Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf (1988)

16 mistakes in Backwards

Backwards - S3-E1

Plot hole: In the episode 'Backwards' most of the things that happen on 'Backwards Earth' are correct, except, of course, in reverse. But there is an exception: in the scene in the Cafe, when the waitress comes to 'dirty' the table, she tips a box of trash on the table. If you play this scene backwards, the trash leaps from the table into the box. Even on a 'backwards earth' I can't believe that trash spontaneously leaps about...

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: When Kryten is doing his driving test, as soon as we see Rimmer and Kryten in the cockpit you can see the wire attached to Chris Barrie behind him, next to the aerial on his hat, going vertically out the top of the frame.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Other mistake: At the start of "Backwards", there is a spoof "Star Wars" type caption, which spools up the screen very quickly. Too quickly to be read in fact...which may explain why few people have noticed that the last line of the caption "And now the Story Continuums..." is written TWICE

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Backwards - S3-E1

Plot hole: If everything goes backwards, shouldn't Kryten and Rimmer have got fired, done their job and then got hired? Rimmer & Kryten discovered that everything was backwards in the cafe earlier in the episode. At the club they did their act and then got fired. Put this 'forwards' and it becomes wrong.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: After leaving Starbug, the Cat says, "What's the matter?" There is a boom mic visible at the top right of the screen. (This may not be visible on some TVs).

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Backwards - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Kryten and Rimmer find the Nodnol sign, a large boom mic can be seen above their heads.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode, the shot with the taxi has been reversed to show the number plate backwards. It has also changed everything else in the shot, most notably, the cat's outfit. In the next scene they have been flipped back to normal.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: In the forest, Lister and the Cat take a poster off a tree. They then show it to the man who gives them a lift. The poster is different to the one in the forest.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: Lister mouths the Cat's line, "Your gajungas will suddenly rise back into your body, and the next thing you know you're singing soprano in the school choir."

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the episode, Kryten and his employer are seen arguing in supposedly backwards English. However, when you watch the episode how the people of earth would see it on the second DVD, Kryten and his employer aren't speaking English, they are just speaking plain gobbeldy-gook, even although when you see the people of Earth talking on the DVD they speak correctly.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, when the Cat says, 'I've forgotten something', watch the extra in the white t-shirt. He puts a pint to his mouth, and when the shot changes, it is gone.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: During the fight, there is a man in a 'Flash Gordon' t-shirt with the logo forwards.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When Lister gets sucked through the window, one of the men that 'catches' him disappears when the camera changes.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Other mistake: In the bar when Rimmer and Kryten are on stage, Kryten eats a boiled egg then drinks a glass of water, yet he cannot eat or drink because he is a mechanoid.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Kryten ejects Rimmer from Starbug, the cable lifting him up can be seen above him.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: When Rimmer stands up from underneath the table, just before he says, "Thanks for your support" to Lister, listen very carefully and you can hear the stunt director saying "Action!" backwards. This shot was the splice point between the reversed and the regular footage. (I know this mistake is listed as being in the 'backwards version' on the DVD, but it is in the regular broadcast version too - you just have to listen harder for it.)

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