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Red Dwarf - Pete

episode 8.6, 8.7

UK 1999
produced by
Ed Bye, Doug Naylor (executive) for Grant Naylor/BBC
directed by Ed Bye
starring Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Chloe Annett, Norman Lovett, Mac McDonald, Graham McTavish, Ian Masters, Jake Wood
written by Doug Naylor, Paul Alexander, created by Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

Red Dwarf

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Still in prison aboard the Red Dwarf, cellmates Lister (Craig Charles) and Rimmer (Chris Barrie) have to report to the Captain (Mac McDonald) a tad too often mainly thanks to Lister's irresponsible pranks and Rimmer's talent to make things even worse. So ultimately, the two of them are thrown into the hole.

Meanwhile, their friends Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Kachanski (Chloe Annett) and Cat  (Danny John-Jules) haven't been idle, and from one of their missions to possibly dangerous spaceships they have brought back the time wand, basically ... well, a wand that can control time (hence then name). And because they think this would be a wonderful thing to shorten their term in prison, they try it out on the Red Dwarf's crew, and soon have frozen in time everyone but themselves, Rimmer, Lister, their new cellmate Birdman (Ian Masters) and his sparrow Pete.

Soon enough, Lister, Rimmer, Birdman and Pete are saved from the hole, but then the timewand somehow turns Pete into a man-eating dinosaur with a strong appetite, and the first things Pete eats are Birdman - and the timewand.

Now our heroes are doomed, since they have no idea of how to kill dinosaurs - and can't turn Pete back without the timewand. So they have the brilliant idea to give Pete diarrhea by feeding him a giant cow vindaloo ...

Now the idea wouldn't have been too bad, but meanwhile the ship's crew have been unfrozen in time, and a batallion led by the captain has snuck up on the dinosaur from behind (unfortunately - or fortunately - the results of this are not shown, only described).

Anyways, this results in Rimmer and Lister having report to the Captain's office yet again, and this time the Captain orders them to restate Pete to his bird-state, otherwise they fill be executed.

The good news is, the boys manage to turn Pete into a bird again ... the bad news is, Pete (obviously a female Pete) has laid an egg while still a dinosaur, and the egg has hatched, and Pete's offspring has paid a visit to the captain ... who at the end of this episode confines himself to the hole - if only to see Lister and Rimmer never ever again.


Even though the story is totally far-fetched, the episode works beautifully, totally centering on Rimmer and Lister as the (well-oiled) terrible duo, with the Captain making a great foil. The time wand, the dinosaur, and even Rimmer's and Lister's buddies are actually nothing more than added attractions to this narrative core.

Great fun !


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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