Episode Reviews


Electric Twister Acid Test

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"Electric Twister Acid Test" is an episode where a detailed alternate history works against it. It just rubs you the wrong way, and since it's more about weird cult-like communities and running away from electronic tornadoes (really), I'm left wondering why Scott Smith Miller even bothered.

The Guardian

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"The Guardian," despite its flaws, is one of my favorite and most endearing episodes for a reason. A quiet character study, it shows how Quinn has matured by looking at the events in his childhood that formed his zeal for physics and his drive to succeed.

The Dream Masters

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"Dream Masters" fails on almost every level: it doesn't fit the mold of Sliders, probably because it's a poor man's ripoff of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series, itself a failure of a franchise.

Desert Storm

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"Desert Storm" is not only a poor legacy for actor Ken Steadman, who died during its production, it's also one of the most implausible outings the series has had to date.

Dragonslide

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"Dragonslide" is definitely an hour of television steeped in the third season production mindset, but with those caveats in mind – and the magic, dragons, crazy Druidic nonsense – it also includes powerful themes that attracted fans to the show in the first place.

The Fire Within

Review by: Matt Hutaff

I could get into the logistics of Wade buying a laptop and projection screen on a half-day's pay, the warehouse full of women typing on typewriters but talking on wireless phones, or the weird unexplained 40s retro feel and a host of other things but to me, "The Fire Within" goes up in smoke.

The Prince of Slides

Review by: Matt Hutaff

"The Prince of Slides" has taken a very shaky concept and made it into one of the best outings of the show this season.

State of the Art

Review by: Matt Hutaff

While it isn't a terrible episode, "State of the Art" is goddamn boring. Never have I seen a television program devote so much energy to androids/artificial life forms and have it represent so little.

Season’s Greedings

Review by: Matt Hutaff

Taking the obnoxious American tendency to "shop 'til it hurts" to extremes, "Season's Greedings" crafts a hyper-consumerist society that offers up scathing commentary on the nature of debt during the holiday season.

Murder Most Foul

Review by: Matt Hutaff

While doubles are interesting, they also limit our characters to interaction with "themselves" in a consequence-free environment. But take the Professor and essentially transform him into a "double?" How would you react?

Slide Like an Egyptian

Review by: Mike Truman

There are a lot of things going right in this story yet when they come together, they just don't quite pop. Still, it's a bold first entry in this post-Tormé era. If nothing else, it has staked itself a place as an episode you'll have to remember.

Paradise Lost

Review by: Mike Truman

When future fans look back on Sliders — assuming they manage to keep any — they will look back on this moment and declare that this was the week everyone gave up.

The Last of Eden

Review by: Mike Truman

"Last of Eden" is by no means their best effort, but at the very least it's a far more fitting send-off for John Rhys-Davies than that farcical piece of dung known as [permalink href=127]The Exodus[/permalink]. It's also a very ironic title, as there's a good chance nothing that comes after will be any better than this.

The Exodus, part I

Review by: Matt Hutaff

Sliders is locked in civil war over its ideologies. On one side is a commitment to exploring intriguing parallel worlds. On the other? Action. Explosions. Low-grade pastiche. Which sensibility will win? It looks like we'll find out at the conclusion of this two-parter.

The Exodus, part II

Review by: Mike Truman

The only thing professional about this is the hit it carried out on a once-great series. It's not just a bad episode; it dooms every future episode by its callous removal of Professor Arturo.

Sole Survivors

Review by: Mike Truman

For those of you not into titles, this is the zombie episode. I don't like zombies, but I do like this episode.

The Other Slide of Darkness

Review by: Mike Truman

Recognizing the show's own history is a step in the right direction. The next step is placing that history in a credible forum. Better luck next time.

The Breeder

Review by: Matt Hutaff

Two stars for "The Breeder?" While Matt makes the case for television perfection, Mike balances the scales with a flat zero. Here's two separate reviews defining why each thought the episode a masterpiece... or a tragedy.

Stoker

Review by: Mike Truman

I reserve my contempt for writer Josef Anderson, who has to be one of the laziest hacks to ever put pen to paper. The entire story is just one stopgap measure leading to another pointless scene, each with an even less credible back-story.

Slither

Review by: Mike Truman

"This has turned into the vacation from hell!" Rembrandt screams as snakes surround him in the mansion. You mean 'episode,' don't you, Rembrandt?

Dinoslide

Review by: Mike Truman

"Dinoslide" is not just a return to dinosaurs, it's also a return to the Rickman storyline, and a return to the world Maggie's people fled to at the end of "The Exodus, part II." Why return? Because Rickman is in desperate need of brain fluid matching his own.

This Slide of Paradise

Review by: Mike Truman

Maybe "This Slide of Paradise" isn't offensive enough to really warrant a no star rating, but it doesn't do anything that deserves credit. I'm tired of giving Sliders points for showing up; fortunately, with the season being over, I don't have to.

Genesis

Review by: Matt Hutaff

Despite some misfires, "Genesis" is worth watching. After braving through the latter half of season three, it's impressive to see such an about face to credible science fiction.

Prophets and Loss

Review by: Matt Hutaff

Make no mistake; you walk away from this episode knowing exactly what the production staff thinks about the fundamentalist movement creeping through Christian communities (hint: it's not positive).

Common Ground

Review by: Matt Hutaff

This episode castrates the Kromagg menace by showing both Kromagg politicking and a Dynasty commander who'd much rather while away the time talking to prisoners and destroying his subordinates than building advanced weapons or doing his job.