Ahhh weird seeing this thread again. Times have changed. Simulant37 and I were talking (no more - although he's never explained why). Kenneth and I were arguing (no more - top bloke - only one who ever PM's me). BUT putting aside the derailing and squabbles from last year, I would say Series 7 was a pretty damn good reboot. I have never understood the hate for it when the said complaints largely compile of "the SFX are smeg..." or "The set are too clean"!! What ruined it was Chris Barrie not being in it. Had he stayed, and had that Cat episode been made, it would have been a great series. I rank it was my third favourite series... (behind 5 and 6) just not enough Rimmer for my liking. Having caught episodes of Backwards and Bodyswap last night - I couldn't get over how awful they were. Maybe they had just dated but they didn't make me laugh once. I may be killed for saying this, but they reminded me of the calibre of comedy seen in series 8!!!