Weaker than the first episode, but still streets ahead of some of the poorer segments of the 1990s show, this has a few good gags, and even some vaguely tense moments. The running jokes through the episode get a little tiresome, and unlike with the moose routine from last week, there’s not really a great payoff.
If you weren’t aware that Dave Lister is his own father, as shown in the episode Ouroboros, then a very brief line of explanation is given, and this is the crux of the story. It’s not a rewrite of the “missing” episode Dad but focuses strongly on Lister’s apparent self-loathing (and self-knowledge) when drunk… or it’s an excuse for Craig Charles to do his comedy drunk routine.
The new computer has her moments – again, the creation sequence between Rimmer and Kryten could have been tightened further to prevent the gag overplaying – and for a few moments, we drop into a Star Trek episode for the necessary resolution (which no doubt everyone, especially the new computer, Pree, sees coming).
Verdict: The sort of episode that done in the States would have been tightened in front of a studio audience as they filmed it; instead, it’s slightly flabby but still with some good moments. 6/10