Sliders (Pilot Movie)

SlidersGenius college student Quinn Mallory is about to drive his physics instructor, Professor Maximillian Arturo, quite mad. Quinn is convinced he’s on the brink of breaking the barrier between dimensions, using a device that would let him “slide” between them and visit alternate histories. Professor Arturo is convinced that Quinn is on the verge of doing no such thing if he doesn’t start tending more carefully to his classwork. Quinn’s friend Wade – who isn’t his girlfriend, but wouldn’t mind if he ever did take notice of her – is concerned about him too, and when Wade and Arturo visit Quinn at home, they discover that he has indeed made a breakthrough. Quinn’s sliding device is still in the early stages of testing – and the first time he uses it, it has disastrous results, plunging Quinn, Arturo and Wade into an alternate reality and sucking up a hapless soul singer named Rembrandt “Crying Man” Brown along the way. The four of them find themselves in San Francisco, which is where they started – but they’re trapped in a world where Soviet Communism has overrun America. They quickly fall in with a resistance cell trying to restore democracy, a cell whose missing leader apparently had a striking resemblance to Wade – but they’re met with instant suspicion because the local Commandant bears an equally striking resemblance to Professor Arturo. Even if they survive this adventure, with or without striking a blow for freedom, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to return to their own universe.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Jerry O’Connell (Quinn Mallory), Sabrina Lloyd (Wade Welles), Cleavant Derricks (Rembrandt Brown), John Rhys-Davies (Professor Maximillian Arturo)

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Andrew Tennant
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Linda Henning (Mrs. Mallory), Joseph A. Wapner (Commissar Wapner), Doug Llewelyn (Comrade Llewelyn), Garwin Sanford (Doc), Roger C. Cross (Wilkins), Yee Jee Tso (Wing), Jason Gaffney (Benish), Frank C. Turner (Crazy Kenny), Gary Jones (Hurley), John Novak (Ross J. Kelly), Don Mackay (Artie Field), Alex Bruhanski (Pavel), Jay Brazeau (KGB Colonel), Andrew Kavadas (Vendor), Sook Yin Lee (Pat), Wayne Cox (PBS Spokesman), Raoul Ganee (Sentry), Tom Butler (Michael Mallory)

Notes: Filmed in Vancouver, Sliders visits many of the same locations and even performers as featured a year later in Fox’s 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, including Yee Jee Tso and John Novak. Perhaps not coincidentally, Vancouver was doubling for San Francisco in that production too.

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Fever

SlidersQuinn and his friends visit a plague-stricken world which has been denied the benefits of modern medicine as they know it. They also discover that the disease sweeping the world may have been deliberately engineered – and that this world’s Quinn is accused of creating it. Now the trick is to evade capture long enough for the next slide…without contracting the disease themselves.

Order the DVDswritten by Ann Powell & Rose Schacht
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Ken Pogue (Doctor Morgan), Allison Hossack (Doctor Stanley), Yee Jee Tso (Wing), William Sasso (Gomez Calhoun)

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The Last Days

SlidersThe sliders arrive on a world on the brink of chaos and anarchy as the human race prepares to be wiped out by an approaching asteroid in 72 hours. While this might only cause mild consternation to the visitors, Quinn has arranged for them to stay in this dimension for a little over three days, making them just as susceptible to this Earth’s fate as everyone else. Quinn and Wade try to visit the home of this dimension’s Quinn to see if he has developed sliding equipment that can allow them to escape earlier, while Arturo sets out on an unlikely mission to develop an asteroid-deflecting atom bomb – a technology never used in this world – with obnoxious Benish, a student of his from home. Rembrandt, in the meantime, decides to party like there’s no tomorrow – only to find that anarchy is breaking loose as the end draws near, and he’s right in the middle of it.

Order the DVDswritten by Dan Lane
directed by Michael Keusch
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Jennifer Hetrick (Caroline), Jason Gaffney (Benish), George Touliatos (Dr. Antonovich), Gary Narin (Mace Moon), Malcolm Stewart (Alan Fontaine), Carlton Watson (Reverend), Robin Palmer (Nurse Pamela), Patrick Stevenson (Jimmy), Hidalgo Rubin (Driver), Jacqueline Dandeneau (Meter Maid), Norma Wick (News Anchor), Brian Arnold (Science Correspondent), Mike Dobson (Policeman)

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Prince Of Wails

SlidersArriving in a world where the American colonies lost their revolution gambit to British forces, Arturo is alarmed to find that his double in this dimension is the Sheriff of San Francisco, a corrupt politician who, since he is next in the line of succession to young Prince Harold, means to see the young monarch assassinated. Naturally, Arturo is mistaken for the Sheriff when he encounters Harold, but aside from this confusion the professor wants no part of the shady royal dealings; Quinn, however, has other ideas, namely stirring up a revolution to depose the Sheriff.

Order the DVDswritten by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
directed by Felix Alcala
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Ben Bode (Prince Harold), Sherman Howard (Hendrick), Gerard Plunkett (Driver), Chris Humphreys (Raider #1), Tracey Olson (Dixon Vallely), Bernie Coulson (Raider #2), David Kaye (Reporter #1), Jaylene Hamilton (Reporter #2)

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Summer Of Love

SlidersThe authorities investigate the Sliders’ disappearance in their native universe, questioning Quinn’s classmate Conrad Benish, just as Quinn and his friends arrive in another universe. To Quinn’s horror, the timer has suffered some damage, but when a public PA system warns of the coming of a swarm of mutant spider-wasps, he and his friends worry that they may suffer even worse damage. The timer is barely able to generate another vortex in time to escape, and the gateway closes for a moment after Wade and Rembrandt slide. Quinn and Arturo slide to a different location, and find that some of the mutant insects have come with them. Both parties have actually arrived in the same world, with Wade and Rembrandt emerging from their wormhole before the shocked eyes of a hippie commune whose members believe them to be aliens from another world. While searching for Quinn and Arturo, Rembrandt stumbles upon his own funeral – and blows his own cover when the eulogy becomes less than complimentary. It gradually becomes apparent that America is at war in this world, and the counterculture with whom the sliders are identified is considered a very dangerous and subversive group indeed.

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Obba Babbatunde (Hippie), Deborah Lacey (Agent), Arthur Reggie III (Detective), Jason Gaffney (Benish), Gerry Nairn (Mace Moore), Michele Goodger (Copeland), Robert Lee (Harold), Barry Pepper (Skidd), Ajay Karah (Seeker), Richard Leacock (Tenedu), Gabrielle Miller (Fling), Joy Coghill (Ms. Tweak), Mike Dobson (First Policeman), Joanna Piros (Newscaster)

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Eggheads

SlidersQuinn and the others arrive in a world where intellectuals are revered and even worshipped in the same way as athletes are in the sliders’ native dimension. Quinn and Arturo’s duplicates in this dimension are quite famous – and apparently quite infamous too, since Arturo is served with divorce papers intended for his double from a woman that Arturo once fell in love with and lost, and Quinn is roughed up for his alternate’s enormous gambling debts. The only way Quinn can avoid further harm during his stay is to throw a Mindgame championship, a contest combining physical sports and mental prowess, in MIT’s favor. The results if Quinn doesn’t conspire against his own team could be fatal.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Scott Smith Miller
story by Scott Smith Miller & Jacob Epstein
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Charles Syphers (Coach Almquist), Peter Spellos (Jimmy), Gabrielle Rose (Kristina), Rick Garcia (Referee), Tom Jackson (Color Commentator), Ron Pitts (Play-by-Play Announcer), Andrew Guy (Wilson), Karen Austin (Lydia), William B. Davis (Professor Myman), Roman Danylo (Buyer), Johnny Mah (Victor), Rachel Hayward (Karen), Anthony Harrison (Agent Cannon), Marc Baur (Agent O’Malley), Sheelagh Megill (Mrs. Bingham), Colin Warner (Harvard Captain), Bentley Mitchum (M.I.T. Player), Mark Poyser (Rapper Leader), Carl Hibbert (Rapper #1), Michael McMillian (Rapper #2), Amanda O’Leary (Librarian)

Notes: Guest star William B. Davis is no stranger to fans of the Fox network’s mid ’90s SF series – he’s better known as the “Cigarette Smoking Man” from The X-Files.

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The Weaker Sex

SlidersThe sliders arrive in a dimension very much like their own, only in this world Rembrandt, Quinn and Arturo discover what it’s like to be trapped beneath the glass ceiling. Men are treated as inferiors or, worse yet, sex objects – and Wade gets a taste of real power. An incensed Arturo decides to take it upon himself to launch a “men’s liberation” movement, but the resulting uproar may cause the sliders to miss the window for their next escape.

Order the DVDswritten by Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin
directed by Vern Gillum
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Sara Botsford (Mayor Ross), Robert Curtis-Brown (Danny), Jill Teed (Serena), Alf Humphreys (Pete), Andrew Wheeler (Ken), Liza Huget (Lois), Peter Kelamis (Glenn), Douglas Sills (Ed), Joe Maffei (Bernie), Teresa Barnwell (Hilary Clinton), Tamara Stanners (Jeanie Moses), Leigh Morrow (Anchorwoman), Peg Christopherson (Female Shopper)

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The King Is Back

SlidersNarrowly escaping from a dimension where Judge Ito sentences Quinn to die for a minor crime under the “instant justice act,” Rembrandt finds himself in a world where his double was a bigger star than Elvis. The only problem is that this world’s Rembrandt apparently died, which makes it hard for Rembrandt to go anywhere without being recognized and even chased down by rabid fans. His agent tracks him down and approaches him with the offer of a comeback concert that will net Rembrandt a million dollars per song. This is enough to make Rembrandt consider staying behind in this dimension, but it appears that his newfound fame and fortune might be cut short when an insanely jealous former bandmate decides to ensure that the rumors of Rembrandt’s death are anything but exaggerated.

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Tormè
directed by Vern Gillum
music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Guest Cast: Chuck McCain (Captain Jack), Clinton Derricks-Carroll (alternate Rembrandt), Tom Pickett (Maurice), Eadie Del Rubio, Elena Del Rubio, Milly Del Rubio (The Del Rubio Sisters), Janice Kent (Lawyer), Michele T. Carter (Penny Jenson), Sheri-D Wilson (Secretary), William Sasso (Gomez Calhoun), Judith Maxie (Charmagne), Nicholas Harrison (Nick), Peter Hanlon (Expert Analyzer), Richard Ihara (Judge), Tyler Van Blankenstein (First Kid)

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The Luck Of The Draw

SlidersOn an idyllic world where population control is not the problem that it is on their Earth, Quinn and the others arrive and find a moment to relax. Wade begins thinking about staying in this world despite Quinn’s misgivings. When she enters a lottery and wins, Wade feels she’s found a good stopping place – and, Quinn discovers, so does the government. The lottery awards its winners all their hearts’ desires for 24 hours before euthanizing them to control the population. Rembrandt falls for one of Wade’s fellow winners, and Wade herself becomes attracted to another “lucky” individual. They each reveal to their newfound friends that there is a means of escape by sliding, but Quinn – perhaps jealous of Wade’s blossoming romance with Ryan – can’t guarantee that the wormhole from one dimension to another can carry more than four people. When the police come to arrest Rembrandt for the “pro-life” offense of trying to dissuade a lottery winner from her ultimate goal, the others break him out and run for their lives with Wade’s new heartthrob. Quinn’s fears about the stability of the wormhole may prove unfounded when it appears that it only has to deposit four living subjects to their next destination as Quinn takes a bullet from the pursuing police.

Order the DVDswritten by Jon Povill
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Nicholas Lea (Ryan), Alex Datcher (Julianne), Kevin Cooney (Ken), Geoff Edwards (himself), Mike Kopsa (Agent Wilson), Nathan Vanering (Father Fergus), Walter Marsh (Elderly Man), Kristina Matisic (News Anchor), Ted Cole (Friendly Man), David Glyn-Jones (Elderly Man)

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