Red Dwarf: Season 2 (1988)


Season 2
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Air date: Sep 6, 1988

The Red Dwarf receives a distress call about injured women on another spaceship. Craig Charles stars.

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Air date: Sep 13, 1988

Rimmer is unable to decipher the contents of a letter from his mother.

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Air date: Sep 20, 1988

The crew awakens to find their memories of the last four days have been erased.

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Air date: Sep 27, 1988

A doorway to the past is created when the suspended animation chamber develops a leak. Craig Charles stars.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1988

The ship's backup computer attempts to wrest control of the Red Dwarf from Holly.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1988

Holly (Norman Lovett) informs the crew about an astonishing transfer device.

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  • Jul 20, 2021
    Season 2 is 6 episodes long, 5 of which average roughly 4/5 in quality. The sole exception is the first episode: 'Kryten'. It's mean-spirited, almost entirely plotless, features no imagination, and honestly just isn't funny; there are only 2 episodes I would be happy never watching again, and Kryten is one of them. Now, having gotten past that, the rest of the Season is great. 'Better Than Life' is a big aggressive and also a bit mean-spirited, but it's high-energy, high-concept and actually works well enough as a character study, in particular for Rimmer. Then the show finally hits a true moment of genuine greatness with the absolutely wonderful 'Thanks for the Memory', which starts off as a mind-expanding mystery with tragic undertones, and once the story's mechanics are finally, fully revealed, it's pure gold. 'Stasis Leak' is more of a "fun" episode but is light-hearted, breezy and has quite a number of creative twists in its time-semi-manipulation plotline. 'Queeg' has some genuine heart to go with solid comedy, and finally gives Holly a bit of character development and pathos. And everything ends with the rather decent 'Parallel Universe', which is slightly clever but more as a comedy than as a sci-fi; having said that, however, it is of the same type of concept that would later be used in better stories, such as 'Demons & Angels'. It is actually probably the most basic episode other than 'Kryten', but it does tie into 'Future Echoes' quite well.. sadly that plot-line is dropped forever beyond that, but it's still a neat tie-in to the one massive unexplored plot-point. Overall, Season 2 isn't as good as some later Seasons, such as 3, 5 or 6, but it's a massive improvement over Season 1, and shows the series hitting its stride, which, at its prime, is a near flawless fusion of High-Concept Sci-Fi, High-Brow Comedy & Low-Brow Comedy. If you're into the idea of Red Dwarf, there are 2 places I would recommend newcomers start -- Either Season 3 (as the show actually undergoes a soft reboot), or Season 2 Episode 2 ('Better Than Life'); either would work.
  • Jul 13, 2019
    I love red dwarf, it is my favorite tv show season 2 is one of the low budget seasons before the show takes off in the later seasons but still great.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    It’s so good that I’ve seen it so many times that I know all the upcoming lines :{
  • Mar 22, 2018
    Probably the funniest season they ever made but III came close. This season brings in more science fiction but manages to keep the show feeling like an offbeat sitcom. The strength is in the writing when it comes to the show. Lister and Rimmer continue to annoy the heck out of each other and are a very funny odd couple. The Cat and Holly are more involved with the story-lines this time and the whole crew is a joy to watch. This season does not have a bad episode and some of the ideas they use are really clever, elevating the show to SCi-Fi comedy. The budget was still very modest for the season so might not appeal to younger fans but this is the benchmark.
  • Sep 25, 2017
    season one was not flash but it gets funnier and funnier from here on, Good fun
  • Jan 31, 2016
    Better than the first season and with more fully developed theoretical ideas in the script although still juvenile in places. Nice to see them hitting stride though. Best episode: Ep 11 Queeg

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