In this episode we were treated to some great location shots and special effects. The slightly mad Professor Asclepius has to be the most sinister and creepy villain yet to grace the series thus far. It is after Dave's encounter with Asclepius that he has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution to his survival is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to donate one of his.
This episode is like episode II ‘Samsara.’ Where it begins with conflict between Lister and Rimmer but it's later explained with the use of time travel, ‘Give and Take’ is funny with the parodies of old school sci-fi with the appearance of Snacky, a Snack dispense droid (who looks like a much shorter version of everyone's favourite Robbie the Robot.) Kryten and Rimmer mistake Snacky for the advanced surgeon droid, Professor Asclepius. To which they later discover their blunder when Lister is fighting for his life on Red Dwarf's Medi-Bay. But he is later saved when the crew travel back in time 3 days prior of the events to remove Lister's kidneys, to which brings the conclusion to ‘Give and Take’ full circle.
The escape scene has to be the most cinematic scene yet for Series XI and the musical score compliments it too. The impending doom of scene gives the feeling of will the Boys of the Dwarf escape in time and will Dave Lister ever be the same again? The answer was yes, thankfully.
This episode pays homage to final episode from Red Dwarf VIII where Rimmer has a disagreement with a vending machine, in this case it's an elevator. Rimmer wouldn't be Rimmer if he wasn't arguing with or upsetting inanimate objects, after all he is a Smeg Head or in this week's episode Captain B*****d.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Give and Take,’ it may have its pit falls here and there but again I've been left impressed by Red Dwarf and her crew along with the crew, who else is making this series a reality.
Roll on Episode IV: Officer Rimmer.
Overall rating for Episode III is as follows: 9/10 kidneys.