Red Dwarf: Season 7 (1997)


Season 7
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Air date: Jan 17, 1997

Coming back from the dead is easy for Lister compared with finding a new supply of curry.

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Air date: Jan 24, 1997

A terminally wounded Ace Rimmer arrives on Starbug and asks Rimmer to take his place as the guardian of the universe.

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Air date: Jan 31, 1997

Converging realities create terror among the crew members, who encounter Lister's former girlfriend.

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Air date: Feb 7, 1997

The crew must crawl through miles of service ducts to start the engines.

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Air date: Feb 14, 1997

Kryten devises the "Rimmer Life Experience" virtual reality program to help Lister deal with his feelings.

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Air date: Feb 21, 1997

After Kryten makes dinner to compensate for his jealousy, his circuits overload and he learns a terrible secret.

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Air date: Feb 28, 1997

An ice-encased female human infects Lister with a deadly virus.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1997

Concern for Lister's welfare prompts Kryten to intensify the search for the missing Nanites.

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  • Jul 27, 2021
    Season 7 absolutely has its ups and downs, but in many ways I would argue that the good outweighs the bad, sometimes vastly so. There are certainly aspects to this Season that are bad and unique to this Season (the biggest one, by far, being Rimmer being gone for 3/4 of it), and the final episode, 'Nanarchy', is actually pretty much outright bad, so I can certainly see this leaving a bad taste in the mouth of everyone that stood with this already uneven Season. Fortunately, the first 2 episodes, 'Tikka to Ride' and 'Stoke Me a Clipper' are absolute master-class, in particular the latter, as they are very strong comedically, but then both end on surprisingly very powerful notes; the ending of 'Stoke Me a Clipper', Rimmer's swansong, is simultaneously inspiring and heartbreaking, and in terms of non-comedic moments, is very possibly the best moment Red Dwarf has ever had. However, things start to dip, largely because of the Lister-Rimmer dynamic now being replaced with Lister-Kochanski instead -- now, unlike a lot of people, I actually really liked this version of Kochanski, and wish that she had appearances in later Seasons (post Back To Earth), but this dynamic simply isn't as good as the original, and it's what the rest of the Season hinges on. Worse, Kochanski, while usually somewhat upbeat, is sometimes saddled with the buzz-kill role that all too-many female characters are designated to. This is most evident in the next episode, her first one: 'Ouroboros', which not only makes her especially unlikable at times, but the story itself is a very odd one that barely holds itself together, and the closing moment, which should have been powerful, feels a little flat because you question the logistics of such a story. Things do fall back upon the tried-and-true with 'Duct Soup' - hardly a classic by any means, but it is the first light-hearted episode since 'Rimmerworld', and much of the comedy is generally good. Now, the next two are definitely the best of the Kochanski-era of Season 7: 'Blue' and 'Beyond a Joke', these being surprisingly good character studies of Lister and Kryten respectively, especially the latter, which is largely comedic, but still manages to pack quite a punch at the end. Then comes an uneven 2-parter, starting off with the very good 'Epideme', which combines comedy, legitimate drama and horror... only for the Season to follow-up with the legitimately poor 'Nanarchy', probably my least favorite episode since S2's opening episode: 'Kryten'. It's just a series of jokes with almost no plot but at the same time, it's just not very funny. Much of this makes me feel like Season 7's biggest problem might have been that it was too long; if they moved the last 2-3 minutes of 'Nanarchy' into 'Epideme' and dropped a middle episode, like maybe 'Duct Soup', this would have been stronger overall. Still, Season 7 is still quite good - it's just not as good as Seasons 3, 5 or 6; in fact not even close.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    The laughs are few and far between. It's Red Dwarf without Red Dwarf as the crew learn to cope without Rimmer but with Rimmer there to help them. A couple of interesting premises but Chris is never really given a chance to shine and Kryten is forced to act out of character to drive the plot. It just makes you miss Red Dwarf at its peak
  • Jan 27, 2019
    Watch season 1-6. Season 7 onwards were solely wrote by Doug Naylor and to be honest the series was never the same. Series 7 to 9 came out 1997-1999 and part from the very odd episode was quite disappointing. So no more classic Red Dwarf .. :{ .. wait .. it came back in 2009 as a 3 part special... it wasn’t good though... Then it came back again for 3 more seasons 2012-2017 and is actually really funny with some classic episodes and moments !
  • Jul 23, 2018
    Oh Of course teen titans go aka the worst show ever made gets a movie that has a 100% rating yet the 7th season of the best show ever made gets mixed reviews while red dwarf season 7 isn’t the best season of red dwarf (I don’t think anything can get better than season 5) I still think that it’s a very solidly constructed season with hilarious jokes interesting storylines and a lot of good development given to the characters
  • Mar 22, 2018
    After a long lay off due to Rob Grant deciding he did not want to return, Craig Charles being wrongly imprisoned, and other actors not wanting to return we finally got an answer to the long, lingering question they left us with at the end of season 6. They probably should have left the show alone and finished on a cliffhanger...it did add to the quirky nature of the show...oh well...here goes! So Doug Naylor took over as sole writer of the show and clearly was out of his depth. From the opening moments the show felt off. The comedy was a lot broader and seemed to be going for a more family friendly vibe. Red Dwarf had always been a "students" show in England and appealed to the alternative side of comedy. The opening episode Tikka to ride quickly addresses the cliffhanger but it is not satisfying and not funny, lots of science fiction jargon. Then we have a time travel episode concerning JFK and Lister wanting curries. It is childish and uninspired and i remember feeling so disappointed when i watched this episode. The time travel aspect is silly as Lister has been trying to get back to earth for 6 seasons, if he made it why would he leave again?! especially if his reason for time travel is because he wants a curry...just stay there fly back to England and hey presto! Lazy writing and clearly Rob Grant wrote a lot for characters as they all seem different and less funny. After a poor opening episode most fans quit the show as it was clearly, again making episodes for America. Anyways, next came stoke me a clipper that brought in the first catchphrase moment of the show with the return of AJ Rimmer ( he did return briefly in season 6 but that was funny and unexpected) Apparently he is an intergalactic super-hero, again the writing is so poor and ruins older episodes. Chris Barrie did not want to continue with the show so this episode was to write his character out. A very poor end to the character and without Lister and Rimmer this show does not work! With the loss of Rimmer they introduced a female character to appeal to a broader audience. Red Dwarf works as a man marooned in space with his 3 companions keeping him sane, introducing a female character was a bad choice and ruined the dynamic of the show completely. The female character is the woman Lister has been pining over since the first episode. It is again lazy writing and seemed to be dreamed up by people sitting at a table blurting out ideas..."what if there was a strong female character?" The season has more episodes than usual but they all fall flat and with the offer of an explanation of what happened to Red Dwarf we get another silly but not funny explanation. It was sad to see the characters reduced to this and the show just limped on after this. Too much interference from BBC execs brought a watered down and soulless season. In my opinion, skip it!
  • Mar 06, 2016
    Missing one of the main characters (Rimmer) for the majority of the season really hurts this installment although there are some curious developments pushing the narrative along. Sadly one of the weakest seasons though. Best Episode: Ep 40 - Duct Soup
  • Aug 20, 2015
    There's no doubt that without Rimmer, there is no show.

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