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Published October 14th 2012
When Sci-Fi meets Comedy
With its 10th season recently released, I thought I'd review about this amazing show that is Red Dwarf.
Red Dwarf is a classic British comedy series that has been on air since 1988, and its current release has been delightful to watch so far.
Red Dwarf follows themes of fantasy, futuristic sci-fi and comraderie at its finest. This is a show for those who enjoy British humour and gives its viewers a chance to forget about their mundane lives with its colorful script and cast.
The characters of this epic show include: Dave Lister (Craig Charles) - A self-proclaimed bum who seems to be the life of the party aboard the spaceship and the only survivor of the Red Dwarf II accident that took place a couple million years ago. Rimmer (Chris Barrie) - A neurotic coward who always wished to be captain of the ship but never ended up getting to that stage. He has now been transformed into a hologram. The Cat (Danny John-Jules) - A humanoid evolved from Dave Lister's pet cat. He has got style, eloquence and class, in the strangest manner possible. Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) - An American-accented robot who joined the crew in Season II and tries to instill order in the space ship through behavorial advice and manners.
In addition to this fantastic cast is the computer on the spaceship - Holly - who follows the commands issued to it by the crew members, but has a witty streak of its own.
The show has a great way of unfolding the history behind the crew members and the reason of hostility or apathy faced by them over the years while being aboard the Red Dwarf II (prior to the accident). There are elements that are introduced in the powerful storyline - family members, love interests, goals of life (to name a few).
Yes, they may be using lame props and highly exaggerated dialogues, but that's what Red Dwarf is all about. It didn't take me too long to immerse myself in this dynamic culture, and that's why I believe that YOU (the reader) would be attracted to this show. So give it a shot, buy the DVDs and prepare to have your comic streak satisfied.
If you put "Red Dwarf American Pilot Episode" in search you can watch the American's attempt at transferring Red Dwarf to a possible US series,
It's just the first episode of Series One of the British series with American actors, apart from Kryten (Robert Llewelyn) who went to America for this attempt.
Unfortunately the studios bosses weren't impressed and things never went passed the "pilot" stage. (it seems that the only the American accent is acceptable in space and that "Americans In Space" can only be "winners" as in the Star Trek series.
They aren't interested in "Losers" such as Lister, The Cat, Kryten & Rimmer.
However the producer/director of this attempt,
a certain Linford Boomer
went on to produce/direct "Third Rock FromThe Sun" a situation comedy which starred John Lithgow and Jane Curtin as "Aliens From Space"
So obviously that got the studios attention rather than Red Dwarf
PS British Comedy doesn't transfer to America very well.
after "Golden Palace" failed in the US (it was suppossed to be a US version
of Fawlty Towers with the women from Golden Girls in a "hotel type" setting,)
one of the Studio Exectutives said "at least we got rid of that Basil guy'
IE Basil Fawlty
THAT "Basil Guy" was the REASON that people watched the show in the FIRST PLACE ! ! !
Americans just don't "get" British or Australian Humour.
(IE Kath & Kim failed in the US,too)