To keep warm Lister starts burning Rimmer's 24,000 dollarpound notes and collection of books. When the fire burns low, Lister suggests to burn Rimmer's collection of 19th century war figures. Rimmer refuses and points out Lister's beloved Les Paul guitar would be perfect for burning. Reluctantly Lister agrees and asks for a "moment alone". Lister then quickly cuts a silhouette of his guitar into Rimmer's camphor wood chest, snaps the cut-out and puts it in the fire. Rimmer returns and sees a guitar shaped object burning away in the furnace. Rimmer states that he has made a "supreme sacrifice" and as a "man of honour" he will lay down his war figures "for the sake of friendship", after all that guitar meant the same to Lister as that camphor wood chest meant to himself. He then tells Lister exactly how much it meant to him and Lister feels guilty.
Kryten and Cat eventually discover the crashed Starbug on the icy planet and come to the rescue. Holly then informs them that there wasn't actually any black holes at all. They were five specks of grit on the scanner-scope. Unamused, Rimmer then tells Kryten the great sacrifice that Lister made and how they grew closer. Just then Lister comes back in, looking at the floor, and walks over to the locker. He opens the locker, takes out his guitar and exits. Rimmer now realises what has happened and when Kryten opens the camphor wood chest there is clearly a guitar shaped hole at the back.
Scenes that were cut included the crew playing strip poker at the beginning (as seen in the Smeg Outs video released later) and the Cat's 'Mush Mush!' which was trimmed down from its larger initial state. Despite popular rumours, the dog food eaten by Craig Charles in this episode was not real. It was actually tuna mixed with meat jelly to look like dog food. The episode was originally titled "Men of Honour", referring to the theme of the story of the sacrifices Rimmer and Lister had to make. The title was later changed to the shorter "Marooned".
Among the few edible items found aboard Starbug are a Pot Noodle, a tin of mustard powder, three water biscuits, a brown lemon, and a tube of Bonjella gum ointment. As Lister looks through Rimmer's books they all remind him of food; Charles Lamb, Herman Wouk (whose last name Lister pronounced as "Wok"), the complete works of Sir Francis Bacon, Eric Van Lustbader (arguing that food comes in vans) and Harold Pinter. As an alternative to the "Mayday" distress call, which he mistakenly believes is named for a bank holiday, Rimmer comes up with "Shrove Tuesday", "Ascension Sunday" and "The fifteenth Wednesday after Pentecost". Lister references the Ryder Cup while Rimmer compares Lister's bottom to that of two badly parked Volkswagens.
To keep warm Lister starts burning some of Rimmer's books including Biggles' Big Adventure and Complete Works of Shakespeare. Rimmer name checks Shakespeare's work as Lister gets ready to burn it; "Goodbye Hamlet? Farewell Macbeth? Toodle-pip King Lear." He states that he's seen West Side Story, which is based on one of them and loathes the idea of burning Richard III with its great speech that starts "now", although he forgets the rest (presumably referencing the "Now is the winter of our discontent" speech). Lolita is also burned on the fire. The song Lister plays on his guitar is "She's out of My Life" by Michael Jackson.
The remastering of Series I to III was carried out during the late 1990's with the intention of bringing the early production values up to a standard suitable for international television. General changes throughout the series included replacement of the opening credits, giving the picture a colour grade and filmizing, computer generated special effects of Red Dwarf and many more visual and audio enhancements.
There have been changes made specific to "Marooned". During the early shuttle bay scenes a blue-screen image has been added to Starbug's cockpit window. Shots of Blue Midget and Starbug departing Red Dwarf have been replaced with CGI versions. References to Cliff Richard and the ozone layer have been removed.
Upon its release on VHS the new re-mastered episodes were generally received poorly by fans of the show, although it has been stated by critics that they are "actually an invigorating new take on a classic series". The re-mastered series was later released, along with other material, on The Bodysnatcher DVD boxset, in 2007.