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Red Dwarf IX - Back to Earth 
11th-Apr-2009 07:45 am
red dwarf, firefly
I just don't know what happened. It can't just be the loss of Rob Grant, can it? He can't have really been the only funny thing in 36 episodes of pure genius hilarity.

It could be the lack of a studio audience; the boys clearly seem to be lost without an audience to laugh for them; comedians need encouragement. But it's not just the delivery, although that couldn't have helped.

My show just isn't funny any more. It makes no sense (how come those three survived and where did they get the hard light drive that was destroyed with Starbug? WHERE THE SMEG WAS HOLLY?) and it was kind of problemmatic (suddenly the Red Dwarf uniform for women is less decent than Uhuru's minidress).

I felt so sad as the credits rolled. It's like getting together with an ex for dinner and discovering the ex has lost everything that made you love them, and hasn't developed anything new in the meantime.

So we kept the telly on and watched Gunmen of the Apocalypse, and that cheered me up.
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11th-Apr-2009 11:25 am (UTC)
And I was going to write this comment too. 7 and 8 had lots of proper scifi ideas- Lister going back in time and leaving himself as a baby for his adoptive parents to find, that sort of thing. However it just wasn't funny. (Apart from Ace and the Munchkin song- but even then it wasn't carried out as well as I'd hoped).
11th-Apr-2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
They explained what happened to Holly.

"Where is mainframe computer?"

"Oh, he's still drying out."

"??"

"Yes, Lister left a bath running up on the officer's deck..." Etc. etc.

I liked it. But then again, I also had little to no problems with VII and VIII (minus Only The Good because NOTHING IS EXPLAINED AT ALL). I suppose I have rose-colored glasses when it comes to this show, because God knows I'm picky as hell when it comes to other shows/movies/media.
11th-Apr-2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the lack studio audience was what made it really surreal for me.

There was some funny to me (Mostly, admittedly, Rimmer and the music, which was only one bit), and Danny was the one who felt most awkward in his delivery.

But yeah, it really bugged me that continuity seemed to have gone out the window. It really, really bugged me.
12th-Apr-2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Anonymouse
The lack of even a laughter track does suck some of the old-time silliness out of it, but the Cat's "this big...no...this big...no...THIS big..." scene and Kryten going on holiday to a broom cupboard were still pretty funny for me. I think people are gonna overanalyse what is after all a daft bit of escapism. Watched, enjoyed it it made me laugh. Enough said.
12th-Apr-2009 10:33 pm (UTC) - Back to Earth
Anonymouse
This was a worthy effort. First part wasn't too promising but the second and third were well worth it. Re-introduced some of the off the wall plotting that the first 6 series exploited so well. Shows that budget isn't the limiting factor to inventiveness. Thanks to the production crew, cast and to Dave for making it happen. So much better than leaving the guys with series 7 and 8 to remember.
12th-Apr-2009 10:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Back to Earth
Who are these people leaving Anonymouse comments and where are you finding this?

I disagree that it 're-introduced off the wall plotting' except where it badly rehashed some already used RD plots. Not only was it self-plagiarism, it wasn't even funny.
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