History YMMV / RedDwarf

15th Aug '17 7:24:01 AM Gosicrystal
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* BrickJoke[=/=]AccidentallyAccurate: As Website/SFDebris pointed out, there was an interesting case where they may or may not have set up an incredible bit of {{Foreshadowing}}: In "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak Stasis Leak]]", Lister finds a picture of him and Kochanski getting married and a mention of a [[TitleDrop stasis leak]] that leads back in time to before the accident that killed the Red Dwarf crew. He eventually finds Kochanski, but she's already married to a future version of him. Future Lister is a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, but mentions that "in five years' time" they will find another way back into the past. Five years later, "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]]" aired, wherein the Dwarfers find a time machine and are immediately accosted by {{Jerkass}} future version of themselves who have been spending the last few decades being gourmands; dining with the richest and most powerful people in history, many of whom were [[CompleteMonster "a bit dodgy"]]. Whether a series known for its MST3KMantra as far as continuity is concerned actually intended to make a such a bit of foreshadowing, or the writers remembered and wrote an episode with that in mind, or if it was a happy accident, [[RiddleForTheAges we'll likely never know for sure]].
10th Aug '17 8:56:12 PM Michael_McManus
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: As noted by several other tropes here, Rimmer's a lot more popular/sympathised with than he was really supposed to be.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: As noted by several other tropes here, Rimmer's Rimmer is a lot more popular/sympathised with than he was really supposed to be.






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\n\n** One joke was improved for the failed US pilot. In the original, Rimmer says that death is like "being on holiday with a group of Germans." In the US version, he likens death to "being at an Amish bachelor party," which is much more well-fitted to the demographic.
26th Jul '17 3:39:42 AM ClintEastwood
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** In "Timeslides", a depressed Lister feels that being on ''Red Dwarf'' is worse than prison. Creator/CraigCharles would later spend four months in prison on (later proved to be false) rape charges.

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** In "Timeslides", a depressed Lister feels that being on ''Red Dwarf'' is worse than prison. Creator/CraigCharles would later spend four months in serve a prison sentence on (later proved to be false) rape charges.
26th Jul '17 3:38:00 AM ClintEastwood
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* HarsherInHindsight: Don Henderson played a Simulant in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIBeyondAJoke Beyond a Joke]]" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
** In "Timeslides", a depressed Lister feels that being on ''Red Dwarf'' is worse than prison. Creator/CraigCharles would later spend four months in prison on (later proved to be false) rape charges.
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Don Henderson played a Simulant in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIBeyondAJoke Beyond a Joke]]" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.
26th Jul '17 3:31:34 AM ClintEastwood
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** "[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIParallelUniverse Tongue Tied]]"

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** "[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIParallelUniverse "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIParallelUniverse Tongue Tied]]"
21st Jul '17 9:32:25 AM ClintEastwood
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** Psychiatrists, the patronising and annoying Dr. [=McClaren=] in "Back in The Red". There's also the campy Brannigan, whose personality takes over Rimmer in "Queeg".

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** Psychiatrists, the patronising and annoying Dr. [=McClaren=] in "Back in The Red". There's also the campy Brannigan, whose personality takes over Rimmer in "Queeg"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]".



** "[[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe Tongue Tied]]"
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue The Rimmer Experience]]"

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** "[[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe "[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIParallelUniverse Tongue Tied]]"
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIBlue The Rimmer Experience]]"



** [[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue The Rimmer munchkins]]. [[CallBack They return in]] ''Back To Earth''

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** [[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIBlue The Rimmer munchkins]]. [[CallBack They return in]] ''Back To Earth''



* HarsherInHindsight: Don Henderson played a Simulant in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Beyond a Joke}} Beyond a Joke]]" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Don Henderson played a Simulant in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Beyond a Joke}} "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIBeyondAJoke Beyond a Joke]]" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.



** In "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]", Lister asks Rimmer if he is a man or a munchkin. Five series later, in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue}} Blue]]", the "Rimmer Experience" ride showcases Rimmer as [[spoiler: a bunch of munchkins who sing about how great he is. (Ironically, this makes Lister never want to see him again.)]]

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** In "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II SeasonII Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]", Lister asks Rimmer if he is a man or a munchkin. Five series later, in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue}} Blue]]", the "Rimmer Experience" ride showcases Rimmer as [[spoiler: a bunch of munchkins who sing about how great he is. (Ironically, this makes Lister never want to see him again.)]]



** "[[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Mr Flibble's very cross.]]"

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** "[[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Mr Flibble's very cross.]]"



** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III The Last Day}} But, where would all the calculators go?]]"
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2 Gazpacho soup!!]]"

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** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III The Last Day}} "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIITheLastDay But, where would all the calculators go?]]"
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2 "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIMe2 Gazpacho soup!!]]"



** In the first episode of Series 3, as Rimmer is about to be ejected from the Starbug we can clearly see a string behind him. There's also what clearly appears to be a small action figure ejected from the 'Bug representing Rimmer.

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** In the first episode of Series 3, "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]", as Rimmer is about to be ejected from the Starbug we can clearly see a string behind him. There's also what clearly appears to be a small action figure ejected from the 'Bug representing Rimmer.



** "Backwards" was, at the time, a huge technical achievement. Some of the "Timeslides" effects, due to the excellent timing, also work very well.
* TheWoobie: Rimmer. The episode 'Better Than Life' explains that Rimmer's brain is so used to him screwing up and being treated like scum that it simply can't accept nice things happening to him. This could explain why he constantly tries to stab Lister and the others in the back. Subconsciously, he keeps betraying everyone because he's afraid that if he doesn't, the others would start treating him with respect and compassion.

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** "Backwards" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]" was, at the time, a huge technical achievement. Some of the "Timeslides" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]" effects, due to the excellent timing, also work very well.
* TheWoobie: Rimmer. The episode 'Better "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Better Than Life' Life}} Better Than Life]]" explains that Rimmer's brain is so used to him screwing up and being treated like scum that it simply can't accept nice things happening to him. This could explain why he constantly tries to stab Lister and the others in the back. Subconsciously, he keeps betraying everyone because he's afraid that if he doesn't, the others would start treating him with respect and compassion.
21st Jul '17 9:23:27 AM ClintEastwood
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The show totters in and out with how much grasp Kryten has of complex human emotions and tact, leaving some ambiguity how much of his insensitivity is [[InnocentlyInsensitive merely caused by his matter of fact analysing]], or him passive aggressively venting his contempt for the other crew mates. This is lampshaded in "Quarantine" where Rimmer dresses down Kryten over his increased emotional growth and SelectiveEnforcement of the Space Corps Directive, accusing his robotic pragmatism to merely be him ObfuscatingStupidity.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Has its own [[AwesomeMusic/RedDwarf sub-page]]

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The show totters in and out with how much grasp Kryten has of complex human emotions and tact, leaving some ambiguity how much of his insensitivity is [[InnocentlyInsensitive merely caused by his matter of fact analysing]], or him passive aggressively venting his contempt for the other crew mates. This is lampshaded in "Quarantine" "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Quarantine]]" where Rimmer dresses down Kryten over his increased emotional growth and SelectiveEnforcement of the Space Corps Directive, accusing his robotic pragmatism to merely be him ObfuscatingStupidity.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Has its own [[AwesomeMusic/RedDwarf sub-page]]
ObfuscatingStupidity.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpZKmUb6NBk Tongue Tied]]. The Cat has some [[AllJustADream weird-ass dreams]].
** The absolute ultimate BLAM, however, comes from "Pete: Part 2": "Seeya in ten minutes?" "Seeya in ten minutes?" "Seeya in ten minutes?"

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpZKmUb6NBk Tongue Tied]].Tied]] from "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]". The Cat has some [[AllJustADream weird-ass dreams]].
** The absolute ultimate BLAM, however, comes from "Pete: "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Pete Part 2": II}} Pete: Part II]]": "Seeya in ten minutes?" "Seeya in ten minutes?" "Seeya in ten minutes?"



* BrickJoke[=/=]AccidentallyAccurate: As Website/SFDebris pointed out, there was an interesting case where they may or may not have set up an incredible bit of {{Foreshadowing}}: In [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak Stasis Leak]], Lister finds a picture of him and Kochanski getting married and a mention of a [[TitleDrop stasis leak]] that leads back in time to before the accident that killed the Red Dwarf crew. He eventually finds Kochanski, but she's already married to a future version of him. Future Lister is a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, but mentions that "in five years' time" they will find another way back into the past. Five years later, [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]] aired, wherein the Dwarfers find a time machine and are immediately accosted by {{Jerkass}} future version of themselves who have been spending the last few decades being gourmands; dining with the richest and most powerful people in history, many of whom were [[CompleteMonster "a bit dodgy"]]. Whether a series known for its MST3KMantra as far as continuity is concerned actually intended to make a such a bit of foreshadowing, or the writers remembered and wrote an episode with that in mind, or if it was a happy accident, [[RiddleForTheAges we'll likely never know for sure]].

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* BrickJoke[=/=]AccidentallyAccurate: As Website/SFDebris pointed out, there was an interesting case where they may or may not have set up an incredible bit of {{Foreshadowing}}: In [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak Stasis Leak]], Leak]]", Lister finds a picture of him and Kochanski getting married and a mention of a [[TitleDrop stasis leak]] that leads back in time to before the accident that killed the Red Dwarf crew. He eventually finds Kochanski, but she's already married to a future version of him. Future Lister is a bit of a {{Jerkass}}, but mentions that "in five years' time" they will find another way back into the past. Five years later, [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]] Time]]" aired, wherein the Dwarfers find a time machine and are immediately accosted by {{Jerkass}} future version of themselves who have been spending the last few decades being gourmands; dining with the richest and most powerful people in history, many of whom were [[CompleteMonster "a bit dodgy"]]. Whether a series known for its MST3KMantra as far as continuity is concerned actually intended to make a such a bit of foreshadowing, or the writers remembered and wrote an episode with that in mind, or if it was a happy accident, [[RiddleForTheAges we'll likely never know for sure]].



** "Tongue Tied"
** "The Rimmer Experience"

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** "Tongue Tied"
"[[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe Tongue Tied]]"
** "The "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue The Rimmer Experience"Experience]]"



** Mr. Flibble, [[MemeticMutation who is very cross.]]

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** [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIPsirens Mr. Flibble, Flibble]], [[MemeticMutation who is very cross.]]



** The Rimmer munchkins. [[CallBack They return in]] ''Back To Earth''
** Male Holly. "Queeg," his only spotlight episode, is a fan favourite.
** Spare Head 3.

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** [[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue The Rimmer munchkins.munchkins]]. [[CallBack They return in]] ''Back To Earth''
** Male Holly. "Queeg," "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]", his only spotlight episode, is a fan favourite.
** [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA Spare Head 3.3]].



** Lister keeps playing the ''Gumshoe'' AR game so he can have sex with Loretta, a homicidal, serial-killing FemmeFatale. He also tries to ask a rogue simulant for a date. He confides to Kryten that he's only ever attracted to "heartbreakers or moral garbage on legs."
** Crawford, the simulant encountered in ''Trojan''.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In "Marooned", Lister burns books to keep warm, but saves the rudest page from ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' first. This was funny until Creator/CraigCharles found himself on the wrong end of a rape accusation. He was cleared in the end, but still...
** Worse still, was the timing of Rimmer's comments about Lister having sex with a seventeen year old ballgirl in the AR machine, (though 16 is the age-of-consent in the UK). However, due to the accusation, some broadcasts decided to cut the scene in question.
** They also had to cut the line about the evil Lister from Demons and Angels being the part of him "that lusts after meaningless sex". Though it was Jake Abraham who said that particular line, not Craig.
** "Stoke Me A Clipper", pretty much in it's entirety. Ace Rimmer shrugging off getting shot right in the sniper's triangle? Hilarious. Ace Rimmer spending the rest of the episode trying to conceal that he is a hologram, dying from the wound, and desperately trying to get Rimmer to take up Ace Rimmer's mantle before he dies... suddenly, it's not funny any more.

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** In "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VI Gunmen of the Apocalypse}} Gunmen of the Apocalypse]]", Lister keeps playing the ''Gumshoe'' AR game so he can have sex with Loretta, a homicidal, serial-killing FemmeFatale. He also tries to ask a rogue simulant for a date. He confides to Kryten that he's only ever attracted to "heartbreakers or moral garbage on legs."
** Crawford, the simulant encountered in ''Trojan''.
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Trojan}} Trojan]]".
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In "Marooned", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Marooned}} Marooned]]", Lister burns books to keep warm, but saves the rudest page from ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' first. This was funny until Creator/CraigCharles found himself on the wrong end of a rape accusation. He was cleared in the end, but still...
** Worse still, was the timing of Rimmer's comments about Lister having sex with a seventeen year old ballgirl in the AR machine, machine "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VI Gunmen of the Apocalypse}} Gunmen of the Apocalypse]]", (though 16 is the age-of-consent in the UK). However, due to the accusation, some broadcasts decided to cut the scene in question.
** They also had to cut the line about the evil Lister from "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" being the part of him "that lusts after meaningless sex". Though it was Jake Abraham who said that particular line, not Craig.
** "Stoke "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIIStokeMeAClipper Stoke Me A Clipper", a Clipper]]", pretty much in it's entirety. Ace Rimmer shrugging off getting shot right in the sniper's triangle? Hilarious. Ace Rimmer spending the rest of the episode trying to conceal that he is a hologram, dying from the wound, and desperately trying to get Rimmer to take up Ace Rimmer's mantle before he dies... suddenly, it's not funny any more.



* HarsherInHindsight: Don Henderson played a Simulant in "Beyond A Joke" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.
* HeReallyCanAct: The memorial scene from "Back To Earth" can be considered one for Creator/CraigCharles. In a show known for taking the piss out of sci-fi in general, his performance reading to Kochanski's tombstone is genuinely poignant. Robert Llewellyn even notes this on the documentary, stating that Craig got to do some proper acting.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Don Henderson played a Simulant in "Beyond A Joke" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Beyond a Joke}} Beyond a Joke]]" and dies due to Kryten's negativity being shunted into his ship, causing him to destroy his own vessel and kill himself in a fit of rage. This was Henderson's final role. He died only a few months of throat cancer after the episode aired. Oh, and his raspy voice? That was not an effect.
* HeReallyCanAct: The memorial scene from "Back To Earth" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Back In The Red Part I}} Back In The Red: Part I]]" can be considered one for Creator/CraigCharles. In a show known for taking the piss out of sci-fi in general, his performance reading to Kochanski's tombstone is genuinely poignant. Robert Llewellyn even notes this on the documentary, stating that Craig got to do some proper acting.



** In "Parallel Universe", Lister asks Rimmer if he is a man or a munchkin. Five series later, in "Blue", the "Rimmer Experience" ride showcases Rimmer as [[spoiler: a bunch of munchkins who sing about how great he is. (Ironically, this makes Lister never want to see him again.)]]
** In "Future Echoes", Rimmer tells Lister that he "Can't whack Death on the head." We learn, however, in Series VIII that Death is susceptible to GroinAttack.
** Rimmer's blaming of any strange phenomena on aliens is a lot funnier when you've seen an episode of ''AncientAliens''.

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** In "Parallel Universe", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]", Lister asks Rimmer if he is a man or a munchkin. Five series later, in "Blue", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue}} Blue]]", the "Rimmer Experience" ride showcases Rimmer as [[spoiler: a bunch of munchkins who sing about how great he is. (Ironically, this makes Lister never want to see him again.)]]
** In "Future Echoes", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]", Rimmer tells Lister that he "Can't whack Death on the head." We learn, however, in Series VIII that Death is susceptible to GroinAttack.
** Rimmer's blaming of any strange phenomena on aliens is a lot funnier when you've seen an episode of ''AncientAliens''.''Series/AncientAliens''.



** Kryten's statement that thinking the title of ''Frankenstein'' refers to the monster is "a common misconception held by all truly stupid people," now that the rise of the Internet and stuff like this own site's IAmNotShazam page has made that far less commonly believed.

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** Kryten's statement that thinking the title of ''Frankenstein'' ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' refers to the monster is "a common misconception held by all truly stupid people," people" in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Quarantine]]", now that the rise of the Internet and stuff like this own site's IAmNotShazam page has made that far less commonly believed.



** In the episode "D.N.A" when Kryten is transformed into a human, he has difficulties with what he has lost and gained in the transition from mechanoid to human, and hands Lister a polaroid of his penis to see if it is normal. Lister's reply of "Is it normal to take pictures and show 'em to your mates? No, it's not normal!" is funny enough originally, but when one remembers the recent rise of dick pics on the internet and smartphones it becomes side-splitting.

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** In the episode "D."[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA D.N.A" A.]]" when Kryten is transformed into a human, he has difficulties with what he has lost and gained in the transition from mechanoid to human, and hands Lister a polaroid of his penis to see if it is normal. Lister's reply of "Is it normal to take pictures and show 'em to your mates? No, it's not normal!" is funny enough originally, but when one remembers the recent rise of dick pics on the internet and smartphones it becomes side-splitting.



** In "Parallel Universe", Female!Rimmer asks Rimmer if he's a masculinist. Fast forward to the [=2010s=] and we now have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meninism Meninism]].
** In "Back to Reality", it's mentioned that Rimmer was programmed to act like a total prat, to hide the fact he's really a highly intelligent operative. Sounds very similar to [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine a certain doctor]]...
** In "The Beginning" the Simulant Dominator and Rimmer have this prescient conversation:

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** In "Parallel Universe", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]", Female!Rimmer asks Rimmer if he's a masculinist. Fast forward to the [=2010s=] and we now have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meninism Meninism]].
** In "Back to Reality", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVBackToReality Back To Reality]]", it's mentioned that Rimmer was programmed to act like a total prat, to hide the fact he's really a highly intelligent operative. Sounds very similar to [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine a certain doctor]]...
** In "The Beginning" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]" the Simulant Dominator and Rimmer have this prescient conversation:



* HollywoodPudgy: Lister's size alluded to in "Backwards" and "Bodyswap" really doesn't match up with what we see.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Lister's size alluded to in "Backwards" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]" and "Bodyswap" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Bodyswap}} Bodyswap]]" really doesn't match up with what we see.



** Lister and Petersen after that kiss in "Stasis Leak".

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** Lister and Petersen after that kiss in "Stasis Leak"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Stasis Leak}} Stasis Leak]]".



* InformedWrongness: Rimmer gets a bit of this in "Meltdown" while its impossible to argue he's not qualified to lead the good wax works droids in their war ([[GeneralFailure his battle tactics involve them charging over the land mines]] and the result of his plans [[GeneralRipper lead to the extinction of all the droids]]) and its clear he's mostly doing this to live his fantasy of being a military leader. Still Lister reacts in horror to him simply forcing the droids to start training and toughening up for war. Which considering they were on the loosing side of a war, with an enemy who would not rest till they were all dead, had already killed most of them and they were down to characters who had little use in actual battle (such as Elvis Presley, Gandhi and Pythagoras), it seems hard to argue this at least was a bad idea (this itself goes a bit wrong, as he goes to far and several of them melt from exhaustion, but Lister didn't know this at the time).
* JerkassWoobie: Rimmer. Perhaps no episode highlights both the Jerkass and Woobie portions of his personality better than "Me2", when we are faced with a second Rimmer Hologram. The second Rimmer is every bit the Jerkass the original was, except he seems to delight in focusing all of his worst qualities against the original Rimmer hologram. [[spoiler: Under the belief that he has been chosen for deletion, the original Rimmer hologram shares a deeply personal, and painfully embarrassing, moment from his life with Lister and Cat. It's revealed after he's finished that Lister had already deleted the second hologram as he'd exited the room.]] The series does often stress that the 'Woobie' part doesn't automatically excuse, justify or wipe away the '{{Jerkass}}' part, however, and there are many episodes that make it quite clear that for all his FreudianExcuse and general sympathy, he's a total smeghead.

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* InformedWrongness: Rimmer gets a bit of this in "Meltdown" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" while its impossible to argue he's not qualified to lead the good wax works droids in their war ([[GeneralFailure his battle tactics involve them charging over the land mines]] and the result of his plans [[GeneralRipper lead to the extinction of all the droids]]) and its clear he's mostly doing this to live his fantasy of being a military leader. Still Lister reacts in horror to him simply forcing the droids to start training and toughening up for war. Which considering they were on the loosing side of a war, with an enemy who would not rest till they were all dead, had already killed most of them and they were down to characters who had little use in actual battle (such as Elvis Presley, Gandhi and Pythagoras), it seems hard to argue this at least was a bad idea (this itself goes a bit wrong, as he goes to far and several of them melt from exhaustion, but Lister didn't know this at the time).
* JerkassWoobie: Rimmer. Perhaps no episode highlights both the Jerkass and Woobie portions of his personality better than "Me2", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]", when we are faced with a second Rimmer Hologram. The second Rimmer is every bit the Jerkass the original was, except he seems to delight in focusing all of his worst qualities against the original Rimmer hologram. [[spoiler: Under the belief that he has been chosen for deletion, the original Rimmer hologram shares a deeply personal, and painfully embarrassing, moment from his life with Lister and Cat. It's revealed after he's finished that Lister had already deleted the second hologram as he'd exited the room.]] The series does often stress that the 'Woobie' part doesn't automatically excuse, justify or wipe away the '{{Jerkass}}' part, however, and there are many episodes that make it quite clear that for all his FreudianExcuse and general sympathy, he's a total smeghead.



** "Mr Flibble's very cross."
** "ALPHABETTI SPAGHETTI??!"

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** "Mr "[[[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVQuarantine Mr Flibble's very cross."
]]"
** "ALPHABETTI SPAGHETTI??!""[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Polymorph}} ALPHABETTI SPAGHETTI??!]]"



** "But, where would all the calculators go?"
** "Gazpacho soup!!"

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** "But, "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III The Last Day}} But, where would all the calculators go?"
go?]]"
** "Gazpacho soup!!""[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2 Gazpacho soup!!]]"



** Given the notorious hatred of the BBC leadership for SF and fantasy at the time the show was made (it's the '''only''' high-profile SF series the BBC produced between the mid-80s and mid-00s), it probably owed its existence to this, with the executives believing that it was laughing '''at''' the SF genre and its [[BasementDweller pathetic fans]].

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** Given the notorious hatred of the BBC Creator/TheBBC leadership for SF and fantasy at the time the show was made (it's the '''only''' high-profile SF series the BBC produced between the mid-80s and mid-00s), it probably owed its existence to this, with the executives believing that it was laughing '''at''' the SF genre and its [[BasementDweller pathetic fans]].



* PainfulRhyme: "Blue"'s Rimmer song. Lampshaded in the extended version where Rimmer sings that he's running out of words that rhyme with his name and hopes the song will play out before he's completely stuck.

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* PainfulRhyme: "Blue"'s "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Blue}} Blue]]"'s Rimmer song. Lampshaded in the extended version where Rimmer sings that he's running out of words that rhyme with his name and hopes the song will play out before he's completely stuck.



** The Self Loathing Beast from ''Psymoon'' was originally built as a monster for classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' that was never used because it failed to live up to expectations. Think about that for a moment. Doctor Who, a show that especially in the eighties was notorious for it's cheap special effects, rejected the monster for being too crappy. In it's Red Dwarf appearance they cut around it as much as possible, only letting us have glimpses of it or of its extremities in the hopes the audience wouldn't notice. It's probably for the best.

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** The Self Loathing Beast from ''Psymoon'' "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Terrorform}} Terrorform]]" was originally built as a monster for classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' that was never used because it failed to live up to expectations. Think about that for a moment. Doctor Who, ''Doctor Who'', a show that especially in the eighties was notorious for it's cheap special effects, rejected the monster for being too crappy. In it's Red Dwarf ''Red Dwarf'' appearance they cut around it as much as possible, only letting us have glimpses of it or of its extremities in the hopes the audience wouldn't notice. It's probably for the best.



** Lister has eaten, on-screen, a tin of dogfood (Marooned), a cigarette (Holoship), a strawberry packed to bursting with maggots (which we get a loving closeup of its larval contents squirming out after he's bitten part of it off) and a live tarantula (both Demons & Angels); the cigarette at least Craig ''genuinely did eat''; the dog food was fake.

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** Lister has eaten, on-screen, a tin of dogfood (Marooned), ("[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Marooned}} Marooned]]"), a cigarette (Holoship), ("[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Holoship}} Holoship]]"), a strawberry packed to bursting with maggots (which we get a loving closeup of its larval contents squirming out after he's bitten part of it off) and a live tarantula (both Demons & Angels); "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVBackToReality Back To Reality]]"); the cigarette at least Craig ''genuinely did eat''; the dog food was fake.



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The reaction to the Remastered versions of Series I-III was ''bad'' to say the least. Opinion was mixed on the new visual effects, with some fans loving them, some being infuriated at the concept of tampering with the original episodes, and still more liking the concept, but hating the low-budget execution. However, what really turned people off the Remastered versions was the number of jokes that were chopped out to make room for the new special effects, the ending of "Polymorph" being changed to a much less satisfying one, and Holly's dialogue in Series I & II being updated to appear to a broader audience. Most infamously, a reference to Felicity Kendall was changed to Creator/MarilynMonroe, principally because not many people outside Britain (or most British people born after the 1970s, for that matter) would know who Felicity Kendall was.
** Before that some fans did not like the changed opening from the exterior shots of Red Dwarf (with an orchestral version of the theme tune) to the clip montage opening (with a rock version of the theme tune) from season 3.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The reaction to the Remastered versions of Series I-III was ''bad'' to say the least. Opinion was mixed on the new visual effects, with some fans loving them, some being infuriated at the concept of tampering with the original episodes, and still more liking the concept, but hating the low-budget execution. However, what really turned people off the Remastered versions was the number of jokes that were chopped out to make room for the new special effects, the ending of "Polymorph" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Polymorph}} Polymorph]]" being changed to a much less satisfying one, and Holly's dialogue in Series I & II being updated to appear to a broader audience. Most infamously, a reference to Felicity Kendall was changed to Creator/MarilynMonroe, principally because not many people outside Britain (or most British people born after the 1970s, for that matter) would know who Felicity Kendall was.
** Before that some fans did not like the changed opening from the exterior shots of Red Dwarf ''Red Dwarf'' (with an orchestral version of the theme tune) to the clip montage opening (with a rock version of the theme tune) from season 3.



** Thankfully, due to the use of Models, it has helped the effects in series 1-6 hold up quite well. Series 7 and 8 on the otherhand...

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** Thankfully, due to the use of Models, models, it has helped the effects in series 1-6 hold up quite well. Series 7 and 8 on the otherhand...other hand...



* {{Woolseyism}}: "Backwards" begins with some StarWars expository text that speeds up too fast for the viewer to read. In some foreign dubs it is accompanied by a voice over, which also speeds up until unintelligible.



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* {{Woolseyism}}: "Backwards" begins with some StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' expository text that speeds up too fast for the viewer to read. In some foreign dubs it is accompanied by a voice over, which also speeds up until unintelligible.


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* SoundtrackDissonance: For a Sitcom, some of the incidental music in the first two series was pretty foreboding, if not outright scary. Any kid who grew up with Series 3 onwards and first watched the first two during the mid Nineties (near) complete rerun of the first six series were in for a nasty surprise (near because Creator/CraigCharles's appearance in Court necessitated some cuts).
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* MST3KMantra: THey didn't worry themselves much over changing background details here and there if it worked better for the current joke.

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* MST3KMantra: THey They didn't worry themselves much over changing background details here and there if it worked better for the current joke.



* ParanoiaFuel: The Polymorph and Emohawk are able to turn into anything, thus meaning they could show up anywhere. This even extends to in universe, as a jumpy Rimmer has Kryten and The Cat shoot heat seekers at nothing (which does, ironically, end up killing the Polymorph eventually) and Lister and Kryten end up shooting random inanimate objects to try and flush out the Emohawk.



* ParanoiaFuel: The Polymorph and Emohawk are able to turn into anything, thus meaning they could show up anywhere. This even extends to in universe, as a jumpy Rimmer has Kryten and The Cat shoot heat seekers at nothing (which does, ironically, end up killing the Polymorph eventually) and Lister and Kryten end up shooting random inanimate objects to try and flush out the Emohawk,



** Justified: Naylor points out in the Series VIII scriptbook that they had to cut a lot due to issues with the budget- namely, how quickly they went through it and and how little extra the BBC was willing to dole out.

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** Justified: Naylor points out in the Series VIII scriptbook that they had to cut a lot due to issues with the budget- namely, how quickly they went through it and and how little extra the BBC Creator/TheBBC was willing to dole out.
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* CultClassic: The show has a pretty strong following, as evidenced by its ChannelHop after a successful run of repeats on Dave many years after the end of Series VIII. Robert Llewellyn stated that he disagrees that it qualifies for cult classic status, as it's probably ''too'' popular.
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