Rimmer’s hard drive runneth over with resentment upon the discovery of a derelict spaceship, where he receives a distress call from a Space Corps ship commanded by his more priveleged brother, Howard. Rimmer launches into an elaborate plan to gain a promotion before reuniting with Howard, who is already a command officer. As often happens with Rimmer’s elaborate plans, this is an utter failure, and Rimmer must now try to trick his brother into thinking that he is Red Dwarf’s captain, and ropes Lister, Kryten and Cat into maintaining this facade. But when the brothers are runited, it turns out that they’re more alike than expected – and Howard is absolutely counting on Rimmer’s wealth of command experience to salvage his ship. In the meantime, millions of years from home, having fought GELFs, simulants, polymorphs, and vindaloo monsters, David Lister has met his match: being put on hold.
Cast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Mark Dexter (Howard Rimmer), Susan Earl (Sim Crawford), Lucy Newman-Williams (Aii Droid Jayne / Phone Droid Voice), Bryan Bounds (Aii Droid Bob / Phone Droid Voice), Laurence Bouvard, (Phone Droid Voice), Rupert Degas (Phone Droid Voice)
Notes: The first episode of Red Dwarf’s first regular season since 1999, Trojan makes virtually no references to past episodes. The tenth season was produced and broadcast by UK cable/satellite comedy channel Dave, following on from the impressive ratings scored by 2009’s three-part Back To Earth special (which apparently now counts as the show’s ninth season). Also, for the first time since 1999, the series was filmed in front of a live audience and their laugh track is included in the show’s audio.
LogBook entry by Earl Green