So then, Series X began with trailers that completely omitted him verbally then showed some that made quite a few people worried about the broadness of Chris Barrie's portrayal. Episode 1 was a very Rimmer-centric episode in more ways that one and set a slightly new feel for the character that's going to be in interesting to follow in the next five. My initial thoughts on watching the show were that Rimmer, as a character was given an interesting new lease of life. The opening scene despite its obvious 'bicycle joke' portrayed a much calmer Rimmer, one who still had his neuroses but who was learning to deal with them. it reminded me of the Rimmer who made a similar decision just prior to his death in IWCD and the idea that he is being less hard on himself is going to be interesting to follow given that we still need to learn just what it is he's been up to in the intervening 9 years. Certainly there were shades of Ace in his mannerisms and vocal inflection when pretending to be Captain to impress Howard but there was also something else. It seemed like the crew, although still teasing him about it, have come to have some kind of genuine affection for Rimmer. The way they all went along with his ruse and just sort of accepted that "we all know the answer" to what kind of person he is was touching and added an interesting dynamic. Chris Barrie's performance...hmm, Talkie mentioned in another thread that he got a Blackadder vibe from this series. I did too and I think the reason was the way the two Rimmers were acted. They both gave quite broad performances and, while there was only a smattering of the cartoonish Rimmer from series 8, it seems that we can't expect too much subtlety from Chris in his portrayal of Rimmer anymore. To be fair, the character was given less opportunities than I thought he would in this episode for more thoughtful moments as there were no real Lister/Rimmer alone moments, and he had generally boistrous material to work with. On first watch I thought this was a major flaw of the episode but strangely I liked it more and more on the second and third watch. I think his direction is going to be one of the most interesting to watch in this series, especially as he potentially has the biggest new backstory to explore. I definitely think he's the Rimmer from VII though.