Having seen the American pilot, at least the first version, I can agree that it, in fact, does NOT make the grade. The presence of Kryten disturbs the previous Odd Couple balance between Lister and Rimmer. There also didn't seem to be the sort of unapologetic cheekiness exhibited by the British Dave, nor is the American Rimmer nearly enough of a smeghead. All in all, Americans should not attempt to muck about in affairs they do not understand.