Critical Essays


Genesis: The Destruction of the Sliders concept

In 46 minutes, the fourth season premiere, “Genesis,” effectively destroys the Sliders storytelling engine and ruins the plausibility of the characters. 46 minutes. That’s got to be some kind of record.

Heat of the Moment

The greatest “lost episode” in Sliders history comes a little bit closer to being unearthed with a treatment written by the author himself, Tracy Tormé.

Comics vs. The Screen

When the Acclaim comic series was introduced, it was hailed as a way to do all the things the show could not given budget restraints, risky content, or technical limitations. Yet when all was said and done, almost every comic made its way on screen in one form or another. This raises a fairly obvious question: if all stories ended up on television anyway, why bother with the comics? In this essay, we’ll take a look at how at how each comic stacked up against its on screen counterpart. It’s print media versus electronic media. Who will prevail?

Proposed Season 5 Episodes

Remember that episode where the Sliders landed on the world with werewolves? Or that one where Vincent Turk builds a Kromagg-killing laser beam? Remember Derek Quade? You don’t? That’s because a ton of pre-production on the fifth season was ultimately scrapped, but thanks to the diligent investigative work of the Expert, you can read all about a season that never was.

Season 5 Rumors

In addition to over a dozen story ideas that were never produced are the rumors about Season Five. Read reports about shoots in a mall that never materialized and about the purported return of Conrad Bennish, Jr. here.

Season 4 Rumors

When Sliders was canceled after the 1996-7 Fox season, the Internet community went into overdrive. There was a huge letter writing campaign to resurrect the show, and rumors immediately began to swirl about the show’s future. The information below tracks the rumor mill’s progress for the fourth season from way out wackiness to confirmed reports.

“The Guardian” — A Critique

Matt Hutaff takes a look at the Production Draft of “The Guardian” — Tracy Tormé’s original vision, and wonders if total autonomy is necessarily a good thing.