WOW! It got heavy out there last night after part 3. In fact it's been heavy all weekend, talk about the great divide, love it or hate it! I would like to think that Mr Naylor is taking some time to read through some of the posts (I think on the series 8 DVD he mentions that he'd read some fan reactions to that series so fingers crossed) and if you are/he is then can I say thanks and well done..against all odds. I'm pretty sure he had an idea that this three-parter would cause some serious friction between fans and so-called fans of Red Dwarf. I for one enjoyed most of the three parts (naturally there were some moments that didn't work as there have been in most of the previous series as I'm sure Mr Naylor would be the first to admit) and although it was different to the Dwarf we knew and loved I defy anyone to tell me any two series of Red Dwarf that have been alike. Each new series has developed and gone in it's own direction, causing grief to some people and joy to others. But just who are these people who so vehemently refused to accept 'Back to Earth'? It strikes me that there are three main gripes:- 1. The appearance of the show 2. The plot 3. The lack of jokes, or laugh out loud moments In answer to these I will say the following:- 1. So the CGI was not great. Firstly I don't entirely agree with this. Secondly, on the budgetary restraints Doug and the crew were working with I think they looked very good. People who try to compare it with the situation in 1988 by saying "I prefer the grey sets and the lo-tech appearance and the dodgy models" (I'm paraphrasing here obviously but you get my point I hope) are sadly misguided - I'm pretty damn sure had Grant/Naylor had access to CGI and a huge budget 21 years ago they would have made full use of it and series 1 and 2 would have looked far different. Anybody who watches the DVD documentries from these earlier series can see the patent frustration on the faces of cast and crew alike when talking about the set design and\or model shots etc. They did the best with materials that were available to them at the time. What did people expect for 'Back to Earth'? For Doug to go back to using carboard tubes and sticky tape and fairy liquid bottles...not a chance in Hades! 2. As for the plot, well OK it was hardly original and sometimes the pace was questionable BUT it had a beginning, middle and end...it had a journey, it had drama, emotion, RD style slapstick, sense of RD folly, you cannot fault the character development of Lister certainly (by the way well done Mr Charles)...to reiterate it cannot be 1988 forever, things have to develop and change or else they will surely die! It wasn't 'Back to Reality - revamped" as there were several refernces to the selfsame episode in part 3 last night. 3. As for the apparent lack of jokes, well they were there,just fewer of them and I feel the emphasis was placed firmly on the dramatic aspect of the storyline. There have been episodes in the past which were not just a 28-minute jokefest (in fact most of them come to think of it.) If it's pointless rapid fire gagcandy that you want then watch a sketch show or a US sitcom where the 'jokes' come every 17 seconds on the dot...15,16,17 BANG! (canned laughter). Overall I thoroughly enjoyed 'Back to Earth' and am hoping and praying for more Dwarf, and if you a true fan of the show then you should support it all the way. I'm not saying you MUST enjoy it, if you didn't like it you didn't like it ...end of! But if you totally despised it then I think you were watching it for the wrong reasons and not willing to give it a chance. I think we all have favourite series of Dwarf or at least those series we liked more than others...I prefer series 4 to 5, series 1 to 2 and so on! So we move on and wait for the next one, it could be better or it could be worse (it'll be better) but it will always be Red Dwarf. Thank you Doug Naylor, thank you Robert, Craig, Chris, Danny, Chloe and all those involved. Onwards and upwards! And Bravo once more Mr Doug Naylor for never giving up!