Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf (1988)

69 mistakes in season 3

Polymorph - S3-E3

Plot hole: Right after the shrinking boxers scene, Kryten says the small boxers are missing from the bunk, but you can see them right in front of him.

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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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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When Lister (in Rimmer's body) pleads the Cat to lend him his body, he says 'how else can I pilot White Midget?'. In the next scene, the Blue Midget is being piloted, and White Midget was originally abandoned for Starbug. (this mistake was admitted by the crew)

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: When Kryten takes the syringe out of Lister's head, the needle doesn't come out of the syringe properly, so Kryten puts his hand in front of the needle to try and hide the mistake.

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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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Polymorph - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: At the start of the episode, it is clear that the capsule fully rotates and the "contents: 2" sign is not on the capsule.

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Dwarf

Bodyswap - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: Starbug and Blue Midget wobble on a number of occasions during the chase.

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Marooned - S3-E2

Other mistake: When the meteor hits Starbug, there are no stars outside the front of the ship at all.

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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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Marooned - S3-E2

Revealing mistake: When Lister burns Rimmer's money, you can see they are Italian Lire notes.

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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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Marooned - S3-E2

Revealing mistake: At the start in the cockpit of Starbug, the green screen behind Lister is visible instead of the painted starfield that should be there.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: When the slideshow starts, the photos in Lister's hands disappear between camera cuts.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Factual error: The Eagle on Hitler's briefcase is that of the (post war) Federal Republic of (West) Germany - not that of the Nazi German Third Reich.

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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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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: When Kryten is packing his heads away at the point where he says 'how would the manufacturers sell their latest model?' he is looking forwards. The camera changes angles and he is looking down.

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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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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: When Kryten first sees the photos, in one camera shot they are moving on the string. In the next shot they are perfectly still.

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The Last Day - S3-E6

Revealing mistake: You can tell Robert Llewellyn is reading his lines when Kryten receives the computer chip. He is looking much lower than the chip in his hand and it was obviously quite a complicated piece of dialogue to remember.

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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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Marooned - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Lister puts the snapped guitar into the fire, the broken piece of the neck end is sticking out of the top. When Rimmer comes in, the neck of the guitar is now upside down.

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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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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: When Kryten throws away the breakfast, Lister's locks move from behind his shoulder to in front of it in a single cut.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: In the pub, Lister gets a pint incredibly quickly after they arrive and has managed to drink half of it in a single camera cut.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: We are told that it is impossible to move outside the frame of a slide, yet when we are shown the slide of young Lister and his band, all we see is the band on stage but the crew move freely about the pub.

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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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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: When Kryten packs his spare heads away, he places the first one in the case with his left hand. In the next shot it has moved to his right hand.

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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Lister's hands change position between cuts when Kryten walks out in the opening scene.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: A blue fan appears on the golf course in the middle of the scene from nowhere.

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Dwarf

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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Marooned - S3-E2

Visible crew/equipment: If you look closely when the camera follows Lister (in the scene just before the meteor crashes onto Starbug) you can actually see the edge of the set and some studio lights.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: At the start of the episode when we first see the polymorph, it looks into the mirror, then covers its eyes. Yet when we see the reflection, it already has its hands over its eyes before it gets to the mirror.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: Kryten removes the polymorph underpants and throws them under the covers of Lister's bed. When he checks the bed and pulls out a snake the pants are now on top of the covers (even though he says they're gone) and the covers themselves are now arranged differently.

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Marooned - S3-E2

Revealing mistake: When Lister cuts out the guitar from the trunk, the edges are black. When Lister snaps the guitar in two, you can see the wood is a different colour inside, meaning the edges of the cut out had been painted previously.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Factual error: The assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944 was in Rastenburg, not Nuremberg as stated in this episode.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Revealing mistake: When Lister is hit in the face with the snowball, some of the snow lands on Rimmer's hologramatic uniform.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Factual error: The polymorph goes through a metal pipe and a tap which bulges and becomes mis-shapen. The tap then changes back to its original shape, which is impossible.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: Kryten needs to ask what a pub is, yet in the episode "Backwards" he and Rimmer worked in one for three weeks as the comedy act "The Sensational Reverse Brothers", and, later, were involved in a brawl in the same pub. Originally, the episodes were to be shown in a different order, which explains why the mistake occurs, but doesn't excuse it.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: During the Scrabble game, Lister (in Rimmer's body) jumps out of his seat and you can hear the chair scrape across the floor. As Lister is a hologram, he should not have been able to move the chair.

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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: In this episode Kryten has no idea how to operate a bazookoid, yet earlier on in 'Polymorph' he was able to change the settings of one from standard to heat-seek and fire it without a problem.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the bazookoid blasts hit the Polymorph near the end, you can see the stand that's holding the Polymorph at the bottom of the screen.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: When Rimmer visits rich Lister, he apears from a point right next to him. But when he leaves, the point at which he disappears is much furthur back.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When Rimmer (in Lister's body) is looking at the magazine in the Jacuzzi, the magazine moves from water level to much higher in the next shot.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: One of Starbug's legs breaks off when it hits rocks on the moon but in the next shot, the leg has returned.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: Just before Lister gets the mind enema, he tells Rimmer to smeg off while looking to his right. When the camera changes angles he is looking down.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, the second Polymorph changes from Lister back to its original form. As this happens, the background changes completely.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: When we see the photo of the skiers, there are no boxes in front of the screen. When the shot changes, two boxes have appeared which Rimmer and Lister use as steps.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: The milkshake and toffee crisp come out of a different vending machine to where they were ordered.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Revealing mistake: The cardboard box that the Cat holds up to block the heat seeking missiles has two pre-cut holes in it. You can just barely see them as he takes the box from the shelf.

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The Last Day - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: When Kryten takes the invitation from the skutter, he picks it up with his right hand. In the next shot it has jumped to his left hand.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Revealing mistake: When Rimmer dies at the end of the episode, a dummy is visible just before the explosion.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: During the golf game, Lister's locks move between shots throughout the scene.

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Dwarf

Timeslides - S3-E5

Audio problem: In the photo of 'Smeg and the Heads' you can see that the drummer frantically plays the cymbals, but no sound comes from them.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Plot hole: In season 2 episode 2 Better Than Life, Rimmer says his brother Frank was 6 foot 5 by the time he was 11. However, in season 3 episode 5 Timeslides, the picture of Frank Rimmer's wedding shows he is around Rimmer's height which would be about just under 6 foot.

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Casual Person

Timeslides - S3-E5

Factual error: The writer's understanding of the history of Nazism and its leaders is a bit shonky. Claus von Stauffenberg did not plant a bomb in Hitler's briefcase - he put it in his own briefcase which he planted in a meeting room next to Hitler (some berk moved it). This was in July 1944, while the last Nuremberg rally - which Lister visits, bringing back the briefcase - was in 1938. Stauffenberg didn't even join the anti-Hitler conspiracy until 1943. Red Dwarf is not an 'alternate history' - they correctly identify elements of the Stauffenberg plot and the Nazi regime, they just get them wrong.

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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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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: When the Cat drops the tape of Lister's mind into the cup, you can just make out Lister beginning to smile just as Kryten moves in front of him.

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Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When Rimmer suggests the body swap, the magazine in Lister's hand vanishes.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Audio problem: When Lister says "he was in sickbay for a week", once the shot changes we once again hear him say "for a week". Evidently, the line was intended to carry on into the next shot but wasn't edited out.

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Polymorph - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: 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.

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Timeslides - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: When we see the skiers, no one is standing in front of the screen. In the next shot, Lister has appeared from nowhere.

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Dwarf

Bodyswap - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: From the model shot of Blue Midget, Kryten is seen sitting on the right. When the camera cuts inside the ship, he is sitting on the left.

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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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Josman

Season 3 generally

Continuity mistake: Starbug 1 is abandoned on backwards Earth. But it still appears twice more in this series.

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Josman

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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Moose

Timeslides - S3-E5

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

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