Take the slide

Complete fifth season of “Sliders” comes to DVD

By Colin Hickson
Staff Writer

On Dec. 2, the popular sci-fi show “Sliders” received a complete series release, including all five seasons of the show.

Image from EarthPrime.com.

Image from EarthPrime.com.

Long before the “Family Guy” episode “Road to the Multiverse” aired, the show “Sliders” explored the concept of parallel realities. Airing on FOX for its first three seasons, “Sliders” then moved to the Sci-Fi Channel for its final two seasons. The series ran on air from 1995 to 2000.

As the show opens, physics student Quinn Mallory, played by Jerry O’Connell, is trying to find where the portal he accidentally created leads to. An alternate reality double of Quinn who already mastered “sliding” (inter-dimensional travel) helps Quinn and explains that he cannot control the slides. He always knows how long he will be in one world and where the next window will appear thanks to a special timer.

However, before the double can finish speaking to Quinn, he is pulled back to his world. Shortly after this event, Quinn slides for the first time, taking his coworker Wade, played by Sabrina Lloyd, and his teacher Maximillian Arturo, played by John Rhys-Davies. Among the worlds, they visit an England ruled U.S., a San Francisco that is a maximum-security prison and a place where smart guys are sports heroes.

As the series progresses, Maggie Beckett, played by Kari Wüher and Colin, played by Charlie O’Connell, join the show. Colin is Quinn’s brother who was long lost and raised on an Amish world.

In the show’s final season, Quinn is forcibly merged with his double, played by Robert Floyd, as the result works of a mad scientist. While Colin is “unstuck” in a slide, and the group is joined by another scientist, Diana Davis, played by Tembi Locke. The group spends a generous segment of the season locating the madman scientist.

The show’s only negative qualities are that some episodes are strange in a bad way, and that it ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the audience to forever ponder his final fate. If one is a fan of sci-fi shows, “Sliders” would be a welcome addition to their collection.

“Sliders” is a series few can hope to copy, possessing well-written and intriguing stories, complex characters and thought provoking ideas. “Sliders” stands as one of the greatest shows to have come out of 1990s.