Red Dwarf Review: Series II Preview

Sorry for the hiatus. As I get ready to take a look at series II, let’s take a quick look at the episodes for this season.

Kryten: The trio find a broken down starship with only a robot living. The robot is programmed to serve absolutely. Lister tries to break the robot’s programming and make him rebellious, but Rimmer wants him as a slave.

Better Than Life: Rimmer gets some depressing news in the post. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew go into a total immersion videogame that grants their fantasies. Rimmer joins along to try and live out the desires of his father. Hilarity ensues.

Thanks for the Memory: Shortly after a party celebrating Rimmer’s death, Lister, Rimmer, and the Cat wake up with no memory of the previous few nights. Rimmer also wakes up remembering a love that he once had. Lister gets down to the bottom of Rimmer’s memory.

Stasis Leak: Thanks to a leak in stasis, Lister, Rimmer, and the Cat can go back to a short time before the accident. Rimmer wants to bring himself back via a stasis tube, while Lister wants to bring Kochanski back via the stasis tube.

Queeg: With Holly becoming more incompetent by the hour, a new computer arrives, relieving Holly of duty. While the crew are at first relieved, they eventually learn the age-old lesson “meet the new boss, more insane than the old boss”.

Parallel Universe: During Rimmer and Lister’s debate (this time about the former’s chauvinism), Holly announces that he has invented a device that can transport objects through space. Instead, it takes them to a parallel universe, where genders and gender roles are reversed, right down to biology.

This season showed the writing get tighter, the humor become quicker, and tons of character development between the characters. Rimmer and Lister become closer, Holly gets his finest hour, and plots from previous episodes are developed upon.

What also occurs is that the first series was set entirely on Red Dwarf, with little interaction outside the ship. Here, the crew actually does some exploring, such as in “Kryten”.

And from now on, I will not be distinguishing between the Good and Bad openly. I will merge the two sections into a general “Review” section right below the synopsis section.

Gravity Falls Review, Season 1, Episode 3: Headhunters

Airdate: June 30th, 2012

Cops is filmed on location with the twins not involved with law enforcement. That’s because the law enforcement in this town is too incompetent to be on Cops.

Plot: Soos finds a mysterious room in the Mystery Shack containing a bunch of wax figures that were once used in a wax museum. Mabel decides to make a wax figure of Stan to help revive the wax museum. The museum fails epically (due to Stan’s cheapness). Shortly afterward, Stan’s wax head is decapitated. The cops decide not to investigate the case. Therefore, the mystery twins begin an investigation into the decapitation, with Dipper trying to prove that he is more than just adorable (the cops called him this once he announced his intent to investigate). As all potential suspects are disproved, it appears that the mystery will remain unsolved…. until the Wax Figures come alive at Wax Stan’s funeral.

They reveal themselves to be a bunch of haunted, living, wax figures who wanted to whack Stan for locking them up in the mysterious room, but got the wax figure instead. Their ringleader is Wax Sherlock Holmes (John Oliver, The Daily Show). A fight to the death occurs, and the Pines siblings win, thanks to fire and heat.

Review: Gravity Falls uses another twist! The fantasy elements are reinforced (unlike the previous episode, which was more technical then anythings). We get to see Dipper take his first steps into coming of age, as he tries to be more than just a kid. Grunkle Stan is just as selfish and insane as ever. Also, Toby Determined. He delivers the “jumping to conclusions” line that is hilarious. Oh, and John Oliver’s performance of Sherlock Holmes is sublime. The man is going to become a comic legend. Just watch his work on The Daily Show, and you’ll see why,

Not really anything bad to say about this one. Seems a bit light on the humor, though.

Favorite Scene: “Boy, your little knees must be sore… from jumping to conclusions! Ha cha cha!”

Fun Fact: The police officer from “Duck-tective”? That’s Warden Ackerman from Series VIII of Red Dwarf.

Officer Nicey, on the case!
To see my two favorite shows come together, if only for a moment, warms the cockles of my heart. (Personally, I don’t care much for Series VIII, but hey, weak Dwarf is better than no Dwarf).

Final Score: 9.

Edit, 11/3/14: Apparently, Gavin McTarvish did not star in this episode. I apologize. At least we get John Oliver. Maybe next season, Craig Charles can step in for an episode or two.