Last week’s episode was a milestone— an episode I hadn’t seen before.
It was a wonderful surprise, as well. Sure, that episode is well-renowned in fan circles, but it’s still in Season Five. I wasn’t expecting much. The fact that it was also a wonderful, moving bit of television was just icing on the cake. Here we have a different beast— an episode known for being dumb. An episode where the most important thing mentioning is how it’s used as easy Peckinpah-baiting fodder.
Ah, David Peckinpah. I guess we should talk about him again, since there really isn’t any time after this where it would make sense. The first time he showed up in this project, with Murder Most Foul, I stridently defended him, saying that not only did he have a specific job to do— make Sliders exciting— but he was exemplary at that job. I also made sure that I found it in poor taste to continue calling him Peckinballs, because he’s deceased now, and no matter what he did to “our” show, that’s a tragedy.
Of course, what he ended up doing to “our” show was also a minor sadness. No matter how an episode like “Murder Most Foul” or “Dinoslide” was surprisingly good, there’s no excuse for the line that damned the show forever— the throwaway “breeding camp” line in “Genesis.” We will, sadly, deal with the final ramifications of that line next time. But suffice to say, that line led to the need for a few of the worst hours of television Sliders ever produced, all in the name of an actually “good” idea. We will never really know how long the “Zicree-Arc” of Season Four was really on the table, but we do know that in the end, it was definitely Peckinpah, thinking of the future marketing of the show, who shot it down.
Now, in Season Five, he’s not a key figure on the show anymore. But he’s still omnipresent, popping up every now and then to say “no” to a good idea. Or, he’s here, to give us the inspiration for this episode. As the legend goes, he popped his head into the office and said “I see Kari in tight leather pants, now go with it!”
Needless to say, this is the worst way to start an episode. But also completely surprising is that the episode that resulted from that ridiculousness is also pretty darn good.
Okay, fine it is not “good.” It is not “good” like “Luck of the Draw” is good. But it is also not “good” in the way that “The Great Work” gets points for not being overtly misogynistic. It is not boring, it is not dull, it feels brisk, it is casted well, and— most surprising— the female protagonist is actually impressively strong and transgressive.
Oh, and did I mention?
I haven’t seen this one either.
So, in honor of the last episode of Sliders I’ve never seen before, let’s bring back an oldie but a goodie long since forgotten on this blog— the NOTES SET TO SCREENCAPS!
—whoa tunnel vortex!
AAAAAS YOOOOOU WIIIIIIIISH
how often is it the actors having fun rolling down hills instead of the characters
THESE BARREN EMPTY GODFORSAKEN HILLS HAVE STARTED TO RUN TOGETHER
ugh shoe joke
lol dennis hopper
lol Jack Nicholson “SWAMP”
no diana it is obviously a truck
if this was “revelations” the first act would have been spent waiting for the truck to get there
at least they didn’t mention Canada
ha ha Mallory is such a skeeze
ha ha but she’s going for it
A MATCH MADE IN GROSS HUMAN HEAVEN
OH EW TONGUE
are they going to have sex on the van? right now?
i think i’m fine with that.
wait we’re still in the teaser, right?
quick talking Sam. I like her a lot! she’s good! even if she does do that tongue thing all the time.
oh man that’s pretty grim there, mystery cops, mystery body.
whoa that is actually really gruesome.
OH MY GOD IS THAT THE DAD FROM THE MIDDLE
hey, wow, that’s a good teaser!
OH HA HA I’m watching this in french this episode is called “A World of Smokers”
which is funny, because it is actually called Easy Slider and they have ALREADY MADE A JOKE ABOUT EASY RIDER.
wait, “clean air act?” is this supposed to be a parable for our misuse of Mother Gaia?
oh no are we revisiting The Fire Within? barf
Diana is literally the worst scientist/person ever.
Oh that was quick!
WHAT DIANA YOU ARE SUCH A SQUARE
WOW BARTENDER YOU ARE SUCH A SQUARE
HA HA everyone is drunk. Thank god they are so drunk during this boring exposition session.
Ew Magic Fingers I am pretty sure he is using his right now.
LAST ONE DAYS lol
“what’s a Humvee?” are you serious? YOU’RE ON SLIDERS YOU DUMBASS.
Man, this episode is pretty funny! Mallory being his usual horny self and getting away with it is hilarious!
IT HAS TO START WITH SEX
I’d rather they go balls-out with the insanity than balls-out with the REALLY FUCKING BORING like usual. (make out scene)
“NOPE, I’M AN IDIOT!” Love you!
Why do they hit oil trucks? Why did they dub that line?
Oh, I guess they didn’t come.
FALLING IN HER VAGINA, IS THAT WHAT YOU MEAN MAGGIE?
What a fun bar this is!
Wait, she keeps it right there? In the open? DUDE CLOSE THE SHED.
“what’s it going to be?” first, CLOSE THE SHED.
shouldn’t they, like, wait until night time?
HA HA HA CLIMAX
WOW, Diana has had sex.
Probably by finding this super obvious Smoker hangout.
Whoa that side-car wheelie is pretty sick tho.
HA HA AH TOTALLY SICK DISSOLVE INTO THAT CHROOOME
Man, the cast hasn’t been this drunk since Season Two.
“Come On You Bad Thing” says the girl in the HIGH-WAISTED KHAKIS
New drinking game— every time Sam says “baby.”
WHOA SAM IS SUCH A BETTER FLAG GIRL
EW THIS IS GROSS TIRA MISU
THAT IS NOT WHAT TIRA MISU MEANS SAM
CUE BLUESY PORNO MUSIC/COULD THEY STOP FUCKING ALREADY?
I mean I guess this is pretty hot tho
This is literally the most erotic scene that Sliders has ever had. So… um, cool?
“NO WORDS, JUST NOISES”
“Something that Big Sister Will never Understand” this is weird pillow talk.
I’m not sure a “righteous cause” is really going to keep you alive?
LOL EVERYONE ELSE IS GOING TO DIE BECAUSE YOU COULDNT KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS.
HA HA HA YEAH RIGHT MALLORY
THIS IS SO FUNNY YOU DO NOT LOVE HER
When did Rembrandt ever tell him that? They are so not allowed to stay on whatever world they want.
Also, what about fucking Quinn? Like, Jerry O’Connell Quinn? IS NO ONE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HIM?
Wait, five hours? MALLORY WAS FUCKING SAM FOR A LITERAL DAY AND A HALF
Wow this is going to go really sour, isn’t it! (Probably not actually that sour)
HA HA WHAT’S UP DUDES
WOW MALLORY’S FACE IS AWESOME
It’s pretty funny how Mallory is so against polygamy.
Despite this episode being born of the most boring misogyny, Sam is actually a pretty strong transgressive female character!
I mean, he is being childish. “Come on!”
“I didn’t create this culture, it has been this way forever.” That line is awesome.
SAM IS AWESOME. Even if she’s like, betraying… someone? I mean, I don’t care if Mallory gets hurt, he’s being a loser. (That being said, the fanfic where Mallory changes his mind and has an orgy with Sam and her Husbands is awesome. Please tell me it really exists.)
Well, that was easy.
Oh wow, that’s a good idea, Smokers! FOOLED YOUUUUU!
I mean, obviously none of this is necessarily exciting, but it is at least not boring!
HA HA HA, yeah, instead of talking this over like usual let’s just JOUST.
Man it must have been REALLY LOUD at this location (thank God it’s not the backlot, tho), every single line is dubbed over!
HA HA “c’mon Mallory!” Who yelled that, Diana?
You can’t bring a flail to a Joust!
Also are the cops really not going to like, come back?
I’m just saying, Sam would totally be dead from that pole…
Oh, maybe she is dying! I bet she’s bleeding internally. She probably keels over and dies seconds after they slide.
AWWW SAM 🙁
I mean, they probably just turn right back around and steal the oil anyways, but it’s a nice shot to leave them on.
Hey, y’know, that wasn’t bad at all! Like, it was really silly. But it was so fun! And there wasn’t any kind of awful handling of women (other than the waitresses and the flag girl, but they were part of the mise-en-scene, I’d argue).
So that’s it! That’s the last episode of Sliders I hadn’t seen before. I loved it, of course. You sort of have to in times like these (unless the episode was “Requiem,” I guess). I’d say, though, that this episode was also a step above a lot of similar episodes. It wasn’t really compelling, and it didn’t have anything to say about… anything, really. But I can’t complain. It was so damn fun, it didn’t really matter.
So hey, cross it off the list. End that chapter. What a good ride.
Next week: the end of another chapter, a less good ride (Requiem).
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