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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth with the characters Rimmer, Cat, Holly, Kryten and Lister (also referred to as Red Dwarf IX and Red Dwarf: Series IX) is a three-part miniseries continuation of the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf. It was the first television outing for Red Dwarf in over ten years. The storyline involves the characters arriving back on Earth, circa 2009, only to find that they are characters in a television series called Red Dwarf.

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  • Actor Allusion: The crew meet Craig Charles, and Rimmer asks for his own sitcom (Chris Barrie starred in The Brittas Empire, which alluded to Brittas having a similar event occur in his past to Rimmer).
  • Big Budget Beef-Up: Totally subverted. The scenes on Red Dwarf look spectacular, but this is mostly thanks to general advancements in special effects. The three-parter actually had a minuscule budget that was made up for by much of the crew working for free. This is probably why the story takes place in real life at all.
  • The Cameo: Chloë Annett turns up as Kochanski in a single-scene dream/fantasy sequence, her last appearance in the series to date.
  • Enhance Button: One scene features a wildly over-the-top parody of this.
  • Foreshadowing: When the clerk at a sci-fi shop mentions an event in Series IX where Kryten rushed to tell Lister that Kochanski had been sucked out of an airlock, Kryten is shown giving a rather guilty expression. He later confesses that he helped Kochanski leave Red Dwarf and made up her death as a cover story.
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  • Hot Scientist: Katerina Bartikovsky's outfit is hardly regular for a scientist but quite fetching.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: It's all a hallucination of the crew.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Katerina Bartikovsky is definitely one.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Lister manages to complete a trifecta of being annoyed at other versions of himself... by adding his own actor!
  • Put on a Bus: Everyone who was on the reconstituted Red Dwarf except the main foursome.
  • Take That!: A great number of Take That(s) aimed at Blade Runner, The BBC, and other material.
  • Take That, Us: Much of the episode is the show making fun of itself.
  • The Un-Reveal: The show resumes in its usual four-character format with no mention or explanation about the previous season's cliffhanger ending.
  • What Measure Is A Nonhuman: Katerina Bartikovsky argues there's no moral problem with murdering a hologram. She is a hologram who wants to kill Rimmer, also a hologram. So he kills her instead.
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  • Whole Plot Reference: The mini-series is a long parody of Blade Runner.


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