Thursday, April 3, 2008

Red Dwarf: Camp In Space

So it finally occurred to me last night (when I was plowing through series 6 of the show) that you Midwest people prolly haven't heard about Red Dwarf yet. I got into it when I was living in Seattle, which is, according to that-one-guy-I-dated-there, home to the largest population of Red Dwarf fans this side of the Atlantic.

But what's Red Dwarf, you ask? It's a super campy British science fiction show from late 80s/early 90s, and it's smeggin' brilliant!

Red Dwarf is a mining ship where David Lister (left) is a technician servicing food dispensers who gets in trouble for smuggling a pet cat on board. As punishment, he is put into stasis and deprived of several years wages. When he wakes up, he finds that "Everybody's dead, Dave." A radiation leak killed the crew members, but Lister's cat lived on and had her kittens who grew up and had kittens who eventually all mutated and turned into a humanoid lifeform. And, to top it all off, Lister's smeghead boss was chosen by the ship's computer as Lister's lifelong partner in the vast void of space.

There's hijinks aplenty and alternate realities afoot - somebody might even meet a real live girl!... Instead of a mutated sucker beast. But prolly not.

So yeah, you should Netflix it, because I doubt you'll find it around here.

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DLC said...

used to watch this all the time in high school. it's like monty python meets dr. who. and yes, the dork factor is high.

May said...

that's a good way of describing it.