First off, let me apologise for the content of this post. I just feel the need to get it off my chest. My hope is that I will be saying what at least a few other fans are thinking. I am not a regular poster here, but I have been a fan of Red Dwarf since 1990. The Last Day was my entre into one of the finest TV programmes ever made, a uniquely successful blend of science-fiction, comedy and simple low-budget character drama, with a crucial dash of high-brow material - philosophy, psychology, morality - which elevated the show above "pulp". I couldn't ask for any more in a programme, and as I say I think that series 1 to 5 were a unique achievement in the history of television. Then Series 6 happened, and though it was definitely a step down from Series 5 it was still a hell of a lot better than Series 7, and Series 8, during which I actually stopped watching the programme out of sheer disappointment. To see my favourite characters going from Quarantine to Pete: Part I was just too much. Then, after a long time, BTE happened, and for me it was a nice thing. It wasn't funny, and I missed the audience laughter, but it was pretty good. I also liked the "meta" layer, which I actually found quite clever. Once I heard that RDX was going to be "back to basics" and have a studio audience, I was pretty excited. By that time I was nearly 30, so old enough not to get too excited and set myself up for a big disappointment. Still, I awaited the return of my old programme eagerly. I knew it had lost something in the transition between Series 5 and 6, and that it had never recovered from losing one of its two creators, and that it had been a very long time since its last outing as a sitcom... but still, I listened to the assurances of the cast members, and looked forward to what was coming with an open mind. Well, what can I say. The only truly "laugh out loud" moment for me in RDX was the moose joke. I have detailed my other complaints about it elsewhere on this forum. Let me just say... I don't understand people saying it was "a return to form". For me, a return to form would be less wild retconning, some depth and substance in the scripts, Rimmer and Lister being convincing and relatable characters again, Chris Barrie not hamming up every line of dialogue, and less cruel nihilism played for laughs. Oh, and I'd want it to be funny as well, not the forced chuckles of RDX. I really think it was a disaster on every front. Now, a couple of years on, I come to this forum once a month or so, to see if there is any news about a follow-up. "Red Dwarf XI". The activity of a loyal fan. But here's the thing. I don't even know if I would watch a new series of Red Dwarf. If I did, it would be out of nostalgia/loyalty, not any expectation that I would enjoy it. Enjoy another series like RDX? Are you crazy? I'm pining for episodes like The Inquisitor and Back to Reality - but they were 20 years ago. Compared to Series V, RDX was like a bunch of college students trying to do Red Dwarf. It's depressing to see the show having fallen so far, and morbid to want this decline to continue. Lots of fans do want that, and at some level so do I, but it is morbid. And it's degrading, too. It's degrading for fans to lower their expectations so much that they are able to get excited about a new series of the same dreadfully low quality as RDX. It's over. Naylor clearly can't write the show on his own (humour-wise, depth-wise and taste-wise), and the two main actors clearly don't understand what they did in the early days that made it work. None of the parties involved - actors, writer, his crew - seem able to quality-check each other, and the result is a sub-mediocre programme that, if it did not bear the name "Red Dwarf", would barely have been watched by anybody. I'm sorry, but I think that the grim truth for many old-time fans is this: if Red Dwarf were a dog, you would put it out of its misery. The only hope of recovery is to get Rob Grant back. But why would he come back? The show has been wrecked since he left. Lister is now his own father. Rimmer has become Ace (who has himself been degraded with dreadful writing and acting) and been replaced by some other Rimmer, who has kneed Death in the groin, and been psychopathic towards his own brother, and been revealed to be illegitimate etc. Kochanski has been altered into a completely different character. Both Rimmer and Lister have descended from Marooned to their RDX conversation about Shakespeare merely being a guy who "came up with great phrases". And the less said about the ship's full crew being restored, the better. And the less said about Naylor's appallingly glib handling of said crew's departure, the better. It's a complete mess. What's more, even if the writer and cast acknowledged the flaws in how they've been doing it, I can't see a feasible way for them to segue back to the old style. Compare Rimmer in the episodes Holoship and Trojan: you can go from the former to the latter - a three-dimensional character can become hammy - but try going the other way. Even if it could be written, could it be acted, without admitting that Barrie has been way below-par in the role since 1992? God, it's so depressing... One of the finest TV programmes ever made, and now we're reduced to looking forward to another six episodes like Entangled. For heaven's sake, get Rob Grant back. It could only be for the best. I say that out of love for the show, not a desire to rain on anyone's parade or to insult Doug Naylor. I have no idea of the pressure involved in writing and directing Red Dwarf, and I'm sure he has fought well against the challenge. But to restore it to its former glory, to the show it used to be and should be... he has to get his old writing partner back in, and rekindle the partnership that produced the glories of Series 1 to 5. Hopefully this message will reach both Naylor and Grant. If not, I hope it has relieved some tension in fans who have been secretly thinking along the same lines.