years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf. It's crew: Dave
Lister, the last human being alive; Arnold Rimmer, a hologram
of his dead bunkmate; and a creature who evolved from the
second series of Red Dwarf is a vast improvement over
the hit and miss episodes in series one. This is the first
time we are introduced to Kryten, who went on to become a
regular crew member in series three. In the episode Kryten,
the malfunctioning robot is played by David Ross - who is
much better in the role than Robert Llewellyn ever was. This
episode also introduces a soap opera called Androids
which was a joke that was reused by Futurama for its
spoof TV series, designed to cater for robots, All my Androids.
of the funniest episodes in season two is Queeg, in
which Red Dwarf's back up computer (Charles Augins) takes
over Holly's role as ship navigator as Holly is too senile
to continue running the ship. The other four episodes: Better
Than Life, Thanks for the Memory, Stasis Leak and Parallel
Universe, represent some of the best episodes that Red
Dwarf ever produced. It all gets a little annoying once
Kryten becomes a full-time member of the crew. Whether that
would have been the same if David Ross had been free to continue
the role is questionable.
series also sees the last appearance of Clare (or C. P. as
she now likes to be called) Grogan as the object of Lister's
desires. It was also after this series that Normal Lovett
decided to jump ship to start his own short lived show.
extras on disc two sound pretty impressive until you actually
get around to viewing them. The outtakes and deleted scenes
are nothing to write home about, the Tongue Tied video
is about 20 seconds longer than the version you see on the
finished episode and the Talking Book chapters are there simply
to sell more Red Dwarf material.
said that, £20 for a 2-disc set is great value for money.
It's certainly worth it just for the quality of the episodes.
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