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The plot Ace Rim­mer – a heroic ver­sion of Arnold J from an­other re­al­ity – jumps into our uni­verse and res­cues the Dwar­fers when Star­bug crashes, much to “our” Rim­mer’s an­noy­ance.

Why it’s great Ace’s “what a guy” per­sona could eas­ily have de­scended into car­i­ca­ture, but here there’s a hu­man­ity and depth to the most heroic man in the uni­verse – he seems gen­uinely sad to see what has be­come of his other self. That’s not to say it’s not funny, how­ever: the spoofy open­ing in Ace’s Dan Dare-verse – where both men and women of­fer to place their bod­ies at his lunchtime dis­posal – is just plain hi­lar­i­ous. Smoke him a kip­per, he’ll be back for break­fast.

Best mo­ment The whole story hinges around the de­ci­sion that made Ace’s life go in a cer­tain di­rec­tion and Arnold’s an­other, and there’s a twist rev­e­la­tion that man­ages to be both funny and not a lit­tle heart­break­ing.

What a guy.

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