The boys from the Dwarf are back once again on Dave, and facing some people most evil.
Lister (Craig Charles), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) come across a station where they hope to get supplies. They discover that on this station scientists have been trying to develop a cure for evil. As a result they discover that that among the inhabitants include some of history’s worst psychopaths who have been successfully cured of evil.
Thus the posse find themselves dining with nice-though-slightly-creepy incarnations of Adolf Hitler (Ryan Gage), Joseph Stalin (Callum Coates), Vlad the Impaler (Philippe Spall) and the nymphomaniac Roman empress Messalina (Chloe Hawkins). But when the Dwarf crew learn the station is about to be destroyed, they face a moral dilemma of where to save these formerly evil people or not.
Series XI of Red Dwarf certainly made an impact last year. In a public vote it was named the “Comedy of the Year” in the Comedy.co.uk Awards. This opening episode for Series XII is perhaps not the funniest outing of the show, but there are still some great moments, such as finding out the one evil person in the station who is not responding to their treatment. Most of the funniest moments involve Gage’s rather camp performance as Hitler – who incidentally has now appeared in Red Dwarf three times, having featured in Series III episode “Timeslides” and Series IV episode “Meltdown”. Hawkins is also good as Messalina, although it does say something about the historical influence of her character in that she is the only evil figure who requires an explanation as to who she is – one that Cat can see in a positive light.
So far, a decent start for Series XII, and hopefully more funny stuff will be on the way.
Red Dwarf XII is on Thursdays at 21.00 on Dave