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"Red Dwarf" Out of Time (TV Episode 1993) Poster

(TV Series)

(1993)

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The script was written minutes before it was filmed which led to the use of an autocue thanks to lack of rehearsal time. In addition to this, parts of it were being written during the filming so the actors kept seeing new lines appearing on the autocues whilst they were performing in front of the studio audience.
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Craig Charles told the writers that he did not find the script to be funny. They threatened to kill his character off and title the episode "R.I.P. Lister".
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Scenes cut from the episode:
  • Three cut clips as the crew cope with even more of the unreality pockets. These included an extended take of Cat shaking Lister when nobody can see him or remember him, and Lister says to the others to get their safety harnesses on due to turbulence. Kryten tells them to be calm, since anxiety can prolong the unreality. When the crew have animal heads, Rimmer panics, and Lister says "you've never had 11 pints of Dutch lager have you? This is a normal Saturday night for me."
  • As Kryten puts Lister and the Cat into stasis in the bunks, he then puts Starbug to autopilot through the unreality pockets. As Kryten prepares to enter stasis with Rimmer in Deep Sleep Unit 2, Rimmer tells Kryten: "If we don't make it, I just want you to know... I don't like you and I never have." Kryten replies: "Thank you sir, that confirms everything." The second bunk is then seen rising up out of view like the first, with icy smoke wisps beginning to seep out. The bunks are then later seen descending and the crew emerging.
  • Right before the future Starbug shows up, Cat says that his nose hairs are "vibrating more than a nervous blancmange in an earthquake."
Kryten discusses the danger of knowing one's future, suggesting that he alone should meet their future selves, since he can then erase his memory of it. Lister asks Kryten what he will do if he can't take the knowledge himself. Kryten says that he will auto-destruct happily knowing he has left the others a number of ready-made sprout lasagne meals to eat. Lister says that he wants to know what happens to himself and debates the merits of knowing one's future. The others says that it likely that he is still a worthless, direction-less space hobo two decades into the future. Cat and Rimmer agree with Kryten that knowing the future is dangerous and vote to go along with Kryten's idea.
  • Superfluous time with the future Dwarfers. Lister's brain-in-a-jar says that it "nice to get out and about." Kryten turns around his future self and says "why couldn't you have let him die?"
  • We see Lister's point of view as he observes Kryten and the future Dwarfers in the other room using the security camera. Lister sees the future Dwarfers as though through a periscope.
  • More of Kryten defending Urine Recyc Wine to the future Dwarfers, who are used to the best of the best. Kryten then gets out some caviar, but future Rimmer complains that it isn't beluga caviar but sevruga, which he doesn't like. Future Rimmer says how dare Kryten fob them off with second best, whilst future Cat says that Kryten is insulting his palate with his poison.
  • The future Dwarfers expand more on their disturbing social circle. This includes Hermann Goering, Vlad the Impaler, Catherine the Great, and Emperor Nero, as "the dudes who show you the best time." Brain-in-a-jar Lister justifies it by saying "who wants to go round Mahatma Gandhi's for an all-night rave?"
  • The Dwarfers celebrate surviving the battle with their future selves with Urine Recyc Wine in the excised original ending to the episode
  • which had been leaked to the fans before broadcast - was replaced with a last-minute Starbug explosion and a teasing cliffhanger. The original ending included seeing the bloodied corpses of Lister and Cat. Rimmer is seen actually destroying the Time Drive with the bazookoid, the force of which throws him back. The flaming, debris-strewn corridors begin to change around Rimmer, going back to their previous state, and Rimmer happily exclaims that he is a hero. The crew resurrected, they decide to celebrate being alive, having defeated their future selves (with Rimmer being uncharacteristically modest about his heroics), and Kryten notes that they have relocated the vapour trail of Red Dwarf and are only six days behind. Kryten brings out chilled margaritas, but it is actually Urine Recyc Wine, and it leaves them all with a foam mustache that they cannot remove.
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The working title of this episode was "Present From The Future".
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Future Lister had originally been visioned as a 3 foot tall robot with Lister's brain in it.
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This would seem to contradict Red Dwarf: Future Echoes (1988) where the future can't be changed, then again in this episode there are two versions of Starbug and two versions of the same crew meeting in the same point in time and space, which is a paradox. That may have made it possible to alter the future as Rimmer was able to destroy the time drive, resulting in the events that follow in Red Dwarf: Tikka to Ride (1997).
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Future Rimmer's change in appearance would seem to imply that he reprogrammed his appearance as in Red Dwarf: Rimmerworld (1993) he was unchanged after 600 years there. Though why he would is questionable, though maybe to fit in better with the aging Cat and previously Lister. The aging Chris Barrie has also caused this point to be raised as a concern over his appearances in later series, especially Series X and the Back to Earth specials. Or simply the Hologram Simulation Suite calculates for holograms aging, and the light bee when out of range cannot.
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It is implied that catnip is a narcotic to Felis Sapiens as the Cat commented that going through multiple unreality bubbles is "worse than triple-strength catnip!".
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There is reference to a mysterious being in this episode, the Pan-Dimensional Liquid Beast from the Mogadon Cluster; it is said to have formerly attacked the Dwarfers, although this has not been seen in the television series.
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This could have easily been the last episode ever. A new series was not aired until 1997, over three years later. This was despite the interest of the BBC in creating another series after the success of the previous few series. The hiatus was caused by the end of the Grant Naylor writing partnership and the Red Dwarf chaos that followed. New Red Dwarf was released during those years, however, in the form of Doug Naylor's and Rob Grant's conflicting sequels to the novel Better Than Life called Last Human and Backwards respectively.
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Rimmer shows that he can be resourceful and even heroic in destroying the Time Drive. This foreshadows the events of Red Dwarf: Stoke Me a Clipper (1997), when he leaves Starbug on Wildfire to attempt to become Ace Rimmer. The later Rimmer, resurrected by the nanobots in Series VIII, is as weaselly and cowardly as the old Rimmer first was. Becoming a hologram again during the 1999 - 2009 Bridge, this Rimmer also shows his heroic quality in Series X's Red Dwarf: The Beginning (2012), where, after learning his true parentage from the holo-lamp, feels finally free of his father's disappointment in him. This enables him to come up with a plan to save the crew from a Simulant Death Ship.
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Despite introducing four new characters, they are all played by the main actors.
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