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Emohawk: Polymorph II

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"Emohawk: Polymorph II"
Red Dwarf episode
Episode no.Series 6
Episode 4
Directed byAndy de Emmony
Written byRob Grant & Doug Naylor
Original air date28 October 1993
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"Emohawk: Polymorph II" is the fourth episode of the British science fiction sitcom TV show Red Dwarf VI and the 34th in the series run.[1][2] It was first broadcast on BBC2 on 28 October 1993.[1] Written by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor and directed by Andy de Emmony, the episode features the crew again being hunted by a polymorph. The first appearance of these creatures was in the series III episode "Polymorph".[3] Also returning in this episode are Duane Dibbley from "Back to Reality" and Ace Rimmer from "Dimension Jump".


Starbug finds itself being hounded by a computer-controlled Space Corps enforcement vessel that soon scans the ship. Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Kryten and Cat find themselves charged with looting derelict spaceships and sentenced to death under frontier law. The crew escape, but crash-land on a GELF moon. Needing a new oxygen generator for the ship, they search for a GELF tribe who might be willing to trade with them. The group meet the Kinitawowi tribe, and begin negotiations, only for Lister to discover he must marry the daughter of the tribe's chief in exchange for the oxygen generation unit. Scared of his wife's advances, Lister flees back to Starbug, forcing the others to escape as well with the parts.

Angered at their actions upsetting his daughter, the chief sends his pet, a domesticated polymorph, after them. The polymorph manages to get aboard Starbug undetected before it leaves the moon. While Lister and Kryten work to install the new parts, the polymorph attacks the others, draining them each of a character trait and morphing them into an alternate persona – Cat loses his cool and morphs into Duane Dibbley, while Rimmer loses his bitterness and becomes Ace Rimmer. When the others are trapped by Rimmer in the cargo hold and learn that he is preparing to sacrifice himself and Cat to get rid of the polymorph via an airlock, Lister and Kryten break free and convince him to track down the creature and freeze it. Rimmer agrees, whereupon the group successfully neutralize the polymorph. Rimmer politely asks that he spends a few days as Ace before he is changed back, while Cat asks to be changed back immediately fearing his persona's clumsiness; his fears are justified when he accidentally freezes the others a few seconds later.


Steven Wickham as Dave Lister's Kinitawowi bride
Steven Wickham as Dave Lister's Kinitawowi bride

Both the characters Ace Rimmer and Duane Dibbley were huge fan favourites, as was the Red Dwarf III episode "Polymorph", and the writers crammed in a sequel to all these aspects with "Emohawk: Polymorph II". The title was originally the other way around, "Polymorph II: Emohawk" until someone suggested that it sounded like a football score.[4]

The GELF settlement was a re-dressed medieval village set which had been created for the aborted British/American television series Covington Cross.[5] Ainsley Harriott played the role of the GELF chief.[6] Harriott later became a celebrity chef and hosted the television shows Can't Cook, Won't Cook and Ready Steady Cook for the BBC. Later, in 1998, Harriott presented a special edition of Can't Cook, Won't Cook called Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg for the 10th anniversary of Red Dwarf with the cast cooking a meal while remaining in character (Harriott's role was actually addressed during part of the episode). The Tribal chief's daughter, Hackhackhack Ach Hachhachac, is played by Steven Wickham[6] (who, 19 years later, would play the BEGG chief in the episode Entangled). Hugh Quarshie also played a Computer and Martin Sims also played a GELF.[6]


The episode was originally broadcast on the British television channel BBC2 on 28 October 1993 in the 9:00 pm evening slot.[7] The episode received mixed reactions, as had Series VI as a whole.[8] Some felt the re-introduction of Ace, Duane Dibbley and the polymorph was a wasted opportunity.[9]


  1. ^ a b "British Sitcom Guide - Red Dwarf - Series 6". Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  2. ^ " - Emohawk: Polymorph II summary". Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  3. ^ Red Dwarf Episode Survey, Red Dwarf Smegazine, issue 10, December 1992, Fleetway Editions Ltd, ISSN 0965-5603
  4. ^ "Red Dwarf Series VI Writing". Red Archived from the original on 4 January 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  5. ^ Chris Howarth, Steve Lyons, (1997), Red Dwarf: programme guide - Part 4, page 126
  6. ^ a b c ""Red Dwarf" Emohawk: Polymorph II (1993) - Full cast and crew". IMDb. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  7. ^ "BBC - Programme Catalogue - RED DWARF VI - EMOHAWK, POLYMORPH II". BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2007.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Red Dwarf Series VII Writing". Red Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  9. ^ "Red Dwarf Episode Guide: Series VI". Perry, Gavrielle. Retrieved 23 January 2008.

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