Red Dwarf: Series II
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Boldly going where no one in their right mind would ever go, this popular cult sci-fi spoof takes you on a joyride three million years into the future. Those ubiquitous anti-heroes of space travel - Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten - are coming to DVD for the first time ever!]]>
"Kryten" introduces us to the eponymous house robot (here played by David Ross), although after this first episode he was not to reappear until series 3, when Robert Llewellyn made the role his own. Then in "Better Than Life" the show produced one of its all-time classic episodes, as the boys from the Dwarf take part in a virtual reality game that's ruined by Rimmer's tortured psyche. Other highlights include "Queeg," in which Holly is replaced by a domineering computer personality; the baffling time-travel paradox of "Stasis Leak"; the puzzling conundrum of "Thanks for the Memory"; and the astonishingly feminine "Parallel Universe." --Mark Walker
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Seasons 1 and 2 are available Feb 25th 2003, and two seasons will be released every ensuing February until all eight seasons have been released.
This is the funniest television program ever made in my opinion, and I am sure you will enjoy it!!!
I was right...it's all that and more. But I was wrong to think it would be boring. The show actually takes the time to explore the characters and really get into their heads. In season 2, the show hits its stride.
David Lister (Craig Charles) is still Lister, but he's more subdued. Someone finally realized that watching a slob be a slob is funny in small doses. Which is good, because Lister got on my nerves after awhile. More screen time is given to Arnold Judas Rimmer (Chris Barrie), the real star of the show. It's easy to figure out why Lister is a pig, but the uptight Rimmer is much more intriguing. We delve into his neuroses as well as his past. And Cat (Danny John-Jules) exists primarily as Lister's foil. His quieter screen presence helps let the show be funny rather than distracting.
It is in this season that we first meet Kryten the android (David Ross), a manservant who isn't too good at determining the liveliness of his hosts. We learn about Lister's love life, the death of Rimmer's father (a touching scene that's played straight even though everyone's long dead anyway), watch the blokes play in a virtual reality game, mess with time travel, and enter a parallel universe where women rule.
I can't harp on this point enough: a lot of other science fiction shows ripped off Red Dwarf. Lister gets pregnant by a female, just like Charles Tucker in "Unexpected" on Star Trek: Enterprise.Read more ›
In Season Two the cast remained a bit too all-male for my taste, but the production improved through an obviously improved budget, and the writing seems to find its groove somewhat. The interaction between the main characters improved, with the change in dynamic between Rimmer and Lister improving markedly. In Season One every episode was highlighted by their unmasked dislike of each other. That got old quick. In Season Two they aren't exactly bosom buddies, but the constantly negativity lessened.
I haven't given up on the series yet. I've asked around on several boards and everyone assures me that the series gets a lot better after Season Two. I hope so. I started watching this in part because of a need to watch all major TV series with a robotic character. We saw him for one episode in Season Two and I know that he comes on board full time in Season Three. But I also wanted to see it because I'm interested in quality TV. Hopefully it will get better in Season Three, but that won't retroactively make the first two seasons better. But it is improving. If we could do fractions, I would have given Season One a 2.5 rating while Season Two a 3.2. Hopefully Season Three will get a 4.0.
This DVD has one of the best commentaries I've ever heard. I love hearing the actors comment on the show.
This set also has the best extras, included on a second DVD. It has some of the same type of things the first one had like smeg-ups (bloopers), deleted scenes, and photos. It has the complete Tongue-Tied performance. The A-Z Documentary is interesting and has some great moments. I'm not sure why the Daleks appear, but you do hear comments from various actors and well-known people - Patrick Stewart, Stephen Hawking. The "Smeghead" segment is great!!! ...especially when a young fan is heard asking what "smeg" means. The word remains undefined although most of us can probably guess the meaning.
The A-Z Documentary and Alternative Personalities offers some insight into what to expect in the future seasons.
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Iliked it,but we need more seasons on prime. You get us hooked the drop the prime rating and alot of don't watch any more.Published 9 months ago by Winfred crowe
The 'Kryten' episode was very well written, and certainly imaginative, considering the physical condition of the female crew. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TeXasCoastFisherman