The Red Dwarf gets a distress call from another ship - supposedly carrying 3 women and their service
robot Kryten (David Ross). When Lister (Craig Charles), Rimmer (Chris
Barrie) & Cat (Danny John Jules) arrive there though - & years
& years of flying around the universe without female companionship
has made them more than a little horny -, they find out, much to their
disappointment, the three women are dead & have been so for
centuries, & their service robot lived in self denial all this time
because without anyone to serve he would lose his reason to live.
Lister, Rimmer & Cat decide to take Kryten with them, but bacck
aboard the Red Dwarf Rimmer jumps on the opportunity to have the robot
do his bidding. Only when Lister, feeling sympathetic, shows him
the joys of rebellion (actually by having him watch The Wild One,
Easy Rider & Rebel without a Cause), does Kryten
realize he has a will of his own & he does his own little rebellion,
at the end taking off on Lister's motorbike.
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This first episode of Red Dwarf's second season does actzually
already announce a slight deterioration in the show's concept: While the
first season was strictly about 3 guys (well one guy, one dead but
holographic guy & one human cat) strictly confined to a spaceship,
they would now actually take trips to other planets, meet
extraterrestrial creatures & have adventures (in all fairness
though, there are just so many stories you can tell about 3 guys
confined to a spaceship). Still, this episode in itself is not all that
bad, with the antagonistic chemistry between Rimmer & Lister still
greatly supporting the proceedings.
Kryten by the way would not appear again in season 2, but become a
regular from season 3 on - then played by Robert Llewllyn, though.