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The crew of spaceship Red Dwarf receives a distress call & decides to
follow up on it ... it's from doctor Lanstrom (Maggie Steed), who seems to need
saving - & who is a hologram. & since the Red Dwarf needs a doctor
anyway, they decide to take her aboard, even if that means temporarily shutting
off their holographic crewmember Rimmer (Chris Barrie), since the ship's
computer (Hattie Hayridge) can only sustain one hologram at a time - or
especially since it means that.
Rimmer is understandably miffed about that,
so he is delighted to hear that Lanstrom has gone completely bonkers because of
a holo-plague & is trying to kill his shipmates ... but she dies trying.
though has planned a nice sort of revenge for his crewmates (the last human
alive Lister [Craig Charles], the humanoid Cat [Danny John-Jules], & the
humanoid robot Kryten [Robert Llewellyn]): according to Space corps regulations
he puts them under quarantine for 84 days, & is completely delighted to see
them go at each others throats after a mere five days have passed.
though, by now Rimmer has contracted the space plague (which can be transmitted
via radio waves) & has gone roaring mad, trying to kill his shipmates. It's
only lucky that, aboard Lanstrom's ship, the others have detected a luck virus,
a virus that, when injected, makes this person the luckiet alive - for a few
minutes - & so they can not only escape thier quarantine quarters but also
build a machine out of thin air that can stop & cure Rimmer ... &
as revenge (for his revenge) now they put him under quarantine for 84
This episode does contain some nice ideas - like the
hologram gone mad or 3 friends going at each others throats because of having
to spend time together -, which are never really followed up on though, after a
while giving way to rather unfunny running up-&-down some corridors, &
the story is in the end resolved by an unconvincing deus-ex-machina resolution
that leaves much to be desired.