RED DWARF: SEASON SIX
The one with the planet full of Rimmers.
1993 • 12 • 180 mins • £19.99 • 21 February
DIRECTOR: Andy DeEmmonoy
STARRING: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie
Rating: 3/5 stars; Extras 5/5 stars.
Series Five of Red Dwarf saw a dramatic but unexpected increase in
viewership, so it’s maybe not surprising that many of the best-known
jokes and scenarios of the series can be found in series five and six.
Duane Dibbley and Ace Rimmer return in series six due to popular
demand from fans and the famous gag about changing the light bulb to
go to red alert is in there. This series also includes “Gunmen Of The
Apocalypse”, the episode that won an Emmy award.
But despite these peaks, series six has the same problem as series
five, with most of the jokes involving creative but ultimately samey
insults in lieu of well-crafted comedy. It’s still funny, but surely
there can only be so many jokes about the shape of Kryten’s head?”
DVD Extras: Everything you could ever possibly ask for, and a few
things you’d never have thought of. Along with the usual outtakes,
deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage, other highlights include
a “Return To Laredo” documentary, a recording of the hilarious “Son Of
Cliche” radio sketch that served as a prototype for the TV series, and
a fan commentary (they won a compo on the website) on “Gunmen Of The
Apocalypse”. Leah Holmes
The scene in “Psirens”, where Kryten reminds an amnesiac
Lister of previous key events, was written because the BBC wanted a
“recap” for the new viewers who started watching in series five.
I’ll keep it short, then, in keeping with the shorter review. The central accusation (that “most of the jokes involving creative but ultimately samey insults in lieu of well-crafted comedy”) is clearly and provably not true. There are a million and one brilliant jokes that aren’t insults. Simple as that. Prove it yourself by watching an episode.
The other complaint is really, incredibly, stupidly nitpicky, but I’ll say it anyway. The mention of “the” Son of Cliché sketch seems to indicate that the reviewer thinks there is only one. A minor point. A very minor point. And it seems ridiculously pathetic to mention a single word reading badly when you consider some of the mistakes we’ve made in the past.
But it ties in with the fact that most reviews of the Dwarf DVDs read slightly awkwardly when it comes to SOC; mistakes made in other reviews include things like they think that the show is called Dave Hollins, or that Son of Cliché is the name of the sketch, or other such things. It’s clear that there is a huge ignorance about SOC – and that’s a shame, as it deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Not because of its links to Dwarf (fascinating though they are), but because it’s fabulous in its own right. It needs a CD release. Now.
Incidentally, there’s also a new regular on DVD eggs in the reviews section; Red Dwarf is included:
Red Dwarf, Season Six: On the first Scene Select screen for “Gunmen
Of The Apocalypse”, click on the Sheriff’s badge on the control panel
for an audio interview with Rob Grant, Doug Naylor and Ed Bye about
the production process behind “Gunmen Of The Apocalypse”, (illustrated
with cartoons of the three).
Amusingly, they’ve mentioned the one egg that we all knew about. So we’re still left deliciously hanging for what the others are. Which is good, really.
Despite me moaning about SFX constantly, I still buy it every issue. And I approve of the relaunch – it’s very nice. Even if the Ghostwatch feature manages to indicate that the show ends with a breakdown caption when this isn’t even remotely the case. Honestly, they should get me running things.