When Quinn learns his double is working on sliding, he and Colin investigate and find alt-Quinn just before a lab explosion takes his eyes. The guards responding to the accident take Quinn to be an escaped clone, leading the Sliders in a mad dash to rescue him. Meanwhile, Michael Mallory must confront the possibility that clones might not just be living organ banks, and Colin becomes the mentor to his brother’s confused clone, teaching him morality and brotherhood.
Advancements in medical technology have allowed cloning of actual people to suit their donor needs.
They really went ape in this episode! Not since California Reich can I remember so many products placed in such a tiny space! Here are all the corporate sponsors I could spot:
Colin suggests they use a mattress for a soft slide, and it works!
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Mallory perfected the process of cloning and patented his invention. Whereas before the process of grafting organs from other individuals was commonplace, people with enough money could literally create a doppelganger. Wealthy families literally farmed copies of their children and developed the embryos should the need arise to claim an organ.
While this was all very well and good for the wealthy, the poor saw it as another way of getting screwed. Many had sold their parts to pay bills or simply put food on the table. Now, managed health concerns such as MHO treat their patients by removing healthy tissue from the clone.
Naturally, a resistance has built up to liberate clones and send them to Canada for safety. It was thought that the resistance had created clones that would kill the original, but this is strictly rumor.
“In this particular episode, we take a look at the whole cloning thing,” says Kari Wuhrer. “On this world, they clone humans for body parts, so if I go blind I’ve got a clone who lives in relative seclusion. She’s a second class person, cloned for the purpose of giving body parts to the primary humans. It kind of takes a twist on what is going on now in the scientific community.”
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The final scene featuring three Quinns — the original, his blind double and the clone — was shot and completed on March 12, 1998.
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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.
It's a battle of ideologies between Quinn and his father when Quinn is mistaken for an escaped clone of his double. While Maggie and Rembrandt look for an avenue of escape for their friend, Colin teaches the clone the meaning of family and sacrifice.