Well, we have reached the end of Series IV of Red Dwarf. We are, in terms of series amounts, halfway through Red Dwarf‘s original run. (In terms of episodes, we reach the half point after “The Inquisitor”.)
So, what do I think? Well, not much, other than this series was wonderful.
Sure, some episodes were weaker compared to the high standards of the golden age (Camille, anybody)? Overall, however, this season produced some wicked good episodes, including the uber-memorable “Dimension Jump”. All of the other episodes, however, are very much brilliant.
As I said in my preview, this season often gets overlooked, sandwiched between the critically acclaimed series 3 and 5. This series, however, was just funny. Granted, the series began and ended with two of the weaker “classic” episodes (“Camille” and “Meltdown”), but even those episodes were very, very funny.
Like series 3, the development given to the characters is awesome. Rimmer gets the brunt of the development, however. We get to see just how deranged he is in episodes like “Meltdown”, yet get to see how self-pitying he is and “Justice”. Making a character that is sympathetic, annoying, and funny at the same time is a hard feat. Red Dwarf simply excels at it.
The plots also got better and better, and more into the sci-fi territory. We had “Dimension Jump”, which analyzed the idea of alternate universes; “White Hole”, which used a kooky twist on sci-fi that only Futurama could do better; and “DNA”, which showed Kryten go from machine to man, with hilarious consequences.
This series is just a joy to watch. If you have iTunes cash, buy it. If you have actual cash, get the DVD. If you have a Netflix account, watch it.