According to Genome – and hence, presumably, the Radio Times – when BBC Two reran VII in October 1997, “Blue” and “Duct Soup” were switched around in the running order. I will presume this is actually what happened (and update the Guide accordingly), unless someone who happened to see that repeat run can confirm otherwise, but does anyone know *why* that might have happened?
I taped-to-keep this run at the time, and I am 100% certain that my tapes were in order. Saying that, they were across two E180s with four shows on each, so I could have been pernickety enough to re-arrange them. Maybe this was even why they were spread so wastefully…
I think Blue works better before Duct Soup. Kochanski is still new enough to have never attended Games Night, is still looking for her Dave, and has to have Kryten explain the pants and salad cream rules. In Duct Soup, she’s been on Starbug long enough for Lister to have found her a dress and some makeup on a derelict, as well as for her to have made a log of the toilet pipe noises in her quarters.
I think that Blue is after Duct Soup for 2 very good reasons:
It’s not exactly as exciting to see Rimmer again if he’s been in every episode before it anyway. If you have Duct Soup first to cement the new status quo, it makes Chris Barrie’s appearances in Blue more of a nice surprise.
It’s cruel to let people watch Duct Soup without giving them a proper palate cleanser the week after.