Most major scenes in the first couple series take place on a few different levels of the ship – up to four-hundred-plus floors apart! Why, then, does it suddenly become such a shockingly long voyage to get to the lowest levels in Stasis Leak?
Rimmer was in charge of renumbering the ship and
Was only half way through when the accident happened rendering
It pointless to look at which numbers are where, also unbeknown to him
Lister had moved some numbers around on his plan for a laugh,
this reminds me of the discussion about who does the mining. it’s all full of rocks. maybe the lift is going horizontally – has it actually been established which way the artificial gravity is orientated on ship? okay yes, bte part 1. but maybe it goes different ways, multidirectional gravity.
about the mining – there should be an episode where for some tenuous reason they have to do some mining but no-one knows anything about it. and their lives depend on it. and they do some mining in the end because their lives depend on it, ironically, what with them being on a mining ship all this time. and when they go to do the actual mining they wear cloches on there heads with lights on
I was always under the impression that since the ship contained geologists and scientists, that the Red Dwarf crew would themselves be doing the mining or were transporting miners and their equipment to Triton.
They do manage to confuse themselves by using various naming structures for the ship’s levels – there’s the stuff like Level/Nivelo 592, then we get mentions of the penthouse suite on A-Deck and the science labs on Z-Deck, then finally the prison is on Floor 13.
The opening shot of Lister hanging on the side of the ship (actually hanging in a harness) while painting the hull would also suggest that the gravity is aligned with how we see Red Dwarf on screen. Presumably the artificial gravity “leaks” a little outside the hull.
Well, I think it’s meant to be full of the cargo bay, which according to BtE is about half a mile high and the length and width of the ship, a level entirely full of water, a vertical and dangerously badly designed prison (which presumably intersects everything), and a city in the middle for all the families of the miners that are never shown, didn’t the first two series suggest that was the case? Curry houses, huge botanical gardens, nightclubs and shopping centres, and all the plebs who actually run the ship are bunked up in little grey cells shitting in front of each other.
It’s certainly an odd one. Don’t think about it too hard, it doesn’t make any sense.
Interesting bit of trivia, I think it’s an interview in one of the Smegazines, but Grant Naylor’s original idea was that Red Dwarf would have been owened by a French company and so they intended to have all the signs and labels written in French – Niveau 592 for example.