7/25/2012

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One of my all-time favorite TV shows is coming back. The longest running science-fiction comedy show ever is the BBC show Red Dwarf. At 61 episodes and nine seasons on television between 1988 and 1999 and on the Internet site Dave in 2009 and 2012 it has a huge cult following.

After a long hiatus it's back! The show is irreverent, character driven and hilarious. The series is about a massive mining vessel called Red Dawrf in the late 22nd century. A radiation leak kills everyone on the ship except for a low-ranking technician Dave Lister (Chris Barrie) who is in suspended animation at the time, and his pregnant cat, Frankenstein. After the accident, the ship's computer Holly (Norman Lovett\Hattie Hayridge) keeps Lister in stasis for three million years till the background radiation dies down. Lister is the last surviving human in the universe. To keep him sane, Holly creates a hologram of his bunk-mate and hated enemy Arnold Rimmer (Craig Charles). The only other creature alive on the ship is Cat (Danny John-Jules), the last member of a race of humanoid felines that evolved in the ship's hold from Frankenstein's kittens. 

Most of the humor comes from the interplay between the slacker Lister, the egotistical Rimmer and the vain Cat. Later in the series they added Kryton, a quirky android that is completely subservient and selfless.

Here's the trailer for season 10, called Red Dwarf X.




The trailer looks great and, while the characters are obviously much older, still has the old comic timing.

Have you ever watched Red Dwarf? Are you looking forward to the new season?

 
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13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess since I never caught it in the beginning, I never got hooked on the show. I did watch some episodes when I lived in England though. Something about coming from the true source...

L.G. Keltner said...

Red Dwarf is one of my all time favorite shows. I've seen every episode so many times I practically have them memorized!

Maurice Mitchell said...

The humor is definitely British Alex. You're probably right.

Chelsea Kelly said...

I am so excited for this!! I'm very happy they stuck with the original cast. One of the greatest shows ever!

Pat Dilloway said...

I've never got caught up in any of that British stuff: Red Dwarf, Monty Python, Dr. Who...guess I'm just a bloody savage then.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Me too L.G.! Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back before breakfast.

Melissa Bradley said...

I have never seen Red Dwarf, but it looks awesome. I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing what the show is about for those of us living under rocks and have never seen it. :)

MPax said...

I wish Netflix would get Red Dwarf. Started watching Outcasts.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Hmm. Never watched Outcasts. I'll have to check it out MPax.
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Maurice Mitchell said...

Melissa, glad you appreciated it. It was a hard summary to write because the show changed drastically in later seasons. Hopefully, it's a good primer. Subject: [geektwins] Re: Mr. Flibble Says 'Red Dwarf X Trailer Online Smegheads!' [News] ~ The Geek Twins

Maurice Mitchell said...

You are Pat! Jus' kidding 'course gov'ner.
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Maurice Mitchell said...

It is great Chelsea! I'm glad they ditched Katchanski though.
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Liesel Hill said...

I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds great! I'll try and check it out! :D Thanks for the post!

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