Rembrandt is at the right place at the wrong time when a woman he once knew is rolled in the hospital with pregnancy complications. Thinking he’s offering himself for a blood transfusion, he ends up carrying the child. A virus affecting all women prevents them from coming to full term, so science has created an artificial womb for men to finish the job. Rembrandt’s double is the duke, and his unborn son is 4th in line to the throne. He moves up to 1st in line when the king and his two heirs are murdered in a house fire. This puts Rembrandt in the line of fire of the scheming woman seeking to make her illegitimate son the next ruler of a monarchical United States. With Arturo running the show at the palace, Quinn and Wade track down the real duke who is in hiding for his life. They discover the assassin, but not before she makes another attempt on Rembrandt and the would-be king.
(not to be confused with British World) Rembrandt’s double has married into the American royal family, and his son-to-be is fourth in line for the throne.
Where little girls have wings and can fly — with a little help from their moms.
It’s a good guess that the American monarchy on this world was born out of the Founding Father’s request that George Washington take his place as king of the new American republic. On Earth Prime, he denounced the suggestion, saying that the United States didn’t need a king like the one they had just fought to declare their independence. Apparently, someone on this world disagreed, as Thomas Jefferson and his second wife, slave Sally Hemmings, took to the throne. Danielle is a direct descendent of that union.
This United States is ruled by King Thomas, but this time things have turned out rather well. Wade says that everyone is kind and courteous. The American flag is the same as on Earth Prime with the exception of a red crown that sits in the background of the blue square in the corner. The currency, like Britain, relies on pence and pounds.
The only real difference — and it’s a major difference — is that on this world, men carry their pregnant wives’ children to term. In other words, they’re the ones that have to actually give birth. Why? Well, It seems that about 20 years ago a viral epidemic (where have we heard that before?) destroyed the capacity of the female population to carry a child beyond the second trimester. Scientists, advanced beyond those of Earth Prime, overcame this dilemma by coming up with a way for men to “share” the pregnancy. They created an artificial womb in the man, allowing them to carry the baby for the third trimester.
On Monarchy World, a group called the American Revolutionary Party (sound familiar?) has been very militant in opposing the crown.
The working title for this episode in pre-production was “The Once and Future King.”
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With regard to the two credited winged girls, there was a scene filmed where the girl flies off the balcony, meets with her winged girlfriend and the two fly off into the sunset together. Unfortunately for time consideration, the scene had to be cut — though both girls had to be given screen credit.
|Written by||Eleah Horwitz|
|Directed by||Richard Compton|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.|
|Previously:||The Fire Within|
|Next:||State of the Art|
“The Prince of Slides” has taken a very shaky concept and made it into one of the best outings of the show this season.
When Rembrandt is mistaken for his royal double and impregnated with the heir to the throne, the Sliders have to help him give birth while outwitting an assassin who's cutting down the royal ranks one by one.