Last I was watching the episode of Red Dwarf entitled “Backwards.” I watched it, enjoyed it and the was about to move onto the next episode when an idea occurred to me. I was watching on my computer, and my computer had a microphone. Now, in the episode “Backwards” the crew find themselves in a universe which is logically backwards, in other words an event happens before the cause. Anyway the characters apart from the main cast all speak backwards, i.e. reversed, and I was interested to see what they were really saying. There were sub-titles of course, but I doubted they were accurate.

I recorded and reversed a few scenes and discovered that the cast were swearing and insulting each other and the script. It was funny to hear them do it, but then something that delighted me happened. A man walked in (or out depending on how you look at it) and yelled a long speech at Rimmer, the idea was that it be unintelligible, and Rimmer’s face was extremely funny to see, but reversed it was completely intelligent, he said:

“You are a stupid, square-headed, bald git, aren't you, eh? I'm pointing at you, but I'm not actually addressing you. I'm addressing the one prat in the country who's bothered to get this recording, turn it around, and actually work out the rubbish I'm saying. What a poor sad life he's got!”

I have never been so happy about being insulted.

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