Stasis Leak

Stasis Leak

Infobox Red Dwarf episode
name = Stasis Leak

image_caption = With the help of a stasis leak the crew can go back in time to meet their past selfs
number = 4
airdate = September 27, 1988
writers = Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
director = Ed Bye
guests = Clare Grogan as Kochanski
series = 2

"Stasis Leak" is the fourth episode of the science fiction sit-com "Red Dwarf" series twocite web | url = | title =British Sitcom Guide - Red Dwarf - Series 2 | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] and tenth in the series run.cite web | url = | title - Stasis Leak summary | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] It premiered on the British television channel BBC2 on 27 September 1988. Written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and directed by Ed Bye, the crew travelling back in time, before the accident had wiped out the crew of "Red Dwarf". The episode was re-mastered, along with the rest of the first three series, in 1998.


Holly (Norman Lovett) detects a stasis leak on Level 16. In fact it's a passageway three million years through time. Lister (Craig Charles) reads Rimmer's (Chris Barrie) diary, where it details that Rimmer had seen a hologram of himself emerge from a table and say that they had found a stasis leak. Stepping through the leak transports the gang back into the past - three weeks before the accident that wiped out the crew. They bring back a bar of soap through the stasis leak but it dissolves.Howarth & Lyons (1993) p. 56.] Lister's sure that the stasis leak is the best way for him to be with Kristine Kochanski, he's even got a wedding photo of the couple to prove it. However, Rimmer is determined to save his own past-self. If his past-self went into stasis he wouldn't die and wouldn't be a hologram. Lister has the same idea for Kochanksi, but there is only room for one in the remaining stasis booth.Howarth & Lyons (1993) p. 57.]

The three of them go through the stasis leak, Lister and the Cat (Danny John-Jules) searching for Kochanksi, and Rimmer searching for his past-self. When Lister tracks down Kochanski at a hotel he finds that she is already married - to himself from five years into the future. Rimmer also succeeds in tracking down his past self. However, he finds it hard to convince the past Rimmer that he's not a hallucination but a dead hologram of himself. The Captain in a chicken suit certainly doesn't help matters, and when three Rimmers, three Listers and a Cat are all in the same room at once, things get a little bit complicated.Howarth & Lyons (1993) p. 57.]


With its multiple views of the future, "Future Echoes" had been one of the better liked episodes from series I. With this in mind writers, Grant and Naylor, showed their desire to return to this story element with another sci-fi heavy story.cite web | url = | title =Red Dwarf Series II Writing | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-07]

The "Crowne Plaza Midland Holiday Inn", in Manchester, was used as "The Ganymede Holiday Inn" where Lister and the Cat search for Kochanski. Grogan was released from the production without filming the final scene which involved her character Kochanksi. Assistant floor manager Dona DiStefano stepped in to double as Kochanski, wearing a large hat to disguise the fact.Howarth & Lyons (1993) p. 9.]

Returning pre-accident crew members include Mac McDonald as Captain Hollister, C. P. Grogan as Kochanski, Mark Williams as Petersen, and Sophie Doherty as Kochanski's friend.cite web | url = | title =Stasis Leak cast and crew | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] Morwenna Banks appears as the on-screen Lift Hostess, while Tony Hawks makes his third "Red Dwarf" guest appearance as the talking suitcase.cite web | url = | title =Stasis Leak cast and crew | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24]

Cultural references

Felicity Kendal is referenced, by Holly, as her bottom shared similarities to a moon the ship had circled a couple of times. Rimmer references "Planet of the Apes" when he had mistakenly thought the captain's wife's photograph was a publicity shot from the film.cite web | url = | title =Stasis Leak movie connections | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] He also states that he was sharing a bunk with a character out of a Barbara Cartland novel and said that he would be the only person in the world to buy a Topic Bar without a single hazelnut in it.

A Marilyn Monroe poster is seen in Lister's quarters to which, the dressed up, Cat then puts his hand over the eyes saying don't look as it would drive her crazy.

Holly references the ZX Sinclair, his first love, which people kept saying that she wasn't for him because she was cheap, stupid and wouldn't load. He went on to reference Olivia Newton-John when advising Lister that it's better to have loved and to have lost than to listen to an album by her.


The episode was originally broadcast on the British television channel BBC2 on the 4 October 1988 in the 9:00 pm evening slot.cite web | url = |title =BBC Programme Catalogue - RED DWARF - STASIS LEAK | publisher =BBC |accessdate =2007-12-10] It received average television ratingscite web | url = | title =Red Dwarf Series II Aftermath | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] and an average reception by viewers. This was supported by Reviews by Gavrielle who stated that "there are logistical holes in the plot..."cite web | url = | title =Red Dwarf Episode Guide: Series II | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-24] Fans considered the episode to be one of the better efforts from Series II, coming at 12th place overall in a "Red Dwarf Smegazine" readers' poll with 3.3% of the votes.Readers survey results, "Red Dwarf Smegazine", p. 27., issue 10, December 1992, Fleetway Editions Ltd, ISSN 0965-5603]


The remastering of Series I to III was carried out during the late 1990s.cite web | url = | title =Remasters of the Universe | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-28] Changes throughout the series included replacement of the opening credits,cite web | url = | title =Red Dwarf Series I Remastering | publisher |accessdate =2008-01-30] giving the picture a colour grade and filmizing,cite video | people =Remastering Crew | title =The End Re-Mastered DVD Commentary | medium =DVD | publisher =BBC | location =Bodysnatcher DVD Boxset Red disc | date =2007 ] computer generated special effects of "Red Dwarf"cite video | people =Remastering Crew | title ='Re-Dwarf' Documentary | medium =DVD | publisher =BBC | location =Bodysnatcher DVD Boxset Red disc | date =2007 ] and many more visual and audio enhancements.

Changes made specific to "Stasis Leak" include the caption "Three million years earlier" has been removed from the opening flashback scenes. The stasis leak sound effects have been added. The split-screen wipe - with the older Lister shutting the door on his younger self - has been re-done frame by frame to remove previous errors.cite video | people =Remastering Crew | title =Stasis Leak text commentary | medium =DVD | publisher =BBC | location =Bodysnatcher DVD Boxset, Blue disc | date =2007 ]



External links

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