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  • #222946
    flanl3
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    I’ve got a question for you all.

    I’m going to get a chance to show a few folks an episode or two of red dwarf this evening. The problem being, a friend of mine has still got my I and II DVDs. That said, which episodes would be good to show them?

    #222947
    (deleted)
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    Either the first half of III, or Legion & Gunmen probably. A lot of the others rely on you knowing the characters.

    If you’d have had series 1 & 2 I’d have just said The End and/or Future Echoes, depending on your bravery. With Thanks For The Memory & Queeg as chasers if they’re still interested. But Backwards is still a good show and the first Byte of III shows everything the series can do compressed into 90 minutes.

    #222948
    flanl3
    Participant

    Alright, thanks for the advice.

    I did once try showing a friend of mine Psirens and Officer Rimmer since I didn’t feel like watching The End. That didn’t go over particularly well.

    #222949
    flanl3
    Participant

    I am still open for suggestions. I won’t be seeing these people for another hour or so.

    #222952
    Plastic Percy
    Participant

    I say go with Backwards.

    #222965

    Psirens, White Hole, Marooned, Polymorph, Only the Good.

    #222967
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Endgame, Blast from the Past, Tabula Rasa

    #222968
    By Jove its holmes
    Participant

    Dish and Dishonesty, Bells, Goodbyee

    #222972
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    I quite like Only The Good

    #222973
    Nick R
    Participant

    I’m fond of “Pilot”, “S1x01” and “Pilot”.

    #222974
    performingmonkey
    Participant

    Backwards is a great place to start.

    #222975
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Left-field suggestion, but I’m not sure there’s a better intro to the show than Camille. Opens with an all-time classic scene, gives you a proper handle on all four characters, is a strong concept and plot, is very funny. You can’t not be hooked after it.

    #222976
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    I was going to recommend Camille purely on the strength of What’s My Fruit

    #222977
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    One of my friends tried to watch The End but he said it was slow and boring. He says he doesn’t like Doctor Who either because it has shit special effects. I haven’t spoken to him in about a year.

    #222980
    JamesTC
    Participant

    Demons and Angels.

    It requires no knowledge of the characters to really appreciate and the idea of evil versions of characters is a staple of sci-fi so will be universal in understanding

    #222981
    Dave
    Participant

    Back In The Red – Part 2.

    #222982
    (deleted)
    Member

    Demons & Angels a good one – using it as an intro follows the Trek staple of ‘really early on show us who the characters aren’t in order for us to learn who they are’.

    #222985
    MANI506
    Participant

    I have never ever persuaded anyone that Red Dwarf is good. Well, I might have persuaded them it’s good but I have never persuaded them to let it take up as much of their brain as it does mine.

    #222987
    flanl3
    Participant

    I mean, someone convinced me.

    #222988

    You can’t not be hooked after it.

    Unless you’re a cunt.

    #222989
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Nobody seems very interested when I try to recommend Dwarf or Who. I have described the Sensational Reverse Brothers act to someone and had them say “that is funny”, though.

    #223006
    bloodteller
    Participant

    >Demons & Angels a good one – using it as an intro follows the Trek staple of ‘really early on show us who the characters aren’t in order for us to learn who they are’.

    i’d go with this, yeah. my first episode of Red Dwarf was Demons and Angels, and i’ve been hooked ever since.

    though since i watched it without any prior knowledge of what Red Dwarf was, i had no idea who the fuck any of the characters were and i kept wondering why they were calling this man “the cat”.

    #223007
    Dave
    Participant

    I watched The Inquisitor first and was hooked. It’s also a good introduction to the characters, but not in as straightforward a way as something like Camille or Demons and Angels.

    #223008
    flanl3
    Participant

    I watched balance of power first, and got really mad at my friend because he’d just finished telling me that there were no women left on the ship when the flashback scene came on

    #223009
    bloodteller
    Participant

    the first Red Dwarf i watched after Demons and Angels was the last 10 minutes of The Last Day, and so for some reason little 13 year old me thought the plotline of the show was “a guy wakes up on an abandoned mining ship with a robot, 2 other blokes and a hangover” and i genuinely thought that was the backstory of the show for years until i watched I and II.

    so best not to start with the last 10 minutes of The Last Day, really. they might get the wrong idea about the show

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