The vortex has deposited the Sliders behind the gates of what appears to be a mental institution. They later discover that it is a neural remapping center where artists of all types — painters, musicians, dancers — are forced to squash their artistic instincts. In this world thinking alike is rewarded while individualism is discouraged. When a riot breaks out, the Sliders become separated. Rembrandt and Maggie escape from the grounds, while Diana is caught by a security guard and presumed to be a patient. Mallory poses as an intern, Dr. Carter, to track down Diana. Before he finds her, a doctor on the staff has already “remapped” her brain. As a result, Diana is catatonic. After Mallory’s identity is revealed, he, too, is strapped to an operating table for remapping. Maggie and Rembrandt show up just in time to save him. The three of them attempt to reverse the remapping process on Diana, but none of the them are medically qualified. With only minutes to go until their next slide, the threesome make a quick decision.
A corporate United States has removed all forms of free expression as a way of controlling the populace, and those who resist are rounded up and placed in asylums.
There’s a bench, a restaurant and not much else.
Where to begin… well, millions of years ago, I guess, because the human brain on this world is reversed. Cognitive and logic processes are part of the right brain, and creativity is part of the left side of the brain.
Aside from that minor historical fart, humanity plodded along much the same as it did on Earth Prime, until Doctor Malcolm White invented a neurological device that, when activated properly, would allow the user to remap his or her mind and perceive the human collective consciousness that exists extradimensionally. Unfortunately, the process backfired on White’s daughter, Jane, and before he could return her to her original state, the government seized the technology, erased Jane’s original map and began using it to curtail creativity. Doctor White institutionalized himself as penance.
The Corporate States of America found that painting, music or any medium that expressed new thoughts our ideas was a bad thing, and as most government are, banished them. The thought was that it would unify people by conforming them all to the same “Think Alike” mentality, when in reality it was a way to subjugate the population by making them forget that freedom is a right, not an aberration.
The Creativity Curtailment Act closed all venues of free expression, and as a result, Salvagers will roam outlets of creativity looking for scraps of art or music for their collections. Beware, however, the Creativity Curtailment Police, aka “Brain Nazis” roam the country looking for free thinkers, throwing them into hospitals to have their brains remapped using Dr. White’s device.
|Written by||Robert Masello|
|Directed by||Paul Raimondi|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Casey Brown|
|Next:||A Thousand Deaths|
The Sliders visit a world where anyone with artistic or creative tendencies is locked up. I can only draw parallels between the season five writing staff and their work environment.
Diana literally loses her mind on an Earth where all artists are imprisoned and their brains surgically altered.