This episode of SMEGHEADS will mostly be remembered for descending into "bad date" stories. Daniela's story was about ice cream and my story was about urine. Besides that, this was surprisingly a GREAT episode of Red Dwarf, and I really don't remember it being this good.
Its the episode where Lister gets radiation poisoning which - being a sci fi comedy - means his hallucinations come to life. This comes in the form of a creepy old guy which is the physical manifestation of Lister's Paranoia; and a smarmy loud American which represents Lister's Confidence. Things escalate quickly and it does not end too well.
This episode is also the first time the crew encounter another human, in the Mayor of Warsaw. Its too bad he instantly combusts the second he appears, but then some relationships are like that right?
For more info on this episode of Red Dwarf, here is some excellent data!
According to the Series I
DVD, this episode was intended to be the final episode of the series, withKochanski
's hologram appearing and thus becoming a regular character in Series II
. However, an earlier episode featuring Rimmer trying to build himself
a new body was scrapped and the plot of "Me²
" was devised. Ultimately, although Clare Grogan
would reprise Kochanski a couple more times in later seasons, the character would not become a regular until Series VII
, when another actress, Chloë Annett
, would play the role as a living version of Kochanski
from another dimension
.Not counting the regular characters
, or artificial intelligences
such as the Revolving Toilet
or Talkie Toaster
, the Mayor of Warsaw, Confidence and Paranoia are the first human
characters to be seen onboard Red Dwarf since the accident
three million years earlier (the Cat Priest
was course of the felis sapiens
).Rimmer reveals that, as a hologram
, he undertakes "Necrobics
", hologramatic exercises for the dead. This may explain the exercise chart above the mirror in the sleeping quarters
, since Lister and the Cat certainly never exercise. Rimmer is seen exercising frequently in the earlier series.
Craig Ferguson and Lee Cornes originally auditioned for the parts of Lister and Rimmer, respectively. Ferguson later relocated to the US and became known for his work co-starring on The Drew Carey Show
and, later, as host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
. Hattie Hayridge
was once a guest on his talk show.The exterior of the ship seen during the space walk was a large, pu