This was the last show in the
series, and boy, was it a cliffhanger!
The show opens with a dissertation from Rimmer
who has decided that it was important for the crew to meet
once a week to discuss problems and get things off their chest!
He begins by telling them that Lister
is a gerbil face, Cat is a git
and the he wants desperately to fry Lister. He
then closes the meeting.
Kryten, Lister and Cat
talk about how life on Starbug
has become boring and predictable. Suddenly they
run into a stellar fog (tightly packed particles from an exploded
supernova). There is a small explosion and Lister is rendered
unconscious. They take him for an examination and Kryten
finds to his disgust, that Lister
is A ROBOT! Cat points out that he would have known
if Lister as a robot because of his smell.
Kryten is convinced that Lister IS a robot.
Kryten revives Lister and tells him that he is technically his
a subordinate (only a 3000 series). This means that Lister
should do the laundry from now on and that Kryten should get the
front seat in the cockpit! Kryten gives Lister some Laundry
and then asks him to bring refreshments.
Back in the ships
cockpit however, it soon becomes apparent that they are travelling
through pockets of unreality. Lister wasnt a robot,
it just seemed that way. Kryten puts Rimmer,
Cat and Lister into suspended animation for three days so that
they will be able to pass through the unreality fields without
Once they get through, they find a derelict spaceship
from the 28th century which is capable of time travel.
The crew all died when contracting a
virus from a trip to the 20th century. As they died,
they programmed the ship to go into deep space so as to prevent
it from falling into the wrong hands.
They are intrigued by the Time drive. They install
it in the Starbug
and decide to go to 1421 (august 17th). They travel
back to 1421 but find of course that they are still in deep space
- in the 15th Century!
They determine that the drive is next to useless,
but if it were coupled with a faster than light drive,
they could travel to any point in the universe. Cat
notices that there is another ship close by. It is
another Starbug, complete with the future Rimmer,
Lister, Cat and Kryten.
Kryten tells Lister, Cat and Rimmer
to go to another room and invite their future ' selves
(from 15 years in the future) on board. A more
gruesome bunch you never saw! Cat
was an ugly bald dude, Rimmer had a big beer belly but still
the same poor attitude, Kryten had become more shallow and looked
like a sixties reject. But Lister,
now Lister was cool! Apparently he had suffered an accident in
his past and was now reduced to a brain in a large pickle jar!
It was still possible to talk to him but probably a little disconcerting.
Lister, Rimmer and Cat eventually join their future
selves and are each singularly unimpressed. They also learn
that their future selves are slobs and that they are pally with
such notorious persons as Hitler and various other un-savoury
personages. This particularly annoys Lister who then learns that
their future selves want to continue their frivolous exploits
by examining the calibration on their time drive. He refuses and
throws them off the ship!
Their future selves have no intention
of being deprived of the opulence and luxury that the time drive
has given them. They fire a warning shot. Kryten
tells the rest that their future selves' ship is greatly superior
in terms of firepower, than their own. But Rimmer
suggests that they fight their way out! Lister and Cat
Unfortunately, this time, they are killed off
one by one as Starbug
suffers terrible damage from the future Starbug. In
the end, Rimmer is the only one left. He runs off to destroy
the Time Drive before he himself is killed when - Our Heros
ship is blown to smithereens!
At this point the show, and the series end!
"Out of Time" episode review is © 1999 Tony
Not for reproduction without the authors express permission