Whenever I near the end of a Red Dwarf run (I usually end the run at series 7 before starting over from the beginning again) I find myself analysing the show and why I dislike the new Red Dwarf so much. I've come to many a conclusion / theory over the last couple of years, but my analysis this time round is that NRD doesn't take itself seriously enough. We so often here the opinion that something takes itself too seriously used as a criticism, but the adage can just as easily be turned on its head and be equally true. When Red Dwarf started, you could see and feel its sci-fi roots. It's true to say the industrial-looking grey sets were mainly down to finances (or lack of) but they worked, and while the show was always intended to be a comedy, many of the scenes and set-pieces were played dead straight, with a genuine interest in creating tension and stirring emotions. But look at the show now. It's a pantomime, a parody of itself. The writers and actors play it solely for laughs, and the saddest part of all this is that they're laughing at themselves and the whole Red Dwarf ethos.