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During the trip back to earth, whicb will approximately take 3 million
years, Lister (Craig Charles), the last human, & Cat (Danny
John-Jules), a cat evolved to humanoid form, decide to go into stasis,
because otherwise they might not survive the trip ... much to the dismay
of Rimmer (Chris Barrie) an afterlife hologram, because that way he, if
left turned on, would be all alone, & if switched off, he fears the
others wouldn't switch him on again.
But before any of this happens, Holly (Norman Lovett), the ship
computer, accelerates their spaceship, the Red Dwarf, to light speed,
& suddenly the crew sees images of their respective futures, so called
future echoes ... & in one of them Rimmer sees Lister die, much to his
amusement.. Now Lister tries everything to undo other future echoes
because he figures if something else doesn't happen his death doesn't
happen either ... but to no avail, everything he desperately tries to
prevent to happen (like the Cat losing a tooth) happens all the same,
often because of his interference, so when trouble calls him to the
bridge (where he's about to die), he goes there, prepared for the worse
... & survives.
Later, he & Rimmer meet a very old edition of Lister who tells him
Rimmer did see not he but his second son (quite remarkable since Rimemr is
the last human alive) die. But when Rimmer asks old Lister about his
future, old Lister only insults him before disappearing into his own time
Not a great story, not even too many laughs, but as long as Rimmer
& Lister are seen bickering about pretty much everything & wishing
death to each other (even though Rimmer is already dead), the
episode just can't be all bad.