If you listened to our Red Dwarf XI preview/adventure episode last week, you will know it's a Kryten-centric episode which funnily enough is the spiritual successor to 'The Last Day'. The parallels are uncanny, from the opening scene to the... [SPOILERS].
Its weird how an episode you used to skip when you were a kid, is the same episode you look forward to now you are an adult. Some people told me before re-watching this, that this was their fave episode of Series III. In the cold light of 2015, its definitely up there. Here we get an episode where Kryten finally breaks his programming (which is properly explored in Series IV) and realises that human characteristics are worth fighting everything he believes in to achieve. Read More
'Timeslides' is an episode that filled me with so much joy as a child. Here was a method to go inside any photo or film and change world history, More importantly it was a way to change your own personal history. The wish fulfilment quota in this episode is high and in the podcast, Daniela and I ask ourselves the question "Where would you go if you could travel back anywhere through time?"
I of course wouldn't bother too much about important historical events; instead I would travel back to all the concerts of all my favourite now defunct/dead bands. Watching the Beatles and Hendrix and Elvis and ABBA at the height of their powers would be incredible. Seeing them play their first ever gigs, even more so. Daniela would probably go back and visit the set of Murder She Wrote and try to sneak into classic scenes (the episodes with Tom Bosley were my fave).
Series III is forever considered the best Red Dwarf can be, what with its exploration of life outside the confines of the small rough one, the best comedy moments, the best sci-fi concepts and the best action! This is likely all true, but for me, the thing it lacks the most is the subtlety that made Series 1 & 2 so memorable, particularly 2. 'Marooned' is the only episode where the relationship between Lister and Rimmer (the best part of Red Dwarf) is examined and expanded upon, so thats why I prefer Series 5 or 2.
This is a GREAT episode though, but you already know that as you're a Red Dwarf fan! The next episode is 'The Last Day' and the season finale BUT before that we may drop our exciting "Jed & Daniela goes to Red Dwarf XI" episode! As Im writing this, the filming is tomorrow and I will record us on the way to Pinewood and back again. The sound is gonna be terrible, but hey its an adventure and I want you guys to experience it with us!
So thanks again for listening, subscribing, being awesome and we will see you again next week Smegheads!
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Red Dwarf Series III is all KILLER no FILLER, so once again, this is an episode that is considered one of the best. Not just for Red Dwarf, but for British TV Comedy in general. Its hard to disagree but just so we have a second opinion, we have recruited the wonderful BILLY LUNN from the awesome band THE SUBWAYS, and look he even turned up in a SMEG HEAD tshirt!
Did I mention that the episode in question is... POLYMORPH? No? It's POLYMORPH! Read More
'Marooned' is one of my favourite ever Red Dwarf episodes. You can keep your all-action sci-fi monster episodes, I'm the kinda guy that loves the bottle episodes where its just REAL TALK and REAL EMOTIONS whereas my co-host Daniela is the type of girl who wants to shoot and ask questions later. So you see, she was never going to like this episode as much as me, with its subtlety and nuances and guys telling other guys how they feel... Read More
So many good episodes in Series 2, and this is one of the best of a good bunch. Queeg sees Red Dwarf's amiable computer, Holly, being succeeded by the backup computer named QUEEG 500. Holly has to prove himself to be the better computer and win back the trust if the crew. Is he as incompetent as everyone believes him to be? Yeah probably. Read More
'Better Than Life' is one of the most popular episode of Red Dwarf ever and with good reason. Its the first time the crew have actually gone somewhere besides Red Dwarf (and the Nova 5 I guess!) even though it is a virtual reality game. We get to see the boys in a new environment, free from the constrains of the spaceship and reality. All of their dreams can become real, all they have to do is wish. Unfortunately for them, Rimmer is in tow and ruins it for everyone.
In this podcast episode, Daniela and I discuss what we would do if we had access to 'Better Than Life', and Daniela drops the bombshell that she is going off on holiday to hang out with movie stars, while I am left in the office to edit this! Its okay though as there is no break for you guys! Read More
Its the new season - SEASON 2 - to be exact. Yes I know I should be saying "Series" as I am British, but the American way actually makes more sense. A "Series" is ALL of Red Dwarf; a "SEASON" is part of that Series. For once I will concede language to our transatlantic cousins!
This episode we see the introduction - albeit brief - of future Daniela favourite KRYTEN! Yes the mechanoid that fills in all the exposition when Red Dwarf episodes get a bit too sci-fi, Kryten appears as one of the only survivors of the crash of a spacecraft named NOVA 5. The crew of Red Dwarf go to rescue what they believe to be 3 female survivors, but it turns out to be a Texas Chainsaw Massacre X Psycho situation where Kryten has been caring for the rotting corpses of the crew and basically became Space Crazy. Read More
Its the Season 1 FINALE of SMEGHEADS: THE RED DWARF PODCAST! And like all good finales, its extra long, extra fun and extra non-sequitur-y! Read More
It took 4 episodes, bit FINALLY we discover a little bit more about CAT! So far he has been a little one dimensional, and to be honest, he is this way until Season 3, but here we get to see him at his most Cat-like. We see why he is always creeping around the air ducts, and *SPOILERS* the fact he is not the only CAT aboard!
I love the stuff about the Cat arks, and its a real shame that Red Dwarf has not explored the option of meeting the second Cat Ark (the other one flew into a sun) as the prospect of a shipful of them can only make our Cat a fuller character.
The stuff about Lister being the Cat "God" is always brilliant and I also hope this is explored more in Seasons XI and XII. Read More