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Red Dwarf - Rimmer Is a Hologram, Right?
In the episode "Marooned", Lister cuts out a guitar shape from Rimmer's camphor wood box to pretend that his guitar is being burnt to keep their fire going. Rimmer smells the camphor wood and comments on it and how much of a loss it would have been to Lister. But Rimmer is a hologram! He shouldn't be able to smell anything!
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@ssKicker on 10-20-2000
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Dipplet writes:
The question of why Rimmer could smell the camfour wood was brought up in Better Than Life (the magazine for the official fan club). The answer given was that Rimmer's light bee could detect the smell like his nose would had he been alive. Don't forget that the light bee is essential for Rimmer and it's the only physical part about him.
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Ian the Smegmeister writes:
Rimmer's light bee can analyze smells and produce the correct reaction. Also, Lister wasn't in stasis, he was in Deep Sleep, which slows time down by 90%, without actually freezing it, (see Last Human)
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Scolman writes:
You took this from the "Smeg-Ups" tape, didn't you?
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@ssKicker writes:
That's not ripping, it's a new slip-up on the same track. What we call a spinoff. And here's another from the video: Lister managed to grow a huge amount of facial hair while in a stasis chamber. How the heck did he do that?! ?:(
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Cynicat writes:
On the subject of Lister growing facial hair in stasis/hibernation (whatever), I think they mention that the booth was malfunctioning - Starbug is an old ship, anyway.
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Scolman writes:
Yea, Krtyen says that in "The 10 most asked questions about Red Dwarf" in the Smeg Up's/Out's tape (I can never remember which one as they both have this section) which is where the original question in this entry comes from as well. I don't really listen to Krytens explanations as they don't really help (Besides, they are just trying to cover up the fact they screwed up anyway)
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david waine writes:
I've never understood this 'slip-up' because we're never told one way or the other if Holograms can smell or not. We're never really 'told' anything about Holograms. We're not even told if Holograms can see! Of course, Holograms clearly demonstrate the ability to see, therefore they must be able to see. Similarly, Rimmer has regularly demonstrated his ability to smell (as previous posters have pointed out), therefore he must be able to smell, therefore all Holograms must be able to smell. How a light-bee detects smells is a different question. But no less difficult to answer would be the question "how do light-bees give Holograms the ability to see?"
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@ssKicker writes:
Yes, I did. Kryten was reading out the Top Ten List of Questions related to Red Dwarf, and this was number 2. I remember number 1 being,"why did Kryten read 11 questions instead of just the promised 10?" His answer was,"I'm only a mechanoid, and I just made a mistake, okay?!"
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Scolman writes:
A slipup I was thinking of putting in here, that I thought might be taken as a rip off of the above one, is in the "Kryten" epsiode. How is Rimmer able to smell Lister's space boot's when they're on their way to meet up with Kryten on the Nova 5?
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Scolman writes:
I was watching that episode and noticed that Kryten actually called it a hibernation booth, not a stasis chamber (Why he calls it a stasis chamber in Smeg Ups is beyond me). I was thinking that since a hibernation chamber doesn't prevent time from passing through it like the stasis chamber, maybe that's how he managed to grow hair and nails. If you've seen Aliens and also Return of the Jedi, both Ripley and Hans Solo where suffering from hybernation sickness. That suggests that your body can still grow or suffer illnesses while in hibernation. As for that smelling smeg up, here's another one: In the epsisode "Body Swap" why is Rimmer complaining about the smell in the air when he is asking Lister to borrow his body. He was going on about having to get a canary in a cage, even though he can't smell.
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Ian the Smegmeister writes:
Starbug was upgraded by the simulants in Gunmen of the Apocalypse, and was messed about with in Tikka to Ride, so its possible that stuff on board could be different to what is previously stated.
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Scolman writes:
I was wrong in my previous comment. I have found out that it was the episode "Out of Time" when the Dwarfers meet themselves 15 yrs in the future. Its when they are trying to get to the ship with the time drive on it that Kryten hooks up the deep sleep chamber with temporary stasis fields
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haggis writes:
About the Ripley thing - I may have heard wrong but isn't she in that booth for 200 years? As for Rimmer, a number of things keep bugging me: How does his light bee manage to project his ENTIRE body all at once when it is the size of a small egg? However, the thing that gets to me the most is this: In Infinite Welcomes Careful Drivers, it talks about how the new recruits have their brain patterns recorded for the Hologram library. This would mean that their memorys up until that point in time would be recorded but anything that happened afterwards would not. Therefore, how does Rimmer remember ANYTHING about his time on RedDwarf? In theory, when he became a hologram, he should only be able to remember up until when he had his brain patterns recorded.
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Scolman writes:
I don't remember anywhere in the series where it was stated Rimmers light beam could analyze smells. Only thing I could think of that could make this possible is when Rimmer's light drive was changed from soft light to hard light, making it possible for him to do all normal human things (Apart from being almost indestructible) But this happened after the "Marooned" episode so we have to discount it. At least I was right about the deep sleep chamber. Something else I came across on the weekend was that in the episode "Nanarchy" (I think it was this episode, please correct me) is that Kyten says he hooked up a stasis generator to both deep sleep chambers so they can go into stasis when they go back to the Esperanto to look for the nanobots. This means that the deep sleep chambers never had a stasis capability in the first place.
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darren_purdy writes:
I'm not sure about this but i do know that there is an episode where someone reaches inside Rimmer, flicks a switch and he's solid...
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