Now, as you all know, I love Meltdown. But there’s one bit that’s always slightly bothered me:
KRYTEN: He’s been acting strangely ever since we landed here, sir. I think it might have affected his mind when you chewed his light bee.
LISTER: I’ll do more than chew his light bee when we get out of here.
Was this added because Rob and Doug thought Rimmer was acting a bit too out-of-character? I can’t see any other reason for its inclusion – but it’s just not needed. Yeah, Rimmer is acting to extremes, but then it’s an extreme situation. I think it’s perfectly plausible how he reacts. The hints are there – his admiration for Napoleon, his Fascist Dictators Monthly, his chat about war in Marooned. Unlike Holly’s ion storm, I think it’s perfectly in-character.
As it is, it smacks of cop-out in the writing, which is a shame. Unless I’m just misinterpreting it…