Red Dwarf

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 10 : Ep 6

    The Beginning

    Aired 11/8/12

  • S 10 : Ep 5

    Dear Dave

    Aired 11/1/12

  • S 10 : Ep 4

    Entangled

    Aired 10/25/12

  • S 10 : Ep 3

    Lemons

    Aired 10/18/12

  • S 10 : Ep 2

    Fathers and Suns

    Aired 10/11/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

  • Danny John-Jules

    Cat

  • Norman Lovett

    Holly (season 1–2, 8)

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  • show Description
  • 3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless

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    • (Lister walking around tasting some powder that's lying around)
      Lister: And why is it so dirty around here, Hol? What is this stuff?
      Holly: That is catering officer Olaf Petersen.
      Lister: Pffftawww! I've been eating half the crew!

    • Lister: Where is everybody, Hol?
      Holly: They're dead, Dave.
      Lister: Who is?
      Holly: Everybody, Dave.
      Lister: What, Captain Hollister?
      Holly: Everybody's dead, Dave.
      Lister: What, Todhunter?
      Holly: Everybody's dead, Dave.
      Lister: What, Selby?
      Holly: They're all dead. Everybody's dead, Dave.
      Lister: Petersen isn't, is he?
      Holly: Everybody is dead, Dave.
      Lister: Not Chen?
      Holly: Gordon Bennett! Yes! Chen, everybody. Everybody's dead, Dave.
      Lister: Rimmer?
      Holly: He's dead, Dave. Everybody is dead. Everybody is dead, Dave!
      Lister: Wait. Are you trying to tell me everybody's dead?
      Holly: (beat) I should've never let him out in the first place...

    • (Upon being informed by Captain Hollister that his cat, Frankenstein, will be killed and dissected) Lister: So, with respect, Sir, what's in it for the cat?

    • Rimmer: (Talking to Lister) Right, that's it! (Starts writing on clipboard, then reads off what he wrote) 'Lister, D -- third technician. Offence: obstructing a superior technician by humming, clicking and being quiet.' When the Captain sees this, you're dead.

    • Rimmer: (Talking to Lister) You touch that guitar Lister, I'll remove the E string and garrotte you with it.

    • Rimmer: I've got to pull myself together, but you've got to help me. You gotta be my hands and my touch. Lister: I know the things you like to touch! -- No way Rimmer! Forget it!

    • Lister: [discussing his plan to buy a farm in Fiji] Yeah! The prices there are unbelievable. Rimmer: Yes, because they had a volcanic eruption and now most of Fiji' is three feet below sea level! Lister: It's only three feet. They can wade. That's why the animals are gonna hafta be quite tall. Rimmer: Nice plan, Lister. Excellent plan! Brilliant plan, Lister! What about the sheep? What are you going to do, buy them water-wings? Fit them with stilts? Better still, you could cross-breed them with dolphins and have leaping mutton. [Gesturing to represent a dolphin leaping out of the water] Baa, splash, baa, splash.

    • Lister: You see, I try, sir. I'm not an insubordinate man by nature. I try and respect Rimmer and everything, but it's not easy, 'cause he's such a smeghead. Rimmer: [To Todhunter] Did you hear that, sir? [Turns back to Lister] Lister, do you have any conception of the penalty for describing a superior technician as a smeghead? Todhunter: Oh, Rimmer.... You are a smeghead!

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    Notes (219)

    • This pilot episode was written in 1983 during a stay in a Welsh cottage belonging to Doug Naylor's father.

    • This pilot episode almost never happened due to an electricians strike at the BBC in 1987 which prevented filming and the project was shelved. Filming eventually went ahead in early 1988 after the industrial action was resolved but only after Doug Naylor and Rob Grant had lobbied intensely for it.

    • As a joke to the re-appearance of George McIntye as a hologram, Holly plays the song See You Later Alligator by Bill Haley and the Comets at his funeral.

    • It is revealed here that Lister smuggled his cat on board from Titan, Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and is the only one with an atmosphere bordering on "thick".

    • This is the first time another JMC ship is mentioned, the Oregon.

    • Flight co-ordinator George McIntyre is the first hologram we see in the series.

    • Mark Williams, who played Peterson, has since become a familiar face on T.V. screens in the UK as part of the ensemble sketch show The Fast Show. He also has found immortality in the Harry Potter films as Ron Weasley's father.

    • Todhunter states that Rimmer has made 247 complaints against Lister, these were; 123 counts of insulting a superior technician, 39 counts of dereliction of duty, 84 counts of insubordination and 1 count of mutiny (Lister jumped on Rimmer's toe!)

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    Trivia (187)

    • Throughout Red Dwarf, you notice that all the signs to certain areas of the ship are labelled in English, then underneath in Esperanto, in smaller text. This "international" language, created/devised in the late 19th century, has never known much success. Like the Universal Calendar, it was more of a solution in search of a problem, and thus has inspired people to avoid it in droves.

    • When Lister tries and locks the door, if you look at the window which shows a picture of space, you can see an arm or an elbow moving. This even shows up on the remastered version

    • If Rimmer is a hologram, how could he have crashed into stuff in the next room when he tried to attack the Cat, unless there is such a thing as holographic stuff in the future. The likely answer is the same as "what does he stand on"? The holocaster must have a notion of the fixed aspects of the ship, such as walls, and these limit him from doing things like walking through walls, falling through floors, etc.

    • When Lister and Rimmer back into the Teaching Room after meeting the Cat, and Lister bumps into the table, the piles of dust that Lister was eating before are not there. Also, earlier there were three tables in a row directly in front of the door. When Dave comes back later, one of the tables, the one closest to the front, has disappeared.

    • Visual Gaff: Rimmer is a hologram but his jogging causes flag to flap around at the beginning of the episode.

    • In the "Double Rimmer" scene Rimmer doesn't lift his right hand to point the second time he says "...and I've decided...shut up!"

    • During the scene where Lister has the conversation with Rimmer twice in the drive room, when the first Rimmer leaves, the second Rimmer walks in at the same time, causing Lister to scream. If you look at the right edge of the canister dispenser you can clearly see the line caused by the split screen.

    • Both Rimmer and Lister use a door in the Drive Room which wasn't there in the previous episode.

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    Allusions (101)

    • Lister: (singing) To Ganymede and Titan, yessir I've been around... Ganymede is the largest of Jupiter's moons, at 5262 km in diameter. It was discovered by Galileo in 1610 and named after a Trojan boy whom Zeus made a cup bearer to the gods. Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, at 5150 km in diameter and discovered by Huygens in 1655. It is named after the deities of Greek Mythology, the precursors to the Olympians. Saturn (aka Chronos) was a Titan and father of Jupiter (aka Zeus). Both these moons are larger than Mercury and Pluto. Apparently in the Red Dwarf universe many of the Solar System moons have been colonized, as Lister buys Frankenstein (Cat's ancestor) on Titan, and Lister and Cat visit the Ganymede Holiday Inn in Stasis Leak.

    • Lister: Who's Columbo?

      This references the famous American TV detective Columbo, played by Peter Falk in the TV series of the same name. Columbo (no first name given) is a humble and seemingly inept police lieutenant who nonetheless always outsmarts and captures the murderer despite their near-perfect schemes.

    • Title: Waiting For God The title of this episode is clearly a reference to the play "Waiting for Godot" (1952) by Samuel Beckett about two men awaiting the arrival of a mysterious someone called Godot. Waiting for God is also the title of an early 90's BBC sitcom starring Graham Crowden and Stephanie Cole about the residents of a retirement village.

    • Rimmer: I could've been an admiral by now, I really could! Instead of a nothing, which is what I am, let's face it. Rimmer's speech echoes lines from the movie On The Waterfront (1954) with Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as Terry Molloy, a thuggish dockside worker who bemoans to his brother (Rod Steiger) his lost opportunity of making something of himself (in this case, in the boxing world): Terry: I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.

    • Visual reference: Citizen Kane Rimmer's death flashback is an homage to the classic 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. The close-up of Rimmer's mouth as he utters his dying words, "Gazpacho Soup!", his outstretched hand, and the breaking of the globe containing Red Dwarf mimics the opening scene of the movie in which Kane (Welles) in close-up utters his dying words, "Rosebud", then drops from his outstretched hand a snow-globe which shatters on the stairs. While much of the film's techniques are unimpressive today by being standards, it was truly the first movie to use many of them, and is one of several revolutionary developments the nature of films.

    • Rimmer: Our first contact with intelligent life in three million years, and he turns out to be the android version of Norman Bates. This is a reference to the main character of the Psycho film series, who kept his dead mother in a preserved state, much as Kryten did with the Nova 5's crew.

    • Kryten: Mr. Lister was kind enough to show me The Wild One, Easy Rider and Rebel Without a Cause.

      These three American films are classics connecting motorcycles with rebellion and defiance of authority.

      The Wild One (1954), is about hoodlum motorcyclists who terrorise a small town, and starred Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin.

      Easy Rider (1969) is a remarkably effective low-budget film about two drop-out motorcyclists, and starred Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and and impressive early performance by Jack Nicholson.

      Rebel Without A Cause (1955) is one of the first real 'rebel' films about a troubled/troublesome poor little rich boy, and starred James Dean in one of his three major roles, a promising young star named Sal Mineo, and a teenaged Natalie Wood.

    • Rimmer: What are you rebelling against? Kryten: Whaddaya got? Kryten mimics Marlon Brando's lines from "The Wild One" (1954) where he starred as Johnny, leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club: Girl: Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against? Johnny: Whaddaya got?

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  • Fan Reviews (82)
  • We just hosed him down and gave him a hat

    By Kremlin_Kate, Dec 18, 2012

  • Well done DAVE...

    By blazer666_uk, Oct 21, 2012

  • Corny, fun, and homegrown. Oh, it's not supposed to be real, in case you haven't figured it out.

    By Momsternator, Oct 20, 2012

  • The last human in the universe and his friends have a hell of a time!

    By starfox321, Apr 14, 2008

  • Pete part one and two is the worst hour of television outside of a Big brother marathon.

    By peas_and_corn, Apr 30, 2008

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