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11 April 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Red Dwarf is BACK BABY!  
And it was Good with a capital GOO. :)

Not classic Dwarf, no Back to Reality, but so much better than Series VIII, and most importantly it was funny.

Started out on the Dwarf, ten years later Kochanski's dead (thank heavens) and Holly is temporarily out of action thanks to a minor accident due to Lister leaving the tap on for nine years. The snipin in the bunkroom is back and it's like they were never gone. The banter felt relaxed again rather than the cringe-making forced dialogue of VIII and to a lesser extent VII.

Through a blatant macguffin, the crew must travel dimensions to get Back to Earth, which leads to part two. My first reaction to the plot here was 'oh noes' but I think it's been handled fairly well, and there were only a few duff moments. The little Blade Runner references throughout had me laughing my arse off and the rest of my family looking at me like I'm nuts, so I had to try and explain between guffaws XD

So, tonight's was the episode I was dreading, and it was pretty damn good, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow night with fangirly squee.

Between Red Dwarf and the great Doctor Who that was on earlier, I might just die of fangirly squee! *happy dance*
Kaysilvercobwebs on April 11th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Still weirded out by the surrealness of it all...!

But, I'm pretty sure I liked it. :)

I can't believe it's been so long since series VIII though - I saw the filming of the first ep - how can it be 10 years ago?!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: messidontlikegravy on April 11th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Mad, it can't be that long!

You saw the filming! *meep* I'm so not jealous. Seriously, I'm not turning the colour of Rimmer's series III uniform, not at all. *grin*

It was pretty damn surreal, even by Dwarf standards.

I thought they kept it from being too ridiculous by setting it in a dimension that's not quite ours, what with there being a series IX & X in that dimension. I thought that was quite clever.

Oh, and Rimmer getting rid of the science officer? classic.
Kay: rimmer -- rdsilvercobwebs on April 11th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
re: filming? Dude, I told you I was hardcore back then *g*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: winneridontlikegravy on April 11th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I thought I was hardcore, but dude *bows in humble awe before a clearly superior Dwarfer*
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on April 11th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it yet, but I do have it to watch. I saw Doctor Who today at a non-Who Friend's and she was pleasantly surprised.

Edited at 2009-04-11 09:28 pm (UTC)
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on April 11th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Mwah-ha-ha-ha... another has been converted. We Doctor Who fans shall rule the world. *evil laugh* *cough*hack*cough*

Sorry, I got carried away there.

But, I don't want to be a pie,: cricketidontlikegravy on April 11th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I was pleasantly surprised by both Dwarf and Who. Especially because I liked Amanda the character played by Michelle Ryan (I was so busy thinking Amanda, I forgot the name already!), as I normally don't like her.
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on April 11th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Ooo... New Red Dwarf and New Doctor... lucky you. I'm so green with jealousy.

In my area I usually have to wait a few years for the newer eps of Doctor Who to reach us. I haven't seen Martha Jones yet, or Torchwood. (Since I live on the fringes of the Bible Belt, I'm not sure Torchwood will ever be on TV here. Hears Jack Harkness muse making comments about antediluvian ideals.)


But, I don't want to be a pie,: dwarfersidontlikegravy on April 11th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
That sucks *hugs*. Still, I'm sure there are plenty of uploads on internets already. :)
Ninjababe: HL-Listerninjababe on April 14th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Finally watched all three last night.

There were a few points that I cringed...

But, Ith and I had to stop the playback when Lister described his replacement for toilet paper.

And, the Cat! Cat's diving outfit! Actually, Cat in general.

Kryten's water wings...

I have caps of those, will have to make icons, along with Dr Who icons from the special.

I agree, it wasn't a Polymorph, but it was pretty good.

(That, and too much Polymorph = dead from laughing)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dwarfersidontlikegravy on April 15th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
LOL, tis true.

There were a few cringeworthy moments, the part with the typewriter went on too long IMHO, and a few other gags didn't hit home, but I just felt, generally, it was less farcical than the final series was.

And that first part, with Lister and Rimmer and Bob felt like series I & II. Some of it did feel like they were trying too hard to put in what the fans wanted, but I'm willing to forgive the flaws.

I'm not ashamed to say that when Lister said 'I'm cool, I don't take any smeg. And I may be disgusting but I'm often quite brave' I had a sniffle. After all, that's the man I fell in love with age 13. *grin*
Ninjababe: HL-Listerninjababe on April 15th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
(I meant we had to stop from laughter in my previous comment, btw...)

First ten minutes, I did think they were trying too hard.

But, I thought to myself to just wait for Cat to show up. 'Cat would solve it all!' :)

I thought that most people they talked to automatically assuming they were real was a bit weird.

Then again, the ones who did were weird themselves.

Liked the kids and their theories, then them ending to be true.

Lister and his brave quote made me sniffle too. Po' angsty Lister! He needs a cuddle [beam]

Reminds me... Need to find my Tongue Tied CD and add it to iTunes...

Edited at 2009-04-15 07:40 pm (UTC)
TheSummoningDark: epic flaily joythe_summoning_d on April 16th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
I loved Back to Earth. I'm hopeful about the likely influx of new fic.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dwarfersidontlikegravy on April 18th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely!

It's actually given me a little bunny related to my Immortal Lister fic, so I'm hoping something will come of that.

If the upswing in readers of my Red Dwarf fic on ff.net is anything to go by, then there is certainly renewed interest in the fandom and hopefully we'll be getting new fic any day now... :)
TheSummoningDark: You failthe_summoning_d on April 18th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. The night the third part was on I also watched Aliens. Now I kind of want to write epic AU crossover fic.