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Friday, February 15, 2008

20 years of Red Dwarf

On 15 February 1988, the Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel, Red Dwarf, first flew into the public conciousness.

It is hard to believe it has been that long. It looks as if the official web page is planning something to celebrate. This was quality sci-fi comedy (far superior to Hyperdrive).

I have been a fan of the show since I first saw it and have collected all episodes on DVD. It is a shame that the much touted film is yet to materialise. One suspects that if Hitchhiker's had done a bit better at the box office the likelihood of a cinematic version of Red Dwarf would have have been much stronger.

If you want to enjoy some of the best bits, YouTube has many BBC-sanctioned clips, including, "They're dead, Dave"

I should say that although my favourite parts come predominantly from the earlier series I have never been one of the purists who railed against the big differences that occurred in series 7 and particularly 8.

In fact I watched series 8 again very recently (i.e. last EISCAT campaign) and enjoyed it very much.

And that only had a little to do with the presence of Kochanski...

1 comment:

Ryan Somma said...

"You are a non-event mass with a quantum probability of zero." - dig that line from the video. I've heard much about this series, but never checked it out. Got something new to look into. Thanks!