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Red Dwarf

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7.9199712
There's a change of crew in this series as Rimmer leaves and Konchanski comes back.
Starring
Craig CharlesDanny John-JulesChris Barrie
Genres
ComedyScience Fiction
Subtitles
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Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Tikka to Ride
    January 17 1997
    29min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Lister's search for an Indian takeaway brings him to Dallas, 1963.
  2. 2. Stoke Me a Clipper
    January 24 1997
    29min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Rimmer's alter ego, Ace, arrives on Starbug fatally wounded with one dying request.
  3. 3. Ouroborus
    January 31 1997
    30min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    The Dwarfers encounter a real, live human woman who's attractive and nice.
  4. 4. Duct Soup
    February 7 1997
    29min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    The crew go on a journey of personal discovery when their generators fail.
  5. 5. Blue
    February 14 1997
    27min
    12
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Lister is missing Rimmer, at least until Kryten steps in to help.
  6. 6. Beyond a Joke
    February 21 1997
    29min
    12
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    In a hope to educate the crew Kochansky transports them to Pride and Prejudice World.
  7. 7. Epideme
    February 28 1997
    29min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    Lister is impregnated with a virus and he tries to talk his way out of the problem.
  8. 8. Nanarchy
    March 7 1997
    29min
    12
    Audio Languages
    English
    The crew finally discover who stole Red Dwarf and why.

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Directors
Ed Bye
Supporting actors
Robert Llewellyn
Season year
1997
Network
BBC Worldwide
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BuffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as bad as I thought
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I told myself that I would never EVER purchase the series 7 DVD. However, I had not seen series 7 since it was first shown and was curious to see how it held up after 22 years.

Some background info: By series 7 the show had lost it's co-writer Rob Grant; Chris Barrie (Rimmer) quit mid-series; the visual-style was different and there was no studio audience. And Rimmer was replaced by Chloe Annette's Kochanski character which I felt watered down the comedy a bit.

Conclusion: Series 7 was not anywhere as bad as I thought it was, but it had lost a lot of its grit. The first 2 episodes (Tikka to Ride and Stoke Me a Klipper) are excellent. But it does gradually go down hill with each episode that follows. I did feel some nostalgia at times, but all in all it was a hit and miss series, but certainly not a worthless one. And it beats the hell out of series 8 which was dreadful. Even as a 14 year-old boy 20 years ago I thought that was a crap series.
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Mr. A. RothnieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
4 stars just: it (largely) goes downhill after Rimmer leaves
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The separation of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's writing partnership along with Chris Barrie temporary departure are clearly and obviously the main factors in this inconsistent though just about good enough to be worthwhile seventh series of Red Dwarf. For too much of the time it fails to match the imperious standards set by the first six series. Rob Grant's departure was a mega loss and you cannot help but feel that though Doug Naylor's writing is good (great at times) the earlier six series greatness is diluted by half. In the first six every bit of dialogue and characterisation was superbly funny. The dialogue in this series is good but nowhere near as scintillating in comedy as the first six series. The one liners are not as entertaining. Another issue is that the CGI imaging rather than use of models looks rather dated now even up-scaled on a Blu-ray player. This higher budget production value simply does not suit Red Dwarf as does the absence of an audience on set.

The scripts also suffer. The first two - "Tikka to Ride" and "Stoke Me a Clipper" - are a superb start but notice these are the stories that include Chris Barrie's Rimmer as part of the crew. "Tikka to Ride" continues where series six left off - it's dark but funny and sophisticated in its science fiction and is easily one of the best ever Red Dwarf episodes. Though even that suffers some inconsistency as suddenly the time drive can move people around. Also President Kennedy's future self assassinates his earlier self as the gunman behind the grassy knoll - so surely with what happened to the time paradox involving the Dwarfers between series six and series seven his future self should not have been able to assassinate his earlier self as his younger self would not get to be his older disgraced self. But this episode is still great as Red Dwarf has always been littered with inconsistencies even in the days of both Grant and Naylor writing. "Stoke Me a Clipper" brings back Ace Rimmer and sees Rimmer incredibly become the superhero. The artificial medieval reality scenes are entertaining as they are packed with action. Ace Rimmer's death and Rimmer's departure to become the next Ace Rimmer is well handled and well written. Paul Alexander - while not as incredible as the departed Grant though you cannot really compare - with Doug Naylor co-writing provides this great story to write Rimmer out.

However, after this sensational two episode start including Rimmer as part of the main crew it's largely downhill all the way. "Ouroboros" is in my opinion the joint weakest script along with "Beyond a Joke." I remember when I was a teenager in 1997 I thought this was a good story and was very impressed with it and thought it was one of the best but now I can see its flaws. Again and firstly the humour/dialogue is not as entertaining. Secondly, the science fiction in Red Dwarf has always been brilliant in the first six series though unbelievable to varying extents. But this takes unrealism too far - it is simply not possible to father yourself as Lister does at the end with his ex-girlfriend Kochanski as his own mother. It makes no sense at all so fails to be a convincing story.

"Duct Soup" is okay but is a poor man's version of series three's "Marooned." Some of the dialogue is funny like the reasons for Lister's claustrophobia but it does not match up to the best episodes of Red Dwarf. Also in this and the following episodes another reason for the decline of the series to merely an acceptable level is the addition of Kochanski to the crew. Chloe Annette is okay but she is not really good as Kochanski and the relationship between her and the rest of the crew comes across as annoying. As a female invading the male space, she looks down on them and while they are "space bums" this makes her look pompous and superior and as a Red Dwarf fan I find this as the source of comedy irritating. The bottom line is she fails to adequately replace Chris Barrie's Rimmer though this was always going to be improbable anyway. Chloe Annette is okay as Kochanski but her characterisation by the writers is poor. Her addition to the crew brings out the worst in Kryten as his neuroses over whether she will take Lister away from him are not comic, just downright irritating.

"Blue" is a half great script and notice that this is the last episode to feature Rimmer until series eight. The flashback scenes of Lister's memories of Rimmer are very funny while the crew's games night scene for once shows Kochanski to be funny as she is unimpressed with Lister and the Cat's puerile male entertainments. The feeling is mutual as Lister and the Cat are likewise unimpressed by Kochanski and her hologrammatic superior Lister from the other dimension and their intellectual games. Yawn. The Rimmer "munchkin" song is just great as it is so over-the-top. What prevents the episode from being a completely brilliant script is as a story it does not flow quite right and feels more like a series of scenes.

The previously mentioned "Beyond a Joke" is the joint worst script with "Ouroboros." It is okay but the "Pride and Prejudice" world scenes while a bit funny seem incongruous with the Red Dwarf universe. The story of the two brother androids (same motherboard) is intriguing but the rogue simulants and gelfs have all been seen before in more superior stories.

However, the final two episodes of series seven - especially the penultimate - are a return to form. "Epideme" is easily one of three episodes which are as good as the earlier Grant-Naylor helmed series. Paul Alexander is responsible along with Doug Naylor for this script and again produces a stunner. The talking virus' characterisation is excellent and is a source of all manners of jokes and humour. The science fiction of how to cure the virus is impressive storytelling while the scene on board the Leviathan in the ice glacier is like a return to the strong settings of the first six series. On this occasion Kochanski's characterisation is better handled and this unsurprisingly occurs when Kryten and she actually combine. Her saving of Lister is heroic. The comedy is equal to the strong science fiction story. The scene in which Lister is "tongue hockeyed to death" is easily one of the funniest of this series though disgusting.

Series seven finale "Nanarchy" is almost as good as the previous episode though not quite classic Dwarf as the story of where their mother ship - the Red Dwarf - disappeared and who took it comes full circle. Again Paul Alexander, along with James Hendrie, is a co-writer and the plot is well connected to the end of series five. It must be a good episode as after all Norman Lovett's Holly returns and immediately the one-liners and dialogue are as funny and impressive as series one, like he had never been away! The scenes with Lister's rebuilt arm are funny while the anticipation for series eight is built as Starbug enters the Red Dwarf hanger only to be much too small. What prevents it from being a classic episode is that it is used to tie up the loose ends of the back story of why they are stranded on Starbug and could not find their mother ship.

Series seven is just about good enough though the departure of Rob Grant has clearly taken away half the greatness of the show. In addition to the loss of co-creator and writer Grant, the departure of Chris Barrie as Rimmer is clearly the point at which the series, for the most part, deteriorates. However, three episodes that rank amongst the best in the Red Dwarf cannon and some other good and okay ones make this sufficiently worthwhile. As long as you lower your expectations and accept that due to all these mitigating factors it will not be as good as first six series it is a fairly good watch.
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wendellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What can I say. It's Red Dwarf. Enough said.
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Charlie SkylerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely hilarious!
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A real classic!
Claire TReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Red Dwarf Funny
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Very funny series. Bought this as a gift. Both recipient and I enjoyed it.
JingizuReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic viewing!
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What an absolutely wonderful laugh! After a bit of a downturn for me in season VI, I thoroughly enjoyed season VII. It was hilarious and introducing Kochanski added a fresh new dynamic that provided many hilarious moments. Kryten and his jealously over his beloved "Mr Lister sir" and the flashbacks of Rimmer were side-splitting [the Arnold Rimmer song had me ROFLMAO!].

Great job guys [and gal]! Loved this show.

The product itself was also nicely packaged, the interactive menu very good and the special features had great outtakes and smeg-ups as well as interesting interviews.
Stuart HumphreysReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great watch
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One of my favourite shows
Rochelle winderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good
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Good
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