Tonight’s Starting XI vs Ajax in the Europa League Final | May 24, 2017  

- The 64th game of the season. But victory in our first European final since 2011 would give United a coveted place in next season’s Champions League. A big prize on offer!
- Chris Smalling replaces the suspended Eric Bailly and Juan Mata comes in for Jesse Lingard. Antonio Valencia captains the side.
- The team of officials for tonight’s clash will be led by Damir Skomina from Slovenia. The 40-year-old, who officiated at Euro 2016, takes charge of his first major European final and will encounter the Reds for the first time since a Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen at OT in 2013.

RD ponderable

I want to talk about the episode “Officer Rimmer.”

Specifically, I want to talk about the officer/superior/hero aspect of it.

Unlike what some may think, 99.999 of us fans know the difference between canon on the screen or page, and fanon or quasi-canon based on something the creator has said. With that in mind, presume that something Doug said to a small coffee talk audience at DJ 2013 is The Way Things Are - namely, that the Rimmer in Series 10 (and presumably in BTE and forward) is the original holo-Rimmer who went off to serve as Ace for a while and then came back.

Rimmer is still the ship’s bastard, but he’s mellowed noticeably in series 10-11 and is even bearable most days. But when he’s made Officer Rimmer, he turns into his smeggy old self - power-grasping, attention-hungry, rabidly bossy, and unerringly selfish. And it all seems to be in pursuit of being recognized, of being acknowledged THE LEADER of all an sundry aboard ship. “Acknowledge my giant balls!” Even in Series 10 he nearly bunged things up just to prove he was a Big Man to his brother.

My discussion questions are related to this: It’s been stipulated that Ace Rimmer is universally (or multiuniversally) hailed as a hero wherever he goes, or at least in enough places that he would be treated as such in most places he goes. Yet Rimmer still clearly craves the limelight - and among three other losers (in his view), no less. So,

1. Did he simply not get enough adoration and accolades as Ace? Is Rimmer the inevitable product of Trumps continuing to breed?

2. Was he a bad Ace? After all, since it’s never said one way or the other on the show if this Rimmer is a returned Ace, if he indeed IS, did he elect to leave that role or was he kicked out and replaced by … I don’t know, the Wildfire’s computer? The Multiversal Association of Ace Replacements? Spanners?

3. Did he have his memory of being Ace erased? The only reference to anything having to do with that time is a couple of throwaway lines in “The Beginning,” in which the other three not only don’t remember what he did fondly, they are reluctant to give him any credit whatsoever.

4. Was he an OK Ace and chose to come back, only to find life was sadly unexciting aboard Red Dwarf, so he reverted to his Prime Directive of “drive Lister crazy to keep him sane,” and being a complete asshole as Officer Rimmer was a surefire way to do this? (Perhaps remembering how he treated the others when they were all under quarantine years ago?)

5. Something else entirely?


zhanyi reunion ♡ boyfriends can’t live without each other
— “ain’t I back now?”
— “if you dare not come back, I will never forgive you.”

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