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Blue (Red Dwarf)

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Red Dwarf episode
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The Rimmer Experience
Episode no.Series 7
Episode 5
Directed byEd Bye
Written byKim Fuller and Doug Naylor
Original air date14 February 1997
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"Blue" is the fifth episode of science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf Series VII and the 41st in the series run. It was first broadcast on the British television channel BBC2 on 14 February 1997,[1] was written by Kim Fuller & Doug Naylor and was directed by Ed Bye. Until Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, it was the last episode to feature the hologram Rimmer.


Kristine Kochanski is trying to get back to her own dimension, as she is having a hard time adjusting to life on a 'Boys ship', and finds a possible link-way back but only has hours to get there. Meanwhile, Kryten is still jealous of the relationship that she could potentially have with Lister, but he is more angry at the effect that her presence is having on his running of the ship: from the massive workload of extra laundry which he cannot fathom to a continuing issue with salad cream. Whilst venting at him over the issue, Lister questions his unfamiliarity with women's laundry given his experience with the female crew on the Nova 5, but Kryten explains that when he was emptying his cache files to create memory, he discarded his lingerie database, as the only reason he could think for keeping it at the time was in case Lister wanted to attend a fancy dress party as Hermann Göring.

In an effort to get her to the link faster, Lister recklessly navigates a course through the tail of a Comet. But when thruster systems begin to fail, Starbug is damaged meaning the linkway is out of reach. Cat identifies the reason the thrusters didn't work is because Starbug is too heavy, so he and Lister decide to clear out a lot of Rimmer's junk that was left behind. But progress is halted when Lister refuses to throw any of it, saying that he's beginning to miss Rimmer and reflects on some of the fun times that he and Rimmer spent together since Lister was released from statis, namely pranks made at Rimmer's expense. When he has a dream that Rimmer returns and he and Rimmer kiss, Kryten tries some psychology to get to the bottom of Lister's problem. However, Kochanski has a little talk with Lister and (relatively effortlessly) makes him realise why he misses Rimmer, much to Kryten's disgust.

A few days later during Games Night, Kochanski is made to feel more unwelcome when her idea of games are far less crude than the ones the boys play, which include 'Match the Body Part to the Crew Member'. Kryten, having to be one step better than Kochanski, reveals that he's created "The Rimmer Experience", a virtual reality rollercoaster ride of ship life, which he based on information taken from Rimmer's diaries and logs. The ride depicts Rimmer thinking of himself as a 'Hero' and 'Remarkable', giving Cat fashion tips (which Cat declares would make him no better looking than "a woodwork teacher"), and believing that Lister has called for Rimmer to save him before Lister wets himself. The ride culminates with a song and dance by animated Rimmer puppets. As the ride ends, Lister declares that he never wants to hear from "that scum-sucking, lying, weasel-minded smegger" ever again. A self-satisfied Kryten then declares, "Sigmund Freud, eat your heart out!"


Another new writer added to the credits was Kim Fuller, writer of Spiceworld. His script for "Blue" was also edited by Naylor to fit into the Red Dwarf universe. As part of Naylor's plan to mix up the episodes between Science Fiction and comedy, "Blue" was tailored towards the latter.[2]

"Blue" marks Rimmer's last appearance as a hologram within a Red Dwarf series until the Red Dwarf: Back to Earth specials in Easter 2009. His next appearance would be as a human in Season VIII's "Back in the Red: Part I".

Howard Goodall performed as the singing Rimmer Munchkins.

Continuity Goof

When Lister is reminiscing about the good times he had with Rimmer, he recalls them breaking into the lockers on Red Dwarf with Rimmer. In this flashback, Rimmer is dressed in blue, signifying his hard-light hologram status. Rimmer was not made a hard-light hologram until they met Legion, after they lost Red Dwarf. This is also mentioned in the Series VII DVD Collector's Book.


"Blue" has been seen as an episode of rather mixed quality. DVDActive complained about the "weak" flashback sequences, the "overlong" dream-sequence, and "Kryten and Kochanski continuously squabbling"; however, the reviewer enjoyed the "dazzling musical finale."[3] Sci-Fi Online thought the episode had a couple of "classic, attention-grabbing moments" including "that kiss and the unforgettable Munchkin Song at the end."[4] BellaOnline liked the episode, calling the final musical sequence a "classic moment" with a "song [that] is as catchy and sticky as 'It’s A Small World After All' at Disney’s Magic Kingdom."[5]


  1. ^ "BBC - Programme Catalogue - RED DWARF VI - BLUE". BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Red Dwarf series VII Writing". Red Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Red Dwarf VII (UK - DVD R2)". Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "DVD Red Dwarf Series 7". Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "DVD Review--"Red Dwarf Series VII"". Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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