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The Infinity Patrol, also called the Infinity Fleet and the Space Corps Super Infinity Fleet, were an elite, time-traveling agency branch of the Space Corps Deep Space military.

AppearancesEdit

Series IIIEdit

The Infinity Patrol were included in the script for "Dad", the unproduced first episode of Series III, which was eventually replaced by "Backwards".

However, various segments of "Dad" were reconstructed in story-board form for inclusion in The Bodysnatcher Collection. These include a scene which features agents of the Infinity Patrol, and one segment where they are further mentioned as being integral to the events of "Dad".

Infinity Patrol

Rimmer encounters two agents of the Infinity Patrol.
"Dad", The Bodysnatcher Collection

Arnold Rimmer meets two agents of the agency who come aboard Red Dwarf. The agents claim to have been steering human civilization from the beginning, but all they do is irritate Rimmer, repeatedly asking if he knows someone called Bill who was also from the 22nd-century like Rimmer.

The agents explain that their primary task of the agency is to safeguard the continuation of the human race, whereas their secondary objective is repairing damage to the time-line and stopping paradoxes, and their third objective is the exploration of space and time. They claim to be behind many of mankind's greatest discoveries - Penicillin, the silicon chip, the Theory of Relativity." They also claim invention of deely boppers.

It is revealed that it was the temporal agents who had rectified the aftermath of Lister's pregnancy (with Lister having gotten pregnant at the last episode of Series II, "Parallel Universe"). They also enabled Lister to briefly return to his favourite watering hole, the Aigburth Arms.

It is also revealed the agents enabled the Dwarfers to use Timeslides, which feature prominently in a later episode of Series III, and which ultimately does indeed result in a new, straitened-out timeline.

Possible appearancesEdit

Bongo

Bongo, Admiral of "The Fleet"

Although not explicitly stated, it is quite likely the hologrammatical spaceship Enlightenment, seen in the first episode of Series V, is a part of the Infinity Patrol. It is said to contain the cream of the Space Corps, and the holo-ship does indeed explore both space and time, through the use of wormholes.

It is also equally likely that the dimension-hopping Wildfire, as driven by Ace Rimmer from a test base on Mimas, was part of the Infinity Fleet.

Series XEdit

Space Corps Super Infinity Fleet Badge

Howard Rimmer's Super Infinity Fleet Badge
Trojan, Series X

Rimmer meets his high-flying brother Howard Rimmer in the first episode of Series X, who the Dwarfers rescue from the doomed Columbus 3.

The Columbus 3 had been part of the "Space Corps Super Infinity Fleet" using quantum rods to transport across space and time. Another vessel in the episode, the SS Trojan, commandeered by the Dwarfers, was also part of The Fleet.

The Dwarfers pretended to be the crew of the SS Trojan and part of The Fleet in an attempt to impress Rimmer's brother, who thought Arnold "had gone down with that rust bucket".

It is revealed at the end of the episode, after dying if injuries sustained by Sim Crawford, that Howard was in fact only the vending machine repairman of the Columbus 3, like Arnold, and was only pretending to be a "ripped and pipped space marine".

NotesEdit

  • The likelihood that the "Infinity Patrol" seen in Series III and the "Space Corps Super Infinity Fleet" seen in Series X are the same agency is high, given a number of similar factors, including moderus operandi, and down to the Infinity badges worn by the agents described in the script for in "Dad" are the same as Howard Rimmer's in "Trojan".
  • The SS Manny Celeste, the Enlightenment, and the Gemini 12 were all likely part of the Infinity Fleet.

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