Dwarf Defined

As part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, Starburst magazine has published their list of 30 defining moments in sci-fi. And in a non-surprising entry at no. 21 is…

… well, Red Dwarf, of course. It seems obvious that Dwarf would have an entry and the moment chosen is fairly unsurprising:

Red Dwarf VI – Legion

A crisis aboard Starbug…

Rimmer: Step up to red alert!
Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

One of the best gags ever, in one of the best sci-fi comedies ever made.

It’s probably the most quoted piece of Dwarf and has basically become short hand for anyone wanting to give an example of how FUNNY they find the show. Having said that, it is a pretty defining moment by that very definition, so its choice does make sense, even if it is a tad too obvious.

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  1. Interesting. As a shorthand for the show’s sensibility, it makes total sense.

    As a defining SF moment, though, I can’t help but feel Back to Reality hit harder and had a bigger impact. When they woke up in Leisure World, damn, it blew me away – and it felt like everyone was talking about it the next day. I remember watching the show from that point on with my fist jammed in my mouth, just aghast.

    It’s become a clich? of the show now, in perception at least – “It’s the show where they don’t realise they’re dreaming” is second only to “it’s the show where they keep meeting versions of themselves” – but at the time it was mind-blowing.

  2. > One of the best gags ever, in one of the best sci-fi comedies ever made.

    If you say so. As a gag it’s not really up there with ‘what’s an iguana?’ and best sci-fi comedy, you’re having me on right? Did you even SEE Hyperdrive??

    I’m pretty sure Back To Reality rips off a Next Generation episode somewhat. Not a direct ripoff, obviously, but the idea of them waking up and their lives as crew members weren’t real…I’m SURE that’s in an episode, although I haven’t seen them for ages. The Holodeck was involved, obviously. There’s always a chance that it was in the last couple of seasons and THEY ripped off Back To Reality.

  3. > I?m pretty sure Back To Reality rips off a Next Generation episode somewhat. Not a direct ripoff, obviously, but the idea of them waking up and their lives as crew members weren?t real?I?m SURE that?s in an episode, although I haven?t seen them for ages. The Holodeck was involved, obviously. There?s always a chance that it was in the last couple of seasons and THEY ripped off Back To Reality.

    Hmm… the only one I can think of like that is the episode “Frame of Mind”, where Riker is being held hostage by an alien species and kept in a state of hallucination that makes him think he’s a patient in an insane asylum and that his life as Commander Riker was all a delusion. No holodeck involved. It was a 6th-season episode, so it would’ve been aired around late 1992 or early 1993 – I guess that’d mean Next Generation ripped off Red Dwarf, if there was really any ripping off going on.

  4. Don’t give me that Star Trek crap, it’s too early in the morning.

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    It’s odd that, as a sci-fi magazine, they chose an exclusively funny moment (without much sci-fi) rather than a moment with more of a mix. I think, as Andrew said, Back to Reality would’ve been perfect, because that scene of them emerging from the game is brilliant on pretty much every level the show operated on. Even though it’s a departure from what the show had done previously, it still does one of the best jobs of completely summing up the ethos of the entire show by being sci-fi AND funny throughout.

  6. > kept in a state of hallucination that makes him think he?s a patient in an insane asylum and that his life as Commander Riker was all a delusion.

    I think that might have been the one. But I thought there was another episode where they’re all trapped in a Holodeck program but they don’t realise it.

  7. Aired 9 months after Back to Reality… :)

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