Red Dwarf

Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 1992 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Kryten wakes up on a moon surrounded by the remains of a crashed Starbug. He detaches his hand and tells it to return to Red Dwarf and bring back Lister and Cat. Upon his rescue, Kryten tells them that Rimmer was captured while on a psy-moon (a terraforming moon that reshapes itself to mimic a persons' psyche). The crew search for him. The crew find out that Rimmer is hanging in a dungeon about to be tortured by "The Unspeakable One". The crew find the dungeon and drive back The Unspeakable One, saving Rimmer. They try to escape in Starbug, but the ship gets caught in the swamp and begins to sink. They begin to realize that Rimmer's personality is what has created the circumstances, not The Unspeakable One, and they realize they must make Rimmer feel good about himself to weaken The Unspeakable One's power so they can escape.moreless

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  • Inside Rimmers mind - scary!!

    Surreal episode charting Rimmers mind in metaphorical concepts that come alive and confront him and the crew. The plot centres around a journey through his self-destructing mind, as Rimmer's negative personality threatens the lives of himself and the crew.

    There are some great lines of dialogue as you may expect will make you laugh. Coupled with some highly entertaining scenes such as the two flimsy dressed ladies oiling Rimmers body and the Jawa rip-offs, this is an amusing episode.

    Even if the ending is fairly predictable, the whole episode is well constructed and doesnt fair to entertain from start to finish.

    A very good episode and one of the funnier ones.moreless
  • Kryten and Rimmer crash on a psi-moon, which adopts its terrain to Rimmer's psyche. The crew of Red Dwarf must rescue him from his own self-loathing monster.

    This is one of my favorite episodes. It has action, clever dialogue, and a very quirky situation.

    Funny scene when Lister thinks a tarantula is crawling up his leg. He and the Cat communicate by typing into a computer insead of speaking to one another.

    The lowest point of the episode is the battle between Rimmer's personality aspects. His good aspects are dressed as 18th-century Frenchmen with huge, feathered hats. Its an interesting idea, but I don't think its funny.

    I love the scene where the crew tries to convince Rimmer that they love him. This is a scheme so that they can escape from Rimmer's swamp of despair. Its a priceless shot when the door opens and reveals their smiling faces.

    This is a really good Rimmer episode, and is worth the watch. A good, funny episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rimmer: Self-Loathing? I don't loathe myself. What is there one could possibly loathe about me?
      Kryten: Would you like the list, sir?
      Rimmer: What list?
      Kryten: Well, there was the fact you were despised by your parents for failing to achieve their standards. The fact your three brothers were all such high-flyers in the Space Corps and you ended up servicing chicken soup machines. There's your inability to form long-term relationships with anyone, your cowardliness, your lack of charm, honour or grace and the awful knowledge that throughout your entire life nobody has ever truly liked you because you are so fundamentally unlikeable.
      Rimmer: Oh, that.
      Kryten: Please don't interrupt, sir, I'm only half-way through my list.

    • Kryten: Kryten personal black box recording. Time: Unknown. Location: Unknown. Cause of accident: unknown. Perhaps if someone should find this recording, it might shed some light on what happened here.

    • (referring to the captured Rimmer)
      Lister: We've got two choices - either we go in there with bazookoids blazing and try and somehow get him out of there, or we sit here like lemons and watch him get tortured.
      Cat: Anybody got any opera glasses?

    • Cat: There's only one solution: lets climb into the jet-powered rocket-pants and junior birdman the hell outta here!
      Kryten: An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir, with just two tiny drawbacks: a) We don't have any jet-powered rocket pants; and b) there's no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial "Robbie Rocket Pants".
      Cat: Well, that's put a crimp on an otherwise damn fine plan.

    • The Unspeakable One: It is you who created me, nurtured me, help me grow strong. I am the part of you that hates yourself. I am your self-loathing.
      Rimmer: My self-loathing?
      The Unspeakable One: Is it not true that you despise yourself? That you detest your own incompetence and stupidity? That you hold yourself in contempt for your countless failures and disappointments? Is it not true that you feel nothing but the deepest, blackest rancor for that walking vomit stain the world calls Arnold Rimmer? Is it not true?
      Rimmer: (Weakly) Yes.

  • NOTES (3)

    • When Rimmer is being oiled by the two girls, he tells them to have a pizza ready at the end. This may be a reference to "Thanks for the Memory", when he mentioned that his single sexual experience lasted twelve minutes "including the time it took to eat the pizza".

    • Ironically, Lister's belief and fear that it was a Tarantula (not Kryten's detached hand) crawling up his leg and into his boxers was revealed to be Rimmer's worst fear in "Better Than Life" when his mind rebelled and fantasized that happening.

    • The episode's title appears to be a pun on the word "terraform", which means "to make a planet Earthlike and, therefore, habitable by humans."


    • Cat: Then buy a potion from Gandalf, the master wizard. That's what I usually do

      Gandalf is one of the main characters from JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

      The "dumb adventure game" that Cat refers to is no doubt one of numerous "text adventure" games released for very early PC's like the Apple ][, Atari, and Commodore, in which the player would read descriptions of what is happening and then type a command for the character to perform -- often from a set of keywords. The story of Lord of the Rings was adapted in this particular fashion. The first of these "text adventures" was the amazingly aptly named Adventure, and the most classic example is probably one known as Zork

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