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.

LogBook entry by Earl Green