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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  • Time Running out for the Red Dwarf crew

    This was the first time the show has ever really had a cliffhanger, despite how funny this episode is it's also really dark and in the final half really takes an hard unfun turn. It's true it's another of those two parters where you had to be there when it happened but still at the time it really did make us worry and wonder.

    I really liked the first half when the Dwarf crew have go though a bunch of reality bending space mines which either distort reality or show an alternate version of it. From the alternate possiblity of seeing Lister a robot whom is ranked lower than Kryton. I really loved seeing Kryton giving Lister chores to do, and Lister really does them well, the hillarous moment was when we see Lister make a choclate log cabin with a picket fence and everything, Lister should of thought about being a baker.

    Then we see them all going though the minds which is really funny, I really liked the moment when we saw the characters turn into animals. Then of course after all that that's when things get dark, when we see the future middle aged versions of the crew once they've mastered the time travel device and used it for all the wrong reasons. Not just are the future versions of the crew rotten on the outside but inside as well, they've became shadows of their past identites by betraying their ideals, flushing their morals down the toilet, and selling out to their own greed and glutiny.

    It then comes down to a dark ending when the crew decide to fight out against their future counterparts despite the fact their vessel is no match for theirs. At first things seem good since they damaged they're opponent's vessel and are about to go in for the kill but then the tables turn and not in the crew's favor. I'll admit when I saw and heard one character after another has died, my heart sank I thought "OMG I can't believe this is happening". Then it all comes down to Rimmer alone, at that point things really did seem hopeless, but then Rimmer does something he takes a bazukoid and then shoots the time device, the reasoning for this is if he destroyed it now then their future versions would have never existed and none of the crew would have died. Then we see the final shot of the Star Bug destroyed by one final blast, and the question is did Rimmer's plan work or are they really dead. You'll just have to see the first episode of Season 7 to answer that question.

    If the episode has a leason is this, take control of your destiny and live in the present wisely so your become who you want to be.

    Though, I really wouldn't fret too much on this episode because since season 10 was recently created, the cast members are now middle aged and look nothing like those counterparts in the episode and are still the same as before, thank god.


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


    • Rimmer: Better dead than smeg.

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