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Red Dwarf - Either the Monster's a Hologram or Rimmer's Real
In the "Biomorph" episode of Red Dwarf, from Series 3, the crew are harassed by an Alien-type beast which can transmute into any shape it likes, and also has the ability to feed on raw human emotions. Unfortunately, the Biomorph gets these emotions by clamping a large sucker-type proboscis onto its victim's forehead. And it seems to have very little trouble doing this even with Rimmer, who, as has already been stated on numerous occasions, IS A HOLOGRAM!
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Ross McGovern on 02-08-2001
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Doctor X writes:
This is covered in the FAQ. There are two possibilities. 1) The Polymorph was able to make direct contact with Rimmer's light bee. 2) It changed itself into a hologram. (As has been established in "Parallel Universe," holograms can touch each other.)
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Scolman writes:
Dunno how they missed this one, but it's a biggie. One of the episodes mentions that Rimmer has a very small mass, even though he is made of light (I think it was the episode where they land on the planet that has wax droids on it) Maybe this had something to do with it.
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Ian the Smegmeister writes:
The polymorph (not Biomorph) can change into anything. Therefore it can turn into a hologram. There are things like Holo-whips (Demons and Angels, Quarantine) which can be used by humans and holograms. Rimmer's small physical presence is his light bee, the little thing that buzzes around inside him projecting his image. Oh, and the Polymorph turned into a beam of light in Better Than Life, not Backwards.
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J.P. writes:
Another point is that Rimmer's emotions wouldn't be stored in his head, where the alien used the sucker, they would be stored inside Holly's Hard-Disc.
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8D writes:
Actually, it is entirely possible that the Polymorph could become a hologram, because in the book Backwards, a polymorph turns into a beam of light in order to pass through the window of the spacecraft the crew were sending it out on.
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MartinMetal writes:
Although Rimmer is a Hologram he still has the same emotions despite them being electronic or whatever he is stil a scum sucking cowardly weasel
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Murphy writes:
It is not possible. In the book the polymorph hacks into the hologram virtual reality suite. So this bit of the plot is just flawed. But on screen the rimmer face reaction looks better than a monster in a control room. So they went with the sucker to the head, one less set to use, and one less expensive monster doing something shot to do.
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