The Rimmer Experience was an Artificial Reality or Total Immersion Video Game program created aboard Starbug by Kryten in the Series VII episode "Blue" to cure Lister of his feelings of nostalgia towards the now departed ("Stoke Me a Clipper") Rimmer.

Kryten was attempting to outdo Kochanski's more direct, less grandiose approach of just talking to Lister. It involved Lister, Kochanski, Kryten and the Cat sitting in a roller coaster type car that moved slowly through the ride. As Kryten stated , "It's all here, the man, the memory, the personality" as Kryten put it (the ego was scaled down quite a bit). The exhibits were created from Rimmer's diary which provided a distorted account of events.

Ride DescriptionEdit


The car moves through a door with "The Rimmer Experience" on it and then it comes to a stop shortly after with Rimmer facing them, giving his version of the Space Corps Salute before addressing Lister, Kochanski, Kryten and the Cat:

"Welcome to the Rimmer Experience, a place of wonder, excitement and...wonder. You will experience some heroic events which some might not attribute to any living person, but then again, Arnold J Rimmer was a deeply remarkable man."

Then the car moves forward with Rimmer's voice continuing the narration.

Exhibit #1Edit

"Being the driving force of the Red Dwarf mission, the fearless Rimmer has to dice with death on a daily basis..."

Lister being confused with this, shouts out "What?!"

"Sometimes it takes a strong mind and cool nerves to hold the crew together."

We then see a mock-up of the Starbug cockpit with simulated versions of Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat with a version of Rimmer looking nicer than the original, Kryten warns the others that there is an asteroid belt ahead, Rimmer correct him saying that they are fragment of a dying star, Kryten then wonders how he could make such a mistake, Cat and Lister then say they get scared with Lister shouting out that someone saves them before he "wets his kecks". In a deleted scene, Rimmer slaps some sense into Lister and he takes over saving them with the others cheering him.

The real Lister watches this and tells Kochanski that event never happened, as they proceed towards the next exhibit, Lister says it's making him sick, although it isn't the ride, it's what he's seeing in it. They then stop again.

Exhibit #2Edit

We then see a mock-up of the Starbug kitchen with Rimmer giving the Cat fashion tips (much to the real Cat's irritation), the car tells Lister that Rimmer is a nice guy and they couldn't do without him, Lister says that he owed his life to him. In a deleted scene (the real Lister says that he didn't owe him the time of day) Kryten comes in and says that Rimmer thinks quicker than he does (the real Kryten realizing what was in that entry of Rimmer's diary denounces that as "criminal libel"), then Lister eats curry and reacts in agony, Rimmer then takes it from him and eats it without discomfort, saying "the spicier, the better for me."

The real Lister at that point wanted to get off the ride, then Kryten tells him of the "best bit" as the car starts moving.

Rimmer Munchin SongEdit

The Rimmer Munchkin Song starts singing praise to Rimmer with smaller puppet-like versions of Rimmer singing, near the end of it, the car has a sudden burst of acceleration and then it moves at it's normal slow pace as the ride ends.

End of the RideEdit

The car moves through doors with "toodle pipski" written on them and then stops, as Lister's anger causes him to shout out, "I never want to see or hear from that scum-sucking, lying, weasel-minded smegger in my entire life!".

Kryten then quips, "Sigmund Freud eat your heart out!", feeling that the ride has been a success.


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The Rimmer experience - Red Dwarf - BBC comedy

The complete Rimmer Experience


  • The Rimmer experience was originally much longer. Extended scenes can be seen on the special features on the Series VII DVD (see deleted scenes for "Blue")

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