|Written By||Rob Grant & Doug Naylor|
|Director||Andy de Emmony|
|Guest Star(s)||Nigel Williams as Legion|
|Previous Episode: Psirens|
|Next Episode: Gunmen of the Apocalypse|
After being snared by a malfunctioning tractor beam, the Dwarfers meet a strange being named Legion who has no intention of letting them leave...
After Kryten serves Lister corn-fed Space Weevil (he thought it was crunchy king prawn), they are attacked by a missile which turns out to be part of a malfunctioning guidance beam while aids in them docking with a research facility which was once occupied by the greatest minds of the 24th century, they decide to look around to see if there was anything worth salvaging, they are then greeted by a lifeform that didn't initially appear on the psi-scan. He proceeded to giving Rimmer a hard-light drive (which gave him a physical presence, allowing him to do whatever a living human could do with the added bonus that he couldn't be harmed, but could still feel pain), removed Lister's appendix which was on the verge of peritonitis and then invited them to dinner, refering to himself as "Legion".
They then talked about Legion when he is preparing the feast and want to persuade him to come with them, but after much of the mamosian banquet falls on Rimmer (partly because the mamosian anti-matter chopsticks that Rimmer was holding crossed), Legion tells them that he can't leave the institute and doesn't want then to leave either, he intends for them to be his honoured guests until they die.
They find out that their rooms are catered to their tastes and requirements, Rimmer considers it impecable right down to the overstarched pyjamas and noctural boxing gloves, Lister finds a few dozen 8-packs of lager and a spare pair of sneakers in the ice box, a bowl of chilli peppers on the bedside drawers, a plate with sugar puff sandwiches, it has all his favourate music and movies (e.g. NO Doug McClure), Kryten finds mudstreaked floors with a mop and bucket (in a deleted scene, the Cat said that his room had hot and cold running hair mousse, and velcro sheets that wax you while you sleep).
They realise while eating breakfast that although they're treated well, they are still prisoners and Lister comes up with a plan, based on the movie "Revenge of the Surf Boarding Killer Bikini Vampire Girls", which fails as Legion knows of that plan too, it is revealed by Kryten (who was suspecting it) that Legion is a gestalt entity made up of all four of them and if they left he would be nothing, he demonstrates that he is capable of insanely irrational behaviour by stabbing his hand, giving them the pain as well and threatened to stab himself in the groin at the next hint of insurrection, he explained that he was the product of the greatest minds of the 24th century, an experiment in collective intelligence, but old age killed them one by one. Kryten then knocks the Cat and Lister out, Rimmer turns off his light bee, resulting in Legion becoming Kryten and is compelled to aid Kryten in getting the others to Starbug, considering a "Limbo state of non-existance" as promotion. When they leave, Kryten explains that Legion created a Star Drive and that it could get them to Red Dwarf in a matter of nano-seconds, it works...it just doesn't take Starbug with it.
- This is the episode where Rimmer has the Hard Light drive installed, which allows him to touch physical objects (in soft light form, he could only touch other soft light objects and holograms).
- In two episodes after this (Gunmen of the Apocalypse and Rimmerworld), Rimmer is shown in both his soft-light and hard-light forms.
- When Legion puts his mask back on, after the four faces are revealed, a small part of his jowls under his jaw is briefly shown.
- Lister has his appendix removed in this episode, despite the fact that he already had it out according to references in Thanks for the Memory. However, since Lister underwent genetic reconstruction in DNA, it may be that his appendix was restored along with the rest of his body.
- The number of people Rimmer mentioned the crew meeting is the number of episodes the series had at this point, making Legion the 32nd episode, and the 32nd individual the crew has met. he also indirectly refers to the Polymorph and the Psirens (who "in some way wanted to suck out our brains") and the Inquisitor (who tried to "erase them from history altogether") dispite the fact that he erased himself from history.
Interesting, funny or relevant dialogue in the episode.
Legion: My name is Legion, for we are many. (A reference from the Bible, as Legion is made up of the crew members emotions)
Any behind the scenes information or any other information that doesn't fit in the other categories.
- Working title was Call Me Legion
- The 'Citadel' scenes were filmed in Marco Polo House, the former headquarters of the late satellite channel BSB.
- When Nigel Williams arrived to film the 'citadel' scenes, it was discovered that his Legion costume didn't actually fit. As the zip could not be pursuaded to close after he had squeezed into it, the back of the garment had to be sewn up instead, trapping Nigel inside the costume for the duration of the recording.
(Info taken from page 138 of the Red Dwarf programme guide - Third edition)
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