Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nose-talgia: "Red Dwarf"

In the annals of great science fiction television comedies, and there have been a few, none come even close to the brilliance of Britain's incredible Red Dwarf. RD began in 1988, finally went off the air in 1999, for a total of 52 episodes over eight seasons. Well, it's never really gone off the air, of course. It lives on in reruns and DVDs and is still a big favorite on some PBS stations which is where most Americans got their first taste of the Dwarf. BBC America ran it during its first few glorious years, when the network's programming was unique and exciting, but of course you won't find it there anymore. Sigh.

Anyway, here's a rather atypical clip from the series, but a hilarious one. This is from the episode entitled "Stoke Me a Clipper" from Season 7, when space hero Ace Rimmer re-visits the Red Dwarf ship to recruit his replacement. Rimmer is an impossibly smug time-tripper, that's why you'll see him here battling Nazis. It's almost too much to explain, but I think you'll enjoy the clip, and maybe want to look up the insanely delightful Red Dwarf for yourself.

1 comment:

Percival St. Ong said...

Smegtastic! That one piece is better than all four Indiana Jones movies rolled into one! I'm strictly butter-side-up, but if I weren't -- well, that Ace Rimmer is quite a guy!