Originally Posted by Sausy Gibbon
Food for thought. Who thinks the Dave series should be the last? I'm not against the show but when Dave chooses to stop producing the franchise I think they should have a resoulution to the series not a cliffhanger but a deffinite end.
I'd rather they kept it going as long as there are interesting adventures left to be told, of a high enough quality. I'm not sure that I can think of a good way that Doug Naylor could purposefully put a cap on the series. Whilst the crew returning to Earth is the most obvious ending, it's also the one I'd hate to see most.
Naylor has revealed his original plans for the final ever episode (which was meant to be at the end of series VIII but was changed to 'Only The Good...' due to budget restraints, hence the continuation through to BtE and series X, as opposed to the proposed movie reboot). The show was to end with the crew returning to Earth as Red Dwarf skimmed through Paris, flying through the Arc de Triomphe and knocking over the Eiffel Tower before grinding to a halt and smashing into a car. Lister emerges from the ship, walks over to the car and swaps insurance details with the car's driver.
Seriously, this is how Doug Naylor planned/plans to end the TV show iteration. I can only imagine that the boys from the Dwarf traveled through time and space to achieve this, otherwise why is Paris there with people and cars 3 million years into the future?! If it was their goal to travel back to Earth via those methods then why not have used the time-drive, as opposed to sending Lister on a curry run in series VII?!
Ignoring the dubious logic of that ending, it stills blows harder than Mr. Leafblower putting out cake candles on his Birthday. If there must be some kind of proper end to the show then I'd settle for an Alien Resurrection (theatrical cut) type of ending, where we see the boys approaching Earth, maybe something funny and profound is said and then a fade out from a shot of Red Dwarf in orbit above Earth to the credits. For some reason, I don't want to see them land on Earth, see the environment and have them interact with a welcoming party. It's just too conventional for Red Dwarf.
I think the best solution is to treat the end of each new series as if it's the last ever episode; no cliffhangers, have an ending that leaves the show at a satisfying emotional conclusion but doesn't also negate the possibility of a continuation (the riding off into the sunset ending of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade is a perfect example of this).
In summary; it's all about the journey, not the destination.
P.S. I've had to type this sucker out three times now. Sometimes I despise using a PS3 to browse the Internet.