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  • #3410
    Phil
    Participant

    Following on from a minor discussion here:
    http://www.ganymede.tv/forum/2009/04/back-to-earth

    What are your favorite episodes of each series? Just one. If you can’t decide then GO AWAY.

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Thanks for the Memory
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: White Hole
    V: Holoship
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Blue
    VIII: Cassandra (well…that one’s not liable to change much among commenters I guess…)

    #97427
    Dessie
    Participant

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Queeg
    III: Polymorph
    IV: Justice
    V: Quarantine
    VI: Psirens
    VII: Duct Soup
    VIII: Cassandra

    #97429
    p2p_productions
    Participant

    I: The End
    II: Kryten
    III: Marooned
    IV: Dimension Jump
    V: Back To Reality
    VI: Gunmen Of The Apocalypse
    VII: Tikka To Ride
    VIII: Back In The Red Part 1
    BtE: Part 1

    …But that’s just today. :-))

    #97430
    NoFro
    Participant

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Thanks for the Memory
    III: Marooned
    IV: Justice
    V: Holoship
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII: Cassandra

    #97435
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I: Waiting For God
    II: Kryten
    III: Marooned
    IV: White Hole
    V: Quarantine
    VI: Gunmen Of The Apocalypse
    VII: Tikka To Ride
    VIII: Cassandra
    BTE: Part Two

    #97437
    hummingbird
    Participant

    I: The End
    II: Thanks for the memory
    III: Marooned
    IV: White Hole
    V: Back to Reality
    VI: Gunmen
    VII: Tikka
    VIII: Cassandra
    BtE: Part 2

    #97442
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    1: Me2
    2: Thanks for the Memory
    III: The Last Day
    IV: Dimension Jump (only just edging out White Hole, which seems to slip down my personal list every time I think about it)
    V: Back to Reality
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Tikka to Ride
    VIII: Cassandra
    BtE: Part Two

    #97443
    Nakrophile
    Participant

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Thanks for the Memory
    III: Marooned
    IV: Dimension Jump
    V: The Inuisitor
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Tikka
    VIII: Cassandra
    BtE: part 2 I guess, although I doubt I’ll even think of it as a trilogy when the DVD arrives.

    #97445
    Another Phil
    Participant

    1. Me2
    2. Queeg
    3. Marooned
    4. Dimension Jump
    5. Back to Reality
    6. Gunmen of the Apocalypse
    7. Blue
    8. Cassandra
    BtE: Part 2

    #97446
    Nick R
    Participant

    I: Me^2 (Runner-up: Future Echoes)
    II: Queeg (Runner-up: Thanks for the Memory)
    III: Marooned (Runner-up: The Last Day)
    IV: Dimension Jump (Runner-up: White Hole)
    V: Quarantine (Runner-up: Back to Reality)
    VI: Gunmen of the Apocalypse (Runner-up: Out of Time)
    VII: Stoke Me A Clipper (Runner-up: Tikka To Ride)
    VIII: Cassandra (Runner-up: Back in the Red Part 1)

    Having written it out like that, I’ve just realised how many of my favourite episodes from the first six series include elements that were shared with the novels…

    Since people are including parts of Back to Earth: notice that with the ad breaks, it can be split into six “episodes”. In which case: episode 2, pre-adverts. :)

    #97448
    Carlito
    Participant

    Favourite:
    I: Future Echoes
    II: Queeg
    III: Marooned
    IV: DNA
    V: Back To Reality
    VI: Legion
    VII: Tikka to Ride
    VIII: Cassandra
    BTE: Pt 1

    Least favourite:
    NB. Doesn’t mean I don’t like them, just for a bit of balance/comparison.

    I: Waiting For God
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: The Last Day
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Demons And Angels
    VI: Rimmerworld
    VII: Beyond A Joke
    VIII: Only The Good
    BTE: Pt 2

    #97455
    Andrew
    Participant

    I: Confidence & Paranoia
    II: Kryten
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: Justice
    V: Back To Reality
    VI: Gunmen of the Apocalypse
    VII: Tikka to Ride
    VIII: Cassandra
    BTE: Part 3

    #97456
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    I – Balance of Power
    II – Thanks for the Memory
    III – Marooned
    IV – White Hole
    V – The Inquisitor
    VI – Gunmen
    VII – Stoke me a Clipper
    VIII – Cassandra (by a million miles)
    BtE – Part 2

    #97457
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I : Future Echoes
    II : Thanks for the Memory
    III: Polymorph
    IV : Justice
    V : Back to Reality
    VI : Legion
    VI : Tikka to Ride
    VIII: I dunno, Cassandra? Who gives a shit, they’re all crap.
    BTE : Part 2

    Least Favourite:

    I : Waiting For God
    II : Parallel Universe
    III: Bodyswap
    IV : White Hole
    V : Holoship
    VI : Emohawk
    VII: Ouroborus
    VIII : Pete Part 2
    BTE : Part Three by a county mile.

    #97461
    Phil
    Participant

    Ooh, least favorite…that’s fun, too.

    LEAST FAVE:
    I: Waiting For God
    II: Kryten
    III: Timeslides
    IV: Dimension Jump
    V: Quarantine? (REALLY hard to pick though…those are 6 perfect episodes)
    VI: Emohawk
    VII: Duct Soup
    VIII: Pete Part 2

    #97469
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I – Me2
    II – Thanks for the Memory
    III – Backwards
    IV – Meltdown
    V – Back to Reality
    VI – Out of Time
    VII – Tikka to Ride
    VIII – Krytie TV
    BTE – Part 2

    #97470
    p2p_productions
    Participant

    Okay, least favourite:

    I: Confidence and Paranoia
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Terrorform
    VI: Rimmerworld
    VII: Blue
    VIII: Pete Part 2
    BtE: Part 3

    #97471
    Carlito
    Participant

    I did find it very hard to pick least favourite episodes from series II and V. It is testament to the quality that I still actually LOVE the episodes I have deemed my “least favourite” from most of the seasons.

    #97478
    NitroChrisUK
    Participant

    i:future echoes
    ii:stasis leak
    iii:timeslides
    iv:dimension jump
    v:Demons And Angels
    vi:out of time
    vii:tikka
    viii:cassandra
    bte:part 2

    #97479
    Stabbim the Skutter
    Participant

    I – Confidence and Paranoia
    II – Thanks for the Memory
    III – Backwards
    IV – Meltdown
    V – Demons and Angels
    VI – Legion
    VII – Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII – Cassandra
    BtE – Part Three

    #97480
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I seem to be the only person who thinks Waiting For God is brilliant. Heigh ho.

    I guess I’ll pitch in with my least favourites:

    I: Balance Of Power
    II: Thanks For The Memory*
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: Camille
    V: Demons & Angels**
    VI: EmoHawk: Polymorph II
    VII: Stoke Me a Clipper
    VIII: Pete Part Two
    BTE: Part One

    ____________________________________________________________
    * Probably because I’d seen the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode that also used the same idea. I know this was filmed before the TNG ep, but for some reason it’s the episode of Red Dwarf II that I find the least engaging. Even if it is probably the cleverest of the bunch.

    ** This was a very difficult decision to make. Series V is probably my favourite series of the lot, and every episode is utter joy from start to finish. It’s really difficult to pick my least favourite. Demons & Angels probably qualifies, but I should note it’s probably in my top ten personal favourite episodes ever.

    #97483
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I wrote a post. I clicked “Post comment”. It vanished. Sadface.

    #97485
    Bob Loblaw
    Participant

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Thanks For The Memory
    III: Marooned
    IV: White Hole
    V: Holoship
    VI: Legion
    VII: Tikka To Ride
    VIII: Cassandra
    BtE: Part 2

    #97488
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    FAVOURITE:

    I: Future Echoes
    II: Queeg
    III: Marooned
    IV: White Hole
    V: Back To Reality
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII: Cassandra
    BTE: Part Three

    LEAST FAVOURITE:

    I: Balance of Power
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: The Last Day
    IV: DNA
    V: Terrorform
    VI: Rimmerworld
    VII: Duct Soup
    VIII: Pete (Part Two)
    BTE: Part Two

    #97493
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Let’s try again…

    I: Balance Of Power
    II: Thanks For The Memory?
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: Camille
    V: Demons & Angels?
    VI: Emohawk: Polymorph II
    VII: Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII: Pete Part Two
    BTE: Part One

    ? Probably because I saw the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode that tried the same thing before I saw this episode. TFTM is brilliantly written and is very, very clever, but for some reason it’s the least engaging episode of series II.

    ? This is a fairly arbitrary selection. Series V is the most consistently good series of the show, and while Demons & Angels is probably my least favourite I should stress that it’s still one of my personal top ten favourite episodes.

    #97496
    si
    Participant

    FAVE:

    I:Future Echoes
    II:Queeg
    III:Marooned
    IV:Justice
    V:Quarantine
    VI:Gunmen of the Apocalypse
    VII:Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII:Cassandra

    LEAST FAVE:

    I:Waiting for God
    II:Parallel Universe
    III:The Last Day
    IV:Meltdown
    V:Demons and Angels
    VI:Out of Time
    VII:Beyond a Joke
    VIII:Only the Good…

    I’m not including BtE as I prefer to think of it as a whole story. Although, if you were to go by my initial viewing (ie. before I saw Blade Runner) I’d have part 2 top, and part 3 bottom.

    So there.

    #97497
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    See you in ten minutes?

    LEAST favourites, then :

    I – Waiting for God
    II – Parallel Universe
    III – Polymorph
    IV – DNA
    V – Demons & Angels
    VI – Psirens
    VII – Epideme
    VIII – Krytie TV
    BTE – Part 1

    #97503
    Carlito
    Participant

    I’ve never seen anyone list Krytie TV as their least favourite VIII episode before. It may not feel very Red Dwarf due to a complete lack of sci-fi, but I’d say it has the hallmarks of a fairly good farce sitcom, and it made me laugh quite a lot. I’d put it second to Cassandra when rating VIII.

    Each to their own, obviously, but just surprised when there is so much worse in VIII. (Coming from somebody who likes VIII… Jesus, why do I always feel the need to include that whenever discussing VIII??)

    #97504
    Carlito
    Participant

    It’s funny how, whilst everybody seems to have their own individual favourites for every other series, nearly EVERYONE so far lists Cassandra as the best VIII episode.

    I remember when watching Cassandra thinking ‘well, that’s the big exposition/setup of Back In The Red out of the way – yeah, probably went on a bit too long – but Cassandra is the type of episode we can expect from this point forward…”

    Yeah.

    #97505
    Andrew
    Participant

    > nearly EVERYONE so far lists Cassandra as the best VIII episode.

    It’s weird, but I can happily separate Back to Earth as three ‘parts’ in a way I can’t with BITR, which would otherwise likely bea favourite of VIII for me.

    For some reason the way BTE splits into three shows with distinct and separate tones – the old-school one, the Earth-based one and the dream-like one – despite being a single story makes it easier to select a preference.

    #97507
    Richey
    Participant

    FAVOURITE

    I – Waiting For God
    II – Thanks For The Memory
    III – Marooned
    IV – White Hole
    V – Demons & Angels
    VI – Gunmen Of The Apocalypse
    VII – Stoke Me A Clipper
    VIII – Cassandra
    BTE – Part 1

    LEAST FAVOURITE

    I – Confidence & Paranoia
    II – Parallel Universe
    III – Timeslides
    IV – Meltdown
    V – Terrorform
    VI – Emohawk: Polymorph II
    VII – Duct Soup
    VIII – Pete Part 2
    BTE – Part 3

    NOTE: Least favourites from series I – V are still episodes I enjoy watching. Least favourites from VI – BTE are ones I would not bother watching.

    #97508
    Another Phil
    Participant

    Least favourites:

    1. Waiting for God
    2. Better Than Life
    3. Bodyswap
    4. Meltdown (*)
    5. Demons and Angels
    6. Emohawk: Polymorph 2
    7. Epideme (worst of all time)
    8. Pete Part 2
    BtE: Part One

    (*)Tough one though, all of 4 is in my top half. Most consistent series for me.

    #97512
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Least favourite –
    I – Waiting for God
    II – Queeg (and I can’t think of a reason, it is just the least enjoyable)
    III – Timeslides (very tough choice)
    IV – Camille
    V – Terrorform
    VI – Psirens
    VII – Ouroborus
    VIII – Pete Part 2
    BTE – Part 1

    #97515
    Turk Thrust
    Participant

    Favourites:

    1, Future Echoes.
    2, Queeg.
    3, Marooned.
    4, Dimension Jump.
    5, Back to Reality.
    6, Gunmen of the Apocalypse.
    7, Blue (if pushed).
    8, Cassandra.

    Least Favourites.

    1, Waiting for God.
    2, Better than Life.
    3, Bodyswap.
    4, White Hole.
    5, Demons and Angels.
    6, Emohawk.
    7, Duct Soup.
    8, Pete Part 2.

    #97519
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    For some reason the way BTE splits into three shows with distinct and separate tones – the old-school one, the Earth-based one and the dream-like one – despite being a single story makes it easier to select a preference.

    S’true. While I think each of the individual episodes makes a lot more sense in the context of the respective other two, they’re still pretty easy to separate as doing different things and having distinct tones. I honestly think the whole “edit it together into one hour-long thing” crowd are barking up the wrong tree somewhat. But that’s just my opinion.

    (the only thing is that I’d have shunted the Corrie stuff to ep two, and opened three with the arrival in London. But I can see the practicalities of why Corrie was held back)

    #97520
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    Least best:

    I – Confidence & Paranoia
    II – Parallel Universe
    III – Backwards
    IV – Camille
    V – Demons & Angels
    VI – Emohawk
    VII – Beyond a Joke & Nanarchy tied.
    VIII – Pete Part II
    BtE – Part III

    #97524
    Dessie
    Participant

    Least Favourite:

    I: Balance Of Power
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: Body Swap
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Demons and Angels
    VI: Emohawk
    VII: Tikka
    VII: Krytie TV

    #97527
    Andrew
    Participant

    > But I can see the practicalities of why Corrie was held back

    Not the least of which would be “episode three would be five minutes short”!

    #97536
    Muzzy
    Participant

    FAVOURITES

    I: ME2
    II: Thanks For The Memory
    III: Marooned
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Holoship
    VI: Legion
    VII: Tikka To Ride
    VIII: Krytie TV
    BTE – Part I

    LEAST FAVOURITES

    I: Confidence and Paranoia
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: The Last Day
    IV: Justice
    V: The Inquisitor
    VI: Emohawk – Polymorph 2
    VII: Epideme
    VIII: Only The Good…
    BTE – Part III

    #97544
    pfm
    Participant

    I. Future Echoes (if only for the ‘what things…I said what??’ scene)
    II. TFTM (perfect piece of television)
    III. Timeslides (‘it’s you, isn’t it’) (interesting how only around half have put Marooned, the supposed classic episode)
    IV. DJ (perfect, except for the stupid end kipper scene)
    V. The Inquisitor (fuck the crows if this ain’t excellence incarnate)
    VI. Gunmen (nothing needs to be said, ‘well hang on…’ no there’s nothing you can say)
    VII. Stoke (watched it again a few days ago and it’s strangely gone up in my estimations)
    VIII. Cassandra (Doctor Who ripped that off, don’t you know)
    BtE. Part 3 (though you really can’t single it out because you NEED to have seen parts 1 & 2 to appreciate Lister’s moments in part 3)

    LEAST

    I. Waiting For God (though contains Rimmer shouting like a loon and saliva smear)
    II. Parallel Universe (sadly blemishes an otherwise A* perfect series)
    III. Polymorph (shows how amazing III is)
    IV. Camille (don’t care much for this or DNA)
    V. Demons & Angels (I enjoyed Deception Point more)
    VI. Psirens (‘get out the fucking belt while you can, STAND STILL LADDIE!!’
    VII. Nanarchy (shit)
    VIII. Everything bar Cassandra and the DVD cut of BITR
    BtE. Part 1 (though I did enjoy it more than some. If you can’t laugh at Chris Barrie saying ‘he irons sneezes’ then just FO&D)

    #97549
    Carlito
    Participant

    > It?s weird, but I can happily separate Back to Earth as three ?parts? in a way I can?t with BITR

    For me, BtE individual episodes are just too short to be completely satisfying, whereas watched back-to-back, it’s a great feature length single episode. Although I can kinda seperate them into halves, Dwarf-based and Earth-based. I duno, I guess I view BITR and BTE as whole episodes rather than by their individual parts as they are whole stories when joined together… whereas Pete Pt 1 and Pete Pt 2 only share a few common links (mainly the introduction of Birdman and the time wand) and should really have just been ‘Captain’s Office’ and ‘Pete’, two episodes which simply needed to be back-to-back because of an overlapping element (rather than an actual two-part single story).

    It’s akin to Out Of Time being called ‘Rimmerworld Part 2’ just because of the slight overlap in the final scene.

    #97550
    JamesTC
    Participant

    It would make more sense to call ‘Tikka to Ride’ Out of Time Part 2 since it basically continues straight after.

    #97552
    Carlito
    Participant

    Yes, but then that would actually make sense, whereas I wanted to provide an example that doesn’t, much like Pete 1 and 2.

    #97557
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Favourites:

    I. Me2
    II. Queeq
    III. Polymorph
    IV. Dimension Jump
    V. Back to Reality
    VI. Out of Time
    VII. Stoke me a Clipper
    VIII. Back in the Red – Part 1.
    BtE. Part 1

    Least favourite:

    I. Waiting for God
    II. Kryten
    III. Backwards
    IV. Meltdown
    V. They’re all superb
    VI. Legion
    VII. Ouroboros
    VIII. Pete – Part 2
    BtE. Part 3

    #97561
    hummingbird
    Participant

    Least favourites:
    I: Confidence & Paranoia
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: Backwards
    IV: Meltdown
    V: The Inquisitor
    VI: Emohawk
    VII: Duct Soup
    VIII: everything apart from Cassandra and the bunk room scenes
    BtE: Part 3

    #97567
    dooky
    Participant

    Series V is very hard to rank, isn’t it? While it’s not my favourite series, the quality was very consistent…

    Favourite:
    I: Me2
    II: Queeg
    III: The Last Day
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Back to Reality
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Epideme
    VIII: Cassandra

    An honourable mention should also go to Waiting for God, which was my absolute favourite episode of the series I-II era for years. I still consider it to be the most unfairly maligned episode in the show’s history.

    Epideme is… an odd one, honestly. I haven’t seen series VII for a while, but this always stuck in my head as the most memorable episode. I think that was almost entirely down to Gary Martin’s performance, mind.

    I feel much less conflicted about putting Meltdown in my list, though. It’s friggin’ awesome.

    Least favourite:
    I: Confidence and Paranoia
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: Backwards
    IV: Camille
    V: Demons and Angels
    VI: Rimmerworld
    VII: Beyond a Joke
    VIII: Back in the Red, Part 3 (Probably the worst ever. This episode makes me sad.)

    #97568
    hummingbird
    Participant

    > An honourable mention should also go to Waiting for God, which was my absolute favourite episode of the series I-II era for years. I still consider it to be the most unfairly maligned episode in the show?s history.

    Waiting for God is spoiled by the cat priest scene imo, which is ill-timed, and should probably have been completely re-written. But that’s more than compensated for by the Quagaar subplot which is just wonderful.

    > I think that was almost entirely down to Gary Martin?s performance, mind.

    When I watch that (which isn’t often, I admit) his performance always seems a little too much like Levi Stubbs in Little Shop of Horrors.

    #97569
    Turk Thrust
    Participant

    > Waiting for God is spoiled by the cat priest scene imo, which is ill-timed, and should probably have been completely re-written. But that?s more than compensated for by the Quagaar subplot which is just wonderful.

    Completely agree. When I watched that ep again recently I enjoyed it and the priest scene thankfully doesn`t go on for that long.

    #97570
    Zombie Jim Undead
    Participant

    The righteous path of stubbleness.

    SLOBINESS…slobiness, slobiness….for god’s sake, whatever that might mean…

    #97571
    hummingbird
    Participant

    slobbiness … double ‘b’ actually

    #97572
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    I don’t dislike Waiting for God in the way that some do, but I utterly love every other episode in I (I think C&P is sorely underrated, while anyone who doesn’t put Me2 as the best is 1x FOOL, unless they put Future Echoes, which is just about forgiveable), so it simply comes off worst.

    #97574
    si
    Participant

    >I feel much less conflicted about putting Meltdown in my list, though. It?s friggin? awesome.

    Meltdown’s at the bottom of my series IV list. However this is just because I like the others more, not because I dislike it – I really like it, in fact. I know it’s my dad’s favourite ever episode, though I think that’s because Elvis is in it.

    #97491
    Dave
    Participant

    My Favourites:
    I – Future Echoes
    II – Queeg
    III – Marooned
    IV – White Hole
    V – The Inquisitor
    VI – Psirens
    VII – Tikka To Ride
    VIII – Cassandra
    BTE – Part Two

    I found choosing a best or worst from Series VI really difficult.

    My Least Favourites:
    I – Waiting For God
    II – Parallel Universe
    III – Bodyswap
    IV – Camille
    V – Terrorform
    VI – Out Of Time
    VII – Beyond A Joke
    VIII – Pete, Part Two
    BTE – Part One

    My I to VI least favourites are by no means bad at all, I ruddy bloody love the first 37 episodes of Dwarf.

    And Red Christmas was shit.

    #97578
    PhilPagett
    Participant

    FAVES:

    I: Me2
    II: Queeg
    III: Marooned
    IV: White Hole
    V: Back to Reality
    VI: Out of Time
    VII: Nanarchy
    VIII: Back in the Red Part One
    BtE: Part Two

    LEAST:

    I: Confidence & Paranoia
    II: Parallel Universe
    III: Backwards
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Terrorform
    VI: Rimmerworld
    VII: Beyond a Joke
    VIII: Pete Part Two
    BtE: Part Three

    #97579
    dooky
    Participant

    >Waiting for God is spoiled by the cat priest scene imo, which is ill-timed, and should probably have been completely re-written.

    It’s definitely the weakest part of the episode. That said, Noel Coleman is actually pretty good in his scenes (even if the outtakes do show him up as a bumbling luvvie who seems to find the whole thing beneath him)* and the music is great, up there with the ‘space walk’ music from Confidence and Paranoia.

    One of the reasons I loved this episode in my youth is that because, as a Cat fan, it’s the closest the series ever came to a Cat episode. Plus, it introduced story elements which, at the time, I was convinced we’d see followed up on in a future episode. Nowadays, I wonder if it was bad feelings concerning this episode that prevented Rob and Doug from writing another one on the same subject (Based on comments from them and the cast, it sounded like it was pretty fraught behind the scenes).

    Looking back now, I think the character we get the most insight into in this episode is Rimmer… obsessively searching for evidence of aliens, while casually dismissing the advanced, unexplored and dying culture that’s grown up on Red Dwarf itself.

    *Oh yeah… here’s something you might be able to help me on. In the intro to one of the books – Primordial Soup, I think – Rob and/or Doug mention frustrations such as “a guest star who can’t pronounce the word ‘slobbiness’. Another who can’t pronounce the word ‘soup’.” I know the first one is Noel Coleman, but who’s the second?

    #97580
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    In the intro to one of the books – Primordial Soup, I think – Rob and/or Doug mention frustrations such as ?a guest star who can?t pronounce the word ?slobbiness?

    “Phenomenon”, actually.

    #97585
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I’ve avoided contributing to these threads because I find it hard to choose specific episodes, particularly as I might like certain episodes for different reasons, and some episodes have certain brilliant scenes but other stuff that’s average. But I thought I’d give it a bash. Some series are easy enough. Others difficult…
    …and these are subject to change.

    Most liked:

    I: Future Echoes. (That was easy.)

    II: Stasis Leak. -This was more difficult. From a plot point of view I think Thanks for the Memory has the best story. Lovely mystery stuff which all fits together at the end… (I never thought of that jigsaw as a metaphor for the episode but heh… just clicked.) The plot for stasis leak doesn’t make a whole lot of sense considering what other things they could do in that time frame… but I love the confusing time travel shenanigans. So that edges it but it could easy go either way.

    III: The Last Day. – It used to be Polymorph, a great monster episode. Some sequences felt a little too hammy now though. I also like Kryten as a character and get a kick out of the Terminator bit at the end. And the Dead Pan mode joke and the DJ gag. This is one of those series that could easily change though.

    IV: Justice. – All good episodes this series though.

    V: The Inquisitor. -All good episodes this series too. Back to Reality is a strong contender. Used to be my favourite. Can we have joint faves?

    VI: Gunmen of the Apocalypse. – This was quite difficult though.

    VII: Beyond a Joke. – Yes. Although, Tikka is a major contender. I’m not sure of the hate for this episode. The resolution was kinda hokey but you’ve got 1: An amusing period drama parody with a tank and a blow-pipe. 2. Kryten going PMT, but not in a whiny way like other episodes, he gets quite aggressive and literally explosive, 3. Good sci-fi stuff and Kochanski’s ‘run away’ plot. “So is there a bomb or isn’t there, etc.” 4. A Simulant, gelf and Able… I love Able.

    For a specific scene in VII though, got to be the Ace Rimmer James bond parody.

    VIII: Cassandra.

    Back To Earth: Episode 3. (Difficult to say though as there are chunks of each episode I liked and disliked. 3 actually had a couple of my most irritating scenes. But then there’s the very funny Corrie stuff and the poignant stuff with Kochanski, and the positive ending overall.

    Least liked:

    I: Confidence and Paranoia… Although Me2 may be a contender. It’s not badly constructed, but I found the rowing between the two Rimmers irritating. It served the story, this is purely a gripe I have. The shouty stuff in Sean of the Dead affected me the same way (and again it made sense in context.) It’s not that clear in my memory to judge though. As far as chosen episode is concerned, the earlier half with the fish and the mayor was funny stuff, but the character of Confidence bugged me a bit.

    II: Kryten. – To be fair it has one of my favourite scenes in the series though. That dead girls scene, and Lister’s sarcastic jokes at Rimmer’s expence. “I think the blonde was giving you the eye.” Heh, heh. I found the later stuff pulled it down somewhat though. Not a bad episode overall though.

    III: Bodyswap – This is a great series though, and this was a great episode. I mainly chose it as Rimmer porking was a bit of a gross out for me. (I hate seeing bits of food around people’s mouths. Finicky, I know.) The ending ‘armless’ joke was one of the funniest there is though, and the characters impersonating each other was funny. The Last Day is a contender though. As is Backwards due to plot but Backward film puts edges that out of worst.

    IV: Dimension Jump- A difficult one to choose as the prologue scene was brilliant. The rest of the episode seemed pretty basic though. Least good of consistently good episodes though. If that. (That’s why I dislike to choose.)

    V: Quarantine: Only because the argument between the characters in quarantine irritated me a bit. This whole series is great though. Really good.

    VI: Emohawk: Again, all episodes are good this series. Emohawk edges it after the fantastic first half (which was one of my favourite scenes in Series VI) due to the slightly fan poking return of Dibbley and Ace. I like those characters, just the way they returned felt a bit off.

    VII: Duct Soup- Mostly due to how little happens. I liked the conversations and the Cat/Lister “What’s that noise?” stuff though. There isn’t much in VII I dislike. There I’ve said it.

    VIII: Back in the Red- Started good but just dragged on too long. And there was the ridiculous Rimmer todger pummeling. Pete is a contender though with the repetitive jokes, but the out of synch fight was a riot. Should I choose parts?

    Back to Reality: Episode 1. But again, difficult to choose as there are likes/dislikes evenly distributed across all three episodes. The noticeable pauses in the first scene, and Rimmer’s overeactive panic scene edge this though.

    There you go. Scenes with mini essays attached. ;)

    #97586
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Back to Reality: Episode 1. But again, difficult to choose

    You mean “Back To Earth”?

    Freudian slip, possibly?

    #97592
    Carlito
    Participant

    Ummm… Chris, how could you pick The Last Day as your favourite episode of series III, and then also list it as a contender for your least favourite?

    * Baffled Mode *

    #97595
    ChrisM
    Participant

    You mean ?Back To Earth??

    Heh. Yes.

    >Ummm? Chris, how could you pick The Last Day as your favourite episode of series III, and then also list it as a contender for your least favourite?

    Um…. Not sure. The Last Day certainly isn’t my least favourite… not even a contender. I’m not sure where that came from. Just scratch that. (I won’t edit it or it’ll all drop down.) I thought I might have gotten a couple of titles mixed up in my head, but looking at the episode list… no.

    #97596
    dooky
    Participant

    >?Phenomenon?, actually.

    Really? Oh. Could’ve sworn Noel Coleman’s problem with slobbiness was mentioned somewhere prior to the release of Smeg Outs…

    #97791
    Monkeynuts
    Participant

    Me2
    Queeg
    Bodyswap
    Dimension Jump
    Quarantine
    Emohawk: Polymorph 2
    Ouroboros
    Krytie TV
    Back To Earth 3

    with the painfully chosen least favourites..

    Balance of Power
    Stasis Leak
    Timeslides
    Justice
    The Inquisitor
    n/a
    Beyond A Joke
    Back In The Red 3
    Back To Earth 1

    #97798
    Dee Cooke
    Participant

    Favourites:

    I: Waiting For God
    II: Thanks For The Memory
    III: Timeslides
    IV: Justice
    V: Holoship
    VI: Gunmen Of The Apocalypse
    VII: Tikka To Ride
    VIII: Only The Good…
    BtE: Part 3

    Least favourites:

    I: Balance Of Power
    II: Kryten
    III: Bodyswap
    IV: Meltdown
    V: Quarantine
    VI: Emohawk: Polymorph II
    VII: Nanarchy
    VIII: Krytie TV
    BtE: Part 1

    #97793
    Tonguetied
    Participant

    Favourites

    Series I – Balance of Power
    Series II – Stasis Leak
    Series III – Marooned
    Series IV – Dimension Jump
    Series V – The Inquisitor
    Series VI – Psirens
    Series VII – Ouroboros
    Series VIII – Back In The Red part one
    BTE – Part three

    I find it really difficult to relegate any Red Dwarf episodes to a least favourite category but here goes.

    Least favourites

    Series I – Waiting for God
    Series II – Parallel Universe
    Series III – Timeslides
    Series IV – Camille
    Series V – Holoship
    Series VI – Rimmerworld
    Series VII – Epideme
    Series VIII – Only the Good
    BTE – Part Two

    #97812
    Duddits
    Participant

    Favourites:

    Series I – Future Echoes
    Series II – Stasis Leak
    Series III – Bodyswap
    Series IV – Justice
    Series V – Holoship
    Series VI – Gunmen of the Apocalypse
    Series VII – Tikka to Ride
    Series VIII – Cassandra
    BTE – Part 1

    Least Favourites:

    Series I – Waiting for God
    Series II – Parallel Universe
    Series III – Backwards
    Series IV – Meltdown
    Series V – The Inquisitor
    Series VI – Psirens
    Series VII – Ouroboros
    Series VIII – Pete Part 2
    BTE – Part 2

    #98066
    HORSEFELLOW
    Participant

    1: The End (hilarious!! and a lot of characters you don’t see agian!)
    2: Future Echoes (very good)
    3: Backwords (very funny)
    4: none (sorry!!)
    5: Back to realtiy (JAKE BULLIT!)
    6: Gunman of the Apacalypse (very funny)
    7: JFK (Lister can’t remember the American presidents, very funny! wonder if next they will try to go stop Obama?! hahaha
    8: Kryti TV (very funny)

    THE WORST:
    1: BALANCE OF POWER (BORING)
    2: PARELL UNIVERSE (BORING)
    3: Krytens LAst Day (not funny)
    4: Camile (not funny)
    5: Demons to Angels (funny but kind of lame)
    6: LEGION (BORING)
    7: DUCT SOUP (BORING AND LAME)
    8: last episode (huh?????)

    #98073
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Horsefellow, there.

    #98080
    Carlito
    Participant

    He’ll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen.

    #98081
    Carlito
    Participant

    (And then never seen again…)

    #98125
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    You hope!

    #98143
    RedDwarfFan2982
    Participant

    Favourites:

    Series I – Future Echoes
    Series II – Queeg
    Series III – Last Day
    Series IV – White Hole
    Series V – Back To Reality
    Series VI – Legion
    Series VII – Narachy
    Series VIII – Only The Good
    BTE – Part 3

    Least Favourites:

    Series I – Waiting for God
    Series II – Better Than Life
    Series III – Marooned
    Series IV – Meltdown
    Series V – Demons and Angels
    Series VI – Psirens
    Series VII – Beyond a Joke (followed closely by Duct soup)
    Series VIII – Pete Part 1&2
    BTE – None

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