A review of Just The Shows. Firstly, the wrong facts:
- “The creators of the science-fiction sitcom should have been laughed at, escorted out of BBC’s London studios and thrown into the Thames River.” – Barring the river bit, this is pretty much what happened.
- “eight series have been completed, a ninth is planned” – No.
- “a movie is currently being filmed” – Also no.
- “In comparison, Series III and IV have had some money thrown at them.” – Again: no.
- “A new character is introduced in the cynical robot Kryten…” – He first appeared in Series 2.
The fact that we once said the Series 1 DVD had each episode on twice has NO BEARING AT ALL. Secondly, the wrong opinions:
- “How did a thoroughly implausible show like Red Dwarf manage to slip past BBC television executives?” – This obsession with implausibility is odd. What do you actually mean? Since when was every BBC show ever made realistic? I can think of plenty more far-out shows than Dwarf that the BBC made – in fact, it’s bringing one of them back this Spring…
- “As the first two series show, it gets off to a slow start and hasn’t aged well” – No. I love Series 1, but can see why some others might not be so keen – but Series 2 is up there with the best. And what do you mean by hasn’t aged well? In what way? Have the jokes got less funny?
- “A new character is introduced in the cynical robot Kryten…” – An odd choice of word, there. Cynical? I suppose he can be sometimes, but it’s not a major character trait, particuarly in III. Odd.
- “…while several episodes are filmed off the ship and include basic special effects” – Basic special effects? Some fucking wonderful special effects, thanks – and they’ve been there since Series 1, not started with III. And they started going off the ship in Series 2.
- “The writing also improves and hits its peak during season four. If you’re not laughing at Cat trying to fry eggs with a bicycle-powered hair dryer while asking Lister if he wants his “permed or blow-dried” then you’re out of your smeggin’ mind.” – Not that great a joke, surely. How does it compare to many, many, many jokes in Series 2? “I’d prefer chicken.” It’s a terribly cliched and unfair thing to say, but it’s almost as though he hasn’t watched Series 2 properly at all…
- “a show that cleverly walks a line between science-fiction piss-take and homage” – There are piss-takes in Dwarf. There are also homages. But both are fairly rare, and neither is the point of the entire show. Which is: to make a funny science fiction series.
The fact that I now disagree with at least one thing in each article on G&T has NO BEARING AT ALL.
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