Red Dwarf

Timeslides

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 12/12/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Lister declares he is sick of life on Red Dwarf and wishes that he never joined the JMC in the first place. Kryten is developing photos in the photo lab when he discovers that they can move, to which Holly suggests that the developing fluid must have mutated. Kryten shows some moving slides to the crew and Lister finds that he can walk into the projection and really be there, only he cannot move outside the frame of the picture. Lister uses this as his ticket off Red Dwarf by making himself unbelievably rich. He takes a tension sheet (just bubble-wrap packing paper painted red) and goes into a photo of himself at 17 and tells himself to patent the invention. When they return, Lister, Cat and Kryten disappear. (Kryten wasn't rescued and the Cat race never existed) Rimmer cannot bear being on his own and goes to convince Lister to come back. Upon failing that, he goes further back in time to give the invention to himself at boarding school. Lister, Cat and Kryten are returned, although he only succeeded in putting things back the way they were. As a consequence of his actions, Rimmer discovers that he is not a hologram anymore, but is alive. This doesn't last long though, as in his excitement he hits two crates of dynamite and blows himself up.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Danny John-Jules

    Cat

  • Hattie Hayridge

    Holly (season 3-5)

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (Watching video of a low-grade band playing on the stage of a pub) Cat: What is this? Who is that jerk? Lister: It's me. Cat: You? Lister: Age 17. That's me first band, Smeg and The Heads. Cat: What are you wearing? Lister: It was all the rage. It's what everyone was wearing. It was called 'Sham Glam.' Cat: Look at that collar! You could go hang-gliding! Lister: We used to think we were so cool...

    • Kryten: What is this place? Rimmer: It's a pub. Kryten: A 'Pub'? Ahhh -- yes -- A meeting place where people attempt to achieve enhanced states of mental incompetence, through the repeated consumption of fermented vegetable drinks.

    • (After Rimmer fails to get Lister to remember him) Holly: So how did it go? Rimmer: Useless. He didn't listen. Didn't even recognise me. He just thought I was some neurotic, deranged, crazy madman. Holly: You sure he didn't recognize you?

    • (following a discussion of the tremendous success of one of Rimmer's old school mates) Rimmer: Did you go to school with anyone famous? Lister: Charles Keenan. He was pretty famous. Rimmer: What did he do? Lister: Ate his wife.

    • Rimmer: (About "Thicky" Holden) He always used to come bottom in geography. He thought a glacier was a bloke who fixed windows.

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    Notes (7)

    • One possible reason for Rimmer (briefly) no longer being a hologram at the end of the episode is that his younger self's brush with the future left his adult self more willing to listen to his holographic self when he appeared to him in "Stasis Leak", and presumably agreeing to put himself into stasis as instructed.

    • Kryten makes a joke about going back in time and stopping the Kennedy assassination. Funnily enough, this is what happens in the season 7 premiere "Tikka to Ride".

    • When the gang go back to Lister's past and see him playing with "Smeg and the Heads", the Heads are actually Jeff Walker and Bill Steer of the grindcore band Napalm Death (and also founder members of Carcass) who Craig had recently recorded with

    • The skiing couple in Lister's slide originally had lines telling us of how they ended up with Lister's party photos (as Lister got the pictures of the skiiers by accident). Their dialogue was cut from the final episode when Craig Charles pointed out they wouldn't have seen Lister's photos at that point.

    • Well known British comedienne and TV presenter Ruby Wax is the wife of director Ed Bye.

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    Trivia (12)

    • When Lister goes back in time and changes history, causing The Cat and Kryten to vanish. Technically Rimmer wouldn't have been there either as he wouldn't have been brought back as a hologram to keep Lister sane.

    • When Rimmer comes up with his plan to get Lister back and make himself a millionaire he says he can bring the Cat and Kryten back into existence. Kryten would still be in existence even if Lister didn't join Red Dwarf.Kryten would be in existence but on the Nova 5.

    • How did the German newspaper get the mugshot of Lister for the picture that was shown on the paper.

    • Seeing as Lister never joined up to Red Dwarf, he wouldn't have been able to stop himself from joining up in the first place by going through the timeslides, therefore creating a paradox, implying and leading to the notion of multibranched timelines.

    • Who actually took the pictures of the rich alternative Lister while he was having dinner and Young Rimmer sleeping in his bed?

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    Allusions (3)

    • Kryten: Oh, I'm sorry, I must have bypassed my "Good Taste" chip! An indirect allusion to Star Trek:TNG's android, Data, who sometimes experimented with an "emotion chip" designed to make him more human by giving his positronic brain the capacity to form emotional responses.

    • Lister: What, you mean like persuade Dustin Hoffman not to make Ishtar? Dustin Hoffman is an actor famous for his roles in 1967's The Graduate (1967), Tootsie (1982), and Rain Man (1988). In 'Ishtar' (1987), he co-starred with Warren Beatty, and their different but perfectionist egos clashed not only with each other but with the director's right to control (she was far less established than they were). At US$40 mil (then unusually large) the film went way over its original budget (incl $10mil each to Hoffman & Beatty, then an unusually large sum), earning comparisons to Heavens Gate. Enduring both critical decimation as well as audience ennui, the film bombed, and got a much worse reputation than it deserved (not to suggest it's good).

    • Kryten: We could go to Dallas, in November 1963, stand on the grassy knoll and shout "Duck!". A reference to the assasination of US President John F. Kennedy, whose killer is officially accepted as being Lee Harvey Oswald, although many conspiracy theorists still believe that a second gunman fired from the grassy knoll.

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