Back in the summer of 2013, I began to watch a show called “Sliders”. It’s about a grad student named Quinn Mallory who creates a device to travel between alternate universes. And Season 1 and 2 are glorious. For sure they have their share of “meh” episodes, but the concept is used to the fullest. After that, the show’s quality gradually declines until it finally ended. And I finally finished watching it today. Five seasons, the loss of nearly the entire main cast and executive meddling, and it was over with a fade to black. The show was never primo science fiction, but it was a good show, very character driven, and it didn’t deserve the hand it was dealt. As I write this, I think of a vastly superior series of articles about Sliders from start to finish, which I am going to link here.
Anyway, back to that final episode. Season 5 was about tracking down this guy named Oberon Geiger, who had merged Quinn with his double from another world that looks nothing like him. In the penultimate episode, they find Geiger but learn that they cannot de-merge them without killing the fraternal double. So they don’t. I had held out hope, that maybe the last episode would have some vestige of what the first two seasons had. I was wrong to hope. The last episode was not what I wanted, it was a bittersweet feeling I had. I was glad that it was over, and that I could look at the first two seasons with fondness, while denouncing anything that occurred after Season 4 ended, because as bad as it was, Season 5 was worse. I may hate Season 3, and dislike Season 4, but at least they had what made Sliders good. Namely, Quinn.
Yeah, I’m a Quinn fan, and I’ll never stop being one. No one can be Jerry O’Connell except for Jerry O’Connell, maybe Charlie O’Connell, but I digress, the entire show was based on Quinn. He knew the science of sliding, he was the whiz-kid grad student and he was the heart of the show after Arturo’s death. Robert Floyd who played Mallory is not a bad actor. If we lived in the universe where Mallory wasn’t the reminder that Quinn was gone, he’d of been a great character. But as Quinn, he utterly fails. Sure, I missed Wade in Season 4. But they didn’t try to replace her with Almost!Wade. They let her depart, and then gave her the worst exit in the history of science-fiction, but if I talk about that this’ll be a 20 page paper.
Pretty much, all I’m trying to say is, the final episode was terrible. The Sliders go to a universe where their exploits are a TV show made by a guy who had visions of their adventures. The Seer as he was called, said that on their next slide, they’d all die, and his daughter who had been in a Kromagg prison camp with Mrs. Mallory, (Quinn’s mother), was keeping them there because of the profit they’d make. Rembrandt and Maggie also seek out and find a Kromagg killing virus and plan to return to Rembrandt’s Earth to implement it and liberate it from the Kromaggs. The ending boils down to, the timer is destroyed and the Kromagg vortex maker can only send one person, so Remmy, being the hero, injects himself with the virus and hops through the portal. Then it fades to black as Maggie sobs and Diana and Mallory look on sorrowfully.
Spoony was right to say, in his Beastmaster 2 commentary that Sliders is only worth watching up to when Professor Arturo left. Because without John-Rhys Davies, the show is almost nothing. And with that, I think I’ve rambled enough. Pretty much, I love Sliders and the finale was crap. Come back next time for whatever piques my interest.