Directed by: Ed Bye
Written by: Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
This episode widens the world of the Dwarfers through a virtual reality game called "Better Than Life" that allows them to live out their deepest desires. This allows for a lot of funny and surreal jokes (like the Cat's wish for a reverse mermaid). But as it so often is, the true power of the episode lies in the emotional depth — specifically, and unsurprisingly, in Rimmer.
He receives the very delayed news that his father has died, and while he of course knows all his family is dead, reading it in a letter from his mother causes him to grieve anew while also reflecting on his father's abusive treatment of him. It provides valuable insight into why Rimmer is the way he is, while also adding layers to the dynamic between him and the other characters, particularly Lister, as they try to help him deal with his grief.
All of this plays out against the backdrop of the game, which Rimmer's messed-up psyche inevitably ruins, establishing a pattern that would crop up again in the likes of "Terrorform" amongst other episodes.