Red Dwarf: Season 4 (1991)


Season 4
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Episodes

Air date: Feb 14, 1991

Kryten falls in love with the female droid he rescues from a crashed spaceship.

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Air date: Feb 21, 1991

The Dwarf's crew is unsure about another craft's genetic engineering technology -- until it transforms Lister's curry.

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Air date: Feb 28, 1991

One of the ship's crew may have something to fear during a visit to Justice World.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1991

After regaining her genius-level IQ, Holly the computer powers down the ship.

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Air date: Mar 14, 1991

Cat (Danny John-Jules) is injured when Arnold Rimmer's look-alike Ace (Chris Barrie) crashes his test craft into the spaceship.

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Air date: Mar 21, 1991

Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) uses a matter transporter to send the Red Dwarf's crew to the Waxworld theme park.

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  • Jul 21, 2021
    I'll put it bluntly: The first half of Season 4 is 4~5 star level, whereas the second half is 2~3 star level. It's sad because Season 4 really steps up the high-concept, more creatively focused story-weaving, but in regards to the later episodes, they didn't really get to do much with them. To start off is 'Camille', which is a sweet story that, like the S3 finale, really expands upon Kryten as a character, yet still gives a lot of time to the other characters. It's slightly more creative, however, and ends on a more poignant moment. Up next is 'D.N.A', a somewhat straightforward sci-fi concept used to some solid comedic effect, and with multiple layers. The main story is about Kryten accidentally going from Mechanoid to Human, and his attempts at understanding what it is to be human (this scene is particularly funny), but it also climaxes in a failed attempt to manipulate DNA, resulting in Lister's dinner becoming a giant monster. Next up is 'Justice', the best episode of the Season and a master class in taking a high-concept idea and pushing almost every facet of it to its full potential, while throwing in some mid-brow comedy with it. Then, starting a downturn, is the somewhat good but hardly great 'White Hole', which does at least feature a solid execution and climactic solution; it's just not as entertaining as a lot of other Red Dwarf episodes in the early 90's, and the final joke just falls flat. Then comes the immensely overrated 'Dimension Jump', where Rimmer's woefully, overly perfect alternate universe double meets them. This episode does feature an excellent dual-performance from Chris Barrie, and normal Rimmer's reactions are sometimes funny, but the episode has almost no plot whatsoever after the initial setup, and I get the distinct feeling that I was supposed to like "Ace Rimmer" more than I actually did. Last but not most is 'Meltdown', an interesting premise that is fun but completely outlandish, and while it results in a genuinely high amount of laughs from time to time, the story somewhat nosedives at the end, and the last few minutes just feel like semi-comedic mush rather than something smart and cohesive like the show usually is. This is by no means an outright bad episode, but it's not one I tend to re-explore very often, and sadly, that is how Season 4 ends. The Season itself is solid overall, with good shining through even the worse parts, but the episodes are most certainly not of unanimous quality, and it's a shame as this is the show during its apex.
  • Mar 22, 2018
    This season offered the first signs that the writers were running out of ideas and looking at shopping the show to the USA, and later developing an American version showed in the writing and the direction of the show this time. This was the first season i watched of Red Dwarf and it is very funny but it is the first season made in the 90s and with the bigger budget they opted for a very science Fiction comedy. It feels like less of a sitcom as the characters seem to be in constant motion. Still, a very strong season and up-to now lacking any of the catchphrase cliches you find in sitcoms.
  • Feb 12, 2016
    Some genuinely funny concepts and storylines in this series, undoubtedly the best of the show so far, and the most introspective... Best Episode: 24 - Meltdown

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