Red Dwarf

Season 6 Episode 6

Out Of Time

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 1993 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

The crew encounter a cloud of fog from an imploded supernova and have no choice but to go through it. After passing through "unreality pockets", they decide to go into stasis until they get through the fog. In the center of the fog they find a Space Corps derelict which also has a time drive, which they hook up to Starbug's engines. They find they can travel to any time in history, but they are still in deep space, no closer to Earth than they were before. Returning to their own time, they find a future version of themselves. They find out that their future selves have gotten twisted and evil. The evil version of the crew decides to kill them all, rather than to lose, so they battle each other for survival of the good or death of them all.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • It may not be classed as a goof, but, in the end of the episode, where Rimmer shoots the time drive and the future selves shoot the Starbug at the same time, it wouldn't matter which is destroyed first.. If the ship gets destroyed, the time device would be too, therefore killing the present selves and making the future selves non-existant, then they wouldn't be there to threaten the crew anyway

      • How could Rimmer's future self age if he never aged a bit in Rimmer world

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Cat: (About Rimmer) You can always tell when he's tense. The way he scrunches up cups and throws them in the bin. And I'm not talking about styrofoam here, I'm talking enamel.

      • Lister: Oh my god, look at Rimmer.
        Rimmer: Well, I can't have changed much; I'm a hologram.
        Lister: Wrong. You're two meals away from becoming a sumo wrestler!

      • Rimmer: You know the thing about Lister that really makes me want to puke, that makes me want to stab him in both eyes with an ice pick? Everything, that's what! Especially his god-awful chirpy, gerbil-faced optimism! And as for the Cat, what an unbelievable git! And Kryten, if he doesn't change pronto, I swear I'll attach jump leads to his nipple nuts and fry him like a cajun catfish!

      • (Future Kryten, wearing a suit and toupee, enters Starbug)
        Kryten: Are you really me?
        Future Kryten: Will you take a look at him. Did I really use to look that goofy?
        Kryten: What is that thing on your head? I hope you have a quarantine license for it!
        Future Kryten: We're time travellers now, and a lot of our business involves going back in history. I have to look incognito. Frankly, I can't afford to go around looking like I've swapped heads with a damaged crash dummy!

      • Rimmer: Better dead than Smeg!

      • Cat: referring to Lister being a droid This is gonna break him up, devastate him! Who's gonna tell him?
        Rimmer: I'll write you into my will if you let it be me!

      • Future Rimmer: Look, you have to understand -- we travel back and forth throughout the whole of history, and naturally we want to sample the best of everything. It's just a bit unfortunate that the finest things tend to be in the possession of people who are judged to be a bit dodgy.
        Kryten: Herman Goering is a "bit dodgy"?! What has become of you all? You've all abandoned your morals, been seduced by power and wealth. All you're interested in now is indulging your carnal desires.
        Future Rimmer: And could we tell you some stories about *that*!

    • NOTES (3)

      • The ending of Rimmer saving the crew by destroying the time drive was changed to the cliffhanger ending that was used, as the original ending had been leaked to the fans.

      • In total there were four choices of endings: the one we get and the one mentioned above, plus one where Rimmer destoys the Time Drive but is killed by the explosion that it causes (his light bee gets damaged), and also one where the gang finds Red Dwarf.

      • The original ending for this episode had the crew celebrating Rimmer deleting the future crew by destroying the time drive, but Rob Grant and Doug Naylor preferred a cliffhanger. The ending can still be seen on the Smeg-Ups video

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Rimmer: Better dead than smeg.

        This is a variation on "Better dead than red!", a political catchphrase used during the Cold War.