Red Dwarf: Season 9, Episode 1

Back to Earth (Part One) (10 Apr. 2009)

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Life has not been the same since the nanabots re-created Red Dwarf, and now Lister and Rimmer are forced to take on the guards in a basketball game. The only way they believe they have a ... See full summary »



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Life has not been the same since the nanabots re-created Red Dwarf, and now Lister and Rimmer are forced to take on the guards in a basketball game. The only way they believe they have a chance of winning is by sabotaging the opposition's half-time juice with 'Boing', the virility enhancement drug. Needless to say, the match is a fiasco and their punishment is two weeks of spud duty. With Bob the Skutter's help, Lister gets hold of a virus which eats potato skins. It also eats clothing and hai. Written by Anonymous

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When Lister visits Kochanski's grave, a picture of Mel Bibby can be seen. Bibby was the show's production designer. He died in 2002. See more »


Lister is ironing and has put the tomato he was eating to his right on the ironing board. From one shot to the other he suddenly has the tomato in his hand again. See more »


[Lister reveals he is eating tomatoes to save water]
Rimmer: How does eating tomatoes save water?
Lister: It's coming!
[Sneezes through a sieve onto his trousers]
Lister: Don't suppose you want any iorning doing, do you?
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It fulfills some needs the creators had, I guess
1 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It probably worked better on paper, but it somehow doesn't work for me.

The new effects, the total change of the feel of the series, the lack of canned laughter, the new wrinkles and the general lack of humour makes the program seem very different to the original.

It's fine for a DVD extra, and was probably fun for the team to get back together to do this. But nothing like the actual series. Perhaps it's because I'm expecting it to be like the original.

If you liked the original and want to see this strange revisit to the people who made Red Dwarf - just keep in mind it's more a look into the minds of the makers than actually fun or entertaining.

If the original had carried on getting worse (from series 6 on) and kept on getting progressively worse every year until 2009 - this is what Red Dwarf would have been. They should have cancelled it at series 5.

There are some moments in this 3-part "mini series" which make me cringe and others that made me shake my head in disappointment. At no moment did I actually enjoy it, not even a little.

But I did get insight into the feelings of the creators, which was nice.

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