The third series of Red Dwarf introduced some radical changes--all
of them for the better--but the scripts remained as sharp and character-focused
as ever, making this a fine candidate for the show's best year.
Gone were the dull metallic grey sets and costumes, gone too was
Norman Lovett's lugubrious Holly, replaced now by comedienne Hattie
Hayridge, who had previously played Hilly in the Series 2 episode
"Parallel Universe". New this year were custom-made costumes,
more elaborate sets, the zippy pea-green Starbug, bigger special
effects and the wholly admirable Robert Llewellyn as Kryten. The
benefits of the show's changes are apparent from the outset, with
the mind-bending hilarity of "Backwards," in which Kryten
and Rimmer establish themselves as a forward-talking double-act
on a reverse Earth. After a modest two-person episode that sees
Rimmer and Lister "Marooned", comes one of the Dwarf's
most beloved episodes, "Polymorph." Here is the ensemble
working at its best, as each character unwittingly has their strongest
emotion sucked out of them. Lister loses his fear, Cat his vanity,
Kryten his reserve, and Rimmer his anger ("Chameleonic Life-Forms.
No Thanks"). "Body Swap" sees Lister and Rimmer involved
in a bizarre attempt to prevent the ship from self-destructing.
"Timeslides" delves deep into Rimmer's psyche as the boys
journey haphazardly through history. Finally, "The Last Day"
shows how completely Kryten has been adopted as a crewmember, when
his replacement Hudzen unexpectedly shows up. . --Mark Walker
Starring: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably
NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2005
Twelve episodes on four discs with cast commentary on every