Quinn puts the team in danger when his rescue of a girl from her sociopath boyfriend leads to the two of them following them through the vortex. They land in a San Francisco that offers full social services so long as its inhabitants abide by a strict code of conduct. This is enforced through a buddy system, and Quinn has the misfortune of being teamed with Sid. Only later do they learn the entire city has been turned into a prison, with impending earthquakes threatening to drop the shelf into the ocean.
Both are sentenced to death when Sid resumes his life of crime and is captured by the authorities. The remaining five are led underground to hide, but the authorities capture them with the help of their new pal Sid. He makes the group a one time offer — whoever teaches him how to use the timer lives. Arturo accepts, attempting to trick Sid. The ruse fails, but fortunately their new friend is handy with a gun.
The first, but certainly not the last. A world devastated by war, and the survivors are still taking it pretty personally.
Seismic instability and a burgeoning prison population made the decision to convert downtown San Francisco into a massive federal penitentiary an easy decision.
The Sliders’ accommodations are courtesy of government housing.
Public address announcements and signs around the compound offer clues as to what’s expected in Prison World. The announcements include:
Battlefield Earth’s history deviated sharply in the 1980s when a massive war took out a huge chunk of the United States. San Francisco is in tatters, and it doesn’t look like the government is doing anything to rebuild it. It doesn’t look like the locals care, anyway.
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On Prison World, it was determined that the seismic stability of the San Francisco peninsula couldn’t be maintained much longer, so the federal government (most likely in conjunction with state government) walled off a huge section of the city and made it a prison. A massive earthquake is due any day that, experts say, will sink the peninsula into the Pacific Ocean. Technology is at a higher level on Prison World than on Earth Prime, which is visible in the buddy bracelets and electric cars.
Inmates must fill out forms for the Board of Registry. These forms contain a will and organ donor card. Custodians wear patches which contain the prison tree logo and a UPC bar code for identification. The bracelets are registered with a computer log which links two people together.
If the buddy system is compromised, the bracelet of the offender and his buddy send signals to the computer which then signals the custodian closest to the infraction. The custodian checks with the computer supervisor to rule out a possible malfunction; if there isn’t one, the Custodian is authorized to use lethal force as punishment. Sometimes, it’s the offender’s buddy that is killed — a way of reiterating the importance of keeping your buddy in check.
Some Custodians carry cane devices which can activate and check bracelets.
Another way that the custodians keep tabs on the inmates is the “Neighborhood Watch” program which offers rewards to those who report that a crime has been committed.
“‘El Sid’ was one of our more popular shows, but it moved a bit slowly,” says Tracy Tormé. “It was essentially two-thirds of an episode stretched into a full story. We got good performances from our guest actors, and I guess people dug the earthquakes. They liked it a little more than I did.”
|Written by||Jon Povill|
|Directed by||Paris Barclay|
|Music by||Stephen Graziano|
|Edited by||Edward Salier, A.C.E.|
|Previously:||Time Again and World|
I’d like to accuse this episode of not being well thought out, but that’s not true. The storyline is coherent; it’s just boring.
When Quinn rescues a beautiful young woman in distress on a world ruled by violence, her homicidal boyfriend, swearing vengeance for an imagined slight, follows the sliders through the vortex.