Re: Memory worm
I think he just wanted to touch Reinette, and Who could blame him?
As far as the worm, it may have been nothing more than a comedic plot device for Strax, which worked very well.
Rimmer, on what period of history to live in-
“Well, It’d be the 19th century for me, one of Napoleon’s marshals.
The chance to march across Europe with the greatest general of all time and kill Belgians” - (White Hole).