Its the Season 1 FINALE of SMEGHEADS: THE RED DWARF PODCAST! And like all good finales, its extra long, extra fun and extra non-sequitur-y!
It takes about 15 mins for us to get going (alot of admin in this episode!) into Me² but its totally worth it. I've been wearing Lister's 'London Jets Zero Gravity Football' for the last few episodes of the podcast and didnt want Daniela to miss out, so I got her Rimmer's shirt! Yes, its an actual shirt with 'Second Technician' and 'Rimmer' labels on it, with the two-pips insignia and 'Red Dwarf' on the sleeve! I got it from some guy on ebay who had a girlfriend that just didnt understand. So not both your Smegheads hosts have a uniform we HAVE to wear each episode!
So this final episode of season 1 follows on from the previous episode - Confidence & Paranoia - where Rimmer tricks Lister into creating a duplicate Rimmer hologram instead of bringing Kochanski back. As you can imagine, one Rimmer is more than enough, and even he gets sick of himself.
We ended the episode with a new feature, the SMEGHEADS CHART! We rated all of the episodes we have covered so far and put them into order. We will continue to do this for every episode and it will feature on this very website! Go check it out now on the right (unless I change the format!)
Even though its the finale, we arent having a break, next week we will be reviewing the American Pilot of Red Dwarf (its on youtube if you want to check it out!) and then the week after that we are going straight into Season 2!
Thanks again for subscribing, and please tell anyone you think will like it. Follow us on twitter by clicking on our photos on the right, and apologies in advance for my mostly speaking about tapes and horror and for Daniela's penchant for cute animals.
Before we go, don't forget that there is an amazing competition to win a walk-on part on the new series of Red Dwarf. Click here to find out how: https://twitter.com/Join_Dave/status/641174318303547392
Tickets will also be available TODAY - you dont need to rush though, you have TWO WEEKS to sign up and then it will be picked lottery style. Follow Red Dwarf creator Doug Naylor for more info on this process: https://twitter.com/DougRDNaylor
For now, we will leave you with this remix/mash-up of this very episode, done by the very talented "GuruMediator"
See you later SMEGHEADS!
jed & daniela
- The Cat enters the sleeping quarters on rollerskates with a loudspeaker announcing that he "feels sexy" to any female felis sapiens in the area. Since Rimmer has moved out to live with his hologram clone, Lister asks the Cat to move in with him. However the Cat says that he isn't interested, because a cat shouldn't cohabit with monkeys (what he calls humans), and also that he would prefer to bunk down wherever he feels like.
- Lister muses over the singnage the two Rimmers have put up outside their bunk.
- Extended scene of the two Rimmers winding each other up in the Cinema.
- In the original script, it was Lister who had a hologram clone, not Rimmer. The script was later story-boarded and reconstructed as "Bodysnatcher".
- In the video of the accident, Rimmer's last words ("Gazpacho Soup"), combined with a shot of a snow globe smashing, are an homage to the "Rosebud" opening of Citizen Kane.
- The Red Dwarf crew were apparently killed in early-mid January. In Rimmer's diary, it refers to Gazpacho Soup day as November the twenty-fifth. Then Lister verbally notes that that was six weeks before the crew got wiped out. This however is later contradicted by Stasis Leak, that indicates the accident happened in March. This may simply be an error in the character's figuring.
- Some fans have noted that Rimmer simply squaring himself, as is implied by the episode title, would not result in two Rimmers, as one times itself can only ever result in one. Others have pointed out that this does actually in some ways fit with the episode, as it shows that no matter what you do with him you will always just end up with Rimmer.
- In the opening S.O.S. distress message of the episode, Holly says that the cargo decks of Red Dwarf have enough food to last 30,000 years. This is curious, since in the previous episode, Holly says that the cargo decks are beyond his "supervision field" (and that is why Holly couldn't look into Supply Pipe 28).
- Another curiosity in this is that there is still so much food aboard after three million years, althoughstasis would be the logical explanation. However it doesn't explain what the evolving Felis sapiens ate in the preceding three million years, since the Cat race clearly weren't eating the food in the cargo decks (although space weevils and grown food from the botanical gardens could be an explanation).
- The vision of Rimmer's death video with Captain Hollister was filmed at the same time as The End to save Mac McDonald the trouble of returning to the set.
- The Gazpacho Soup incident was based on a real life incident involving Rob Grant and Doug Naylor; while in a meeting with Thames Television, the two were served gazpacho soup and were baffled as to why it was served cold. However, unlike Rimmer, they chose not to complain and were later relieved to find it was indeed meant to be served cold.
- The Series I DVD deleted scenes contains the full uncut version of the Rimmers' last argument in the cinema in which a small section was originally removed due to running time. Viewing the entire scene explains why, in the aired version, Lister appears to select the wrong Rimmer for deletion (the Rimmers exchange places one last time, placing the correct Rimmer in the right position to be selected).
- The circumstances of the crew's death don't seem to jibe with what has been stated previously. A radiation leak is blamed for their deaths, yet on video it appears they were killed in an explosion (however when Lister is revived there was no apparent damage anywhere).
- The force of the leak was explosive only in the human-inhabited regions of the ship. It is likely the skuttersand/or the garbage droids would have cleaned up the debris, just leaving the dust pile remains of the crew, possibly programmed to not touch such a thing. It is also possible in the preceding three million years, one of the evolving Cat people may have found the Drive Room, taking what they felt like.