WARNING: Series XII spoilers ahead! I suppose I should start by saying that I feel a bit conflicted at the moment. If I were Kryten, I suppose I'd be gurning and claiming to be feeling ambivalence. I'm really stoked to have semi-regular offerings of Red Dwarf back on the telly, but I'm really finding that these days, especially with series XI and XII, I'm sitting there more with a quiet, polite smirk than with full-on guffaws. There have been high and low points, no doubt, and I think there's a fundamental realisation settling in that the tone and style of modern Dwarf is de rigueur for the show moving forward. Whether that's a good or bad thing is purely a matter of personal preference. Like many others on here, I'm seeing a lot of re-hashed ideas. Sometimes with an interesting new conceit (Skipper, for example), but generally a lot of leverage on familiar characters and ideas (especially in series XII finale). I'm actually surprised I didn't see Ace Rimmer popping up. No doubt XIII will bring him back. I'm having to accept that this is simply a function of time. The nostalgic comedic beats of 1988 Red Dwarf have evolved due to so many factors - the age of the actors, for one (Craig Charles was 23 when he first appeared in Red Dwarf, he's 53 now), the budget, but also the comedic tastes and slant of the writing. Everything evolves, willingly or not. It's probably impossible as a writer to put yourself in exactly the same head-space as you were 30 years prior. And even then, what's to say that the majority of the show's watching public want that kind of comedy any more? Nostalgia will always affect your fondness for particular things - and this show is no different. I can't help making comparisons to the old series, that's just what you do when you see characters and concepts evolve for long enough. But I look on it now with an almost forced sense of obligation - like I should like it, even though a lot of the comedy feels trite and forced. Please don't misinterpret my love for all of the actors on this show. I've had the pleasure of meeting all of the main crew, including Norman, back in 2013, and were all wonderful people. But I really feel like character tropes are becoming a bit of a crutch in place of what could be some interesting explorations of other science-fiction ideas. If I'm being totally honest, my favourite characters of the last 2 series (XI and XII) have been the vending machines. This was an idea I loved in the early series, including some other mechanical marvels, and has been a real highlight. Probably one of the few moments I was genuinely laughing out loud. Apart from this scene [XII Episode 6 Spoiler!]. The delivery of this gag was outstanding. So do I think that more Dwarf is better than no Dwarf? It's hard to answer, because part of me lights-up whenever I hear that opening theme, knowing that there's another half-hour of new Dwarf to watch. But in reality, many of the new episodes have me cringing a bit in places, and often leave me feeling a sense of wanting something more. Perhaps it would be better to say 'after XIII / XIV there will be no more', so we can avoid the potential for it to truly jump the shark and garner wide-scale negative feedback.