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The plot The crew discover they’ve been playing a Red Dwarf virtual reality game for the past four years.
Why it’s great Not just great Red Dwarf but great TV sci-fi, full stop – who’d have thought that an opening act featuring the crew’s demise on Starbug would have led to one of the show’s very best half-hours? It shifts effortlessly from tragedy (the Dwarfers are useless at being themselves) to slapstick (a wonderfully daft sequence where Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat play out a car chase on packing crates), and it gave us Duane Dibbley – a dorky, fashion-challenged version of the Cat for whom the history of television will forever be thankful.
Best moment Timothy Spall’s wonderfully smug game attendant, Andy, tells the crew everything they missed – including Lister getting together with Kochanski and jump-starting the second Big Bang. No wonder they only scored 4%...