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Sliders - First and Second Season, now on DVD
Review by Suzanne 9/14/04
I was a big fan of this show while it was on...I kept watching it even to the
bitter end, when all of the original actors and writers had left and the stories
were horrible. I am just a sucker for any story about time travel or
multiple dimensions, that sort of thing.
I just watched the first two seasons again on this set and really enjoyed
them all over again. The show is great fun and has a lot of humor.
It is very entertaining, even when it's hard to believe some of the plots.
Let's face it, the writing could have been better. But like they say in
the theme song for Mystery Science Theater 3000, "it's just a show, I really
should relax". It's easy to overlook minor plot holes when a show is this
much fun to watch.
If you haven't ever seen the show, it's about a young guy named Quinn, a
genius, who accidentally develops a gadget that will allow him to slide between
worlds, or parallel dimensions. He brings along with him Wade (a girl that
he works with at the computer store who has a crush on him), Professor Arturo
(his physics professor), and Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown (a singer who
accidentally gets caught up in their slide as he was driving past Quinn's
house). Much like the hero of "Quantum Leap", after the first ride they
just want to find their way home, but they can't. They travel to many
interesting Earths where things are either slightly different or very different.
They just try to stay out of trouble before they can slide again, but they often
get involved in the lives of the people in the various dimensions.
The special effects in "Sliders" are top-notch and the acting is great.
That, along with the interesting stories, is probably what kept the show going
for five years. The first two years are definitely the best (although
Sliders fans will probably hope that they come out with the next three years as
well, to complete their collection). You can see toward the end of the
second season where things will go in the future stories, particularly in the
next-to-the-last episode of this set, "Invasion", where they introduced the
alien-like Kromags. Apparently someone decided they wanted to bring bad
guys into the show. This was a big mistake because that's not what this
show was about. There were many fights between the writers/producers and
FOX, as well as with the actors. One by one the actors left and were
replaced by actors who were better-looking but couldn't act as well or weren't
as likable. The show became more about the Sliders fleeing from the aliens
and fighting against them then it was about Sliding and exploring new worlds.
I can't complete this review without complaining about the packaging of this
set. Rather than the usual plastic box with a DVD-holder that grabs the
disk, this package consists of a half-box piece of cardboard, some foam rubber,
and a clear piece of plastic. I think the designers meant it to look
"cool" because the disks show through the clear plastic. But basically,
it's a very cheap, chintzy piece of crap.
There were not many extras with this set, but I guess that's to be expected
when they put two seasons in one box. There is a little video of cast
pictures from the show, a list of credits, and a "Making of Sliders" special,
along with the usual audio commentary of the pilot. The special was fun
but a bit disappointing because it did not delve very deep and because only two
of the actors were interviewed.
The set is a must for Sliders fans. Others should definitely watch it
because it's an entertaining show.
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