ORBzine TV Review - "Sliders" March 2002

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Season 1

Sliders [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot, Part 1
Shown 13th May 2001 [Sunday]

San Francisco, the mid 1990s. Twentysomething physics student Quinn Mallory [Jerry O'Connell - Scream 2 ] tries to build an anti-gravity device in his parents' basement. Unfortunately he builds a device that can open portals to parallel universes.

Mallory is visited by his double from another universe, who manages to alienate his best buddy-cum-luurve interest Wade Wells [ Sabrina Lloyd ] and arrogant Professor Maximilian Arturo [John Rhys Davies - Raiders Of The Lost Ark ]. To placate them, Mallory demonstrates his invention to them ...

Like all American TV shows there has to be a token African American. Luckily Rembrandt Crying Man Brown [Cleavant Derricks] is driving past Mallory's house, and accidentally gets sucked into the vortex.

The four Sliders end up in a universe where the Ice Age continued to the present day, and San Francisco bay is uninhabited and frozen over. Mallory's double warned him that the sliding device [called the timer for reasons that will become apparent] could only be safely used at certain times. The timer counts down to zero, which indicates the slide window. But the Sliders have a choice - wait until the timer hits zero, and probably freeze to death - or else Slide home, and take their chances ...

Sliders [Season 1, Episode 2] Pilot, Part 2
Shown 20th May 2001 [Sunday]

Mallory chooses to take the risk of the timer malfunctioning, and uses it to get the Sliders back home. But just after Rembrandt heads off to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a sports event, Arturo and Mallory discover that there is a huge statue of Lenin in the park. Yes, they are in a reality where the USSR won the Cold War!

Our heroes end up hunted by the American Communist Government. This can be read as a satire on the War on Drugs and the post-Oklahoma Feds. Our heroes meet up with the Resistance, and the timer gets repaired. As always with American TV shows there is a climactic shootout.

Like Quantum Leap , the Sliders must jump into a new situation at the end of every episode, in the hope that the next slide will be the slide home. Mallory will know when he is home because in the real universe the gate to his house will squeak.

sliders Sliders [Season 1, Episode 3] Fever
Shown 27th May 2001 [Sunday]

The team travel from a party-world to a plague-world. That world's Quinn Mallory is patient zero, and the Sliders' Quinn gets ratted out by one of the Lone Gunmen! The babe is infected, and Arturo saves the day. Rembrandt meets the same Russian cabbie again, and that's not all that's familiar. The ending seems cloned from the Pilot episode.

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Summer of Love
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The Weaker Sex
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The King is Back
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Luck of the Draw
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  • Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 1] Into The Mystic
    Shown First week May 2000

    This appears to be the start of a re-run of Season Two. Quinn Mallory sees his own tombstone, which says he died in 1996 - and of course, the team still includes John Rhys Davies as Professor Arturo.

    This episode was written by the series' creator, Mr Tracey Torme.

    The Sliders arrive on a world where Magic is real. Christopher Neame [ Babylon 5 ] is a villainous witch-doctor, while Nicholas Krychek Lea [ X-Files ] is the mysterious Sorceror.

    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 2] Love Gods
    Shown Second week May 2000

    A virus has killed most of the men in the world - the male Sliders are hunted as breeders. America's only rival is Australia!

    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 3] Gillian of the Spirits
    Shown Third week May 2000

    The team land in a world where technology is banned. The slide timer is broken, and they have no way to repair it.

    As with last episode, Quinn is seperated from the rest. But while last time the seperation was physical, this time he is trapped on the Astral plane. Only a psychic girl can see him - but she is afraid people will think she is crazy if she talks to a ghost.

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    The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy
    
    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 5] El Sid
    Shown Fourth week May 2000

    The episode starts in a Dystopia, a post-Apocalyptic San Francisco where Quinn attacks a thug guy for having a lovers' quarrel with his thug girlfriend. The sliders leap out - with the 2 thugs in tow.

    They find themselves in a Utopia - but it turns out to be the Utopian version of Escape from New York with San Francisco standing in for the Big Apple. And being California, the big Quake is just around the corner.

    The tough-girl becomes the cliched victim in this sexist crap, which implies that females are less than equals to males. She indulges in a consentual sexual relationship with a man that she is physically attracted to because of his macho demeanor - she is in no way a victim, and for the script to interpret her as such is a complete cop-out.

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    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 7] In Dino Veritas
    Shown Fifth week May 2000

    The Sliders start in a world without lies - everyone wears a lie-detector collar that gives an electric shock if you tell an untruth. There is a problem with this, of course - as Machiavelli said, In the Kingdom of the Blind, the one-eyed man is King. In other words, anyone good enough to fool a lie-detector [clinical psychopaths, for example] has an unbelievable advantage over the entire society.

    Anyway, wearing their collars they slide into a huge forest and Wade accidentally crushes a massive egg. Yes, this is the dinosaur episode! Arturo trips, strains his ankle and loses the timer. Jerry O'Connell goes back for it and goes missing-presumed eaten. This has happened in every episode so far - there seems to be a pattern here. O'Connell's character is the only one who ends up in peril.

    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 8] Post-Traumatic Slide Syndrome
    Shown First Week, June 2000

    The Sliders arrive back at Mallory's front gate 18 months after they left - and this time the gate creaks. They instantly assume they are home ...

    Dr Maximillian Arturo [John Rhys Davies] publicly claims sole credit for discovering Sliding. Quinn Mallory is put out by this, but is more concerned about tiny discrepancies in the world that indicate they are in the wrong timeline. Rembrandt and the girl are more concerned with their careers and the vast sums of money they are making.

    The resolution is quite ambiguous, and may have deliberately left the door open for Davies to return to the show after he finally left it.

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    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 11] The Young And the Restless
    Shown First Week August 2000

    The team arrive on a new world, and discover that on this world:

  • Quinn is married to the team's token babe, Wade
  • Quinn has been murdered and dumped in his own swimming pool

    Arturo and Rembrandt decide to tour the city, and discover that the elderly folks - about anyone old enough to have teenage children, really - are an underclass. They are put on trial, and the Judge is Gordon Michael Wolvett [ Andromeda ].

  • Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 12] Invasion
    Shown Second Week August 2000

    The Sliders arrive in a new world and find it deserted. The world has been invaded by a race of nonhuman ape-men called Kromaggs. After numerous blatant hints - the Kromaggs travelled from another world that was also Earth, they use tech identical to the slide timer - the characters realise that the Kromaggs are Sliders too!

    If this is a reference to cro-magnon man, who supposedly wiped out the Neanderthals, then someone should have told the writers something that was blatantly obvious to the writers of Prey; Cro-magnons were the ANCESTORS of modern humans!!!

    Sliders Sliders [Season 2, Episode 13] As Time Goes By
    Shown Third Week August 2000

    Quinn meets his long-lost love.

    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 1] Rules of the Game
    Shown 20 Sep 96

    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 2] Double Cross
    Shown 27 Sep 96

    Arturo's double is dead - possibly murdered. Mallory's double is a woman. Rembrandt has a groupie/stalker.

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    Electric Twister Acid Test
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    The Guardian
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    The Dream Masters
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    Desert Storm
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    Dragon Slide
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    The Fire Within
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    The Prince of Slides
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    Dead Man Sliding
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    State of the A.R.T.
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    Season's Greedings
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    Murder Most Foul
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    Slide Like an Egyptian
    
    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 15] Paradise Lost
    Shown 31 Jan 97

    The Sliders arrive at a remote village. They investigate mysterious disappearances, and mingle with the creepy locals.

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    The Exodus (1)
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    The Exodus (2)
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    Sole Survivors
    
    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 19] The Breeder
    Shown 14 Mar 97

    The Sliders arrive on a world with Compulsory Organ Donation. They have Logan's Run chips.

    Maggie gets infected with heat-loving mind-controlling parasite/symbiote.

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    The Other Slide of Darkness
    
    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 22] Slither
    Shown 25 Apr 97

    The sliders arrive in a California swamp, where an Albino snake is magical. Both babes are in skimpy shorts.

    Cueball meets a femme fatale.

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    Sliders Sliders [Season 3, Episode 25] This Slide of Paradise
    Shown 16 May 97

    The sliders are chasing Col Rickman [who has been infected by a Beastman virus]. Again, both babes are in skimpy shorts.

    The guest-stars are Michael York [who was once in a Dr Moreau movie] and Melinda Clarke.

    Rickman "shoulda looked" ...

    Sliders Sliders [S3]
    Reviewed January 1999

    The show has progressed into its third season. Colonel Roger Daltrey ( Highlander: The Series ) killed Arturo, then got chased by the Sliders for the next few episodes [during which Daltrey was replaced by that guy from She-wolf of London ] before finally dying from terminal stupidity. He should have looked before he leapt.

    Arturo's death happened because John Rhys Davies felt the scripts were degenerating, and he wanted out. His position has been filled by Kari Wuhrer [known to fans as Woo-Woo], whose job appears to be providing babe factor by being a few inches taller than the other girl, Wade. These days they BOTH walk around in skimpy t-shirts and shorts.

    Sliders Sliders [Season 4, Episode 1] Genesis
    Shown 8 Jun 98

    Sliders Sliders [Season 4, Episode 2] Prophets and Loss
    Shown 8 Jun 98

    A Portal Cult rules earth, promoting creation science.

    The rationalist [resistance] leader is Connor Trinneer ( Star Trek: Enterprise ). His accent changes between Redneck and English.

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    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 6] Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?
    Shown 14th January 2002 [Monday]

    Mallory meets his long-lost brother, Colin - played by the brother of the actor who plays Mallory! Adrienne Barbeau guest-stars.

    The title isn't a reference to the Coen Brothers film, which was made several years after the TV episode. Actually they are both titled in homage to the film Sullivan's Travels.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 7] Just Say Yes
    Shown 15th January 2002 [Tuesday]

    The Sliders arrive in a new world and bump into a cop [J. August Richards - Angel ] who shoots them with his mood-altering tranquiliser gun. Maggie does a handstand [in a miniskirt], then has a bad reaction and has to be hospitalised. The doctor reports them to the DEA - the Drug Empowerment Agency. Yes, in this world Narcotics aren't banned, they're compulsory!

    Not only is this a nice parody of the War on Drugs, it also highlights the legalized drug dependency prevalent in modern society. Using marijuana is illegal, but drugs like valium are prescribed. There are also parallels to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, where everyone controls their moods through implantd devices.

    The episode explores the results of such a society. Everyone is in such a state of pharmaceutical bliss that the whole world can be maintained in a suburban perfection! The only problem is, everyone is so happy they never achieve anything. A bit like the Federation in Star Trek!

    That world's Mallory is a pseudo-hippie, the opposite of Timothy Leary. Turn off, tune out, drop in!

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 8] The Alternateville Horror
    Shown 16th January 2002 [Wednesday]

    The Sliders end up on acid-rain world. They find shelter in a hotel, and stay the night there. However, it's haunted ...

    Colin is an interesting character. He is very intelligent, but comes from a relatively primitive society.

    We also get to see alternate versions of the Sliders themselves. For some reason the alternates have exactly the same line-up as our Sliders - Wade and Arturo are nowhere in sight!

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 9] Slidecage
    Shown 18th January 2002 [Friday]

    The Sliders find themselves trapped on a space station, a trap meant to capture anyone who tries to slide into a particular world. It was meant to catch Kromaggs, but it also caught human refugees. Caught in a battle between the two races, Rembrandt is captured by the Kromaggs. The Mallorys are caught by the humans, who eject Woo-Woo through an airlock.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 10] Asylum
    Shown 17th January 2002 [Thursday]

    The Sliders arrive on a world damaged by a war against the Kromaggs. Quinn is hospitalised, and spends most of the episode put of sight. Small wonder, because Jerry O'Connell is the Director!

    Rembrandt falls for Quinn's doctor, an African-American babe. Maggie Beckett gets a love interest too, a British guy. However, he has a secret mission.

    The writers can't seem to tell the difference between MI5, MI6, the British Army and Police Special Branch. Also, they assume that Margaret Thatcher would consider making an alliance with an enemy of Reagan's America!

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 11] California Reich
    Shown 21st January 2002 [Monday]

    The Sliders land in a world where California's Governor is a fascist. He has a Brownshirt organisation called the Stompers who round up non-Caucasians for deportation. Rembrandt is imprisoned, and when he brutally bludgeons a guard with a metal bar he is surprised to receive a kicking!

    The other Sliders head to the Chandler Hotel, a chance to re-use sets from previous episodes. This time the lady owner's son is a 20-year-old Stomper.

    The episode shows a society where only Caucasians are accepted as Americans, while all other races are treated as inferior. How ironic, when one considers how Americans regard non-American citizens. The moral of the story comes when the racial lines are blurred, because American citizens have interracial genealogies.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 12] The Dying Fields
    Shown

    The Sliders are hunted by Kromaggs and human-kromagg hybrids. Mallory's brother is captured.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 13] Lipschitz Live
    Shown 23rd January 2002 [Wednesday]

    The Sliders jump into a world, but are seperated before landing. Maggie and Rembrandt find Colin, or so they think. He doesn't recognise them, but they are too stupid to realise it's the local Colin!

    The real Colin is snatched by his stepfather [Tim Thomerson Trancers ], whose surname for some reason is Mallory. Stepdaddy wants Colin to get married - the wedding is part of a Corporate merger.

    The world is run by Media Corporations, and the only TV show that anyone watches [well, EVERYONE watches] is a tabloid talk-show named Lipschitz Live. However, the two biggest Media Corps, Colin's and his wife's, don't own that show. So how the hell can the Corporations run?

    Quinn himself appears on the talk-show, confessing that he is a traveller from a parallel universe. The others have to get there within minutes while the timer counts down.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 14] Mother And Child
    Shown 24th January 2002 [Thursday]

    The Sliders arrive on a barren world. They find a young woman and her baby. The woman escaped from a Kromagg breeding camp, where she met Wade. They are chased by Kromaggs in a HummVee [!], but manage to get to the woman's homeworld.

    The homeworld has a secret defence similar to the Red Dust in V . The child, being half-Kromagg, is doomed. Fortunately the girl's father is a scientist who helped make the virus. Also, the child's Kromagg father turns up and tries to get the antidote. But can he be trusted?

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 15] Net Worth
    Shown 22nd January 2002 [Tuesday]

    The Sliders land up in a world of haves and have-nots. They explain themselves with the familiar refrain We're from Canada.

    Quinn and Rembrandt end up among the On-Liners, a group of rich cyber-geeks with Internet implants.

    Maggie and Colin find themselves with the Off-Liners, who are banned from even lurking on the Net.

    There are elements of the Romeo & Juliet cliche, and the Sliders end up in a wasteland being hunted by a streetgang ...

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 16] Slide By Wire
    Shown 25th January 2002 [Friday]

    The Sliders jump out of a USMC base parallel to Maggie's. However, the Maggie who jumps with them is from that base - not their Maggie!

    They land in a world where fear of nuclear war has meant that all technology is banned on pain of death. As luck would have it, the new Maggie has neural implants!

    Meanwhile, Maggie the Slider is a USMC pilot again. She bunks down in a unisex dorm, where everyone sleeps fully-clothed. Her husband is still alive, but they are estranged. Her boss, the eevil Colonel Burke [ Meg Foster ], realises that something is wrong.

    Yes, while on one world everyone thinks tech is evil ... on the other, it really IS evil!

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 17] Data World
    Shown 28th January 2002 [Monday]

    The Sliders land in a lifeless world peopled by zombies.

    The Sliders head to the Chandler Hotel, a chance to re-use sets from previous episodes. This time the owner is Mr Chandler himself [Roy Dotrice - Beauty And The Beast ], who traps the visitors within his hotel. He can control reality ...

    Jerry O'Connell directs, and Woo-Woo makes for great T&A in her hotel dress. When Chandler sets a barbarian warrior on the Sliders, Maggie [the US Marine!] cowers in fear. Luckily Colin [the niaive farm-boy] somehow knows Kung Fu, and Maggie has a bikini-wrestle with an athletic female gymnast!

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 18] Way Out West
    Shown 31st January 2002 [Thursday]

    The Sliders end up in a world where technology is stuck in the 1880s. They are attacked by bandits, and Colin gets seperated from the rest. Maggie reluctantly agrees to become a bar-room singer. but takes to it like the T&A she is!

    The story consists of the usual Western cliches - black-hatted gunmen, evil land barons, widowed ranchers and so on. It's no more original than the Western episode of Battlestar Galactica , made 20 years previously. The bandits' leader, Mr K, turns out to be an old enemy of the Sliders. He frames them for murder, and the locals start building a gallows ...

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 19] My Brother's Keeper
    Shown 29th January 2002 [Tuesday]

    Quinn sees his double get blinded in an accident. Quinn is mistaken for the double's donor-clone and taken to be used for spare parts. But while the world is so corrupt it grows spare-part clones, the Chandler hotel is left as a refuge for the crippled poor.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 20] The Chasm
    Shown 30th January 2002 [Wednesday]

    The Sliders arrive in a Pleasantville type world of suburban perfection. However, there is a price for happiness: occasionally one of the citizens is overwhelmed with the neuroses of the entire town. They then throw themselves into a bottomless pit called The Chasm.

    Of course, the Sliders get affected. First Rembrandt becomes the next victim, then Maggie. And it seems that it's Quinn's neuroses in particular are driving them insane.

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 21] Roads Taken
    Shown 1st February 2002 [Friday]

    The Sliders arrive on a world where America is in economic chaos and California is in a state of civil war. Quinn and Maggie fall mysteriously ill, so Rembrandt gets help frm the UN peace-keepers.

    It turns out that Quinn and Maggie were affected by a bad Slide. They have been split, part-existing in a bubble universe where ... Quinn and Maggie get married and have a child! However, their fractured selves must be reunited or they will die of old age.

    This was directed by Jerry O'Connell. The older Quinn Mallory is played by George Gaynes [Police Academy].

    Sliders [Season 4, Episode 22] Revelations
    Shown 4th February 2002 [Monday]

    The Sliders end up on a really boring planet. Rembrandt discovers a book written by SF writer Isaac Clarke [Jerry Hardin - X-Files ] which describes inter-dimensional travel and the war with the Kromaggs. The Sliders track down him and his daughter [ Kristanna Lokken ]. Clarke has the co-ordinates of his homeworld, and since Quinn has a Sliding device they can now travel home ...

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 1] The Unstuck Man
    Shown 5th February 2002 [Tuesday]

    A female scientist [ Tembi Locke ] and her mentor Dr Oberon Geiger [Peter Jurasik - Babylon 5 ] perform a trans-dimensional experiment on a man. At exactly the same time, the Sliders leap. Maggie and Rembrandt make it out alive, but the two shadowy figures behind them [supposedly Quinn and Colin] are replaced by a Geiger's test subject - who claims to be Quinn!

    After more than four years, the only one of the original team still on the show is Rembrandt the Token Black Guy! Maggie Beckett [ Kari Wuhrer ] from Season 2 is still around, but Quinn Mallory has become a composite. This is a crummy excuse to keep the character's name but to use a new actor, who isn't the original actor or the first replacement [who was also the original actor's brother!].

    New this Season is a fourth team member, and African-American woman called Diana Davis [played by Tembi Locke ].

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 2] Applied Physics
    Shown 6th February 2002 [Wednesday]

    The Sliders land on a world that they don't have to save. It's nice and peaceful, and the drama concerns the group members. Specifically, we see the two new Sliders adapting to their new situation.

    Mallory, amalgamated with the original series' Quinn Mallory, has a series of flashbacks and references to previous episodes.

    Over-achieving scientist Diana [ Tembi Locke ] bumps into her double - a single mother with a low-pay job. She looks for a shoulder to cry on, and picks her evil mentor Dr Oberon Geiger [Peter Jurasik - Babylon 5 ]. Things go predictably wrong and turn the double from a loving mother into a power-crazed career-woman.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 3] Strangers And Comrades
    Shown 8th September 2001 [Saturday]

    The sliders find themselves in a World War One type landscape. The humans, commanded by Jerry Doyle [ Babylon 5 ], have US uniforms and weaponry like M-16s and LAW rockets. The Kromaggs have energy weapons and an APC.

    We can certainly see where the Producers put their money. The location and battle sequence are quite decent. Also, the script is better than one might expect. We get re-acquainted with the series' goal [to free Rembrandt's Earth from the Kromaggs] and also the episode's goal. You see, this time the Sliders aren't on Earth. Therefore, they can't slide out ...

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 4] The Great Work
    Shown 7th February 2002 [Thursday]

    The Sliders end up on a remote island where the only post-apocalyptic civilisation is a monastery. They join up as temporary monks, and get set to work. Maggie, who is injured, gets tended to by Rob Youngblood [ Space Precinct ].

    The Sliders realise that something is afoot in the monastery. A band of seaborne raiders known as the Volsangs are wreaking havok on the West Coast of the USA. The raiders, led by Marshall Bell [ Total Recall ] pay the monastery a visit.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 5] New Gods For Old
    Shown 15th September 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 8th February 2002 [Friday]

    Mallory is shot in the back with an energy blast, just before leaping. They land in a lo-tech world which is trying to recover from a terrible war. The local doctor [Stephen Macht - Graveyard Shift ] tells them that there is no technology left that can heal Mallory.

    Mallory goes to the local flower-power cult, who have the power to cure any injury. However, there is a price ...

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 6] Please Press One
    Shown 1st September 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 11th February 2002 [Monday]

    This episode the Sliders enter a world where everyone is assigned a number. The ruling Corporation, Data Universal, has Maggie incarcerated. She is taken to her execution by a Mouse Robot ... ooh, scaaaary. NOT!

    Luckily, the rest of the team bump into an ex-employee of D.U., and he helps them free their friend in time to jump. Damn, this reviewer remembers the days when this show was watchable. To some people it's a great shame that this series has never been shown on UK TV beyond Season 2 ... After watching this, perhaps it's for the best.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 7] A Current Affair
    Shown 12th February 2002 [Tuesday]

    The Sliders arrive on a world obsessed with tabloid journalism. Maggie is enlisted to pretend she is having an affair with the President of the USA, in order to draw attention away from the fact that the USA is preparing to use illegal chemical warfare against Switzerland. Naturally the US Government is eager to cover up their true intentions, so they try to kill Maggie so she can't leak the truth.

    The other Sliders team up with that world's only responsible journalist.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 8] Java Jive
    Shown 13th February 2002 [Wednesday]

    The Sliders arrive on a world where coffee is illegal. They get jobs in a Speakeasy - Rembrandt is the singer [of course], the girls serve drinks and Mallory is the bartender.

    The speakeasy's owner [a beautiful African-American woman] is being leaned on by an African-American gangster. Worse, Rembrandt's double is a cop - who may be corrupt and in league with the gangsters!

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 9] The Return of Maggie Beckett
    Shown 29th September 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 14th February 2002 [Thursday]

    The sliders arrive on a world where Maggie Beckett became an astronaut and was lost on the way back from Mars. This is reminiscent of the movie Capricorn One , which is exactly the kind of conspiracy theory that does not exist in this world.

    This alternate world actually has a nice backstory. Jochen Peiper was successful in the Ardennes, December 1944. Eisenhower never became a war hero, and thus never got elected president. The new administration admitted the truth about Roswell, and Earth [specifically the USA] have much higher technology. Also, the governmental openness means that there is no cynicism or paranoia about conspiracy theories.

    There is a secret organisation that aims to uncover conspiracies, but does so by fabricating the evidence.

    This episode allows us to see character development of Maggie. We learn about her background, and see her conflict with her father. This is a bit cliched, but rather well done. As episodes of the show go, this is one of the better ones.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 10] Easy Slider
    Shown 6th October 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 15th February 2002 [Friday]

    The sliders arrive on a world reminiscent of the Doug McClure film Firebird 2015 - the internal combustion engine has been outlawed, and is now only used by outlaw biker gangs. As in Waterworld the bikers are called smokers. Of note, the government is called the AQMD [though we are never given a translation of these initials].

    It is quite unbelievable that the USA could ban cars, and Mallory agrees. He falls for a babe who is keen to break all the rules ...

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 11] Requiem
    Shown 18th February 2002 [Monday]

    Rembrandt hears voices in his head - specifically the voice of his co-Slider Wade. He discovers that Wade is being held in a Kromagg camp. He and the new Sliders try to rescue her.

    The camp is run by a Kromagg female named Kesh [ Julie Caitlin Brown ]. She is using Wade and other human prisoners as components in a Sliding device, to get around the Slidecage and enable an invasion of Kromagg Prime.

    This would seem to be a great opportunity to add Wade to the cast again. However, the original actress appears only in flashback clips from previous episodes. Sliders must be the only show to kill off so many regular cast members!

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 12] Map Of The Mind
    Shown 22nd September 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 19th February 2002 [Tuesday]

    The Sliders arrive on a world where creative thought is outlawed, and creative people have their brains neurally re-mapped. Diana [ Tembi Locke ] gets captured and held in an Asylum. Mallory passes himself off as a member of staff.

    Rembrandt and Maggie explore the outside world, the Corporate States of America where the Creativity Curtailment Police destroy anything that could be considered art.

    Ms Locke's portrayal of re-mapped Diana is marvellous. Unfortunately the episode is brought down by the unoriginality of the freedom versus oppression storyline, which at one point degenerates into the predictable One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest homage.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 13] A Thousand Deaths
    Shown 20th October 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 20th February 2002 [Wednesday]

    The team rescue Diana [ Tembi Locke ] from some burger-bar clowns, then leap to a new world. However, she's catatonic from claustrophobia.

    They find themselves on Entertainment World, where they have some well-deserved R&R in Star Trek Holodecks. The babes head off to the Roman spa for a jacuzzi. Rembrandt is a cop in a 1970s cop-buddy scenario, partnered with a nerdy white guy and driving the Starsky & Hutch car. Mallory is a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War.

    The girls disappear, and the guys work out that something is wrong. Luckily they bump into a technician, played by one of the Players.

    The moral of the story appears to be war is bad or some such. The villain justifies himself by saying we're all warriors, underneath. This is certainly borne out by the fact that three of the Sliders choose combat-orientated fantasies. Hypocrites!

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 14] Heavy Metal
    Shown 13th October 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 21st February 2002 [Thursday]

    The Sliders find themselves in the waters of the Pacific, and get rescued by a heavily-armed passenger ship en route to Hawaii. However, they are outside their sliding radius [within 400 miles of San Francisco]. There is a good scientific principle behind this universe: the people have no aluminium, so there are no aircraft more advanced than those in the 1930s. Sea trade is all-important ...

    Luckily they get the chance to team up with a gang of pirates, and thus the opportunity to get back to their sliding radius. Maggie starts to fall for the pirate leader, who has a private war going with corrupt Coastguard boss Redfield [Marshall Teague]. They get together, and the morning after we see clean silk sheets and her make-up is un-smudged. Unfortunately, evil Redfield is a crack-shot with his pistol while the pirates are useless even with rifles.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 15] To Catch A Slider
    Shown 27th October 2001 [Saturday]
    Shown 22nd February 2002 [Friday]

    The Sliders shack up in a five-star hotel. The timer is broken, and to repair it they have to obtain a US$81,000 gem. Diana [ Tembi Locke ] goes on a date.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 16] Dust
    Shown

    Dr Bob Kelso [Scrubs] is an archaeologist on a dig. He disturbs spirits in the ruins of Frisco in desert [400 years in future].

    The reasoning given is pro-idolatry, anti-science.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 17] Eye of the Storm
    Shown

    The world is being destroyed. Not to worry - Prof Geiger is now Corporeal again.

    Sliders [Season 5, Episode 18] The Seer
    Shown 10th November 2001 [Saturday]

    Diana [ Tembi Locke ] seems to have found the way home. Rembrandt knows he will have to help liberate his world from the Kromaggs, and Maggie offers to help him. Strange, since the time Quinn took her there she almost suffocated because of the planet's atmosphere.

    They slide straight into the middle of a Rally, surrounded by hundreds of Sliders fans. A psychic called The Seer [Roy Dotrice - Beauty & The Beast ] has watched them through Interdimensional Time And Space. Along with his daughter [ Jennifer Hetrick ] he told his world about them - and after the Kromaggs invaded, he was taken very seriously indeed. There's even a cheesy shoot'em up TV show called The Sliders!

    The Seer tells the Sliders that they will face certain death on their next slide. He wants them to stay on his world, but since he's running a Scientology-like religion based around them he may be lying for his own gain. Certainly, someone wants to stop them from sliding - first with a forcefield and then by destroying the timer.