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Prior to being upgraded with a Hard Light Bee, Arnold Rimmer's hologram was able to pass through solid objects such as walls, people, and desks. The Soft Light Light Bee inside of his hologram was proven to be a solid three-dimensional object when it was handled by both Dave Lister and Kryten.

How was Rimmer's hologram able to pass through solid things with a three-dimensional 'Light Bee' inside of it?

Arnold in a desk

Light Bee

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Can you give an example of when his entire body (including the light bee) passed completely through a solid object? –  Richard Jun 8 '14 at 7:21
@Richard. LOL. Yes. Hold on a moment. You edited it while I was in the middle of it. –  Major Stackings Jun 8 '14 at 7:24
"A similar complaint has been raised with the Series X episode "Entangled" where Rimmer briefly enters "soft-light projection mode" in order to walk through a stasis booth door on the ERRA station." –  Richard Jun 8 '14 at 7:46

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On several occasions we see Rimmer moving around the ship without the (evident) use of his light bee, strongly suggesting that the projection is remote rather than local.

Notably in the episode Thanks for the Memory he uses a 'Hologramatic Projection Cage' (see below) when his light bee is unavailable. It therefore seems perfectly plausible that this same technology was installed aboard Red Dwarf in certain areas of the ship.

This also occurs in the Series X episode Entangled where Rimmer briefly enters 'soft-light projection mode' in order to travel through a solid object. Both these events happen on board the Red Dwarf, suggesting that his hologram can (under certain circumstances) be generated locally or via a projection.

Hologramatic Projection Cage

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Yes. There is also the episode Me² where a second hologram of Rimmer gets switched on and off without any light bee present. –  Mr Lister Jun 8 '14 at 21:12

I would've thought in addition to the other answers that the Light Bee itself is possibly capable of remote projection, though only in soft light mode. In Demons and Angels when his battery starts going and he has to find somewhere to recharge we are reminded that away from Red Dwarf he is entirely dependent upon his Light Bee. One wonders, given that they were separated from Red Dwarf in series VI-VII what would happen to Rimmer if Starbug/Their link with Holly was destroyed? Lister has the Holly watch, but still if contact will the Holo simulation suite were totally severed it would seem difficult to account for Rimmer's continued existence.

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