A short quote from Waiting For God:
LISTER: What do you believe in, then? Do you believe in God?
RIMMER: God? Certainly not! What a preposterous thought! I believe in
LISTER: Oh, right, fine. Something sensible at last.
Now, let that quote swill round your head a bit. Now, the fucking pathetic sad little Dwarf freak that you are will know all about Dwarf‘s No Aliens policy. With that in mind, this makes perfect sense.
But bear in mind two things. Red Dwarf has only specifically stated the No Aliens policy in the books; it’s never mentioned in the TV series. And this is only the fourth episode of the series. Now, isn’t it really, really weird that a SF series would act like the very idea of aliens was inherently ridiculous? Not a load of guff about aliens visiting Earth – but simply the very idea that aliens exist somewhere in the universe?
It’s not set up that this is a big moment in the series in any way – there’s no explanation of his comment. And at that point in the series, Lister and Rimmer are supposed to hail from the 21st Century – nowhere near enough time to conclusively prove that aliens don’t exist. And most importantly – our sympathies are clearly designed to lie with Lister in that scene. All the indications are that we’re supposed to take Lister’s comment at fact value – that the whole idea of aliens existing is complete and utter nonsense.
Have attitudes really changed that much since 1988? Or is this just a really strange bit of writing?