Whats the "Gateway" episode of Red Dwarf?

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  1. OurJud

    OurJud Deck Sergeant

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    Like an earlier poster said, I'd just throw them in at S1E1. Otherwise things could be a bit confusing for them; Why is there a vampire on board? Why's the uptight guy got an H on his head? Etc etc etc.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of us started watching at an episode later than The End, though - mine was Camille, for example - and none of us really had trouble understanding it.
     
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    True enough. I can't pretend my introduction was with s1e1. In fact I can't remember what it was, but I do know it wasn't The End.
     
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    Demons and Angels.
     
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    As of now, I wouldn't go for one of the episodes in series 1-3 because they look a bit dated. But if I was to go for one of them it'd be 'Better than Life' because that gives a clear indication that, yes, it's set on a spaceship but it uses concepts, including artificial reality, so that you're not ALWAYS seeing the inside of a spaceship and it gives you a sense of Rimmer's unavoidable self loathing so you can better sympathise with him for other episodes. Although I hate the taxman ending. I love Polymorph but it's a bit much for your first episode.

    Several episodes in Red Dwarf series use artificial reality (or alternative worlds in the case of Terraform / Rimmerworld) so it's not setting up a precedent that can't be fulfilled again.

    I wouldn't hit them straight with Ace Rimmer - it would make Red Dwarf seem too much like a comedic Top Gun. But I would seriously consider 'White Hole' because you've got a new character to add interest (Talkie Toaster), you've got a good sci-fi concept and you've got Lister playing pool. And the episode has got atmosphere- it sets you up for series 5 in particular.

    Even though I like series 6, you should perhaps see the vastness of the Red Dwarf model in your first episode. The tight one liners of series 6 rely on some comfortable knowledge of the characters, as does Justice, The Inquisitor - and Demons and Angels, Quarantine, Terraform and Back to Reality works best when you know their normal characters very well.

    So Better Than Life , White Hole or , actually I do agree with the choice of Psirens a lot - it's very well structured as a story with an intro to the characters, cameo appearances, disgusting to look at kiss scene with a Psirens. It even has Kryten's creator. It's a rollercoaster of an episode. Legion is a good mood setter too but maybe too earnest for a first episode to watch.
     

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