive.
Dave Lister - Craig Charles
Arnold Rimmer - Chris Barrie
The Cat - Danny John Jules
Holly - Norman Lovett
DVD Special Features:
Cast commentary; Bonus writers' and director commentary on "The End"
Documentary: Launching Red Dwarf
Japanese episode: "The End"
Model effects shots
Isolated music cues
Talking book chapters
Original BBC trailer
Currently available on Amazon for £4.66 or from the marketplace at £2.44 inc delivery.
Summary: Fab 80s TV programme
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