Mallory sports a tribal headdress, having just participated in a fire ritual. Suddenly his joking pleas to the gods result in a torrent of water roaring straight toward them! With the water at their heels, they manage to leap aside at the last possible moment. It’s time to slide out, and they arrive in a deserted town where a mysterious force field is slowly consuming everything in its path. They are surprised to see Dr. Geiger again, but he doesn’t recognize them. Suddenly, Geiger leaps into the energy barrier. Inside the Chandler Hotel, Stu, a bellhop, informs the Sliders that one day he found himself along with other survivors alone in this deserted world. The Sliders decide to confront that “man upstairs” for an explanation. They are shocked to find Dr. Geiger again. Apparently the Geiger they initially met was his alternate. Meanwhile, the unexplained energy barrier is moving toward the hotel and within a few hours, it will consume everyone. Dr. Geiger convinces Diana, against her better judgment, to help him split Quinn from Mallory’s body. But Geiger is secretly using the experiment to help him stabilize his own existence, from his disembodied state, in this Earth dimension. Meanwhile, Rembrandt and Maggie accidentally come across tens of disfigured people hiding in the basement and realize Geiger’s true intentions. They rush back to Geiger’s suite in time to stop Mallory from being transformed into Geiger. As the energy barrier enters the hotel, the refugees panic and charge up the stairs to Geiger’s suite. Once more, Geiger offers to help separate Quinn from Mallory. But the result is hopeless — they are inextricably linked like Siamese twins. When the sliding vortex opens, Rembrandt, Maggie and Mallory jump in. But the refugees break through the door and Stu shoots Geiger dead. Before Diana follows the Sliders, she pulls a switch to send the refugees back to their original Earth dimension.
Is it Mallory’s communication with Cajero, spirit of the heavens, that brought torrential flooding to this tiny Mexican village, or is it just part of the Universal Studios backlot tour? You be the judge.
Oberon Geiger has sliced a section of a parallel world away and is containing it in the hopes of merging himself with someone else.
Hill Valley World
A DeLorean should be racing towards the clock tower any minute now.
Six months ago, Doctor Oberon Geiger took a chunk of a parallel universe and pulled it into hyperspace. It’s a three block radius of buildings, and, unfortunately, people.
The nugget of reality is sustained in a larger version of the energy barrier keeping Geiger intact at Geiger Applied Research. It allows Geiger to maintain a corporeal form, and most importantly, it allows him the opportunity to experiment on those trapped on this pan-dimensional fragment.
The working titles for this episode in pre-production were “A Slide is Just a Slide” and “As Space-Time Goes By.”
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“We had a freelance script called ‘A Slide is Just a Slide’ that had been lying around for months,” Keith Damron explains. “The story was supposed to be our mid-season encounter with our old nemesis Dr. Oberon Geiger. The original pitch from the writer Eric Morris was that our Sliders end up in sort of a “composite world”. A splinter dimension made up of fragments of worlds that our heroes had previously visited. The concept was interesting enough and sort of fit in with Dr. Geiger’s quest to combine the multi-verse. After a meeting with Eric we distilled the story down into a sliding version of Casablanca and had him write it.
“Our gang arrives in seemingly familiar terrain around the Chandler but are surprised to find this mini-Earth clogged with a hodgepodge of characters and structures that they’ve encountered on previous slides. This is not the smooth seamless utopian world that Oberon Geiger had envisioned. People from such noted places as skirted cops world, nudist world, gun slinging lawyers world, Egyptian world and Amish world to name a few, would wallpaper the varied environs. We would also meet a few familiar faces — Holly from The Alternateville Horror, Hal the bartender, the dreaded Kromagg Kolitar and even Barry Lipschitz. All of whom are thrown together into this extra-dimensional collage. All of whom are trying to find a way out through any means possible. When they discover that Rembrandt, Maggie, Mallory and Diana do posses such an out, they each try to entice, cajole, beg and even threaten our heroes for passage.
“The problem with ‘A Slide is Just a Slide’ is that we drew many of the classic film parallels to extremes and later regretted it,” he continues. “From a scene with Holly feigning affection for Mallory in exchange for the timer — to another scene with a bar full of drunken Kromagg soldiers belting out war hymns. We even toyed around with the idea of having Rembrandt take on the Victor Lazlo role — fueling the resistance movement to undo Geiger’s work and return everyone to their own world. Our version was just a little (a lot?) too much on the nose.”
A page one rewrite later, viewers got the mess they saw.
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Is that Jerry O’Connell’s face when Geiger works his magic on Mallory? It sure is. After all the legal hassles that came about at the beginning of the fifth season, production got permission to use O’Connell’s image. It’s footage from Genesis where Quinn is tortured by the Kromaggs.
Look hard, though; it isn’t easy to see.
|Teleplay by||Chris Black|
|Story by||Eric Morris and Chris Black|
|Directed by||David Peckinpah|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Stewart Schill|
“Eye of the Storm” is an exemplary episode; within its running length, it contains note-perfect examples of precisely everything wrong with this series.
Diana's final confrontation with Doctor Geiger on a fragment of a world leads to a startling revelation - he has the ability to split Quinn from Mallory.