In season 1 episode “Me2,” we learn that Rimmer’s dream to become an officer of a ship was dashed when he was invited to the captain’s table and sent the gazpacho soup back to the kitchen, not knowing that it was meant to be served cold. Ten seasons later, Rimmer finally gets his dream in “Officer Rimmer.”
The SS Nautilus uses a 3D printer to print its crew on demand as needed. When a captain is printed (with a warped head because of a printer jam, a brilliant use of 21st century tech), he has the authority to promote Rimmer. Due to some skulduggery on Rimmer’s part, the captain makes Rimmer an officer. This is a classic look at why some people should not be given power. He creates his own officer’s lift, officer’s hallway, and even reduces the options on the non-officer’s TV package. We’ve seen this misuse of power before, when Rimmer used his authority in “Quarantine” to deprive his crew members of essentials like games, reading material, and eventually food and oxygen.
Using the bio printer, Rimmer populates the ship with hundreds of Rimmers. Now he can create an officer’s club filled with Rimmers. There’s even a barbershop quartet, verging on being just as weird as the Rimmer Song in the episode, “Blue.” We know from “Me2” and “Rimmerworld” that multiple Rimmers is a bad thing. It’s worse when you get a printer jam resulting in a monster made of Rimmers. Blue and blobby, it snakes through the halls absorbing other Rimmers reminiscent of No Face in Spirited Away. Like the artificial moon in “Terrorform,” the monster possesses all of Rimmer’s worse qualities.
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