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Story

The second series of Red Dwarf was, as Danny John-Jules says in the accompanying DVD commentary, "the one where it really went good." First broadcast in the autumn of 1988, these six episodes showcase Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's sardonic, sarcastic humor to perfection. The cast had gelled and the occasionally erratic tone of the first series--which was made a little too much in the shadow of Dark Star and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--is replaced by a confident assurance that the show's mix of sci-fi in-jokes and gags about bodily functions really does work. There's more color this year, too, as the drab sets are spiced up, a little more money has been assigned to models and special effects, and the crew even goes on location once in a while.

"Kryten" introduces us to the eponymous house robot (here played by David Ross), although after this first episode he was not to reappear until series 3, when Robert Llewellyn made the role his own. Then in "Better Than Life" the show produced one of its all-time classic episodes, as the boys from the Dwarf take part in a virtual reality game that's ruined by Rimmer's tortured psyche. Other highlights include "Queeg," in which Holly is replaced by a domineering computer personality; the baffling time-travel paradox of "Stasis Leak"; the puzzling conundrum of "Thanks for the Memory"; and the astonishingly feminine "Parallel Universe." --Mark Walker

DVD Features

° Cast Commentary
° Deleted Scenes
° Smeg Ups
° Original Trailer
° Red Dwarf A To Z Documentary
° Doug Naylor Interview
° Alternate Personalities Featurette
° Tongue Tied Uncut
° Special Effects Raw Footage
° Isolated Music Cues
° Talking Book Chapters
° Photo Gallery
° Weblink
° Hidden Easter Egg

Cast

Chris BarrieArnold Rimmer
Craig CharlesDave Lister
Danny John-JulesThe Cat
Norman LovettHolly
David RossKryten
Tony SlatteryBrooke
Clare GroganKristine Kochanski
Mac McDonaldCaptain Frank Hollister
Mark WilliamsOlaf Petersen
Hattie HayridgeHilly

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  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Rob Grant
  • Producer: BBC Home Video
  • Length: 174 mins (over 90 mins of extras)
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 29, 1989
    EuropeMay 29, 1988
  • Ratings
    Europe12
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 25, 2003
    EuropeFeb 10, 2003
    JapanJan 25, 2003
    AustraliaApr 2, 2003
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