Red Dwarf as a Mining Ship

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  1. adamclark83

    adamclark83 Third Technician

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    I find it odd that Red Dwarf is a Jupiter Mining Corporation mining ship but we never see it doing any mining. Maybe Doug could perhaps look into it for the future.
     
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    Why would the crew bother? Who would they be mining for?
     
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    Pass the time.
     
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    There could be an episode where mining could form the basis of the storyline.
     
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    We don't actually know how mining works, if it requires miners or if they just land the ship. If it requires miners, they don't have any miners. If not, they just don't need to.
     
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    Could we handle the excitement, though?
     
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    Joking aside, I WOULD like to see more allusions made to Red Dwarf's original function. Has it ever been explained, on-screen, that the bazookoids were intended as mining tools? Perhaps some mining kit, found in storage, could be worked into a plot somehow (or they could escape from peril using a mining-related feature of the ship).

    Given that the "canaries" were a mining reference, they could have milked the connection more - firmly embedding them in the ship's stated backstory.
     
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    There're only four crew, so it's already a full-time job's worth of hours for them to just each take turns at the helm/on guard duty. Boring, maybe (when they're not being attacked!), but more vital to them than trying their hands at mining.
     
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    There's just no reason for them to. It was a mining ship back when it was part of an economy, a civilisation. What would they mine, who would they sell it to, and in exchange for what.
     
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    I know they don't do this is the TV series but in the books Lister was mining to power Nova 5. It didn't use Red Dwarf itself, but it was a concept I loved reading about and would love to see it in the show one day in some form.
     
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    I agree with @adamclark83 that it'd be cool to explore for an episode. For some weird space-reason, they need to mine something. But there's no reason for it in the overall plot.
     

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