As I have finished the "produced to date" shows, the properly produced ones at least, and I've been reading several things in the fandom, I've been doing a sort of informal rewatch from the beginning of Red Dwarf. I'm not used to going this alone, so I decided to share my thoughts in this thread, and possibly generate some discussion. I'll just post my thoughts on each episode as it goes along. Series 1, episode 1: The End I gotta say, it's really surreal to see Chris Barrie and Craig Charles back in 1988. They absolutely look 12. Danny hasn't changed a bit, though. I don't think he ages. Must be the Cat genes. I'm enjoying Hollister a bit more now that I've watched series 8. And I've always liked Peterson. Craig Charles's acting has improved tremendously over the years. There at the beginning, he was really going in for the physical comedy, and his Scouse accent seemed a bit exaggerated. The main problem, though, was that he never actually looked anyone in the face. He was always looking down or off to the side. I don't know if that's the character he was trying to build for Lister, or if his character eventually matured out of that, but I connected to Lister so much more when Craig Charles started making actual eye contact with people. It's just so much more noticeable now that I've hopped from 10 to 1. I know I probably upset several people with my fears of "racist Cat"... or, in other words, my fears that the characterization of Cat was going to be a combination of uncomfortable "black" stereotypes. I think I may have said "bad James Brown impression." I've gotten over that, obviously. In fact, I quite like Cat. At the time, though, the tiny amount we get of Cat has little context, and I'm used to cringing at sitcoms that use racial stereotypes as a short-hand for comedy. I'm glad that didn't happen, and especially that the actors and writers were aware enough of potential problems that they were able to avoid indulging in those stereotypes. They're all dead, Dave. Rimmer is still great at screaming ineffectual judo. And I'm out, until "Future Echoes."