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After the ship's robot Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) has discovered a
teleportation-pad, the crew of the space-ship Red Dwarf - besides Kryten
the last human Lister (Craig Charles), the after-death hologram Rimmer
(Chris Barrie), the cat evolved to human form Cat (Danny John-Jules)
& the halfwit computer Holly (Hatty Hayridge) - decide to teleport
themselves to the nearest planet with earthlike conditions. Kryten
& Rimmer, who go first, are soon attacked by dinosaurs (actually
filmclips from the 1967 Japanese monster movie Daikyoju Gappa),
while Lister & Cat land in Nazi headquarters to be arrested by
Hitler (Kenneth Hadley) personally.
When a short time later Abraham
Lincoln (Jack Claff) is thrown into their cell, too, & they are
questioned by Caligula (Tony Hawks), while Kryten & Rimmer are
apprehended by Elvis Presley (Clayton Mark), it becomes clear that
something is not quite alright - all our heroes have been transported to
Waxworld, an amusement park planet which was created to entertain by
having waxdroids resembling historical figures act out history. However,
when the human race became extinct, the waxdroids survived, broke their
programming & soon started a futile war of good (Elvis's party)
versus evil (Hitler's gang). Finally Rimmer, a dedicated Risk-player,
sees a chance to become the warlord he always wanted to be & trains
the good waxdroids to become fighting machines & attack the evil
Lister & Cat - since escaped from Hitler &
Caligula - try to stop him from playing war witht he waxdroids, claiming
they had become beings in their own right when breaking their
programming, but are only taken prisoner by him.
... & what do
you know, Rimmer really wins the war - even though not only all of his
adversaries but also all of his army are wiped (melted down) out completely.
in Rimmer's army include Einstein (Martin Friend), Pythagoras (Stephen
Tiller), a totally unconvincing Stan Laurel (Forbes Masson) &
Marilyn Monroe (Pauline Bailey).
Meltdown proves to be the
best episode of the rather weak season 4 of Red Dwarf, due to a
pacifist message (that at long last presents Rimmer as a total asshole
again, a fact forgotten during most of season 4). & actually, the
celebrity look-alikes in this context provide some laughs, even though
most of them are not too convincing. However, an exploding Mahatma
Gandhi, a machine gun firing Queen Victoria, & even Caligula &
out of a cupboard are worth a chuckle or two, aren't they ?