As some of these threads are still floating about (and were quite prominent last weekend!) I thought I'd share the views of this particular raving maniac Dwarfer. Putting it all in a new topic just feels easier than trying to scatter it across other threads, as well as making it easier for me to focus on exactly what rubbish I'm spewing. Disclaimer: things have probably been suggested before, but I can't be bothered to scan the threads for every previous thought. These are my thoughts (sorry, it's a bit long Rimmer Where better to start than with everyone’s favourite second technician. The main issue that seems to be on the board is whether this is the old or new Rimmer (who died at the end of ‘Only the Good…’ according to Death, who you’d think would know about these things), and his status as a hard-light hologram. Based on his prior knowledge and the fact he seems to have a slightly shorter rod up his backside, it seems to be that we are dealing with old Rimmer again. This seems to be an accepted fact. As for his hard-light status, what with the amended light bee travelling god only knows where as Ace (although after nine years I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s been dead eight years, eleven months and thirty days; it is our Rimmer after all!), my thought here lays quite simply with the currently off-line Holly. Although Legion may be the only being that has developed hard-light technology, the hologram projection unit aboard Starbug must have contained some form of record of this technology, which may have survived the crash (like the confidential files). Although useless to the Dwarfers themselves, the new and restored Holly aboard the reconstituted Red Dwarf (the one with the pointy head seen at the end of Back in the Red Part 3) could quite likely have reverse-engineered the hard-light technology from these records. After all, he still had an IQ of 6000, as without 3 million years alone he had not gone senile. With the rest of the crew gone following the events of ‘Only the Good…’ it would leave either Lister or Kochanski as the ranking crew-member and so could get new Holly to regenerate Rimmer from the old personality records with hard light. As to exactly why they’d want to regenerate Rimmer as a hologram again, I don’t know. Maybe new Holly just had the same thought as old Holly and did it himself to keep them sane. Or a potential amalgamation of the two Hollys caused it to do this for the Dwarfers (who knows what would happen when new Holly managed to find the old one after all), as old Holly had learned that Rimmer was effective at keeping Lister sane where rebuilding the whole crew had failed. As thus, we have a hard-light version of the old Rimmer who knows about the Despair Squid and the SSS Esperanto. Red Dwarf un-remastered Okay, the Dwarf has reverted back to the version following the cut backs from the JMC it would appear. This is just something gauged by the stunted version that appears in Back to Earth in contrast to that long one used for the Remastered episodes. Although it may not be. Assuming in the wake of ‘Only the Good…’ the rest of the Dwarfers had come back into their own universe with a version of cesiumfrancolithicmyxialobidiumrixydixydoxidrexidroxhide obtained from the other universe (obviously it was the negative virus they got the professor to create for them before they came back), they would have been able to cancel out the effect. I realise in the original ending it restored the ship, but that was a deleted scene and so I’m choosing to ignore it for the purpose of this. End result: a ship that’s been messed up by zogothoniumelimoxiixiexiphulmifhidikalidrihide while they were away (yes I did just copy the name from the database on the website), and so one in need of repair work. Enter new Holly again, who (assuming he wasn’t fried by the virus) could probably find some means of fixing it all. In the books he managed to do a hell of a lot in a handful of nanoseconds when the radiation leak occurred, so with an IQ of 6000 I think he could probably manage to fix things up to some extent. Prior to his damage (which I took to happen shortly before Back to Earth), there would have been time to repair the ship to a salvageable extent, at the cost of a fair chunk of the thing. Thus we have a stunted version again that still shares of the qualities of the remastered version. I will admit that sounds a bit far-fetched, but so do many others things. Losing the crew Well they all buggered off in Starbugs/Blue Midgets, assuming Red Dwarf was screwed. Why would they come back to it? If they did, there is no guarantee that they would be allowed in (Rimmer has proven before he is capable of overriding the cargo bay doors to allow them in against Holly’s wishes, as he did it in Quarantine to send them in to Bay 47). So they are off somewhere I suppose. To be completely honest, I wasn’t a great fan of having the crew back anyway, so don’t really care what happened to them afterwards. Maybe if they are still alive nine years later they’ll turn up on some planet somewhere if Doug does a new series. Maybe the virus got onto the shuttles and they were screwed anyway. Holly’s absence Is explained in the show. As the Skutters are still drying him out, I guess it’s safe to assume it happened not long before Back to Earth (as stated above). Only put this bit in due to the various comments about where Holly had gone that littered the boards at one point Okay then, there are my somewhat random and disjointed thoughts. Make of them what you will, and pick them to pieces at your leisure.