I'm quite late to this thread and everyone has pretty much said everything I intended to say but anyway here goes. Appearance shouldn't matter for RD as the low budget first 2 series showed but for a start it looks stunning in HD and anyway series 3 to 6 looked pretty easy on the eye anyway for the time so RD looking the best it has ever appeared is very welcome IMHO. The set of the SS Samsara is excellent too and better looking than the SS Trojan set from the last series. The lighting while I thought was good in series 10 has come on in leaps and bounds in this new series and is better toned and looks more spacey. The first episode, Twentica, I cannot judge properly until I have watched it several times when the blu-ray is released as I wasn't concentrating so well 2nd half but overall from what I have seen of both I thought Samsara was even better. The quite complex sci-fi mystery of the story felt like an early 90s episode and the callback to the justice field was welcome IMHO not just for nostalgia but also because it was advanced further in terms of concept. Several times throughout Samsara I thought they have got the old magic back, though I still feel series 10 is very good and was the base for this new material's upward trajectory in terms of quality. If the comedy in series 10 was funny, the comedy in this episode was very funny and I particularly enjoyed the scenes early on with the dice game and thank you very much for bringing back the bunk scenes and most importantly ones that worked really well too. I also felt Chris was more convincing and more Rimmer-like then he has been for a while in this episode. They all were great and very, very funny! In fact some people felt this was more like a series 7 episode but IMHO the only parts of the ep that were like that were the flashback scenes so that wasn't too much of it really and it was a new way of RD to be written so RD 11 has also not just been returning to the classic era but also has entered a bit of new territory too. However, while I thought the Cat-Lister scenes were rather funny I did feel they needed to be trimmed slightly to make the script a bit tighter in that part. As others have also said the end of the episode needed to a be a bit longer. The final scene of Samsara did not ruin the episode by any means but it was abrupt and they could have shown more of the escape ie a one liner/punchline from Rimmer about the card game too. More time for a better developed ending could have been taken from the slightly overlong Cat-Lister scene obviously. Another thing I would mention is I could sense the pay-off (the karma drive has been reversed and the Dwarfers must behave as badly as they always do) coming slightly early but the episode is still pretty excellent overall and has plenty of rewatch value now that you understand what is happening with the karma drive and how it affected the crew etc ie the mystery. Also linking back the early dice game scenes to the karma drive at the end was genius and like the RD glory years and likewise will be great to watch again. So overall for me Samsara was my favourite one of the first two of 11 - a really intriguing episode - and several times I thought this recaptures the old RD magic of the early 90s. It had a couple of faults ie the comedy needed to be a bit tighter in the Cat-Lister scene and the ending was quite fast but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it and I might even like it even more when I have watched a few more times when the blu-ray is released and I have formed a full opinion. But anyway I would give it 8/10 which is quite high for a first watch. A very strong, intriguing pretty excellent episode - I was so excited by what I had just seen that it took me ages to get to sleep so yes I feel even better than series 10.