Big Katerina is here!

Oh, just lovely. In every way.

Sexy.

So, Sophie Winkelman is playing a character called Katerina. With a name like that I’d have assumed that she’d be a long lost member of the Cat race, but no – she’s only a bloody hard light hologram, one that is “intent on replacing Rimmer”. This sounds pleasantly reminiscent of the relationship between Rimmer and Kochanski in Last Human, where Rimmer’s sees the arrival of any newcomer that outranks him as a threat, and instantly hates them as a result. Although, this has an extra little twist – as you know, Holly is only capable of sustaining one hologram, so this would involve Katerina literally replacing Rimmer, in the manner mooted for Lanstrom in Quarantine. (Hmm, there’s a thought – maybe Holly’s not around because he’s had to switch himself off in order to save enough power for an extra hologram?)

Obviously, there’s a lot of unanswered questions for us all to speculate furiously over between now and Easter. For example, why is Katerina around in the first place? Did they have a desperate science officer-related problem that needed her expertise, or did Lister ressurect the most attractive dead crew member he could find? And will Back To Earth start with Katerina already part of the crew, or will they acquire her (and presumably lose her) along the way? And what of Rimmer, for that matter? Who’s eating this chicken?

Annoyingly, we can’t see the full extent of Katerina’s costume just yet, because the “click here for bigger” link just goes to version of the picture that’s already embedded in the page. But it certainly looks promising so far. Sexy holograms are always good.

This latest bit of news is another indication that Back To Earth will really strive to add something to the Red Dwarf mythos, rather than just celebrating the past. It really feels like it could be a springboard to bigger and better things, as opposed to one last hurrah. Mind you, by introducing a new member of the crew, and seemingly giving them quite a prominent role in the story, I can sort of see why Norman Lovett is a bit pissed off. Even if he is being a git about it.

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  1. Anyone else thing the character name is a little odd? I’m hoping this doesn’t lead to a “hilarious” misunderstanding regarding Kat/Cat.

  2. >”Anyone else thing the character name is a little odd? I?m hoping this doesn?t lead to a ?hilarious? misunderstanding regarding Kat/Cat.”

    One can only hope not.

  3. > Annoyingly, we can?t see the full extent of Katerina?s costume just yet, because the ?click here for bigger? link just goes to version of the picture that?s already embedded in the page

    Click here for embiggenation (although it’s not a full-body shot, if that’s what you were expecting).

  4. Well I was expecting a cum shot, but you can’t win ’em all.

  5. > Anyone else thing the character name is a little odd?

    I’m thinking that we’ll have another love interest with the initials KK.

  6. So will this be a love interest for Rimmer or Lister? Maybe the whole nemesis thing will be like a love/hate relationship.

  7. It could be a photo effect but is Katrina’s H slightly bigger compared to Rimmers.
    may be it’s because she’s a higher ranking officer, the bigger H indicates that? could she now be the primary hologram, also due to rank?

  8. Does anyone else start laughing when they look at Rimmer in that picture for too long?

  9. > It could be a photo effect but is Katrina?s H slightly bigger compared to Rimmers.

    Don’t think so. It’s just that she’s in the foreground and Chris has rather more forehead these days.

  10. I just smile because it’s nice to see a hologram Rimmer again, having him alive took away a bit of his character.

  11. > It could be a photo effect but is Katrina?s H slightly bigger compared to Rimmers.

  12. Moving my comment from the emergency site to here:

    This may just be a totally left field guess at how Katerina fits into the plot…but the moment I read the characters name, do you know what the first thought that came into my head was? “The Taming Of The Shrew” by Wilfred Shakespeare. If I?m right, that?s a big clue to her relationship with Rimmer ;)

  13. She’s a science officer, who is resurrected as a hologram and builds the Red Dwarf universe equivalent of the LHC machine (starts smashing dem atoms, boii, to create a black hole to suck Red Dwarf out of the universe, and a white hole to return them back to a point near Earth??).

    Yeah, I’m still attached to the LHC idea.

  14. I just smile because it?s nice to see a hologram Rimmer again, having him alive took away a bit of his character.

    You’re right. All of his pre-hologram jokes in “The End” are shit.

  15. G&T Admin

    > You?re right. All of his pre-hologram jokes in ?The End? are shit.

    Careful, someone might agree with you…

  16. > It could be a photo effect but is Katrina?s H slightly bigger compared to Rimmers.

    OK, one last time. This is small… but the one over there is far away.

  17. (just realised Pete posted a link to the same thing… ah well don’t care :oP )

  18. Two things occur…

    First of all, they’re resurrecting a former science officer aboard Red Dwarf (we assume?) for some reason… implying she was dead. Now, if she was ALREADY dead, would she not probably outrank George McIntyre, meaning that there would be no reason to bring him back in The End? So on this assumption alone, I will take it that she was still alive until the radiation leak on the original Dwarf. Therefore she would have been a part of the resurrected crew in VIII.

    So if she is now dead (again) does this mean that somehow the resurrected crew died? Or is this a retcon situation where they were never actually resurrected to begin with (hence why Rimmer is now also dead again)?

    Failing that, there is no rule that says she has to be dead in order to boot up her hologram disk, is there?… so what if the crew need some scientific help, resurrect her, Rimmer falls in love with her and then they go on a mission to actually find the real, living Katerina somewhere in the galaxy (eventually leading them back to Earth)?

    Unless of course she’s not originally from Red Dwarf and they just pick her up somewhere else on their travels, which renders this whole speculation moot…

  19. Dave website definitely says she was a Red Dwarf science officer though.

    Unless its a retcon and VII and VIII are being wiped, I call that she gets booted up despite still being alive somewhere in the universe.

  20. So where did she get the hard light bee?

  21. G&T Admin

    Now, if she was ALREADY dead, would she not probably outrank George McIntyre, meaning that there would be no reason to bring him back in The End?

    “Probably”? Science Officer… Flight Co-ordinator… you can’t really tell which one outranks the other, can you? They’re in different fields, and a flight co-ordinator might well be “more vital to the mission” than a science officer. You can’t tell. And even if you could, I sincerely doubt that Doug would worry too much about whether the thing he’s writing in 2008 matches up with the thing he wrote in 1983.

    Which means that following this:

    So on this assumption alone

    …we can safely ignore the rest of your post. Hooray!

  22. The rest of my post wasn’t based on that assumption alone, just the next line.

    How vital are navigation officers and flight co-ordinators et al, when Holly can navigate the whole thing by himself anyway?

  23. It’s almost as if the show is fictional.

    Who said McIntyre was resurrected based purely on rank, anyway?

  24. Using McIntyre was just a device to structure my speculation around the fact that Katerina could theoretically hold the key to whether or not these episodes are a retcon, or if not, to the fate of the resurrected crew. It’s fun to speculate.

    Except for you, considering you know full well what’s really going down in Groovetown, you bastard!

  25. >They?re in different fields, and a flight co-ordinator might well be ?more vital to the mission? than a science officer

    We’ve had mention of more than one Science Officer over the years, but only one flight co-ordinator.

    Plus ?more vital to the mission? is all about relevance. McIntyre knows the shipping lanes around the moons of Jupiter, he probably knows bugger all about navigating three million, two hundred and something years away.

    That and she’s easier on the eye and probably funnier.

    >It?s almost as if the show is fictional.

    To you maybe.

  26. Well McIntyre was resurrected before the radiation leak, so that’s besides the point. That was just a starting point for me to theorise that Katerina would have still been alive when Rimmer fucked up the drive plate repair. Therefore, a member of the crew. Therefore resurrected by the nanobots. Therefore somehow died between Only The Good and Back to Earth.

    But as I said, you could surely boot up somebody’s hologram disk irregardless of whether they are dead or alive, so that doesn’t mean a thing. Just a bit of speculation.

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