'Red Dwarf: X'
(Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)
Overview: The most inept band of space travelers ever to roam the interstellar highway; return with an all-new season of misadventures! The brand new series written and directed by Doug Naylor begins with the Dwarfers mining ship still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space but the posse soon stumbles upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. Let the games begin!
DVD Verdict: I grew up loving this show back in the UK and was so glad when they brought out 'X.' And so I am very proud, honored even to say the crew is back and just as strong as the old days. Funny adventures, fun and frolic and totally smegged! It's time for 'X' to take you to places you long thought were dead and buried!
Unlike the timeframes of the past seasons, the new format is 30 minutes an episode now, which means it keeps the comedy timing fresh and fast. Indeed, it's just as funny and absurd as the old series and it is so great to see the entire gang (well, save for Holly, sadly) back on TV.
Just to bring you up to date, the crew consist of: Dave Lister - Last surviving human and space bum; Arnold Rimmer - Holographic smeg head; Kryton - Dave broke his programing to make him more human; and the always-brilliant Cat - Human/Cat decendent of Dave's cat Frankenstein! It's frickin' comedy gold all the way, trust me!
'X' actually, for my money, goes back even before Season 8 and trims down the fat of that season in favor of the tightly paced storyline that engulfed us during the mid-'90s (@ seasons 4 thru 7). In 'X' we get the same great adventures and plenty of proper laughs, sure, but now we get it from "mentally matured versions" of the same characters we have loved over the 25 year period.
Speaking of "matured" I have to add that the costumes, make-up and set lighting in this series makes the crew look younger and fresher than they looked in 'Back To Earth' ... and maybe even Season 8! I know it cannot bem given their ages, but the make-up is well used, believe it!
Sadly, with only six episodes, we have to enjoy every ounce of them. And so we begin with 'Trojan,' where the crew discover the pristine, empty spaceship Trojan and use it to travel to the aid of Columbus III - to answer a distress call from Rimmer's brother Howard. Then we get 'Fathers & Suns,' 'Lemons,' 'Entangled,' 'Dear Dave,' and then 'The Beginning,' where the Red Dwarf is surrounded by hostile Annihilators and a Simulant death ship. And with only two forks and a pencil sharpener for weapons the crew flee in the shuttle and hide in an asteroid - where Rimmer plays a hologram of his father. And then comes the big reveal!
Oh, and for all the haters, for a life long fan of the show as myself, I will always welcome the laugh track! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.