Prior to having seen series XII finale Skipper, I'd been beginning to wonder about new Red Dwarf (the Dave era), specifically who exactly was the central character of the show. From the beginning, it's been Dave Lister: the last human being (or at least man) alive. We've followed Lister coming to terms with this, deciding to look for Earth and, as late as series X, trying to find Kochanski again. However, series XI and XII hasn't really had much of a focus on Lister and his goals, whatever they may now be. While XI and XII has been a great ensemble piece (Kryten's had Krysis, Siliconia and I guess Mechocracy as well; and even the Cat's finally had a main episode in Can of Worms), I think if I had to say who the main character was in these two series', it would have to be Rimmer. And I think this might be deliberate... Series X's The Beginning ends with Rimmer plotting a destination for Red Dwarf, declaring "the slime's coming home", mirroring Lister's closing line in The End as a reference to getting to Earth/Fiji. The ending of The End marked the beginning of Lister's journey, and I think the end of The Beginning marks the beginning of Rimmer's journey (that's a mouthful Rimmer's journey perhaps being to becoming the leader (or simply man) he's always wanted to be. We see this in Officer Rimmer and Skipper, a little bit in Mechocracy (though that plays on Rimmer's long standing desire to lead) and I'd argue it's even touched upon in Siliconia where Rimmer, accepting his robotic state, gives up on "the journey". Maybe the shift from Lister to Rimmer as the focus happened as early as series VIII (Only the Good: fair enough it's a Rimmer-centric episode so naturally it's about him, but that episode really hammers home the future of Red Dwarf is down to him... But then Back to Earth arrives and RD becomes Lister's story again...). Maybe I've got this totally wrong. Is Rimmer the new main character of Red Dwarf? Is this the significance of the ending of The Beginning? What do you think?