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New Red Dwarf trailer looks amazing

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The popular British sci-fi sitcom is back, and it seems to be a return to form...

New Red Dwarf X trailer looks amazing

It’s a tricky thing, mashing together genres. Whether it’s horror, romance, westerns, or in this case, sci-fi and comedy, you have to find just the right balance of each to make it work. Too much of one element will cause the whole product to fall apart. Somehow, back in the eighties, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor made it work when they created Red Dwarf, a tale of Dave Lister (Craig Charles), a slacker who winds up on a mining vessel (in the novels he ended up stranded on one of Jupiter’s moons after a night of heavy drinking, and signed on to get the money to get back to Earth). Due to insubordination, Lister winds up in stasis while everyone else on board is killed in an accident. Three million years later he is released with only the hologram of his dead bunkmate Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie), who Lister detests, the ship’s AI computer Holly (played by both Norman Lovett and Hattie Hayridge), and Cat (Danny John-Jules), who evolved from Lister’s pet cat. There was also the introduction of service droid Kryten (Robert Llewellen) and Lister’s ex-girlfriend Kristine Kochanski (Chloe Annett). After 24 years, 9 series and a mini-series (and constant teasing of a feature film that may never happen), as well as a dreadful pilot for an American version, we finally get the news and first looks at the long-awaited tenth series of Red Dwarf. Besides the new production still, we also have the trailer for the new series. I’ll let you savor that for a moment.

I have to say, this looks incredible. Sure, everyone looks a little older, but it has been 24 years since they first ventured out together. However, as excited as I am, I’m trying not to let my expectations get too high. The first seven series of the program were top notch, but series eight was less than spectacular, mostly due to the departure of Rob Grant and very little Rimmer (Barrie was unavailable due to other projects). Annett was brought onboard to create a new foil for Lister, but she didn’t quite fill the void left by Barrie. And while series nine was closer in spirit and humor to the earlier episodes, and the mini-series was even more of an improvement, it still didn’t grab me the way it once did. I certainly hope that Red Dwarf X is a pleasant return to the “good old days” as the trailer seems to hint at, instead of just being another smegging letdown. Red Dwarf X will air in the UK on Dave this autumn, and better make it to America soon after.

Sci-Fi Pulse


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