Wade witnesses a murder just before a slide, then sees it developing again on the next. She shouts a warning and last world’s murder victim gets the jump on his shooter, killing him. Wade is horrified when she sees that the new victim is a cop. The others want to let it go, but Wade believes she has crucial information that can help the police solve the crime. What she doesn’t know is that the police are the villains in this scheme, and that the man she saved is a crusading judge attempting to bring back the unabridged U.S. Constitution. To save him, the Sliders are forced to hand over the last remaining disc containing a scanned copy — but not before leaving another copy in a hard drive at a computer store. They let the Internet do the rest.
How can four people stay on a world with zero civil liberties and not know it? Well, on this world women growing facial hair might serve as a distraction.
Hoover Double Prime
No Constitutional freedoms, out of control police oppression and J. Edgar Hoover in a skirt. Wait, am I talking about Earth Prime?
“In vino veritas. In wine, truth.
In the hotel room, as Rembrandt packs the knapsack in preparation of leaving San Francisco, he quietly slips in a bottle of booze.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. After their death sentence was carried out, J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, was elected President instead of Lyndon Johnson.
Once Hoover he assumed power, he abridged the Constitution and declared martial law. In his Second Gettysburg Address, Hoover spoke out against the ills of civilization, saying that democracy was leading to “rampant crime, godless amorality and the breakdown of the family unit.” Hoover served as head of this terror state for 22 years, up until his death in 1985. He was succeeded by Lydon LaRouche, ironically.
Martial law has changed the face of the nation in several ways. Want to stay in a hotel? Prepare to be fingerprinted for identification. Want to drink? Head to Europe if you’re under 27. Want to kill a cop? Prepare to be electrocuted. All hotel guests must be fingerprinted by order. Cop killing is punishable by electrocution. Alcatraz is still open, thank God, and is the second biggest tourist attraction in the nation, right behind Hoover’s Tomb. Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sam Kinison are housed there today.
Perhaps the most bizarre thing about the police on this world are their kilts. Why? Well, with Hoover in power, he may have instituted the bizarre dress code because of his affinity for cross-dressing with his friend/lover Clyde Tolson.
Criminal element aside, the crackdown on civil liberties also deprives people of the right to selective personal interests in favor of state-approved blandness. Wholesome, mellow ballads come from the likes of Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Want to get really out there? Try Donny Osmond.
There is an element of contemporary society hidden amidst the pablum in the form of underground clubs and pirate radio, but most of that has been radically cracked down on.
“I had some problems with ‘Time Again and World,’ which really didn’t work for me,” says Tracy Tormé. “It also suffered from being the first show we shot last year, and there were still a lot of bugs in the production. Anyone who wants to look carefully can find some pretty blatant continuity errors, the result of not having our act together yet.
“We had the same problem in the first season with Summer of Love, and the network actually turned on the director, which really wasn’t fair.”
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“I’ve noticed the difference in Wade already — she is being written much stronger this year,” says Sabrina Lloyd. “In the very first episode, she saves the day. It’s something I really wanted, and it made me realize my voice was being heard, that the writers believed in me. Through these adventures, I think she has become a bit of a wild woman. She’s getting more and more daring.”
Part of Wade’s new found strength comes from her belief in her womanhood, Lloyd believes. “I think she’s much more comfortable in her sexuality now. She has really changed. I think she’s one of the strongest characters in the show in the sense that she knows what she wants, she’s a fighter. She now goes into these parallel worlds and tries to help when she can, and learns from the experiences. Before I think she was more of an observer.”
|Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.
|Into the Mystic
“Time Again and World” is too riddled with mistakes to be considered adequate. It pains me to do it, but I can’t in good faith give it two stars. Somebody hire an editor and try again.
After witnessing a grisly murder, Wade entangles herself in a vast government conspiracy when the same events begin to play out on the next world.