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.