Red Dwarf

Psirens

Season 6, Ep 1, Aired 10/7/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Two hundred years after investigating the SSS Esperanto, the crew awake from suspended animation aboard Starbug with amnesia, and find that their mothership Red Dwarf is missing. Chasing a faint vapour trail which may lead to their mothership, the crew travel through an asteroid field containing lost and crashed spaceships. The asteroid field is inhabited by "Psirens", genetically engineered creatures that telepathically lure the ship's crew onto the asteroids so that they can suck out their brains.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Danny John-Jules

    Cat

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

  • Rob Grant

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • While racing after Red Dwarf, the crew must divert through a dense meteor cloud which appears to be full of creatures trying to suck their brains out...

    By Daedal_Cat, Jun 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Cat: There's an old "Cat" proverb: 'It's better to live one hour as a tiger, than a whole lifetime as a worm.' Rimmer: There's an old human saying: 'Whoever heard of a worm-skin rug?'

    • Rimmer: What about Space Corps Directive one-seven-four-two? Kryten: One-seven-four-two? 'No member of the Corps should ever report for active duty in a ginger toupee'? Thanks for reminding us of that regulation, sir. But is it really that pertinent in this particular situation?

    • Rimmer: Some kind of writing on the floor. P-S-I-R-E-N-S. "Psirens." Kryten: The poor sucker must've scrawled his death throes by using a combination of his own blood and his own intestines. Rimmer: Who would do that? Lister: Someone who badly needed a pen. The Cat: What I don't understand is why he went through the trouble of having to use his kidney as a full-stop. Rimmer: I don't think he meant to do that. Maybe it just plopped out.

    • (Lister picks up his guitar and starts playing in his usual fashion -- wretchedly terrible) Lister: What's the difference? If anything, this is slightly better Cat: A little survival tip, bud! Never play your guitar in front of a man with a loaded gun...

    • (one of the Psirens appears as someone Lister used to lust for in his youth) Pete Tranter's Sister: How long has it been since you made love to a woman? Lister: I admit it's been a while. Pete's Sister: It's been over three million years, Dave. Lister: I prefer to count it in Ice Ages -- Then it's just four. Better still, in leap ice ages, it's hardly even one! Pete's Sister: That's a long time Dave, for a man of your drives. Lister: That's a long time for a Welsh shepherd who's allergic to wool!

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    Notes (7)

    • In the Psirens' hallucination, the commander of the SCS Pioneer; Captain Tau, is named after the captain of Red Dwarf in the American pilot. That she is killed almost instantly speaks volumes about the writers' experiences in Hollywood.

    • Clare Grogan returns as Kochanski (Albeit as a hallucination) for the first time since 'Stasis Leak' back in Series 2. The character of Kochanski returns for the majority of series 7 onwards, but because the role was going to be fuller, it was recast with Chloe Annett taking over. In a nice bit of coninuity, Psiren-Kochanski says that she has 2 sons (Which she conceived by stealing Lister's sperm sample from the ships vault whilst he was in stasis) named Jim & Bexley, which are the names of Lister's twins boys seen in 'Future Echoes' and 'Parallel Universe' - Lister said he was going to name his first 2 sons Jim & Bexley.

    • Check out the all-new Starbug! Kryten, left alone for 200 years seems to have rebuilt the entire interior. There are now four console stations in the cockpit, a galley, sleeping quarters and an enourmous engine room. By the end of the series, the ship would also acquire significant upgrades, including laser cannons, and the seat-tilt control would stop squeaking.

    • Anita Dobson was offered the part of Captain Tau when Rob Grant and Doug Naylor approached her partner, Queen guitarist Brian May, to play Lister's guitar-playing hands double. Although May couldn't make it, Grant and Naylor were astounded when Dobson agreed to appear anyway. Grant and Naylor have since indicated that, if they had known she really would be interested, they would have written something more substantial for her. Anita Dobson isn't really known much in the USA, but she is fairly well known in the UK for an early role in the long running BBC1 soap East Enders, as well as for her marriage to May.

    • Season 5 saw a substantial increase in viewership, so the BBC asked Rob Grant and Doug Naylor to write a special introductory sequence for the new viewers to the show. This was achieved through the vehicle of a five-minute opening sequence in which Lister, suffering from amnesia, is reminded of the key elements of the series by Kryten.

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    Trivia (2)

    • The Psiren looking like Pete Trantster's sister and Lister agree that he hasn't been with a woman for 3,000,000 years, or one leap Ice Age, but he had gotten pregnant by his female self in series 2.

    • Kryten shows Lister a picture of Kochanski and says that he dated her for three weeks, but in the first season episodes it is established that Lister always wanted to ask her out but never worked up the courage.
      See notes for 'Camille', series 4, episode 1

    Allusions (2)

    • When Kryten is talking about who could have stolen Red Dwarf, he mentions Rogue Simulants (last seen in "Justice"), genetically engineered life forms (A reference to "Camille") and "figments of Mr. Lister's imagination made solid by some weird space plague" (referencing the events of "Confidence and Paranoia").

    • visual: The Spaceship Graveyard Of the spaceships that StarBug passes on the asteroids, one is an Eagle ship, from the 1970s TV series Space: 1999, starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain; the ship from the 1986 film Aliens, starring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, and also a Klingon ship from Star Trek.

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