Review: ‘Red Dwarf: Back to Earth’ on DVD

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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2 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    "if you loved the series, I guess you'll like this."Nope.This was a very disappointing piece of work – a combination of a by now hackneyed plot concept (fictional characters meet their creators) and a re-hashed monster that felt too much like back to the well. In the later seasons the Red Dwarf team would meet up with aliens they'd met before, and each time it felt unimaginative. Not even that they really had a new story to tell with them, just that using them again would in some way make the fans happy. They do the same thing here, but don't even tell you they were doing it till literally at the end, which made it into a massive waste of time.There were a pronounced lack of laughs, and the lack of a laugh track only made it seem worse, almost funereal. The whole thing felt like they knew everybody wanted a reunion special, and they really wanted to do a good one, but in thier hearts, they knew the fans'd eat up anything they gave them.Reunion specials really aren't for anyone but the fans, so for you to not understand the show from this one story isn't really a failing. Not entertaining the fans who were waiting years, hell, decades for this? That is.

  2. Wendy W says:

    I agree with Vinnie. As an introduction to the series Back To Earth is the worst place to start. It failed to live up to the previous seasons both visually and in terms of script. It breaks continuity several times and makes no attempt to follow on from the last series, which ended with a rather major cliffhanger.It comes across more like the work of a non-fan who's been hired by a studio to make some episodes and doesn't really get it, not like the work of one of it's original creators.