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Red Dwarf - Better than Life

episode 2.2

UK 1988
produced by
Ed Bye, Paul Jackson (executive) for Grant Naylor/BBC
directed by Ed Bye
starring Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, John Albineri, Ron Pember, Judy Hawkins, Tony Hawks, Debbie Ash, Nigel Carrivick, Tina Jenkins
written by Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

TV-series
Red Dwarf, Marilyn Monroe

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A mailpod reaches the spaceship after 3 million years ("normal for second class mail"), & in it a letter from Rimmer's mum that his dad (John Albineri) has died, a letter from the outland rerenue that he owes 18.000 Pounds in taxes, & a videogame called Better than Life, that allows its players to really enter the game via ciberspace. & even though Rimmer & his father never got along & rimmer of course knew he was dead (after all he is an after life hologram & has himself died 3 million years ago, the letter deeply depresses him - so he decides to get into the game with Lister (Craig Charles) & Cat (Danny John-Jules), after all, here everything is better than life. But while the others soon have their (rather simple) wishes fulfilled - Cat is dating Marilyn Monroe (Debbie Ash), & for Lister there's nothing greater than caviar Vindaloo anyways - Rimmer's career as an admiral is spoilt when his father tells him how disappointed he is & his love affair with his secret (real life) love McGruder (Judy Hawkins) becomes a living hell when they all of a sudden have 7 children & mortgage to pay ... It seems, that Rimmer has an automatic inhibitor that won't allow anything good happen to him, & soon enugh he drags the others with him into his misery.

& then the taxman (Ron Pember) comes after him, too ...

 

Partly this is an interesting & even funny character study of Rimmer, but partly the episode is just a succession of jokes - & not even good ones - about what can happen in cyberspace. In all thought he positive aspects outweigh the negative ones, if only just.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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