Red Dwarf

Season 5 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 1992 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

The gang watch a sappy love story aboard Starbug and Rimmer is disgusted at how the hero sacrificed his own happiness for his lover. They come across a computer-generated ship, and Rimmer is captured and taken aboard. The Holoship (named 'The Enlightenment') will not answer Starbug's communication attempts on account of them being notoriously arrogant and self-centered. Meanwhile Rimmer is having quite a good time aboard the Holoship: he can touch, feel and taste. Not only that, but it's a ship regulation to have sexual relations at least twice a day with any other crew member.
He meets a crew member, Commander Nirvanah Crane who gives him a tour of the ship. Upon having sex with her, He falls in love with her and she, even though they have disposed of the concept of 'love' aboard the ship, feels something for him, also.
Rimmer decides he wants to stay aboard the ship, but the rules do not allow for any new crewmembers. The only way to get on board is to challenge a randomly-selected crew-member. The crew member turns out to be Nirvanah who lets him win on purpose when he tells her of how he always fails at everything and has never really achieved anything in his life.
Rimmer leaves Red Dwarf to join the Enlightenment's crew but when he finds out that Nirvanah gave up her place for him, he decides to give it back to her and return to Red Dwarf, thereby doing much as the hero in the movie (much to his own disgust).moreless

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  • A great episode all about my favorite character, Rimmer! And he FINALLY gets laid! ;)

    This episode was great because it really described Rimmer for me. In the scene where he is trying to explain to him why he wants to join this holoship you really get some good insight on Rimmer. Things that I had not really picked up on quite yet in the show.

    Chris Barrie did a wonderful job! This was the first episode that was REALLY about Rimmer. Granted there had been a few and one around ACE RIMMER. But as for OUR Rimmer he was always the butt of all the jokes. It was nice to see Chris Barrie in an episode that really did his character justice.

    I can't say that there was one part of this episode that I did not like. Though one mistake I have found was that when Ms. Crane was tying her robe she ties it twice and then her robe is hanging wide open when she stands up.moreless
  • When our adventurers meet a Holoship, Rimmer wishes to become one of their hologramatic crew.

    Not a bad episode. It didn't contain the usual, odd situations I like about the show. The story is thorough. I liked this episode more for its romantic moments than its comedic moments.

    There are a few funny moments. When Rimmer's IQ is raised, the speed of his speech increases. He also pompously exhales through his nose, which is effectively comical. I would have liked more comedy.

    Rimmer actually gets to have a relationship with one of the holograms onboard the ship. I recognize her as the assistant from "Absolutely Fabulous." Their relationship is the most interesting aspect of the episode. There is no reason that this woman should love him. The only reason given is that she found the sex different. In fact, I don't buy it. The many cuts to this episode's original length are not noticable.moreless
  • Rimmer falls in love

    Dont expect confrontation with alien species in this episode. This one is all about Rimmer and his attempts to join the super hologram crew of the Holoship.

    There is one classic scene where Lister takes on a hologram crew member and beats him in a verbal game of chicken. The dialogue is here is some of the superior stuff from this ageless gem of a show.

    As for the main plot, well its all about love and what could have been. It mirrors the movie that the crew are watching at the beginning of the show and which Rimmer turns his nose at. Ironically, he ends up in the situation himself and predicably ends up doing what he never thought himself capable of!

    A definite classic, if only for Rimmer Char dev and the scene with Lister and the holo-crewman! :Dmoreless
Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks

Commander Nirvanah Crane

Guest Star

Matthew Marsh

Matthew Marsh

Captain Hercule Platini

Guest Star

Don Warrington

Don Warrington

Commander Binks

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • If you watch the scene after Rimmer and Nirvanah have sex, you will see Nirvanah ties her robe tightly then right after that it is tied loosely. The writers have revealed this is because so many exchanges were cut for length.

    • In a deleted scene, Lister considers recruiting his own hologram, saying "whats wrong with two of me?". Doesn't he remember what happened with the two Rimmers in me2? Response: Lister, unlike Rimmer, has previously gotten along fine with other versions of himself.

    • It has been previously said that Holly can only support one hologram but when Rimmer ran onto the ship after his mind went back to normal they were interviewing for a new hologram

    • If the Holoship couldn't support Rimmer due to their already full crew, why did they bother to bring him on board at all?
      Response They're probably always on the lookout for people who are better than their current crew and can improve it.

    • Binks says that Lister's age is "Mid 20's", indicating that Lister hasn't aged since the beginning of the series, even though Rimmer tells the Enlightenment's senior crew that it has been nearly 4 years since Lister came out of stasis.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kryten: What you're suggesting is immoral and illegal. Mind patching is outlawed.
      Rimmer: But it _is_ possible.
      Kryten: Possible but highly dangerous. The side effects can be devastating. You could be reduced to a gibbering simpleton.
      Cat: Reduced?

    • Rimmer: Those kind of films really irritate me. Just not realistic. There isn't a man in the universe who wouldn't have taken the job and to hell with the woman. Total baloney.
      Lister: Rimmer, you said that about "King of Kings -- the story of Jesus!"
      Rimmer: Well, it's true! A simple carpenter's son who learns how to do magic tricks like that and doesn't go into show-business? Do any of us believe that, even for a second?
      Lister: He was supposed to be the Son of God.
      Rimmer: And when he was carrying that cross up the hill, any normal realistic bloke would have mule-kicked the guy on the left, clobbered the one on the right, and been over that green hill and far away before you could say "Pontius Pilate."
      Lister: Why do I feel that somehow you've missed the point?

    • After having sex
      Nirvanah: We usually talk.
      Rimmer: I'm sorry, I must have seemed very rude. I hardly said anything except... Geronimo!

    • Cat: Well, I say let's break out the laser cannons and give 'em both barrels.
      Kryten: An adroit suggestion sir, with just two minor drawbacks. . . .
      Cat: OK, forget it!

    • Kryten: They've taken Mr. Rimmer. Sir! They've taken Mr. Rimmer!
      Cat: Quick, let's get out of here before they bring him back!

    • Cat: Am I the only sane one here? Why don't we drop the defensive shields?
      Kryten: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don't have any defensive shields, and two, we don't have any defensive shields. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that's only one flaw but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.
      Cat: Good point; well made.

  • NOTES (6)

    • One of the Rimmer's prospective replacements is Deck Sergeant Sam Murray. In the deleted "funeral" scene for The End, Sam Murray was among the dead crew members mentioned by Lister, who stated that he was once in a homosexual relationship with fellow crew member Rick Thesen.

    • Matthew Marsh, who plays Captain Hercules Platini, originally auditioned for the role of Hab on Grant Naylor's Son of Cliche radio sketch Dave Hollins, Space Cadet, but was rejected in favor of Chris Barrie.

    • From this episode on, a revised Red Dwarf logo makes debut, with the font changed to Times New Roman. (The GNP logo at the end is also similarly revised). This is the current Red Dwarf logo.

    • Also from this episode on, the closing titles simply feature a starfield, rather than the previous model shot of Red Dwarf (used from "The End" until "Meltdown".)

    • This episode overran by nearly twelve minutes, so a great deal of dialogue, including a funny scene with Holly, and some effects footage was cut.

    • It's funny how Rimmer would attempt a (supposed) quote from St Francis of Assisi when he insulted and belittled him in last season's finale 'Meltdown'.


    • Lister: You said that about King of Kings, the story of Jesus.

      Given Lister's taste in films, it is likely he is talking about the 1927 Cecil B. de Mille silent film about Jesus Christ starring H.B. Warner rather than the less critically-accepted 1961 remake.

    • Rimmer: Any normal, realistic bloke would have mule-kicked the guy on the left, clobbered the guy on the right, and been over that green hill and far away before you could say "Pontius Pilate".

      Pontius Pilate was a Roman governor of Judea (26-36) who condemned Jesus to death. Gospels portray Pilate as reluctant to condemn Christ, but succumbing to mass pressure and releasing the thief Barabbas instead of Jesus.

    • Name reference: Nirvanah Crane

      In Buddhism, nirvana is the attainment of serenity and enlightenment through the eradication of all desires, which links with the ship being named 'The Enlightenment'. A crane is a type of bird, considered in some cultures to be a symbol of grace and beauty.