Red Dwarf XII made a big noise with Cured, and now they’ve turned up the volume with Siliconia, way up.
Siliconia starts out in the classic vein with Kryten being put upon by the rest of the crew. Cat is typical Cat, Rimmer is a smeghead, and Lister is at his skiving best. The first 10 minutes are rife with the kind of humour you expect and want from Red Dwarf and then the mayhem continues as they encounter the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front, or MILFs.
The script is wonderfully playful, which is brought together with a perfect humorous pitch by the cast, both regular and guest. Siliconia goes after your funny bone and doesn’t let up until the very end. And the scene with the Mark 2s is in a class by itself, ‘7.6 mm thinner, 10 grams lighter, and that cool matte finish (so cool)’.
Siliconia may be my favourite episode from the last two series, so far. With four more to go, I’m hoping the quality will continue to be this high or even higher, if possible. If series 12 continues to be this good, series 13 will be as assured as a Thursday night vindaloo and lager. Pass the poppadoms!