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SFX - - Red Dwarf: An Sfx Celebration -

The plot The crew dis­cover they’ve been play­ing a Red Dwarf vir­tual re­al­ity game for the past four years.

Why it’s great Not just great Red Dwarf but great TV sci-fi, full stop – who’d have thought that an open­ing act fea­tur­ing the crew’s demise on Star­bug would have led to one of the show’s very best half-hours? It shifts ef­fort­lessly from tragedy (the Dwar­fers are use­less at be­ing them­selves) to slap­stick (a won­der­fully daft se­quence where Lis­ter, Rim­mer, Kry­ten and the Cat play out a car chase on pack­ing crates), and it gave us Duane Dibbley – a dorky, fash­ion-chal­lenged ver­sion of the Cat for whom the his­tory of tele­vi­sion will for­ever be thank­ful.

Best mo­ment Ti­mothy Spall’s won­der­fully smug game at­ten­dant, Andy, tells the crew ev­ery­thing they missed – in­clud­ing Lis­ter get­ting to­gether with Kochan­ski and jump-start­ing the sec­ond Big Bang. No won­der they only scored 4%...

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