In the past sci-fi comedies have always been a failure, but
Red Dwarf is about the only series that has managed to do well, there are year
round conventions all over the world and in fact they are making a movie as we
speak. Red Dwarf would have to be the one of the most popular British
comedies around and even a dedicated British comedy hater like myself found
Red Dwarf to be one of the best comedy series of all time.
At the start of every episode Holly, the super computer of
the mining ship Red Dwarf comes on screen and gives you the plot so far, and
then a little intro to the episode ahead. The story only has four main
characters, Holly, Dave Lister - the only surviving human aboard, Arnold
Rimmer - the holographic reincarnation of Lister's dead room mate, and of
course who could forget The Cat. The Cat is actually the only reason Lister
is still alive, upon boarding Red Dwarf Lister brought on a pet cat, Lister is
thrown into suspended animation for two weeks as punishment. The only problem
is that the entire crew dies before anyone can set him free, so millions of
years later when Lister is finally let out, he finds everyone dead and his pet
cat's ancestors have evolved into humanoid form and theyíre very vain, in one
of the episode the cat needs some help prying himself away from a mirror he
looks that good.
Lister would have to be the most disgusting man well, in
the universe and by anyoneís standards his best cloths consist of a curry
stained t-shirt and a black pair of jeans with a huge iron hole in the butt.
On the other hand Rimmer, the holographic personnel of the ship is neat, tidy
and a bit of a fool, he has continuously managed to fail pretty much every
test he has gone for and remains to be an ensign of the mining corporation.
You will find that in every episode there will be some mention of the word
smeg, the main problem with this word is that it is an abbreviation of
another, the only thing I can say if you donít know what this means, is ask
someone else itís too rude for me to explain. Rimmer is always the butt of
the jokes, The Cat and Lister are forever ganging up on him and picking on the
pour guy, but none of this fazes old Rimmer for he knows that he is better
than everyone else regardless of how much a loser he is.
You really should check out the Red Dwarf series, it sure
is a must see, even to see whether or not you're into this type of comedy.
The comedy in the series is always in good taste and very light there is never
anything too involved or thinky for you. Everything is basically spelled out
for you and with a light hearted feel throughout Red Dwarf is a pleasure to
watch. Extras are so very funny they include outtakes what they like to call
smeg ups, cast commentary, deleted scenes which can be a bit boring and
frustrating they sometimes only add a few seconds to the scenes, original
trailer, Doug Naylor interview.
Alternate personalities this is where you get to meet all
the different alter egos that the crew from the Red Dwarf encounter, from the
alternate universes where they are women to the point where a monster steals
their cool. The extras also have the A-Zís of Red Dwarf this is a short clip
on every thing from Arnold Rimmer clips to Jozxyqk the sound a cat makes when
your sexual organs are trapped in something to Zatís all folks. The extras
just go on and on with special raw features, photo galleries, music cues and
more importantly the full feature song tongue tied, but if you look hard
enough you will find some hidden extras or what we like to call Easter eggs.
The Extras just keep on rockiní and of course the show is a classic forever
Red Dwarf II
Feature Commentary with Cast Members
Red Dwarf A-Z Documentary
Doug Naylor Interview
Alternate Personalities Featurette
Tongue Tied - Uncut
Special Effects Raw Footage
Isolated Music Cues
Talking Book Chapters
Hidden Easter Egg