...indeed: a strong first six series capped by two extremely uneven series. So Red Dwarf was somehow put on the map by series VII and VIII. Nobody would have been interested in those first six series? You really believe this do you? ...and spectacular lows. If you think the mirror universe and dinosaur plots of series 8 are great sci-fi then you need to reappraise your useage of the term. There was an absolute ton of emotion and character development in series 1 and 2. Mature Lister sure was great in series eight though, especially when cutting of his pubes and putting them on some soap or getting Kryten to throw a period party for Kochanski...then there was the time he paid to watch the object of his affections and his own mother showering. Oh right, there was that time he stopped eating curries for five minutes at the start of 'Blue': a mere handful of episodes after being prepared to endanger the entire human race to get one...I suppose that was character development.