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
  • @davidw I'm sure there must be a reason though, I haven't got access to any behind the scenes commentary or the guide book unfortunately. – AncientSwordRage Feb 19 at 12:35
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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
  • @Valorum that sounds like the start of an answer – AncientSwordRage Feb 19 at 14:55

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