Season 4 Reviews

 

Review: Genesis

Despite some misfires, “Genesis” is worth watching. After braving through the latter half of season three, it’s impressive to see such an about face to credible science fiction.

Review: Prophets and Loss

Make no mistake; you walk away from this episode knowing exactly what the production staff thinks about the fundamentalist movement creeping through Christian communities (hint: it’s not positive).

Review: Common Ground

This episode castrates the Kromagg menace by showing both Kromagg politicking and a Dynasty commander who’d much rather while away the time talking to prisoners and destroying his subordinates than building advanced weapons or doing his job.

Review: Virtual Slide

Simply put, if you can look past the fact that everything good in “Virtual Slide” was a fabrication that never happened within the canon of the show, you’ll enjoy this episode.

Review: World Killer

“World Killer” is a tour de force for Sliders, easily the most important and character-driven episode in years. Marc Scott Zicree has written a fantastic script, and the actors — Jerry O’Connell in particular — deliver far beyond what we’ve come to expect. Mark my words: this will go down as one of the finest hours in the show’s run.

Review: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Since prior episodes with cast changes involved brain sucking, murder, and gang rape, I hope I’m not going out on a limb declaring “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” the best — and certainly least horrifying — introduction of a new cast member “Sliders” has had thus far.

Review: Just Say Yes

If you’re looking for a solid comic outing, you’ll definitely enjoy “Just Say Yes.” The little touches and the weather during filming give this episode a solid second season vibe to it. And at the very least, it’s another of the fourth season’s return to form for the series.

Review: The Alternateville Horror

The production crew admits to the budget reduction the show had in its move to the Sci-Fi Channel, but when episodes like “The Alternateville Horror” can showcase strong storytelling, good-natured humor, and excellent special effects for less money, I’m not concerned about the occasional bottle show.

Review: Slidecage

The science fiction element of “Slidecage” is the strongest we’ve seen on the show in some time. The high concept parallel world “roach motel” makes for a fun exercise by putting the Sliders in a pressure cooker situation, and is a much better follow-up to the Kromaggs than what we saw in “Common Ground.”

Review: Asylum

“Asylum” began life as “Rembrandt’s Romance,” a title too simple for what lay in store. What we received is much more apt. In a series about never-ending danger and adventure, the Sliders are probably all looking for a safe harbor in the storm.

Review: California Reich

“California Reich” reinforces Cleavant Derricks’ acting chops as he tackles the issue of racism in America. I just wish it had been tackled better.

Review: The Dying Fields

It looks like it’s that part of the season where the Sliders stumble around implausible worlds looking for decent stories, because “The Dying Fields” is a mess of plot holes, poor decision-making, and, yes, a lot of stupidity.

Review: Lipschitz Live

The Sliders take a welcome break from Kromaggs and neo-Nazis this week to yuck it up in an America dominated by a single television show. With no greater ambitions than a few laughs, “Lipschitz Live” meets this low standard. If you’re capable of leaving it at that, you may enjoy this outing. If not, it’s going to annoy the heck out of you.

Review: Mother and Child

While some may argue — incorrectly — that the episode is an excuse by a power hungry television executive to play power games, I will argue that this particular episode is an example of dynamic and challenging story writing which explores the depth of Kromagg love.

Review: Slide by Wire

In a second half where we’ve seen more misses than hits, “Slide by Wire” is a welcome oasis in a desert of mediocrity.

Review: Data World

Welcome to the Hotel Chandler, or as the pathetic title informs us, “Data World.” You see, that’s the twist. Though it shares the same set as all the other Chandler Hotels we’ve visited this season, this one is a simulation made up entirely of data.

Review: Way Out West

“Way Out West” is a loving tribute to all the old westerns that ruled the media in the middle of this century. From Rembrandt declaring himself jumpier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs to Quinn’s laconic yups, this is as stereotypical a view of the Old West as you’re going to find.

Review: My Brother’s Keeper

While “My Brother’s Keeper” takes the lay up on the fairway instead of firing for the green, it’s one of the rare instances this season where you’re forced to think about what you’re watching.

Review: The Chasm

Last season, Sliders delivered a particularly foul turd of an episode about a weird little town with a horrible secret. No matter – here is the sequel nobody demanded — Paradise Lost II: The Chasm. And this time, it’s personal.

Review: Roads Taken

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what in particular about “Roads Taken” sets me off, but it’s proved elusive. All I know is I want to take this episode and beat it with a tire iron.

Review: Revelations

The only thing “Revelations” reveals is how gullible I was to think that this season would be any different from the last one.