On a world where resources are so scarce horses are on the endangered species list, the Sliders find themselves in the overpopulated fusion of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Unable to find anything worth eating, Rembrandt accepts a dinner invitation from a wealthy superfan of his double. The others are pursued through the streets by Logan St. Claire, a brilliant young scientist who detected their incoming wormhole. She offers them her equipment to find their home coordinates in exchange for whatever help Quinn can give on fixing her faulty sliding machine.
Suspicious about the death of his double, Arturo and Wade launch an investigation that points the finger at Logan. They uncover her plans to raid other worlds for their natural resources and uncover security footage of her murdering the other Arturo. Before they can expose her, Wade is abducted and Logan attempts to kill Arturo by sending him through an unstable wormhole. Quinn makes an unpleasant discovery of his own — he and Logan are the same person, just with an x chromosome swapped for a y. Meanwhile, Rembrandt’s super fan turns into a super stalker, and thanks to its theft by Logan, the timer’s 2 mile radius is expanded out to 400 miles.
The only thing known about this world is that Rembrandt bought new boots and a shiny new suit that looks a lot like the one he wore in the Pilot.
Urbanization has overtaken the West Coast to the point where Los Angeles and San Francisco are boroughs of a 400-mile-long city called San Angeles.
A ganja-filled time can be had by all, mon.
“It goes against the laws of nature,” but somehow, Los Angeles and San Francisco are the end neighborhoods of the megalopolis San Angeles. The coastal city extends through Santa Barbara, Salinas, and San Luis Obispo.
Because so many people are living in such a concentrated area, natural resources aren’t exactly in abundance. Congress has placed horses on the endangered species list, and five-minute power brownouts are scheduled every three hours and there’s a power blackout every day at 4:00 pm.
Prototronics, a company based in the San Francisco borough of San Angeles, has been working to develop sliding on this planet so that they can utilize the natural resources of parallel Earths. The inventor of the project, Maximillian Arturo, died mysteriously while testing the stability of a Prototronics vortex, a major setback. His assistant, Logan St. Clair, has taken over the development.
Rembrandt Brown is still a top-drawing act and is currently touring Europe. Monique, a huge fan of the Cryin’ Man, lives off the wealth of her father, who invented the paperless toilet on this world. They still have paper toilets here but to use it will cost the user at least five dollars.
On this world, Logan’s mother, Mrs. Mallory, remarried after her husband, Michael Mallory, died. She married a man named St. Clair and Logan took her step-father’s name.
“I guess there was some kind of change in the tax laws that enabled us to make the move [to Los Angeles],” says Tracy Tormé. “The feeling was that the better weather, longer daylight hours and being able to do things on the lot just about offset the financial advantages of doing it in Vancouver.”
Production was also moved because of the lengths that Tormé and associates would go to circumvent FOX’s notes.
“During the first two seasons, we did the shows we wanted to do subversively,” he reveals. “We found ways to ignore the network’s notes and stubbornly go in the direction we wanted to go in.”
While this may have worked with previous producers such as Jon Povill and Jacob Epstein, the new regime brought in for the third season erased that subversive element, and FOX mandated that the show move so they could keep a closer eye on it.
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What ever became of Logan St. Clair? According to the September 1996 TV Guide Fall Preview, Logan was definitely created to be a recurring character/villain. Yet she never appeared in another episode of the series.
“Fox killed Logan because they didn’t think she was ‘hot’ enough,” says writer Paul Jackson. “Another smart network move, yes? She was a great character and we had just started to think about her return (obviously she was coming back!) when they told us to forget it.
“We had foreseen as many as two more eps with her: one where she returns and confronts Quinn head on and one where she actually changes her loyalties and dies trying to save ‘herself’ (Quinn). Sadly, it was never meant to be.”
For the record, the staff at Earth Prime all think Zoe is hot.
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The recurring character of Elston Diggs was created by Tracy Tormé as one of just many ideas he said he had coming into Season Three. The original concept of the character was to have him as a bartender who blended into whatever kind of lifestyle was evident on any given world. “I think his name originally was Elton Diggs and we had to change it because there was somebody actually living in L.A. with that name,” he says. “So he became Elston Diggs, and the idea was to create a sort of chameleon character who was going to appear in this bar that we had as a standing set and he was different on every world.”
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The futuristic Golden Gate Bridge and the bullet train that travels through it, which gave Rembrandt the ride of his life, was designed, modeled, and animated by Larry Bowman.
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While originally intended as the third season opener, this episode was pushed to air second after Rules of the Game.
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Rumor has it that the character Logan St. Clair is named after the Sliders production office St. Clare Entertainment.
|Written by||Tony Blake & Paul Jackson|
|Directed by||Richard Compton|
|Music by||Stephen Graziano|
|Edited by||Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.|
|Previously:||The Young and the Relentless|
|Next:||Rules of the Game|
“Double Cross” is an incredible hour of television that proves Sliders can balance believable antagonists, interesting plot twists, cool character moments, and action adventure when the need arises. If FOX is mandating more running, jumping, and explosions, I can certainly get behind it when this is the end result.
On a world that redefines urban sprawl, the Sliders befriend a beautiful woman who has the technology to send them home... but for a price.