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Comedy First, Sci-Fi Second

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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 12,016 mod jaykhunter


    Watching S8, Only The Good really confirmed this for me, that Red Dwarf uses sci-Fi more as a frame-work for sitcom. Sure there's some very heavy sci-fi in it but in general they just lay down the premise (eg a mirror universe, things are opposite) and use that as the basis for gags; which doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. There's definitely a vibe of "just go with it" and tbh I quite like it, I'm into RD for the comedy and characters first and foremost.

    What do you reckon?


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  • Yeah any basis for the science behind the show is fairly non existent. As you said, it sets the backdrop - take it or leave it, & then gets on with the comedy {well it used to :p}

    Part of the innocent charm of the show, it doesn't take itself too seriously & also why I love it so much




  • Part of the comedy is in the characters trying to explain the scifi, it may not fit one or the other but combined it's an odd combination that just works.




  • Just an update on this, I was watching the Doug interview on the S2 DVD extras and he states red dwarf is a comedy (and continuity wouldn't be a problem, as long as you're making people laugh) :)

    It's interesting to hear people come at it from a sci-Fi end but this really isn't the show to stand up to sci-Fi scrutiny.




  • Broadcast on all known frequencies and in all known languages; including Welsh."

    It's a comedy first, and a sci-fi second. But the sci-fi is the framework of the show, where a lot of the humour and interesting stories come from. Red Dwarf without the sci-fi would be like The Good Life being set in the middle of the countryside.




  • My favourite Dwarf episode is when spiteful Rimmer 'morphs' or changes into an anally retentive, politically correct activist, wearing a tee-shirt 'Give quiche a chance'. He had an acronym for the word clitoris and he suggested a leaflet campaign to defeat the vicious creature they were be threatned by.


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  • My favourite Dwarf episode is when spiteful Rimmer 'morphs' or changes into an anally retentive, politically correct activist, wearing a tee-shirt 'Give quiche a chance'. He had an acronym for the word clitoris and he suggested a leaflet campaign to defeat the vicious creature they were be threatned by.

    Polymorph. The Lister/Kryten vacuum cleaner scene almost killed me the first time I seen it :pac:




  • I think there was two 'morph' episodes in two different series.
    But to upgrade a warning you have to change the lightbulb.
    Arnold Rimmer always struck me as a quintesentially British charachter in the mould of something from the days of empire, or just a generally incompetent and ignorant authority figure. George Orwell's early career as a British/Burmeese policeman, he may well have encountered such figures.
    Also I had a book written by Grant/Naylor, a comedic take on the begging's of the Universe. I was so looking forward to reading it, but alas I lost it on the subaway in Seoul! Damm
    Does anyone know the name of the book Naylor/Grant,Grant or Naylor wrote?




  • I think there was two 'morph' episodes in two different series.

    Yep, Polymorph was the first one you were talking about. Then in season 6 there was "Emohawk - Polymorph II"




  • Enter Now:
    You have no knowledge of the book that was written by them?




  • Enter Now:
    You have no knowledge of the book that was written by them?

    Nope, not familiar with anything from them except the Red Dwarf books


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  • Does anyone know the name of the book Naylor/Grant,Grant or Naylor wrote?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Naylor
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Grant

    One or the other should mention it. I don't recall that one though.


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