I've loved Red Dwarf ever since it first began here in late 86. In my opinion seasons 1, 2 and 3 were the best. I thought season 4 was a little weak, although it had some great moments. 5 and 6 were a step up, with some side-splitting episodes, though I never liked the fact that they'd lost Red Dwarf and were living on Starbug. Anyway, my favourite episode here in season 6 has got to be Legion. I defy anyone to watch that dinner scene and not bust a gut! Whoever thought up the idea of 'Mamosian Antimatter Chopsticks' is a genius. And when Lister tries to drink that telepathic wine - God almighty I thought I was gonna need major surgery to set my internal organs straight. Personally though I tuned out after this season because they changed it completely. They totally betrayed the essence of what Red Dwarf had always been about in an attempt to appeal to a larger mainstream audience. No offence to any ladies here, but Kochanski has no place in Red Dwarf other than in Lister's dreams. One of the funny things about RD had always been that they were just guys, trapped together in deep space, 3 million miles from earth, and all desperate for a shag. That scene in Holoship summed it up beautifully, when Rimmer's new girlfriend asked him if going without sex for so long had stressed him out, and he replied - 'I've got to admit, it's got worse this last 10 years or so'. Or when that Psiren in the form of one of Lister's old lusts mocked him for going millions of years without sex and he replied - 'I prefer to think of it in Ice Ages, then it's only 4!'
Basically the producers just put Kochanski in to appeal more to a female audience. I miss the Golden days of Red Dwarf. God it was great while it lasted!