Red Dwarf

Season 7 Episode 3

Ouroboros

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 1997 on BBC Two
8.4
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Over 3,000,000 years ago in the Aigbuth Arms pub, a box with a baby inside was placed under a pool table with just the word Ouroboros written on the side.... Returning to the present day, the crew come across a wormhole between dimensions. They go through the wormhole, and meet an alternate version of themselves. Rimmer isn't there, Lister is a Hologram, Kochanski is alive, and Kryten is wearing a gold suit. They decide to exchange information and Kochanski requests that Lister fills a canister up with his sperm, so that she may have a child as her Lister cannot bear children. Unfortunately, Lister's in-law's - the GELFs attack (see Emohawk), and cause a break in the wormhole and Kochanski becomes caught on this side. They eventually manage to escape the GELFs, thanks to Kochanski's navigation. Kryten is jealous because Lister likes Kochanski more then him and is glad when they return to the wormhole to get her back to her own dimension. On a box they found some supplies in, Lister notices has a label "Ouroboros", with a symbol on it: a snake biting his own tail, meaning infinity - a neverending circle. Lister recognises this as what was on his own box and realises that he is his own father and Kochanski is his mother. He rushes after Kochanski to get the in-vetro tube back before she returns to her reality. Disaster strikes, as the GELFs return and make the break in the wormhole even bigger. Kochanski tries to jump across and misses the other side, falling into a deep black void. While she's falling, Lister rushes back and gets a crossbow and a rope which Kryten happened to have handy, and harpoons Kochanski and pulls her back to his side. 18 months later, Lister takes he and Kochanski's child, and puts him in a box, writing "Ouroboros" on it, so it would remind himself of the sign when the child got to be him, and he would bring back his child, etc...moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Nexus episode

    9.0
    With Rimmer sadly leaving the show, cue the return of Christine Konchanski - Chloe Annett, lovely jubbly! :D Two main threads propagate this episode, Christines arrival and the revelation of where Lister comes from. One of the overriding traits that defines our Lister has been his not knowing where he came from, or who his parent are - in this episode he and we find out.



    Furthermore, Christines intro is written in an ok story which also provides an logical explanation for where he comes from. Having an alternative Red Dwarf crew has been done before, but Listy is a Hardlight hologram and we discover the nexus event that saved Listy in this dimension and does the same for Christine in hers.



    Some natty special effects that you would expect from this show permeate the episode to go effect and the shows structure has a good beginning, middle and end. The pace is also quite frantic with the constant threat of a Gelb battlecruiser threatening to elimiate them, the time shard and almost takes out Christine.



    An excellent intro for Konchanski's character. Sad to see Rimmer go - Id have preferred the Cat as most of the humour came from Rimmer, Lister and Kryton.



    From what I remember the show started to go downhill from here comedywise - so I hope to see if my expectation levels have dropped since then.



    Do watch, otherwise you wont know how Konchanski came on board.moreless
  • Kochanski joins the crew and Lister finds out who his real parents are!

    8.6
    The crew has a new member! A new face to Kristine Kochanski comes in and she joins the group. Chloe Annett is a good actress and does the part well.



    As time progresses nothing really happens until Lister finds out who his parents are. Since the opening scene was a flashback of when Lister was found under the pool table you knew that there was something about that.



    The clue was of course the crate that once held Ourobros batteries.



    The idea that Lister is his own father is classic Red Dwarf. THe confusing paradox that makes your brain hurt. I can't imagine it any different.



    The episode was boring but good!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • If Frankenstein really wasn't pregnant when Kochanski rescued her, how did the Cat race evolve from Frankenstein's litter if Lister didn't raise her?

    • Another diversion from what was said in "The End": Lister claims very specifically that he bought Frankenstein on Titan, but here he bought the cat while on Mimas. However, this may be a slight difference between Kochanski's reality and Lister's.

    • In this episode, we see Lister from an alternate dimension as a hologram- because he didn't go into stasis, he was killed in the radiation leak. However, in the first episode, it was established the radiation leak happened because of the fact Lister was in stasis and therefore Rimmer didn't have help in fixing the drive plate.Response: This claim is made by Rimmer, who was likely making excuses for his own incompetence.

    • The cat Lister smuggled on ship wasn't pregnant. It was only a kitten!
      Response: Yes, but it IS an alternate reality. In the real reality Kochanski never found the cat so Lister was able to raise her.

    • In the flashbacks Lister says the penalty for keeping his cat would be six months in stasis (which is what Kochanski gets in her reality), however in 'The End' Lister gets 18 months in stasis as punishment for the crime.

    • In the first season episodes it is established that Lister wanted to ask Kochanski out but never worked up the courage, but here we are told that he dated her for three weeks but they broke up. See notes for episode 'Camille', Series IV

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lister: Ouroboros... It wasn't 'Our Rob or Ross', it was Ouroboros..!
      Cat: What was?
      Lister: The message that was written on the side of my box!
      Cat: You came in a box? That explains everything.

    • Kryten: Well, you're not good enough for him! That's all. Okay, he may walk around smelling like a Balti house laundry basket, but he doesn't need the likes of you swapping dimensions like there's no tomorrow, and bewitching him with all your... in-and-out bits. All pointy and unnecessary!
      Kochanski: [beat] You've got big problems, you know that, don't you?

    • Kochanski: I've got a positive trans-dimensional trace but I still can't re-establish the linkway. I'm sure it's something to do with electromagnetic phasing frequencies.
      Cat: You took the words right out of my mouth!
      Kryten: Have you tried inverting the signal?
      Kochanski: We'll need a power re-route in the auxiliary power drives.
      Cat: I'll take care of that! ... Whatever it is.
      Kryten: It's the, er, big red button, there, sir.

    • Kryten: I'm gong to end up on my own again, just like I did on the Nova 5!
      Lister: You killed the crew, Kryten!

    • Rimmer: Didn't I tell you you'd never bridge that class division? Take her: navigation officer, cadet school, Space Corps., well-spoken, can stay awake during operas, knows her cheeses. She's class. And you? What are you? I don't mean to sound cruel but in comparison you're scum. And second-rate scum, at that.
      Lister: I used to be fourth-rate scum - I've dragged meself up by my bootsraps, bub.

    • Kochanski: Wait, you mean I'm stuck here with you? Priscilla, Queen of Deep Space??

    • Cat: Something's showing up on the long range scan which is *weird* with a capital 'we'.
      Lister: Can you be a tad more scientific?
      Cat: Come again?
      Kryten: Er, is it a 'wibbly thing', or a 'swirly thing', sir?
      Cat: At this early stage I'd hate to commit myself and wind up looking a fool! Come see for yourself.
      Lister: 'Wibbly thing' or 'swirly thing', and he refuses to commit himself... He's losing it, he really is.

    • Rimmer: Your type isn't Kochanski, Listy. It's someone called 'Tiffany'. It's someone who drinks Campari and soda and wears orange crotchless panties. Someone who thinks Deely-boppers are funny. Someone who says 'sumfink' instead of *something*, and laughs like a freshly wounded moose strapped to a cement mixer.
      Lister: This from a man who's had less sex than a lettuce...
      Rimmer: Oh, har har.
      Lister: Rimmer, people who say 'har har' have no sense of humour, they just can't think of a witty retort.
      Rimmer: ..... Oh, har har.

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Kryten is moaning about the crew of the Nova 5 leaving him, Lister says: "You killed the crew!". This has never actually been mentioned before in the TV series but the first novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers details how the Nova 5 crashed: Kryten decided to give the drive computer a bath!

    • The video release "Red Dwarf X-tended" features scenes that were cut from the TV broadcast. In one scene the alternate Lister, Cat and Kryten are on board Starbug exchanging supplies. The alternate Cat speaks with a deep macho voice and the alternate Lister appears to prefer pasta to curry.

    • Lister's son/baby self is played by Danny John-Jules' nephew, Alexander.

    • Because of a slightly longer running time, this episode does not contain opening titles, the first since 'Parallel Universe' in series II.

    • Due to Chris Barrie's departure from the show, this episode re-introduces the Red Dwarf crew member Kristine Kochanski. As the role would be fuller than previously, the producers decided to recast the part rather than bring back C.P. Grogan who played the character in seasons 1-2. Actress Chloe Annett was eventually cast as the new Kochanski.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Kochanski: I'm stuck here with you? Priscilla, Queen of Deep Space?

      A play on the 1994 Australian movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert starring Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce about a group of drag queens travelling across the desert to get to a cabaret.

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