The Year Five Journal

The Unstuck Man

Originally posted: June 11, 1999

Fifth season Story Editor Keith Damron begins his journal by discussing the new season, the cast changeover, and the new villan, Oberon Geiger.

Applied Physics

Originally posted: June 18, 1999

A discussion on the continuing metamorphosis of the new Sliders, Diana Davis in particular.

Strangers and Comrades

Originally posted: June 25, 1999

Keith details his first writing assignment for the season, including his disappointment over the rejection of an intriguing steampunk world where the Sliders go their separate ways.

The Great Work

Originally posted: July 9, 1999

The perils of freelance scripts, and how they can be (drastically) rewritten to conform to the producers' vision(s) of the show.

New Gods for Old

Originally posted: July 16, 1999

Keith espouses on the thrills of adapting David Gerrold's script to the fifth season, adept use of the various "worlds" of the Universal backlot, and Diana's PDL.

Please Press One

Originally posted: July 23, 1999

Budgetary woes and formulaic scripts create less-than-thrilling nemeses for Keith, even after punching up dialog for Mallory and Rembrandt.

A Current Affair

Originally posted: July 30, 1999

On an almost perfect shooting script, the crew's reaction to a comic episode, getting sci-fi veterans for guest roles, and recycling Columbo locations.

The Java Jive

Originally posted: August 6, 1999

Keith muses about race relations and creating a dynamic dance and music number on zero budget.

The Return of Maggie Beckett

Originally posted: August 13, 1999

A pitch war erupts among the staff over who gets to write an episode with the Sliders heading off into space.

Easy Slider

Originally posted: August 20, 1999

When recuperating from a joyless holiday season, what better way to get back into your work than by playing a merciless prank on a coworker?


Originally posted: September 10, 1999

In which many ways to kill Wade Welles are discussed, none of which are satisfactory to the audience.

Map of the Mind

Originally posted: September 17, 1999

Catered lunches, heavy rewrites, and prop designers get much needed call outs when Keith visits the set.

A Thousand Deaths

Originally posted: September 24, 1999

The body count of a video game in Los Vegas spurs Keith to write a vaguely moralistic tale about becoming desensitized to violence. And kidnapping. And "Shaft."

Heavy Metal

Originally posted: October 1, 1999

When broad stroke stories about the Confederacy winning the Civil War need to be avoided, the Sliders crew opts to film a pirate episode, complete with walking the plank on a boat berthed in San Pedro.

To Catch a Slider

Originally posted: January 14, 2000

When David Peckinpah suggests a caper episode, the production crew springs into action. Over lunch, of course.


Originally posted: January 21, 2000

Bobby D pays the set a visit while Keith reflects on standing sets, Vasquez Rocks, and ending the season with a bang.

Eye of the Storm

Originally posted: January 28, 2000

A slide isn't just a slide when Keith talks about transforming their midseason Geiger confrontation into their penultimate episode and showdown.

The Seer

Originally posted: February 4, 2000

Ending a series on a cliffhanger, making potshots and fans, and giving shout outs to childhood friends — that's "The Seer" in a nutshell.