Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf (1988)

11 corrected entries in Timeslides

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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.

New this month 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.

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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.

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: We learn in "Ouroboros" in series 7 that Lister is his own father, and Kochanski is his mother. However, if this is so, when Lister fixed time so he never joined the Space Corps, that would mean he never met Kochanski, so his father never met his mother, so he should never have been born, and even if he was, his life should have taken a radically different path from that it did.

Padzter

Correction: These are all time paradoxes. Each story that involves time travel uses it's own set of rules involving these. Whatever rules exist for time travel in the "Red Dwarf" universe clearly allow for these things to happen the way they did.

Phixius Premium member

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: After Lister manages to make himself the inventor of the tension sheet, Rimmer is in the the sleeping quarters and Lister's bunk can be seen behind him, still just like it was. If Lister was never on Red Dwarf then why is all his stuff still in his bunk and on the walls?

Padzter

Correction: The Space Corps would still have hired someone to fill the vacancy that Lister would have filled had be been around. Presumably the new guy is a slob like Lister.

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: Want to know why Rimmer is alive at the end of 'Timeslides'? Here's a theory. Rimmer as a child sees himself from the future visit him to offer advice. He later works out that this was himself from the future. Later in the events of 'Stasis Leak', Rimmer is visited again by his future self. Because of his childhood experience, now Rimmer does not panic but takes his future self's advice and goes into Stasis, therefore surviving the radiation leak.

Correction: Sorry, but pet theories are not valid trivia.

Tailkinker Premium member

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: Paradox - If Lister went back in time, and prevented Kryten from being rescued, Kryten wouldn't have discovered the mutated development fluid, and Lister wouldn't have been able to go back in time.

Correction: This is a self correcting entry - it's a paradox, not a mistake. Time travel stories are full of paradoxes, they can't exist without them.

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: A short while after Lister unwittingly saves Hitler from the bomb, he holds up a newspaper which says on it that he saved Hitler's life. But where did he get that paper from? If it was a paper in Hitler's briefcase, and the front cover changed to coincide with Listers implications on the past, then how come the headlines are written in English, and not German? Not only that, but if the newspaper was already in Hitler's briefcase, did it predict that Lister would save Hitler's life? Surely a newspaper in Hitler's briefcase on that day would be about events the previous day?

Padzter

Correction: It's more likely that Lister was able locate a copy from the ship's library or have one replicated, unless Nazi scientists were somehow able to give Hitler the next day's newspaper before the events took place.

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: When Lister changes the past so he does not get stuck on Red Dwarf, Rimmer is still there as a hologram, but he was only revived in order to keep Lister sane. If the history of Red Dwarf still remained the same (the radiation leak, Red Dwarf flying 3 million years into deep space etc.), despite Lister's absence, the captain would have surely been the only one revived as the most senior person on board. However, if for some reason, Rimmer WAS revived as a hologram, then he would have no memory of Lister as he would never have met him. Also, Kryten would still be aboard Nova 5, would never have discovered the developing fluid and would not have been able to show it to Lister anyway, so Lister could have never gone back to his 17 year old self to give him the tension sheet, therefore this whole episode is a paradox of itself and the Universe will now implode. Well, that's what you get for messing with causality.

Correction: Consider each the first two parts of this mistake - First, perhaps Holly prefers rimmer as opposed to the captain. Secondly, Rimmer WILL have met Lister as he has not changed timelines.

Andy Benham Premium member

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: When Lister convinces his past self to "invent" the Tension Sheet, he, Cat and Kryten vanish, having never become part of the Dwarf's crew. When Rimmer visits Lister, Lister does not remember him, because they have never met - if Lister can't remember people he's never met, why can Rimmer and Holly?

Correction: Rimmer and Holly are still in the timeline where all of them were once aboard Red Dwarf. Reinventing history has 'erased' Lister's memory of being aboard.

Andy Benham Premium member

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: Lister's saving of Adolf Hitler is shown as occurring at one of the dictators rallies at Nuremberg. The actual von Stauffenberg assassination attempt happened at Rastenburg in 1944, and the Nuremberg rallies ceased after 1938.

Correction: In this reality, yes. There is no telling how many different dimensions this crew have shifted through - maybe one where Hitler is still addressing the crowds in Nuremberg today?

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: In the episode 'Timeslides,' after the crew return from giving young Lister the Tension Sheet, Lister, The Cat, and Kryten disappear because he never joined the crew. Rimmer should also disappear or be replaced by McIntyre, because his hologram was created for the purpose of keeping Lister sane.

Correction: It's quite possible (very unlikely, but possible), that in this timeline, Rimmer actually passed his astronavigation exam for once, and rose to a high enough rank to be brought back as a hologram.

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