Second "Happy New Red Dwarf Day" into this 2017 twelfth series and I approached this episode with a lot of anticipation given the tremendous ratings it had received from various critics and all the fans on Doug and Richard's twitter who adored it. However, I have to say I feel a bit let down by Siliconia to be honest. There are several positives about the episode, however. For a start, it is a new sci-fi concept that Doug has used obviously with the other Dwarfers being transferred to the mechanoid bodies. That is a real positive for sure for there to be a brand new idea in a near thirty year old sci-fi sitcom. Additionally, although I did not laugh out loud quite as much all the way through - unlike with Cured which was constantly hilarious - I generally found the episode to be very funny. Although there were some recycled old jokes, because the show has continued for so long now I didn't mind their reuse and they still were pretty funny to hear again interwoven amongst other new material. Though it would be even better if Doug could have written more new material. I suppose even my favourite scene - the counselling gags - was an expansion of the scene with Rimmer confiding in Snacky about his past in Give and Take. But it was just so immensely funny and made me laugh the loudest in the entire episode and like I said it did take the humour from that psychology scene in series 11 even further! So that scene was simply vintage Red Dwarf. However, I do wonder whether the beginning of the episode was not as fast out of blocks as Cured was in terms of humour and pacing, though still fairly strong. Also the Inbetweener James Buckley did not really stand out in my humble opinion because there were so many other androids obviously, though the fact that he did not shows how all the guest performers were pretty good. Generally the plot of the abused and taken for granted mechanoids turning on their human/humanoid masters was pretty fine but what really let the episode down in my opinion was the ending. The worst part of a story to be weak is the resolution so that is why I felt somewhat frustrated by Siliconia by the end. For a start, the mop "gladiator" duel scene was good for some time but I do wonder whether it went on slightly too long again and perhaps is a bit too far out and silly. But anyway Kryten was about to be jettisoned into space and then we get such an abrupt and fast pay off. I noticed on Dave how it had the "up next Zapped" text on the screen and suddenly thought before the resolution came how it was surely going to be too fast and it was. Why does Siliconia happen to just appear at that right very exact time to save Kryten and the other Dwarfers - it feels too fast, fluky and coincidental (have I missed something?)? Also how is Rimmer transferred back into his hologrammatic body successfully when he appeared to be taken over virtually completely by the android's programming? Though I suppose the key word is virtually and after all he made an emotional speech which I quite liked about wanting to stay a machine and it was a nice example of a dramatic style being used by Doug in Red Dwarf again but not too much. Overall, though I thought most of Siliconia before the end was pretty good the problem is series 11 had a lot of clever pay offs, this feels too simple and without a strong end to an episode it simply unravels all the goodness of the rest of the half hour. So though I laughed reasonably frequently ultimately after watching I wondered whether the critics who gave it scores of 10/10, 5/5 and 9/10 had watched the same episode? If when I rewatch Cured when the blu-ray is released the possible issues like whether the mad scientist trusting the Cat to eliminate the other Dwarfers makes sense then I personally feel that first episode is the strongest out of the two fairly significantly. I personally think Cured if it does indeed make enough sense and hold together on re-watch is surely the more like series 4-6 and funnier all the way through. To be honest with you I feel not just series 11 but also most of series 10 has been stronger than this twelfth series so far. I don't want to over-commit to this opinion yet as obviously the whole of series 12 has not been broadcast yet but I do worry that series 11 is so much better because Dave said to Doug we want a second series at the same time and so he had to rush write another six episodes. But still like I said I have not seen the whole series yet though next episode, Timewave, does concern me because that was the second episode filmed last year that got mixed set reports though admittedly there was some misbehaving from audience members too. I do hope though given that I enjoyed most of the rest of Siliconia until the end that when I rewatch it I will enjoy it more as I will be more used to its fast resolution and might appreciate it more as like a Russell T Davies Doctor Who series 1 (my favourite series of new Who) style simple pay off. I'm really hoping it will grow on me more upon future viewings when I am more used to it but for now though I enjoyed it fairly well up until the resolution I feel ultimately somewhat frustrated by this episode and just cannot see how it is as one fan said: "the best of the Dave-era so far!" Five of series 10's episodes and five of series 11's episodes are significantly better than this. Hopefully it might well indeed grow on me after this first viewing but for now it is more Sillyendconia than Siliconia. 7.5 out of 10.