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Mechocracy is the fourth episode in Series XII of Red Dwarf, first broadcast on Dave on November 2, 2017.

It is also the seventy-first Red Dwarf episode overall.

Overview

When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while The Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses.

Summary

Kryten is sitting inside Lister's dorm waiting for him when Rimmer walks in.

Kryten tells him that he is waiting for Lister to give him his lessons on patience. Rimmer decides to teach Kryten himself without any success which ends in Kryten giving him a mop to clean the decks with.

Later Lister arrives in one of the corridors where Rimmer is cleaning to tell Kryten if he has succeeded with his manipulation lesson making Rimmer realize that he has been had and he gives Kryten an even bigger amount of cleaning jobs as a punishment.

As Kryten is cleaning one of the decks, a yellow alert appears on one of the screens.

In the main control room, the other dwarfers are trying to access the situation. They discover that there is a ship heading for a black hole. Kryten believes that it is a SOS virus and shouldn't be taken seriously. Rimmer on the other hand (after playing a game of demoting with Lister) suggests that they abandon ship.

The dwarfers then take their supplies heading for Starbug. While going through Lister's things, Cat picks up a pair of glasses and reads a magazine. He is delighted when he realizes he can see the small print better than ever. Unfortunately Rimmer sees this and decides to use it as blackmail scheme which would ruin Cat's reputation.

They get ready to board and suddenly Dispense Machine 402 asks if they will be leaving the ship as well. Rimmer who is in charge, rudely says they won't. Suddenly the virus leaves, but it has made the machines independent and they go on strike for equal rights. Everything in Red Dwarf shuts off leaving the dwarfers to see with candle light. Kryten goes to reason with them and comes back saying that they will have someone to represent their rights. Kryten and Rimmer then enter the polls with Lister happily leading Kryten's campaign and Cat leading Rimmer's against his will because of Rimmer threatening to tell the others about the glasses.

After using smear campaigns and hearing the machines' requests with Rimmer making false promises, the candidates are neck and neck. Kryten decides to go to garbage hold and ask Talkie Toaster for his vote, much to Lister's dismay as Talkie does nothing but annoy him. Talkie agrees to vote for Kryten on the condition that he is taken out of the garbage hold, is allowed to serve toast again and be moved to Lister's dorm.

Lister reluctantly agrees and Kryten wins. Cat comes clean about the glasses and deciding he doesn't want to look uncool, destroys them in a blender. Meanwhile Rimmer is locked in the garbage hold for a week as a punishment by Cat for blackmailing him with Talkie Toaster for company who asks if he wants toast over and over again, driving Rimmer on the verge of a nervous breakdown, especially when he shouts: "NO TOAST!"

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Notes

  • This episode marks the return of Talkie Toaster, who is shown to be still in one piece (and in his red casing). This implies that, despite Kryten's statement to the contrary, not all of the events of "White Hole" were erased from the timeline (which is actually backed up by the fact Lister could recall playing pool with planets in "Demons & Angels")
  • The episode also mirrors "White Hole" in how it features the crew trying to make due without the amenities provided by technology, and reflections upon how dependant they are. This also mirrors the coda at the end of last series' opener "Twentica".
  • Continuing the Series IV vibe, the episode also features the return of Kryten's lessons from Lister about human emotions as seen in "Camille", also directly alluded to in "Back in the Red I" and "The Beginning".
  • It is mentioned that Rimmer has died twice. While the first death is most certainly from when he died following the radiation leak, the second could either be referencing his brief resurrection (and explosive demise) in Timeslides or the unseen death of the nanobot-resurrected Rimmer.

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