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Have you ever heard of a film called Broadcast News? There is a pivotal scene where William Hurt turns in an interview, and he appears to cry in reaction to his subject's story. The interview looks extremely emotional, and garners Hurt's character a ton of attention. It isn't until later that it is brought to Holly Hunter's character's attention that Hurt'...


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A lot of this was due to the network realising how well the show was working and providing a bigger budget (higher production values, change in intro sequence). They dropped the previous pregnancy plotline now that they had the budget to write more ambitious plots. They needed an additional crew member to allow these to work for the script dynamic and ...


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Although I agree that Red Dwarf is loose with its own history, and I wouldn't think too hard about inconsistencies from (in particular) the first 2 seasons. However, Lister was adopted, and so I've always thought the woman pictured was one of his adopted parents mothers. It's frequently mentioned throughout the show (often by Rimmer as a putdown) that he was ...


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Yes, such an episode exists - Tikka to Ride. To summarise from the wiki page, Lister is distraught that all the Indian food supplies have been destroyed, including all the poppadoms. He wants to return in time and pick up another 500 curries, something the other crew members are against. As he isn't winning the argument, he waits until nighttime and swaps ...


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No, it was not standard. Rimmer hoped that his salute would become the JMC standard, as described here. In the very first episode of Red Dwarf, other crew members use a more traditional salute when addressing the Captain.


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To give another example of the fluid internal history of Red Dwarf - In "Thanks for the Memory" Lister copies the memory of an old girlfriend and gives it to Rimmer. When Rimmer finds out he realizes why some things didn't make sense, including why he had his appendix removed for a second time. It also means Rimmer had his appendix removed whilst fairly ...


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I have pieced this together before. Obviously Red Dwarf is not huge on continuity, but it makes sense if you think about the timeline this way: Lister was found under the pool table by a couple whose names we don't know (or maybe their names are mentioned in Ouroboros but I forget). Let's call them Bob and Sue. They raised him and he considered them his ...


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Is there any evidence that the Iron Man robots were inspired by Red Dwarf? We can't prove a negative but it seems unlikely. The two "robots" in question are usually referred to a "Dummy" and "U" have a striking resemblance to standard industrial robotic arms in use across the industrialised world. Inustrial robots have been in existence for decades, the ...


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I have no figures to back up what i'm going to say, only personal opinions and those of a few friends who felt the same way I like most viewers hated Arnold Rimmer, everything about him was the worst it could possibly be, with basically no redeeming factors, and it was that HATE, deep and to the very core that made all the fans (myself included) LOVE the ...


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The only reference made in the programme to other ships was the Leviathan, which was buried in a glacier so no colour was seen. On the occasions when Rimmer mentioned people he trained with who had gone on to better things, no ship name was mentioned. I would suggest that the colour was chosen to highlight the joke in the opening credits of the first ...


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At the beginning of the Back to Earth special, we see Lister reading to a memorial to Kochanski, with the implication being that she is dead. Later in the special, the kids Lister talks to on the bus talk about the events of "Series 9", which was never actually written, shot, or aired. They tell him that Kryten lied about Kochanski being sucked out of an ...


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