I wanted to wait until we'd had our first "Lister Episode" before I made this topic in which we can discuss Lister as a character and Craig Charles performance of him in the series. Two episodes in I'm not really sure what to make of him. Back to Earth told us about a Lister who had spent the past nine years "being daft and drinking", a man who had given up on himself and his plan and lost Kochanski again as a result. By the end of that Easter special it seemed he had been reborn, had rediscovered himself and the chirpy optimistic spirit of the Lister from the early series was back and ready to get his life back in order. Craig Charles also showed a phenomenal shift in his acting abilities and delivered a stunning "decision" scene that tugged at the heartstrings of anyone who ever cared about the character. So what do we get in Series X. The first episode sees Lister reduced back to the dope he was written as in Series 8 and large parts of series VII. Prepared to endanger the lives of others in order to make a complaint to a call centre! I didn't want to judge him in this episode as he was relegated to second fiddle in what was a very Rimmer-centric story but after watching Fathers and Suns I think its now fair too comment on him. What Lister is this? Where has the hope of BtE gone? The man drank beer milkshakes in his twenties but now he is portrayed as a borderline alcoholic? This looked more like the Lister described by the kids on the bus than the one who resolved to get Kochanski back in BtE. I've enjoyed Craig's performance of him so far but I did think the "father and son" stuff had the potential to be darker, especially from the "Dad" Lister who could have got really angry with his son's failure to even start looking for Kochanski. I don't know if Doug is deliberately portraying Lister like this because he's going to do another restore of his character nearer the time when he actually does start to find Kochanski but I wasn't really that happy that after "being brave and saving the universe" the episode ended with him reverting to type. It was like he learned nothing.