The band of spacefaring losers continue to screw up spectacularly in a sixth series, which, for the very first time, introduces the concept of an ongoing arc.
In "Psirens," Lister awakes from a cryogenic nap of several centuries to discover that Red Dwarf has been stolen and that the crew is now confined to the Starbug in protracted, and largely hopeless, pursuit.
In "Legion," the crew visits an ancient space station to find a creature named Legion who insists on fulfilling their every need but refuses to let them leave. Permanent fallout from this episode provides the previously intangible hologram Rimmer a solid form, thus freeing the character to have a vase smashed over his head.
"Gunmen of the Apocalypse" is an excuse to transport the characters to a Wild West landscape, with results just as contrived as those on the original Star Trek but considerably funnier.
"Emohawk—Polymorph II" sees Lister obliged to marry a furry, apelike alien and sees the return of alternate character personalties, heroic Ace Rimmer and nerdy Duane Dibbley.
In "Rimmerworld," the craven hologram betrays his crewmates one more time and is rewarded with six centuries exiled on a planet entirely populated by versions of himself.
Finally, in "Out of Time," the crew meet their jaded future selves and face imminent doom—a circumstance that leads Rimmer to his first moment of personal bravery and cuts to a nasty series-ending cliffhanger.
A Red Dwarf without Red Dwarf