When British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf reappeared for its ninth installment in 2009 there was a sizeable gap between the events at the conclusion of season eight and the miniseries Back to Earth. It’s too much to get into right now, but fans will know what we’re talking about, and non-fans should marathon the entire series, it’s totally worth it.
The upcoming tenth series, Red Dwarf X, will clear the air around some of these loose ends, though not until the final episode of the series. Doug Naylor hinted at how the show intends to do this:
Most of the ideas are fresh but for the last episode I borrow things from the very early drafts of the film and explain what happened after the conclusion of series eight. That final episode also features a spectacular dogfight. Well, spectacular for Red Dwarf.
Yeah, Red Dwarf has never been known as a benchmark for special effects.
The finale of Red Dwarf X is called “The Beginning,” which has sparked speculation from Smeg Heads everywhere. The series pilot is called “The End,” and with Red Dwarf’s penchant for presenting time as an unbreakable, unending circle, some suspect a bit of connection between the two episodes.
Series star Craig Charles also talks some about the differences between Red Dwarf X and Back to Earth:
We’ve stopped being an action adventure series and gone back to being more of a sitcom. Back to Earth looked fantastic and was very clever but it wasn’t as funny as it could have been, choosing to be more of an emotional journey. We’re now back to being four clowns in a room, each trying to be funnier than the next man. We’re still 3 million years into deep space, looking for a way home and really hot curry. But now it’s a bit more like Grumpy Old Men.
This is precisely what I wanted the new series to be. The “four clowns in a room” aspect is a large part of what has always made Red Dwarf great, and it will be nice to see them get back to that after a minor detour.
Red Dwarf X will likely air on Dave beginning this October.