At the end of Timeslides, we see that the changes Rimmer make to the past mean:

He becomes human again

Obviously this is just a gag, because seconds later:

he blows up, becoming dead again

and in the next episode he's back to normal.

Despite this being an obvious joke, discrepancies like this are sometimes still discussed or explained (see the opening crawl for Season 3 episode 1).

So it still stands how could his changes in the past have made that happen?

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    Butterfly Effect! Chaos Theory! ;)
    – DavidW
    Feb 19 at 11:55
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    I'm sure there is no reason. It's just a joke. Red Dwarf isn't hard sci-fi, there isn't a detailed logical reasoning for everything, especially time travel stuff.
    – OrangeDog
    Feb 19 at 12:59
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    In the book, he only missed out on being in the stasis chamber by one minute (because he stopped to comb his hair). Literally anything could have prevented that.
    – Valorum
    Feb 19 at 14:48
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    If I recall the episode correctly, Holly the computer even flat out states "dont ask me how but somehow you're alive". Despite having an IQ of 6000 she's not the sharpest tool in the box and can't track the details. Also I'd say the comedy of the joke depends in part on not having an explainable answer.
    – skyjack
    Feb 19 at 19:15
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    Right @colmde .. but the Rimmer in that scene "remembers" being a hologram, which doesn't make sense even if history changed. HoloRimmer and AliveRimmer are different consciousnesses unless you think Holograms are Ghosts. So you can't think very hard about this.
    – Josh
    Jul 19 at 12:54

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