I didn't like the first episode - it just wasn't for me and I think I may have said as much on here yesterday. But I am so glad I didn't burn my bridges by slating it; tonight's episode more than made up for last night's disappointment - a truly excellent show. The jokes were funnier (even if some were a bit obvious) and everything just seemed to be a bit more "natural" and enjoyable. I agree that the space corps directive joke could have been even funnier if this was the one time Rimmer got it right, but hey it was OK as it was. I have to admit, when it was first apparent that the crew were going to discover that they were merely characters in a show I cringed and thought "Oh no! The rumours are definitely true". But I thought the breaking of this "fourth wall" actually worked - I normally hate this sort of thing, but in this instance it was well written, plausible and entertaining. It was a very brave and well constructed script, and it turned out to be an excellently performed show - if not a little self-indulgent (but I think that can be forgiven). We have finally got an answer to all our plot continuation worries, and in a unique way too. I like the idea that there is a missing series 9 (missing in our dimension anyway) which answers all our questions. It's not complete closure, but it is good enough for me - and there is a hint that Kristine is still alive (a totally under-appreciated character IMO) - which has got to be good news. My only criticism is Dave. I don't know if I lost my TV signal for a second, but the ad break seemed to be a bit abrupt and appeared to cut off Rimmer mid-sentence. I suppose after writing 8 series for the BBC it is tricky to get into the habit of writing to incorporate breaks, but surely someone from Dave or the editing team could have done a better job here (this is assuming that it wasn't my TV that was at fault) On the whole, a fantastic 2nd episode, which I like to think is my reward for extraditing Mrs Southblue to the portable to watch the end of Britain's got talent - after yesterday's episode it would have been so easy to let her have her way. A big pat on the back to everyone involved with the show and (if I may indulge myself) well done to all the fans who, like me, stayed loyal after a below par first episode. Only question now is what comes after tomorrow? A catch-up series 9, or straight on to series 10? Either way, it is obvious that there must be another series! Smeggin' brilliant.