I'm not sure the writers have understood what made Red Dwarf classic. None of the characters are feeling like themselves in these first two episodes. Lister, who was always a sensible guy who's moments of silliness always stemmed from his vices is now a farcical character who gets obsessed with ordering a Stirmaster or acting like his own dad. Cat seems almost interested in things other than himself. And none of them seem to be taking the piss out of each other like Red Dwarf is known for; they all seem to almost like each other ... it's like watching Top Gear where none of the presenters are ripping on each other, it just doesn't work. Why are all of the crew participating in a zany charade to help Rimmer save face in front of his brother again? No character humour and supremely weak gags (since when did "what's that whiny sound?" "it's you, you're talking" being repeated three times qualify as a joke worth making the final script of a Red Dwarf episode?), and we're two episodes in. I think it's safe to say this hasn't worked. It's not as bad as Back To Earth (it would've been difficult to achieve that anyway), but it's still an affront to what made Red Dwarf great.