he boys from the Dwarf are back! In true form the first instalment of the newly anticipated series of Red Dwarf did not disappoint. I found my sides aching from laughter when the end credits were rolling. Doug Naylor’s writing was in true form and was rich in humour, which is one of the elements that us fans of the show love.
Like many lucky fans I watched the episode a week early on UKTV Play. Praise the Lord for that device. My impatience was reaching fever pitch for Red Dwarf’s return. Like the last series I watched it early too, so that I can get this blog that you’re currently reading done in time, so that you, a member of the Smegging audience, can read it after transmission. However if you’re reading this before watching Episode I of the twelfth series, I can’t be accused of being a complete Smeg Head and ruining it for you. This blog will contain SPOILERS. So I suggest you should punch the button on your Holly Hop Drive and get yourself over to Dave or UKTV Play and watch the episode immediately!
Anyway, now that I’ve got that little disclaimer out of the way I can continue talking about the Dwarfers latest adventure, which takes them to a research centre that is to be believed to have found the cure to remove all forms of evil from humanity. Get out of town! We’re treated to a hilarious scene that involves a meal with Earth's most evil historical figures. I found how camp they made Hitler (Ryan Gage) to be brilliant and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the moment where our beloved Dave Lister shares a jamming session with the evil Austrian Dictator.
It is fair to say that this episode would make some people feel somewhat uneasy. The moment when the “cured” psychopaths are entertaining the Dwarfers would understandably make the audience feel uncomfortable but then having Hitler being a selfie-loving camp bundle of happiness had me in fits of giggles, I nearly wet myself. For me Hitler made the episode, making Hitler into a laughing stock made the scenes enjoyable and hardly uncomfortable.
Cat also learns a new technique to add to psychopathic character: Poker Facing. Or Pokey Face, he doesn’t have to know how to say it, just how to do it! All of the cast were on true form. They haven’t lost their characteristics and it's always great to see them back on our screens, even though it's now on Dave and we get an ad-break when things start getting exciting. Can’t complain because the hilarity of Red Dwarf makes up for it.
Another moment that tickled was the scene where Vlad the Impaler is deeply offended for being accused of Kryten's head being impaled on a mop in an abandoned corridor. His reaction is hilarious and witty. Even though the Dwarfers are up against evil historic figures, they're all in fact innocent as they're in fact surgeon droids who're actually there to try and cure the evil Professor Telford (Adrian Lukis). Who is stark raving bonkers! A complete psychopath who cannot be cured of his evil.
He attempts to kill Lister and Co. by trying to recruit Cat, another psychopath. Just not as deadly, that is however if he unleashes his "Pokey Face." The final showdown between our heroes and the story's antagonist is a to and fro between the characters as they both try to tempt Cat to form an alliance with them. However Cat is far more intelligent and loyal than we believed. Again he saves the day by killing Telford at point blank range. Cue a hilarious piece of dialogue on using/the pronunciation of Poker Face followed by the closing titles. Smegtastic! Another hilarious and witty adventure for the Red Dwarf universe!
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and I’m eager to see Episode II. I’m also hoping that series XII isn't the last we’ll be seeing of the boys of the Dwarf, I am hoping that Doug Naylor has a 13th series planned and that there is more comedic chaos that Dave, Cat, Kryten and that Smeg Head Arnold J Rimmer can get themselves into!