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Encyclopedia > The End (Red Dwarf episode)
Red Dwarf episode
"The End"
Image:RD The End.jpg
Episode № 1
Airdate February 15, 1988
Writer(s) Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Director Ed Bye
Guest star(s) Unknown
Series I
February 15March 21, 1988
  1. The End
  2. Future Echoes
  3. Balance of Power
  4. Waiting for God
  5. Confidence and Paranoia
  6. Me²
List of all Red Dwarf episodes...

The End is the very first episode of Red Dwarf. It aired on February 15, 1988. This article describes the British science fiction comedy television series. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rob Grants novel, Colony. ... Doug Naylor is a British comedy writer who was born in Manchester, England. ... Edward Richard Morrison Bye is a british film and TV producer and director. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Future Echoes was the second Red Dwarf episode to air and the fourth produced. ... This is an episode list for the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf. ... This article describes the British science fiction comedy television series. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Plot

Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer have been assigned to fix the chicken soup machine as it has been on the fritz again. After a successful mission, they meet up with Todd, a superior officer, who checks up on Rimmer's constant reports on Lister, then leaves. Dave Lister in Red Dwarf David Lister is a fictional character from the British television series Red Dwarf who is portrayed by actor/comedian Craig Charles. ... Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf Arnold Judas Rimmer BSC, SSC (Bronze Swimming Certificate, Silver Swimming Certificate), who sometimes goes by Arnold Jonathan Rimmer, is a character in the television series Red Dwarf, played by Chris Barrie. ...


Soon, Todd arrives at a funeral commemorating the death of MacIntire, who's remains are fired off into space. Everyone is brought to the hall for the "welcome back George MacIntire" service.


Everyone is sat at tables, Lister with his group of friends, Peterson, Selby and Chen, while Rimmer sits alone. George, Todd and Captain Frank Hollister are sat at the desk at the front of the hall, celebrating the return of George as a hologram. The cake is cut and everyone cheers.


Rimmer starts to worry about his upcoming astro-navigation exam and schemes to cheat on it by writing all over his body. He leaves, and it is then that Lister climbs out of his bunkbed and his caring side is shown. He has a cat which is given milk and cared for, and is seemingly pregnant.


At the examination hall, Rimmer prepares to cheat, but the ink on his arm has stained and been smudged. He ends up with ink on his hand, which he then proceeds to put onto the exam paper, sign it, salute, and then faint.


Lister is about to be seen by the Captain, but beforehand he talks to Kristine Kochanski, a navigation officer and love-interest of Dave. Unfortunately the conversation is cut short as the Captain has an urgent discussion. It turns out that Lister's cat, named Frankenstein, has been discovered by accident when he sent the photographs of himself with the cat to be processed in the ship's laboratory. Therefore, he is given an ultimatium; go to statis for eighteen months and lose his wages, or give up Frankenstein to be cut up and have tests done on it. He chooses the former.


Going to statis and being guided by Todd, he meets with Rimmer, who is in a strecher after failing his examination. Rimmer is taken away as Todd explains the rules of statis. Then, Lister enters the chamber, and is left, seemingly for the time set.


However, when he comes out, he discovers that no-one is around, and after being constantly told by Holly, the ship's computer, everyone is dead. He reaches the navigation area where Rimmer, as a hologram, enters the room. The former crewmember blames Lister for his death, although it was his own fault for failing to fix the drive plate. As the two explore Red Dwarf, a being known as the Cat appears, making himself "look big."


In the quarters, Lister mentions Frankenstein, which sparks a religious statement from Cat, labelling Frankenstein as the "holy mother" and the "virgin birth", who was saved by "Cloister the Stupid", and that he will return and lead them to "Fuschal." Lister instinctively figures out that Cloister is himself, and promises to bring the Cat race to Fiji.


 
 

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