Red Dwarf

Only The Good... - S8-E8

Corrected entry: In an attempt to stop Ackerman from finding Baxter's hooch when the cell is being inspected, Rimmer and Lister decide to drink the remaining bottles of hooch. Even if they thought they could drink the hooch bottles before Ackerman arrived to inspect, they still would have the empty bottles inside the cell with them, so drinking the hooch would have been completely ineffective in the long run. (00:13:05)

Casual Person

Correction: An empty bottle isn't contraband, only its contents. They could have refilled them with water, minimising any scent of the hooch.

Only The Good... - S8-E8

Corrected entry: When Rimmer and Lister discover Kryten has planted Baxter's hooch in their cell, the only solutions that they can come up with is emptying the bottles into the sink and toilet, before deciding to drink it. In S8 E6 Pete (Part 1), it is shown that their cell had a ceiling duct used to allow Bob the Skutter to give Lister his meal. They could have easily planted the hooch in the duct, but that isn't even considered. It is unlikely they would have forgotten about the duct given the limited amount of places in the cell that they could hide it. (00:12:40)

Casual Person

Correction: A search of their cell would likely also include a search of an easily accessible ventilation duct for contraband goods.

Polymorph - S3-E3

Corrected entry: When Lister is preparing the meal, he puts all the ingredients into the microwave and closes the door. When he opens it again, a plate has magically appeared inside the microwave. (00:04:20)

Dwarf

Correction: Lister also dumps a lot of curry powder into the microwave, and when he reopens the door after baking, there is a full meal prepared. Clearly, this is not a mistake, but in fact part of the futuristic technology used to create the meal. The plate was likely generated along with the rest of the meal.

Casual Person

Better Than Life - S2-E2

Corrected entry: At the restaurant, the guide hands Lister his caviar vindaloo, which he states is "half rice, half chips and more bread and butter to follow", but there are visibly no chips on the plate. There are caviar, vindaloo, rice and potato wedges shown on the plate, but no chips. (00:19:25)

Casual Person

Correction: The potato wedges are the "chips." It's a British term for fried potatoes or what Americans may call "fries."

Bishop73

Potato wedges and chips are made from potato, but are still two different things. If the guide wanted to say it was half potato wedges, then he could have just said "half potato wedges."

Casual Person

Correction: In this case, no. I've been to many places where the restaurant makes no distinctions in why type of fries or chips they serve. I've been served fries that look exactly like the potato wedges Lister got before.

Bishop73

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: How did the crew get hold of a picture of a young Rimmer in bed at boarding school? Who would take such a picture?

Padzter

Correction: You've obviously never been to an English public school.

Correction: It has been established that whenever a picture is being used as a form of time travel, real time will always pass within in the photo. For example, the crew use a photo from when Lister was in Smeg and the Heads, which would have been a single photo taken whilst the band is performing, but time passes when the photo is being displayed as shown by the band performing before they go inside the photo. The likely answer to this is that Rimmer acquired a photo of his bed from boarding school that was probably taken during the day and then waited several hours until night time to inside the photo.

Casual Person

Queeg - S2-E5

Corrected entry: When the ship is hit by a meteor, Rimmer is thrown onto the table. He should have fallen through it, as he is a hologram. (00:04:15)

Dwarf

Correction: A number of posts suggest much the same thing, neglecting the fact that Holly is trying to keep Lister's fragile sanity intact. She arranges for Rimmer to appear to land on the table by projecting a holographic image of him doing just that, as Lister would become unhinged if he saw Rimmer magically passing through solid objects all the time. Besides, according to your logic shouldn't he sink through the floor?

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: What was Hitler's diary doing in Klaus von Stauffenberg's briefcase?

Correction: Lister was 'scuffling' with Hitler and when he comes back through the slide, he says 'I stole his briefcase' The briefcase was Hitler's, not von Stauffenberg's. Therefore there is nothing odd about Hitler's diary being in Hitler's briefcase. Incidentally, Rimmer comments he is the officer that attempt's to assassinate Hitler by putting a bomb in his (Hitler's) briefcase.

Queeg - S2-E5

Corrected entry: When the meteor hits the ship, everyone is thrown about except for the skutter, who does not move at all. (00:04:10)

Dwarf

Correction: Skutters perform operations outside the ship as well. They probably have magnetized wheels or some sort of stabilizers to keep them from being knocked into space.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Stasis Leak - S2-E4

Corrected entry: Just after Lister first enters the Stasis Leak and ends up in the shower, there is a shot of a man standing in front of the sinks. Above his head is a digital notice board. The date written on it is Wednesday 2nd March 2077. But 02/07/2077 will be a Tuesday.

Madgefilmsinc2

Correction: The calendar has been altered since the present day, as evidenced by the newscaster in "Better Than Life" giving the date as "the 27th of Geldof".

Tailkinker Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: If Rimmer's bedsheets are holographic, Lister shouldn't be able to move them.

Josman

Correction: One of Holly's most important jobs is keeping Lister's fragile sanity intact. Having him see his hands go through objects when he touches them would tip him over the edge. She 'moves' the holographic items to fit Lister's movements.

Ouroboros - S7-E3

Corrected entry: Frankenstein is too young to be pregnant. Therefore, she could not have been the ancestor of the cat race.

Josman

Correction: Female domestic cats reach sexual maturity at five or six months old, but don't stop growing until they are twelve to sixteen months old. Frankenstein isn't fully grown, but that is no indication of her sexual maturity - or pregnancy.

Show generally

Corrected entry: From series 4 onwards, Rimmer is held in place by a "light bee" which is solid. But, at several points in series 1 and 2, he is able to walk through solid objects, which his light bee would be unable to do.

Correction: In "Thanks For The Memory", Rimmer uses a projection cage to visit the surface of a nearby world, showing that he didn't have a light bee at that point. The addition of the light bee is clearly an upgrade made at some point after that time, making it entirely reasonable that he could be seen to walk through solid objects in the early seasons.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: Unfortunately the whole basis of the show is one big factual error. Throughout the series we see that Red Dwarf sustains damage from collisions, explosions, and so on. Most important of all, the rocket engine nozzle - surely made from the strongest materials available - has been punctured by some kind of impact. The systems require constant maintenance by humans (painting, repairs, etc), so skutters are not enough by themselves. So, we know that Red Dwarf is not made of some sort of fictional, indestructible materials, it is made of the kind of metals, plastics and other construction materials we build space shuttles and the like out of nowadays. So, after three thousand - never mind three million! - years the whole ship would be a clump of useless, corroded junk. The rubber and plastics in seals, electronic components and furniture would have crumbled to powder. The electronics themselves would have failed after a few hundred years at most. Metals in contact with liquids in pipes or reservoirs would have oxidized, and even the oxygen in the air would have been corrosive after that amount of time. Red Dwarf is not immune from the effects of long term decay and deterioration - if it were when Lister was released from stasis he would have found rooms full of relatively intact dead bodies instead of piles of crumbled dust. After three million years in space Red Dwarf would have been a pile of scrap, fatal to anyone going near it; subject to slow, subtle but constant radioactivity in space, after three million years it would be hotter than the inside of a working reactor.

Correction: Apart from the fact you are missing the point that this is a sit-com not a science documentary, unless you can provide schematics of the Red Dwarf and a detailed list of the manufacturing process of all the things you describe, your complaint is invalid. You are basing your argument on 20th century technology, not future technology that can construct 5 mile long space ships, holographic simulations of dead people, and computers with IQs of 6000.

SoylentPurple

Read the posting again. "Throughout the series we see that Red Dwarf sustains damage from collisions, explosions, end so on. The rocket engine nozzle - surely made from the strongest materials available - has been punctured by some kind of impact. The systems require constant maintenance by humans (painting, repairs, etc), so skutters are not enough by themselves. So, we know that Red Dwarf is not made of some sort of fictional, indestructible materials." Red Dwarf is constructed from perfectly ordinary materials, and not from some science fiction super metal or similar. It is subject to damage and deterioration, which will not be selective. Science fiction sitcom or not the posting is accurate.

Material strength might be defeated by explosions and other impacts, but you're still making a leap assuming that rubber, plastics, etc. are being used as they are today. Maintenance/corrosion-free materials may well exist in order to minimise replacement - it's too big an assumption to state as fact that just because the engine nozzle has been punctured, the entire ship would fall to bits. And again...sitcom. Willing suspension of disbelief plays a part sometimes.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Nothing in this comment corrects any of the points raised in the original post. During the series are constantly shown that Red Dwarf requires perfectly ordinary manual maintenance and can be damaged in all sorts of different ways. As is pointed out, if the rocket engine exhaust bell can be punctured by some sort of impact, then Red Dwarf is not made of fictional, indestructible materials. The posting is absolutely correct.

Pete (1) - S8-E6

Corrected entry: When Lister and Rimmer go to the captain's office after the virus has eaten their clothes and hair, it is clear they still have eyebrows and chest hair. (00:21:00)

Dwarf

Correction: If you look at the scene when the virus is eating their clothes and hair, they don't touch their faces or chests.

The End - S1-E1

Corrected entry: At the start of the episode when Toddhunter appears, Lister is holding his cigarette in his hand. When the camera cuts it has jumped to his ear. (00:04:20)

Dwarf

Correction: At the point in time where the cigarette apparently leaps to Listers ear he actually places it there. When Toddhunter arives on the scene, Lister screams "Yo Toddhunter" and thumps his foot. While this is going on you can see Lister place the cigarette in his ear.

Show generally

Corrected entry: When Ace's spaceship crashes into Starbug in "Dimension Jump," the two craft are roughly the same size. But in "Stoke Me a Clipper," he is able to comfortably park inside Starbug.

Correction: The run-in with the future selves and being killed by them at the end of season 6 caused reality to destabilize and changes to the ship. (At one point, one of the cargo decks is said to have increased capacity 44%.) Making it big enough to land Ace's dimension ship inside could be one of those changes.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

The End - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In the exam scene we see Rimmer slap his hand on the paper leaving a massive hand-print from the ink, yet when he stands up and salutes there isn't a sign of ink on his hand.

Life700

Correction: Rimmer places his left hand on the paper. When he stands up and salutes he is using his clean right hand. We do not see his left hand again as he keeps it by his side.

Dwarf

Holoship - S5-E1

Corrected entry: During Rimmer's initial conversation with Nirvannah, after he boards her ship, she tells him that it is considered "the height of bad manners" on the ship to refuse sex with someone. Later, after they have had sex, Rimmer suggests a "tie-breaker" (a euphemism for sex again). She unashamedly brushes him off by saying she has "things to do", thus contradicting her own moral standards.

Correction: Nirvanah hasn't refused to have sex with Rimmer - she's already done it, several times. She simply can't continue to do so, as she has duties to attend to. No rudeness there - everybody on the ship would understand that duty ultimately has to take precedence.

Tailkinker Premium member

Me2 - S1-E6

Corrected entry: In the cinema scene, one Rimmer makes hand shadows to annoy the other. This is impossible, as Rimmer is made of light and, therefore, wouldn't cast a shadow.

Correction: Rimmer isn't transparent, ergo, light does not pass through him. If light doesn't pass through him, he'll cast a shadow.

Tailkinker Premium member

Polymorph - S3-E3

Corrected entry: The snake changes shape and its stripes disappear as it leaps at Lister. (00:10:05)

Dwarf

Correction: As the snake is a polymorph there is no reason why it did not just change from a small snake to a large snake when it jumped at Lister.

Dwarf

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