Sliders (1995 series)
"If you saw a doorway leading into another dimension... would you step through it? Four people just found a gateway to another dimension, but they forgot one problem: how to get back!" A young genius and his comrades (including a young woman with an interest in the occult, a every-man musician, and a gruff and sarcastic professor played by John Rhys-Davies) travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home. The series began as a alternate-history adventure series, devolved into copying popular movies of the era, culminating in a large story-arc involving the last remaining members of a revolving-door cast of characters being pursued across dimensions by an villainous inter-dimensional totalitarian state ruled by the "Kromaggs", a race of humanoids which evolved from a different branch of human ancestors....
- Release Date: 1995-2000
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Fantasy
- Setting: Modern alternate universes
- Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour American commercial television time slot)
- Starring: Cleavant Derricks, Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Kari Wuhrer
- Creator: Tracy Tormé, Robert K. Weiss
- Producer/Production Co: St. Clare Entertainment, Studios USA Television, Universal Television
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- Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to TV-PG for occasional mild 1990s TV-friendly Violence, Profanity, and Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
This series has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work; it had far more potential for cosmic/weird storylines than it ever actually lived up to. The "Kromaggs" storylines almost suggest the sort of apocalyptic cosmicism of Lovecraft's far-future and distant-past Earths dominated by species other than humans, but never really follow through; a couple of the third-season stories that copied plots from popular sci-fi movies were probably handled in a more Lovecraftian (and skillful) way by the films they aped, and the handful of sci-fi/fantasy stories that mixed in mystical/supernatural elements were perhaps a little too inconsistent and matter-of-fact to have really worked well as weird fiction. Still, the small group of characters "sliding" between alternate versions of Earth where the rules and laws and history and physics of Earth as we know it are dwarfed by a larger multiverse is an intriguing setting that perhaps demands a more "Lovecraftian" exploration.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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Synopses of suggested episodes (SPOILERS)
A young genius and his comrades (including a young woman with an interest in the occult, a every-man musician, and a gruff and sarcastic professor played by John Rhys-Davies) travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home. The series began as a alternate-history adventure series, devolved into copying popular movies of the era, culminating in a large story-arc involving the last remaining members of a revolving-door cast of characters being pursued across dimensions by an villainous inter-dimensional totalitarian state ruled by the "Kromaggs", a race of humanoids which evolved from a different branch of human ancestors....
- "Into the Mystic" - On an alternate Earth immersed in occult practices, Quinn becomes the target of a shaman who demands his brain as payment for services rendered.
- "Gillian of the Spirits" - A slide gone wrong results in Quinn becoming lost in the astral plane, and the only person who can possibly help him is a girl with paranormal abilities. The world they've landed on is constrained by "anti-technology" laws that resulted from the atomic bombings on Japan, crimping Arturo's efforts to repair the timer.
- "Invasion" - The group arrives on a new world in the middle of an alien invasion, and learn that the invaders are the Kromaggs, sliders that can move through the gateways at will. The group slide to a World where California was settled by the French, where they are captured. They are relocated to Earth 113, and suffer interrogation.
- "Summer of Love" - After escaping from a world devastated by genetically-engineered spider-wasps, the Sliders find themselves in a present-day San Francisco where the "Summer of Love" never ended from the 1960s, and Wade and Rembrandt are mistaken for extraterrestrial prophets.
- "The Electric Twister Acid Test" - The sliders land in a barren wasteland with bizarre electrical activity that attracts tornadoes. They are confronted by an anti-technology cult, whose chief discovers the Sliders project and decides to keep Wade as hostage while keeping Quinn, Arturo and Rembrandt away.
- "The Dream Masters" - The group arrives on a world where terrorists discovered drugs that can invade people's dreams, and one of them chooses Wade as his next target.
- "Slide Like an Egyptian" - The group lands on a world where ancient Egypt retained slavery and Egyptian pharaoh rule has become predominant. They must escape from a pyramid while being hunted by a large scarab beetle.
- "Breeder" - Maggie is infected with a parasite that takes control of her body and attempts to find a mate.
- "Paradise Lost" - The sliders land on a world where a giant worm eats people.
- "The Last of Eden" - Quinn and Wade get stuck in an underground city. This episode is flashback of Rembrandt and Wade's memories. It is an adaptation of H. G. Wells' story The Time Machine.
- "The Return of Maggie Beckett" - Maggie is mistaken for her astronaut double and is kidnapped by conspirators in a world where the Roswell UFO crash happened but was never covered up, allowing a trade agreement between Grey Aliens and humans to be struck, giving Earth new technologies allowing for significant human technological advances; this included DNA advances, allowing for a Half-Human Hybrids to appear.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- Many fans suggest watching the first two seasons, and then abandoning the rest of the series; starting at about the third season, Sliders suffered from a crippling loss of the creative team, executive meddling, a move from FOX to the SyFy channel, and the erosion of its original cast until hardly any of the original characters remained, resulting in a lower regard for the later seasons; the third season was criticized for copying the plots of popular movies of the era (notably including Tremors, Species (1995 franchise),
Associated Mythos Elements
- race: Kromaggs, a bestial human relative which evolved on an alternate universe version of Earth (compare to Voormi and Gnophkeh)
- (YSDC forums) - discussion suggesting a way to use the premise of Sliders as a Call of Cthulhu campaign; see also: