All six episode synopses released

This was always going to happen. Cultbox have posted synopses for all six episodes, after which Doug Naylor now refers to them by a very slightly altered version of their name. We’re covering this because it’s information released in relatively mainstream press, and because they’re standard Radio Times-style capsules that only give away a teasing summation of the bare bones of the plot, rather than blowing the endings. Nevertheless, be wary of spoilers before reading more, and remember that if you’ve been to an audience recording, then you may not reveal anything that you saw.

Episode 1: Trojan
Thursday 4th October 2012


Rimmer receives an SOS Distress Call from a doomed ship commanded by his all-conquering brother, Howard. But Rimmer can’t bring himself to save Howard until he’s on an equal footing career-wise. He has 15 hours to pass his Astro-Nav exam and become an Officer. The same exam he’s already failed nine times.

Yes, we all know about this one. Although, it’s a pretty bold move to open up the whole ‘how many times has Rimmer taken his exams’ can of continuity worms.

Episode 2: Fathers and Suns
Thursday 11th October 2012

Every year Lister sends himself a Father’s Day card to celebrate the fact that he is his own father, but when Rimmer points out he’s been a lousy father to himself Lister decides to do something about it. Meanwhile, Rimmer and Kryten install a new computer; the beautiful, but lethally logical, Pree.

So, it’s a new computer called Pree, not a return for Holly. Obviously. I genuinely can’t remember how much of this is new information, and how much has just been guessed from the ‘bit of poppadom’ clip.

Episode 3: Lemons
Thursday 18th October 2012

Marooned in Britain in 23 AD, the Dwarfers need an 8 volt battery to power up their Returner Remote and get home. Remembering a lesson from school Rimmer suggests they make a battery out of lemons but the nearest lemon to Britain in 23 AD is in India 4,000 miles away. They begin their journey, a journey that will ultimately lead them to a meeting with a historical A-List Celebrity that could alter the entire history of civilisation.

Ooh, I wonder who THAT will be. Hey, remember Doug tweeting ages ago about how to make a battery at the turn of the millenium?

Episode 4: Entangled
Thursday 25th October 2012

Lister loses Rimmer in a game of poker to a group of Biologically Engineered Life Forms and in return gets an unwanted gift: a groinal exploder programmed to detonate in 24 hours unless Lister pays his debts. Meanwhile, Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled and do everything in perfect unison.

Everyone’s upset about Rimmer being lost in a game poker, except for him, him and him. Again, the phrase ‘biologically engineered’ instead of ‘genetically engineered’. Pretty sure the groinal exploder is new information, and I imagine it’ll be a big topic of discussion.

Episode 5: Dear Dave
Thursday 1st November 2012
Lister has women trouble when he gets himself in a love triangle with Snack Dispensers 23 and 34, then to make matter worse gets a letter from an old girlfriend telling him she’s pregnant and it might be his. Lister and Rimmer hunt through the mountain of letters from the mail pod to discover if Lister is finally a dad.

And suddenly we see where another one of those preview clips fits in. That’s two episodes out of six that deal with Lister being a dad.

Episode 6: The Beginning
Thursday 8th November 2012

Hiding in an Asteroid, surrounded by a Simulant Death Ship and a fleet of Annihilators, the Dwarfers begin to wonder whether this is the beginning of the end. Only one man can save them. Unfortunately that man is Arnold J Rimmer.

SIMULANTS. ANNIHILATORS. GOOD. I’ve not seen this episode, so I don’t know whether ‘hiding in an asteroid’ should read ‘hiding in an asteroid belt‘, but it’s gonna be a lot of fun finding out.

Right, have fun picking that little lot apart…

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  1. Exciting!

  2. “Hey, remember Doug tweeting ages ago about how to make a battery at the turn of the millenium?”

    And it was my buddy Metalkatt who provided the answer! It was awesome. :-D

  3. Groinal exploder.

    Great.

  4. When I read that lot this morning, I immediately thought of how spoilery it seemed. But I never could resist a good spoiler… The thought of Lister being a crap father to himself is a great idea, and sounds hilarious. As for the episode 3 synopsis, the fact that it doesn’t tell us how they got to 23AD in the first place also places that high on my ‘can’t wait to see *that*’ list.

    Alongside the other five. Spoiler-laden that Cultbox piece may have been, but if anything, I’m even *more* excited about RDX now. And I was already moist of pant..

  5. G&T Admin

    He has 15 hours to pass his Astro-Nav exam and become an Officer. The same exam he’s already failed nine times

    Ten, if you count the time he had his spasm…

  6. >Groinal exploder.

    Eep.

    There’s a big Lister episode where he’s got to pay his debts or his balls will explode!!111

  7. God damn these electric sex pants!

  8. If these damned websites carry on, we won’t even need to watch the episodes.

  9. Pree can fuck off.

    Still waiting for Gordon to make his next move.

  10. >Pree can fuck off

    I’d wait until you’ve seen her, first, if I were you.

  11. If this damned websites carry on, we won’t even need to watch the episodes.

    Considering you’ve already seen them, speak for yourself. ;-)

  12. I wonder if the old girlfriend Lister finds a letter from in “Dear Dave” could be Lise Yates.

  13. I wonder if the old girlfriend Lister finds a letter from in “Dear Dave” could be Lise Yates.

    God, she loved him (Dave), she loved him so much.

  14. I wonder if the old girlfriend Lister finds a letter from in “Dear Dave” could be Lise Yates.God, she loved him (Dave), she loved him so much.

    And I love you too, Lise. *Smarmy Rimmer voice* :)

  15. I’d wait until you’ve seen her, first, if I were you.

    I’m actually really looking forward to see how she’s portrayed.

    I kind of imagine her looking kind of like the Holly from the US pilot. Don’t know why.

  16. I wonder if the old girlfriend Lister finds a letter from in “Dear Dave” could be Lise Yates.

    that may be one throw back to far

  17. I wonder if the old girlfriend Lister finds a letter from in “Dear Dave” could be Lise Yates.

    that may be one throw back to far

    Twelve times in one night?!

    No wonder.

  18. If it’s Michelle Fisher, that should get people talking.

  19. >Pree can fuck off

    I’d wait until you’ve seen her, first, if I were you.

    Agreed! :D

  20. Why do I feel like “The Beginning” is actually going to be a flashback story bridging the gap between Series VIII and BTE?

    I mean, I’m probably wrong, but that last line has me thinking that Rimmer returns to save the day.

  21. Why do I feel like “The Beginning” is actually going to be a flashback story bridging the gap between Series VIII and BTE?

    I mean, I’m probably wrong, but that last line has me thinking that Rimmer returns to save the day.

    Me too. I first thought *Which Arnold J Rimmer?* Ace would certainly be unfortunate for this Rimmer, I’m sure, lol.

  22. All sounds good.

    Oh sorry i was listening to Madness previews in i tunes.

    Reads article. Ah. All Sounds good. 6 new Dwarfs and an album in October. My Life is fan boy heaven. :-)

  23. All these episodes sound like they could easily slot into a past series (1-6)…

    Trojan – V
    Fathers & Suns – I
    Lemons – IV
    Entangled – III (for the entanglement plot), VI (for the poker thing)
    Dear Dave – II
    The Beginning – VI

    I suppose really, Dear Dave aside, they’re all more along the lines of VI than anything else. While I half dislike VI (I know you all wank over Legion but I take issue with it, while Psirens and Emohawk are two of my least favourite episodes in the entireity of 1-6) it’s a better place to aim than VII or VIII…

  24. >I know you all wank over Legion but I take issue with it

    Do tell.

  25. People have already mentioned when they went to filming that the tone, style and comedy seems to be similar to Series VI. Which delights and enthuses me no end.

    If I had to say from the plots which series each episode seemed like they were from, I’d say:
    Trojan – IV – From when I heard the idea of Howard Rimmer I instantly thought that this episode would fit in with that series. If ‘Dimension Jump’ never happened then the plot of this could have fit in snuggly into Series IV.
    Fathers and Suns – II – It seems like in this episode, Lister is getting the type of episode that would have been given to Rimmer in Series II.
    Lemons – VII – Seems to fit in with a ‘Tikka to Ride’ style story.
    Entangled – V – The main plot with Kryten and Cat seems to be similar to that of ‘Quarantine’. Though what seems like the secondary plot with the poker game seems similar to ‘Identity Within’.
    Dear Dave – II – The plot of Lister searching through the letters to see if he has a child seems to be the type of story that they’d have done in the early days.
    The Beginning – VI – Heavily action focused makes me think it will fit in with Series VI style. I’m rather hoping this episode will be able to stand aside with ‘Gunmen of the Apocalypse’, ‘Back to Reality’ and ‘Out of Time’.

    I must say I was very happy to read through these plots. Reassured me on some parts. With ‘Dear Dave’ and ‘Lemons’ it seemed like the plots were very light from what we knew but the newly revealed sections really make them seem full and proper. ‘Dear Dave’ especially has gone up high on my excitment scale. The plot of whether Lister is a father to an old girlfriend is a really great idea as a bottleshow.

  26. I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that I have never, ever wanked all over Legion.

    Oh, yeah, and the new series looks fucking great. Good to have a few more details at last!

  27. If you wank over Legion would that count as a fivesome?

  28. G&T Admin

    I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that I have never, ever wanked all over Legion

    Not even a little bit?

  29. There are a couple of great gags in Legion but the character himself, his RP, continuity announcer-style voice and crappy design ruin it for me, I’m afraid. As does the dinner scene with the antimatter chopsticks, which is definitely the first major sign that VIII was on its way….

  30. I think ‘Legion’ is brilliant but one thing that has always confused me is why Legion suddenly can hurt the others by hurting himself. All indications up to that point at the end of the episode indicated it was only a one way street so his pain wasn’t their pain but their pain was his pain. Certainly we see that smashing Legion over the head with a sculpture didn’t hurt the others.

  31. >his RP, continuity announcer-style voice

    …is the best thing about the performance!

    >As does the dinner scene with the antimatter chopsticks

    Brilliant scene.

    Legion is undeniably the best episode of Red Dwarf VI. I have no such problems with your misgivings about Psirens and Emohawk but [bawling to camera] LEAVE LEGION ALONE!

  32. I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that I have never, ever wanked all over Legion

    Not even a little bit?

    I would have remembered…

  33. G&T Admin

    Legion is undeniably the best episode of Red Dwarf VI. I have no such problems with your misgivings about Psirens and Emohawk but [bawling to camera] LEAVE LEGION ALONE!

    He’s an amalgamation of human beings!

  34. Legion is great. I think Psirens is underrated, just suffers from being the first episode.

    Some great dialogue.

  35. Is “Pree’ perhaps a computer that was originally pre-Holly? Am I over-thinking it? Has someone already said it (sorry scanned the above – im on a deadline…)

  36. Is it short for Preemadonna and it’s a tribute to Normans demands.

  37. > I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that I have never, ever wanked all over Legion

    If you wanked over Legion, wouldn’t you also be wanking over yourself in gestalt form?

  38. Well, Legion needed a fake, uninteresting ambiguous voice in order that we don’t know who he is.

    Got to admit, though, that suit design was awful. Even a last minute white doctor’s jacket would have improved it.

  39. > If you wanked over Legion, wouldn’t you also be wanking over yourself in gestalt form?

    Ah yes, but also over anyone else who formed part of that entity at the time…XD

  40. G&T Admin

    Certainly we see that smashing Legion over the head with a sculpture didn’t hurt the others

    Actually, I’ve watched this tonight, and it appears that when Lister hits Legion with the sculpture, he grabs his own shoulder where he hit Legion. Small detail, but it might explain the two way transfer.

  41. So. Anything good on Telly NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then? :-)

  42. So. Anything good on Telly NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then? :-)

    I’m actually going to set my Sky+ on thursday evening the SECOND I am able. I’ve already had a look at this on the Radio Times site:

    http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/sdvrd/red-dwarf–series-10—episode-1

    (ignore the 24 year old photo and the ‘repeat’ right next to the ‘new series’…)

  43. G&T Admin

    It’s usually 7 days ahead if not more, you sure you can’t set it already, Si?

  44. I’ll only be able to set my Sky+ from Thursday, maybe in the afternoon, but it’s usually exactly a week. I certainly can’t set it yet.

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