Questions tagged [red-dwarf]

For questions about the British TV science fiction sitcom "Red Dwarf" that first aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

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Red Dwarf episode in period costume where a time travelling assassin droid or simulant out to kill Lister or one of the others

Nope, not a quiz game... I've been racking my brain and reading the Wikipedia synopsis of each episode trying to work out which one I'm thinking of. If it is even a Red Dwarf episode! It involves ...
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Have the positive viruses ever been used in the Red Dwarf books?

In at least 1 episode of Red Dwarf there where positive viruses. Have the positive viruses ever been used in the Red Dwarf books?
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Red Dwarf: After “Timeslides”, did the others remember a live Rimmer and a different hologram?

In "Timeslides", But, has the timeline been altered? So should Lister, Cat and Kryten from then on remember a past in which Lister and Rimmer both had been alive until "Timeslides"? If so, shouldn't ...
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Why do Lister and Rimmer live together?

It's clear that Lister & Rimmer get on each others' nerves throughout the majority of Red Dwarf. The question then is, why did they sleep in the same quarters when all of the other living ...
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What is the meteor/rock protruding from the Red Dwarf?

I've been watching the later seasons of the show, and in some shots of the ship's model it looks like a section has merged with a meteor or some sort of rock. Red Dwarf: Opening Sequence Was Red ...
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Who raised Lister, and how was he related to them?

Did David Lister grow up with his biological family? One of the more consistent aspects of Lister's family life is the repeated reference to "my gran". Was she an adoptive Grandma, or did he grow up ...
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What is the name of the track Rimmer is listening to in Red Dwarf IX when the others are in the diving bell being attacked by the despair squid?

Rimmer listens to some questionable music but we shan't hold it against him. While watching Red Dwarf IX, I laughed when he was chair-dancing and not watching the monitors while the others were ...
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How much interaction did Holly have with the Cat people?

The entire Cat civilisation rose and fell while Lister was in stasis. Has it been said how much interaction Holly had with them? Did he ever speak to them or were they all based in areas he didn't ...
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Why is Dave Lister clean-shaven?

Lister is supposed to be a slob, characterized as shunning washing, soap, and fresh underwear. Is there an in-universe explanation of why he always clean shaven (except for a flash forward where he ...
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Why did Lister bother painting Red Dwarf?

The Red Dwarf opening sequence shows somebody - presumably Lister - painting the ship. This seems bizarre. Everything about Lister's character suggests a predisposition towards laziness. He likes to ...
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Who is driving Red Dwarf?

I don't know if this has been explained in series 11 and I must have missed it. Who is driving Red Dwarf now that Holly has disappeared?
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Why didn't Dave Lister go home?

If I recall correctly, in the early series of Red Dwarf, Dave Lister's ambition was to find a way back to Earth, and go home. But in the Series 7 episode Ouroboros, he uses a time drive to do just ...
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Is “Smegheads” useable as a term for Red Dwarf fans?

"Star Trek" fans are called "Trekkies". Is "Smegheads" useable as a term for Red Dwarf fans, such as the following? There's more Trekkies than there are Smegheads.
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What is the bottle that Lister uses as a carafe at dinner?

In the episode Polymorph, as Lister is serving dinner with all re-purposed medical equipment, he pulls out some red wine in a clear glass vessel that was sitting on its side. The audience members are ...
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Why was Kryten asked to check his chair?

In series 8, episode 1 of Red Dwarf, Back in the Red, pt. 1 the counsellor is evaluating Kryten and keeps asking him if his seat is screwed down. I have no idea why. COUNSELLOR Right! I was ...
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How far away from Earth did Red Dwarf get?

The mining ship Red Dwarf left the solar system after the accidental radiation leak that killed the crew. We know it travelled for 3 million years - and by the time season 1 was underway they hit ...
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Who are the 31 (three-one) individuals that the Red Dwarf crew have met?

In the episode Legion, Rimmer says In all our travels we have met precisely 31, 3,1 individuals and we’ve never felt moved to invite a single one to join us. True, most of them wanted in some way ...
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Doctor Who / Red Dwarf Crossovers?

Are there any Doctor Who & Red Dwarf crossover media? Or any mention of one in the other? I know there's been a Who/Star Trek comic. The Doctor has also namedropped meeting other sci-fi ...
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Red Dwarf, backwards: why is writing reversed? [duplicate]

In the Red Dwarf episode Backwards, the crew travels in time to a time after the end of the universe. It is established that universal expansion has reversed, and time with it. So they are on earth in ...
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Timeslides: Why didn't Rimmer disappear?

In the Red Dwarf episode, Timeslides (s3e5), Dave Lister changes his personal timeline so that he was never gets stranded on Red Dwarf. It's explained that this means they never rescued Kryten and the ...
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How did Lister to come exist in the parallel universe?

In Season 7, Episode 3 - Ourouboros we find out about Lister's parents. Let's call the universe we see most often Universe A, and the other universe they encounter in that episode, Universe B: ...
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Stasis Leak: Why didn't Lister save Peterson

In series 2, episode 4 of Red Dwarf, Stasis Leak, the post-apocalypse crew find a way to travel back in time to the Dwarf before the crew was wiped out and Lister resolves to freeze Kristine Kochanski ...
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Why did Holly decide to simply wait out the radioactivity?

If I were Holly, I would head to Earth, inform authorities of the accident and allow rescuers to extract the "jail" and let Lister out. His actions seem very bad: isolating Lister from loved ones and ...
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What happened between Red Dwarf series VIII and “Back to Earth”?

At the end of series VIII of Red Dwarf, "Only the good..."; This is followed by a placard, saying; The end Which is then replaced by; The smeg it is The next time we see the boys from the ...
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Did Arnold Rimmer kill the Red Dwarf crew?

In episode s01e06 'Me²' Rimmer's last moments alive are shown. Rimmer is being shouted at by the captain with a statement like 'It's your fault, you can't do sloppy work on the drive plate'. Moments ...
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Red Dwarf: time and space travel paradoxes in “Tikka to Ride”?

The Red Dwarf episode Tikka to Ride has confused me more than any previous episode: How was it possible for the crew to use the Time Drive to travel back to 1960's Earth, when in the previous episode,...
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Please identify the Red Dwarf character that dies writing his name on Earth

Although I've owned several copies of "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers", I continue to loan them and never get them back. IIRC, there was a garbageman hovering above Earth(now the landfill for the ...
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How did Rimmer's three-dimensional 'Soft Light Light Bee' pass through solid material?

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 ...
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What and where is the technology used to project Rimmer in Red Dwarf?

We know that Rimmer is described as a "hard light" hologram, but is there an apparatus that physically projects his image, or is there something inside of him that causes the a hard light field so-to-...
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Were iguanas extinct in Red Dwarf?

In Red Dwarf (season one episode one), Lister doesn't know what an iguana is when Rimmer mentions the word: RIMMER: The bright side? What bright side? I'm dead, I'm composed entirely of light, ...
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Has Zero-G Football game play ever been defined, or is it just a open ended plot device in the show?

Dave Lister names his kids after his favorite Zero Gravity Football player, Jim Bexley Speed, who plays Roof Attack on the London Jets Zero Gravity Football squad. Lister has several posters on the ...
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How many years did Lister survive after coming out of stasis?

According to the Grant Naylor Red Dwarf books Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better than life, how long did Dave Lister survive once Holly brought him out of stasis? I'm looking for a novel ...
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David Lister is the last human being in the Universe. What happened to the rest of the human race?

The Red Dwarf crew died from radiation while David Lister was in stasis. What happened to kill off the rest of humanity? Why is David Lister the last human being in the Universe?
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Which A.I. has the highest I.Q. on the Red Dwarf, Kryten, or the Talkie Toaster?

Holly is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, having lost his I.Q. of 6,000. Which of the remaining artificial intelligence units on board the Red Dwarf has the highest I.Q, Kryten, or the ...
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When Are the Nanites First Mentioned in Red Dwarf and What Was Their Purpose?

At the end of Series V, in Red Dwarf, we see them battling the Despair Squid. Then, in the next episode, they are revived after 200 years in suspended animation and the Red Dwarf has been gone all ...
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Did Kryten's Heads Share a Sense of Identity?

Kryten had, that we have seen, three different heads. There have been times when we've seen conversations that involved the different heads and how one might feel left out from activities. In one ...
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Which Red Dwarf Ship is the “Real” One?

I remember reading somewhere that when Red Dwarf was released on DVD, that there was a certain amount of remastering done, including changing some FX and replacing the original ship with a new one. I'...
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Why didn't the Red Dwarf decay during Lister's 3,000,000 years in stasis?

Why didn't the vessel Red Dwarf degrade and decay during Lister's 3,000,000 years in stasis? Aside from some meteor strikes, the vessel seems to be intact. Only the bodies of the dead crew and the IQ ...
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In Red Dwarf episode 'Ouroboros', how does Dave Lister go back in time?

In the Red Dwarf episode Ouroboros, Dave Lister must return to the Aigburth Arms to plant himself there as a baby (and therefore to ensure, due to the infinite loop in time, humanity will never truly ...
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Would guys from the Red Dwarf respawn if their future bodies kill themselves?

Would the Red Dwarf guys respawn in case (1) is the group that is to the present (2) is the group that is traveling in the past to visit (1) (1) is in year 8 000 000 for example (2) is in year 8 ...