“Out of Time” is largely thought of as the last of the “good” outings for the boys from the ‘Dwarf. It was the final episode written by both Rob Grant and Dough Naylor before Grant went on to pursue solo fortunes and Naylor was left with keeping the franchise afloat for as long as it could remain profitable, and it’s an engine that’s been kept running ever since. Whether or not the ship has sprang a few leaks or not is a matter for subjective opinion with the long serving fanbase.
But let’s get back to when one era ended, and how it was resolved with an era about to begin. “Out of Time” began a four year hiatus for the show, and ended in dramatic fashion with the crew seemingly killed by their future selves after a skirmish. It would not be until 1997 where we learned the conveniently convoluted explanation for their ongoing survival in a small pre-titles prelude before beginning an entirely different adventure.
It is with this prelude in mind that I decided to tinker with a minimally different edit of “Out of Time” by taking the series seven epilogue and having it work as linking material to the unedited and complete episode. Lister introduces us to the story as soon as he says “see attached” and chimes back in shortly after Starbug’s destruction to explain everything else.
Better than Air Belgium? I’ll leave that to the subjective opinions of the audience these edits are made for…your fine selves.
By the way, they’re in space.
UPDATE: Following advice from FE.Org’s “Wilhelm Scream”, I’ve put together an alternative cut
-Video journal moved to pre-titles
-Everything about reality bubbles and Lister as an android removed
-Series VII titles used instead of Series VI