Least favourite episode?

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  1. GulDukat

    GulDukat Third Technician

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    Waiting For God
    Duct Soup
    The Inquisitor

    All better than Friends or American Idol, but not of the same quality as most episodes.
     
  2. J_Steeder

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    Krytie TV has to be the worst episode of the entire series. It's a cross between a bad reality show and a college frat party. I often wonder why was this episode ever made.
     
  3. Bluey

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    I think that's the best description of a Red Dwarf episode I've ever read on this forum.
     
  4. J_Steeder

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    Add some nudity to Krytie TV and you got soft porn
     
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    Add some nudity to Call My Bluff and you've got soft porn. ;-)
     
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    Lest favourite is big chunks of series 1 and 2 for me - it's seldom that I rewatch those. Was very surprised to read earlier that a few people don't like 'Kryten', as that's one of the few watchable 1&2 episodes for me (along with Queeg).
     
  7. Bluey

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    I find it surprising that any Red Dwarf fan wouldn't love series 1 and 2.

    They were full of those wonderful Lister/Rimmer conversations that were never bettered in subsequent series (except perhaps in Marooned), featured great acting, very funny lines (with none of that forced humour), and had some great, imaginative episodes such as Future Echos, Better Than Life, Thanks For The Memory and Stasis Leak.
     
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    Yeah, I am breaking the 'The Early Series Were Better' rule, here ;-)

    But really, 'Waiting for God' was awful, 'Parallel Universe' and 'Confidence and Paranoia' are nice ideas but not that well executed, 'The End' has flashes of brilliance but is largely something you have to sit through so that you know who everyone is, and 'Future Echoes' and 'Stasis Leak' - while also having some good bits - have mostly just irritated me on the whole.

    I do agree that 'Better Than Life' and 'Thanks for the Memory' are good though; especially TFTM - the character of Rimmer at his most beautifully poignant, I feel.
     
  9. bigtimedwarfer

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    Whilst I am of the opinion that RD really got going with the advent of series three I find this very difficult to agree with. Future echoes is genius of the highest order. I would hope its one of your highlights from the episode, but the scene where Lister meets the future echo of Rimmer in the drive room has not been betteted in 8(9) series.

    Obviously we all have our opinions but I consider myself unassailably correct on this one;-)l
     
  10. bond_villain

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    Yeah, it was specifically that scene I was thinking of when I wrote 'some good bits'. And 'Future Echoes' is certainly a fantastic sci-fi concept. If you think about it, faster-than-light travel is pretty much 'standard' in sci-fi; Red Dwarf is one of the only examples of sci-fi to actually ask 'But what happens to the crew?' In fact, it's one of the only examples of sci-fi where breaking the light barrier is something undesirable. The Enterprise can jump to warp 8 and Picard doesn't spill a drop of his Earl Grey - Red Dwarf nears the light barrier and Holly is basically sh***ing himself.

    But the episode as a whole just doesn't do it for me. Sorry. ;-)
     
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    I've often wondered how the earth ships of the Red Dwarf universe do get around considering they're essentially sub-light. (Or more specifically, they can go faster than light, but not without consequences.) The novel gave the impression that Red Dwarf did all it's mining within the solar system. However they also state that ships HAVE gone further in the past and found no alien life. The stasis booths are a hold-over from that, and that little dialogue between Lister and the other guy (was it Tod Hunter?) before going into stasis suggests it's still going on in the show-verse. (Incidentally, just sleeping the journey and travelling sub-light wouldn't be enough to travel to other stars. Not if they're in the twenty third century and have still had time to go out there and come back. We're talking thousands of years.)

    So do those ships that travel interstellar have some kind of FTL* cheat, like hyperspace/wormhole travel or warp drive? (Basically a way of getting to your location faster than light without actually travelling faster than light in normal space.) Presumably that facility was removed from Red Dwarf itself since nobody seems to use the ship that way in the series, or maybe it's happening all the time behind the scenes, like. 3 million years away at warp drive is still three million years away. Or maybe the ship was never used that way. Could the booths have been installed purely for punishment purposes?

    *Faster than Light
     
  12. kmgggg

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    This is is a no brainer for me, i watched every episode when they were first broadcast,seen them all again on DVD at least 100 times(and i mean at the very least!). My least favourite episode has never ever changed,its ANGELS AND DEMONS. As to why is for another time.
     
  13. Bluey

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    For me that episode and the rest of series 5 personify everything that's great about Red Dwarf, featuring the common Dwarf principle of a highly imaginative storyline wrapped around a good sci-fi concept.

    In my view Series 5 was pretty much flawless.
     
  14. nicky_j

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    The only thing I don't like about that episode is Lister eating the tarantula. I've only ever watched that bit once, and ever since then I've had to close my eyes when that bit comes on. I hate spiders! A great episode otherwise though.
     
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    Interesting!

    I didn't mean sublight to mean just the speed of current space craft. I genuinely thought that you needed to go faster than light to get anywhere within our lifetime. (I said thousands of years, which looks ridiculous reading your post, assuming you're right - and I'm sure you're right, your facts ring a bell.) Sixteen years is still a major amount of one's life but, I stand corrected. (Round trip, though you say? So only eight years there. That is quicker than I thought.)
     
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    Demons and Angels is very comfortably my least favourite episode from the first six series. I find it charmless, unfunny and slightly unpleasant to watch. I believe that Rob and Doug considered it to be the worst episode of that series which is why it was broadcast 5th (I think that's right) and I think they were correct.
     
  17. Bluey

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    It's a slightly uncomfortable moment for me too, but the fact the spider looks so fake when Lister puts it in his mouth takes part of the horror out of it for me. Still, it's an uncharacteristically macabre visual gag for Red Dwarf.
     
  18. Stephen

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    I actually like Demons & Angels...but I would rank it as my least favourite from series 5 even though I like the whole thing.
     
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    It's hard to pick my least favorite from all of series 7 & 8, so I'd have to say all of them. I've grown up laughing my ass off at RD since I was young, and I was so excited to learn it was coming back for another series (7). I spent every episode cringing, wanting to stab myself in the eye with a fork, and praying that something funny happens. There was so much wrong in those series that I honestly thought I was watching a knock-off show from another country. The Cat dancing with blue midget made me puke in my mouth a bit, and I think I switched off the telly when the Rimmer Experience came on.

    BtE made me want to throw myself out of the window. Reused gags, irritating OTT acting, terrible plot line, and the most shameful plugs I've ever seen (mentioning Dave).

    As far as the previous series go, I found Marooned a little boring even though I still enjoyed it.
     
  20. orton634

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    yup that is really good moment in whole series VIII
    and i like whole series VIII:-D
     

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