There are a lot of different sounds happening at the same time in the audience reaction when Lister kisses the Psiren. I’m aware that I already said this, but it seemed so important that it was worth saying twice.
What is the actual extent of the “no aliens” badge? Is it that nothing shown in the show is alien, or that aliens do not exist in the Red Dwarf universe full stop? I get that the GELFs, Simulants, viruses etc. are all of Earth descent, but things that are referred to – such as the pan-dimensional liquid beast from the Mogodon complex that attacked them on Christmas Day – seem distinctly alien to me. So too the Vidal Beast of Sharmut 2, although admittedly that’s Series VII and I don’t know if the rules have changed since then. You would also argue the Universe in Krysis is ‘alien’ by any definition of the word.
Same Dave. Also not of Earth construction could just mean made on Titan or something, it’s clear in Legion that other planets have different cultures, Jovian boogle hoops, Mercurian boomerang spoon etc
Could also be Kryten is just talking out of his arse since he’s probably only remained in contact with Earth for a couple of centuries after creation, so it might just be after his time, but I choose the ‘transmogrified beyond recognition’ explanation, as it goes with the double dog head fella later.
The pan dimensional liquid beast from the mogadon cluster, Vidal beast are questionable though to me though. Though I suppose if humans made the polymorph and can cross dimensions then they could make a beast that can cross dimensions which they fired off into deep space.
>Is it that nothing shown in the show is alien, or that aliens do not exist in the Red Dwarf universe full stop?
The show seemed like eager in the early years to reinforce the fact that, despite Rimmer’s yearnings, every time they encounter something, it originates (indirectly or otherwise from Earth). Simulants, GELFs, Holograms, highly evolved animals with Earth origins; they all seem a way of sticking to the no-Aliens rule.
The mentions of other creatures are deliberating as silly-sounding as possible, without the need to specify their origins.
Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers explicitly states no aliens, of course…but that’s the novels.
I always understood that it was an Earth ship that had been transformed beyond recognition by the unbridled and irresponsible use of the DNA-altering machine.
Although this is a possibility, there’s no reference to it being able to alter anything other than DNA (indeed, Kryten is only altered because his brain is part organic). So how on Earth does a spaceship get altered? Does a ship have DNA?
Red Dwarf has ship wide bioorganic networking so why not. Also, long shot but would wood be organic, it was once part of a living organism like the curry and Rimmer’s dandruff, maybe it was a tasteful oak spaceship? Or just a wooden/ organic by product.
Kryten being part organic seems to suggest that humans managed to make synthetic brain matter for computation pretty well, so why not use that to run a ship too.