fter last week’s episode Mechocracy we were given a nice little sentiment scene between Lister and Cat. “You can’t help getting older, but you can help getting old.” Or something along those lines. I think it’s a little something that he needs to take into consideration with this episode, where he’s going to face outer-space capitalism in the form of the episode’s title; M-CORP. Did I mention its Lister’s Birthday too? All this on his birthday, sounds like a normal day at the office for the Boys in the Red.
This blog will contain spoilers, IF you’re behind on Red Dwarf I highly suggest you punch that Holly Hop Drive and get yourselves over to Dave or UKTV Play. However if you want to ruin it for yourselves read on, you have been warned!
Its Lister’s birthday! Now his 30th or 40th but he’s aged something. It’s all brought to a standstill when he has what is feared to be a heart attack but in fact it was severe indigestion. Now, I wonder what caused that? Beats me! It is upon discovering that Red Dwarf’s computer system is terribly outdated, thanks to Cat and his narcissistic tendencies.
After the well-overdue update the Dwarfers are introduced to Anita (Helen George) the artificial interface of monopoly giant M-CORP, who in fact bought out the Jupiter Mining Corporation years maybe centuries ago. But Lister isn’t only gifted with the presence of a beautiful Blonde, who’ll look great in a period-drama about mid-wives but a perception filter has been fitted that has rendered poor old Lister to only seeing anything has been manufactured by M-CORP. This results in Rimmer, Kryten and Cat to vanish from Lister’s life.
This is episode is more of Kryten, Rimmer and Cat’s journey of bringing down M-CORP and getting Dave Lister back with them. I was a massive fan with last week’s episode and overall really enjoyed it. It certainly does feel that the series is now going down the direction of the first two series. I also found this episode related with everyday life and how it reminded me of Apps that we use on our phones, tablets and computers, and how these Apps have what we call “in-app purchases.” It wouldn’t be science-fiction if there wasn’t the presence of reality and everyday life going awry.
It’s the presence of Anita that made me feel really uneasy. She was just creepy not to mention outrageously hot. But then that’s what we would call sod’s law. The best way to describe Anita is that she’s an driven by greed and money. Like any other grossing corporation they’re all driven by cash and centuries into the future their currency is dollar-pounds. However in the future humanity are charged for water, the glass, medication for pain management and speech. It almost as though humanity are a prisoner in their own body and like Lister learnt. When you’re out of your dollar-pounds you pay for in time of your life. We see poor old Lister age within seconds to make up for the cost of things that he needs to live. I also saw that he managed to bag himself a brand-new white Les Paul guitar. Jammy Smegger!
I did however find myself reminiscing of the episode Oxygen from the last series of Doctor Who, where humanity had to pay to breathe. I also found that episode/story to be creepy too! For me what made the episode was the closing scene. As a Dwarfer I like references to the previous series and the last scene had me smiling from ear to ear. The closing scene in question was one an re-enactment to our first introduction to Lister and Rimmer and how much Lister lives to annoy his bunkmate. The scene in question is lovingly borrowed from the very first series in 1988. To explain why Lister is acting like his 23 year old self is because to remove the evil M-CORP “virus” from his body is to reboot his brain. However, the last saved data of his mind was when he was 23. 3 million years in his past, way before he was put in stasis for having Frankenstein the cat on board and just before Rimmer caused a radiation leak. What a Smeg Head!
However, with Kryten busily checking the CTV systems for footage to restore Lister back to present day Lister we see Lister taking great pleasure in annoying Rimmer and in dismay Rimmer exclaims “Oh God! He’s back!” That had me in stitches. Roll on the final episode of Series XII where we’ll see the return of our favourite dry talking computer, Holly (Norman Lovett).