Once again the crew find themselves sent back in time to Nineteen Twenties America but in this past technology has been outlawed (not good news when half your crew depends on it). They’re only hope is to infiltrate a tech savvy, top secret, underground group and find a way to bring down the the authoritarian regime.
Filmed in front of a live audience helps the show, it always felt a bit flat when it lacked the audience. As always the team’s strong bond and easy chemistry with each other shines through and while Twentica doesn’t hit the heights of the show at it’s very best it’s a welcome return. It’s a good mix of solid Sci-Fi and character plus the lighter tone and defective dynamic is refreshing compared to many modern shows. The plot reuses an old staple (time travel) but does have a nice twist with the alternative past. And the jokes aren’t bad with a few good belly laughs supplementing the large stock of running gags that are like old friends.
Episode one feels a bit like a warm up and while it has an interesting setup it isn’t quite firing on all cylinders yet but is showing potential. That said the production values hide the limited budget well and it looks lovely, today’s budget effects are a long way from the grimace inducing CGI monstrosities of S7. Oddly it’s the physical effects that provide a small let down with Krytons costume looking a bit ropy at times.
For fans of the show this will be a welcome return, for new viewers it’s thankfully not just playing to the converted so there’s plenty here for everyone. Roll on Episode 2!
The original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) return along with a host of guest stars. Episode 1 is available from UKTV Play from the 15th of September and will air on Dave on Thursday the 22nd of September at 9pm.