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In the last episode of season 6 (Out
of Time), the entire crew of Red Dwarf - Lister (Craig Charles),
Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Cat (Danny John-Jules) & their robot Kryten
(Robert Llewellyn) - were killed off by their future selves. But since one
can't kill off his own past self without causing some great paradoxon, in
season 7, the crew is back on board ... only their vindaloo-supplies are
gone, which is bad news for Lister, a curry-a-holic.
So witht he help of Kryten, whose computer mind he has somehow altered,
he persuades the others to go back in time to get some vindaloo, somehow
convincing them that this will not cause any disturbances in the time
Unfortunately though, when they land in 1963 Dallas Texas, they
accidently push Lee Harvey Oswald (Toby Aspin) out the window just before
he can kill JFK (Michael Shannon). The results: JFK did not turn the USA
into the land of milk and honey, instead he is impeached & even
imprisoned after one of his afairs is exposed.After one of JFK's affairs
is exposed. J.Edgar Hoover becomes new president but is soon enough
blackmailed by the mob, & eventually the USSR wins the Cold War and
the Space Race, which results in the fact that there will be no Red Dwarf
in the first place.
So the Red Dwarfers go back to that day in 1963 again to prevent their
other selves from interfering with Oswald - which causes Oswald to go to
another store to shoot the president from there ... & he misses, &
history hasn't been changed at all. Oswald though is useless, because in
every storey of the building he wants to shoot from, he is bound to bump
into the Red Dwarfers, so Lister comes up with the idea of a second gun
man ... but neither he nor his colleagues want to have their hands in
murder, so Lister comes up witht he only person who might be willing to
shoot JFK for the sake of the country: JFK.
However, the ending brings us back to the beginning of the story, how
can the future JFK shoot his past self.
Somehow this is one episode to be indecisive about: on one hand it
features a great new version of the second gunman theory in the Kennedy
assassination, on the other had it is crammed with many stupid jokes,
& the characters - especially Rimmer - don't really seem to be their
own selves anymore. & most of all, the story unfortunately ends on
exactly that paradoxon it has started with, only this time it seems, with
different results (after all, JFK did die, didn't he ?).