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Red Dwarf - The Inquisitor

episode 5.2

UK 1992
produced by
Hillary Bevan Jones for Grant Naylor/BBC
directed by Juliet May, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
starring Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Jack Docherty
written by Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

TV-series
Red Dwarf

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Inquisitor (Jack Docherty), a time travelling terminator robot who judges people by their achievements & kills who he deems unworthy, visits the Red Dwarf, & holds court over each member of the crew ... essentially by taking on the persona of each of them & letting them judge themselves.

Rimmer (Chris Barrie), actually a holographic image of his long dead self, claims he never got any good breaks & thus has remained a sad loser for all his life, while Cat (Danny John-Jules), the extremely vain humanoid descendant of what evolved of our housecat, claims his hot bum is his raison d'être ... surprisingly, these 2 are deemed worthy by the inquisitor because they are doing ok by their own shallow standards. Lister (Craig Charles), the last human, & Kryten (Riobert Llewellyn) on the other hand are not so lucky as they each could have achieved more than they did, & thus the Inquisitor wipes them out of history & then prepares to kill them ... but before he can do that, too, Lister & Kryten escape, & now not only have to run from him but also Rimmr & Cat, who think they are intruders (they were wiped from history) ...

Until Lister gets his hands on the Inquisitor's weapon & reprograms it so the Inquisitor when aiming at Rimmer, actually wipes himself from history (which reinstates Lister & Kryten in history of course, since the Inquisitor - no longer being in history - could not possibly have wiped them out).

 

The concept of wiping people fronm history, with a bit of timetravelling & parallel dimensions thrown into the mix might sound interesting, but the result is less than satisfying, as the episode is reduced to the main characters running up & down some corridors - which might have worked in Doctor Who, but is pretty much out of place here -, & there's hardly any joke in sight.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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