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The main premise of the series is then spectacularly demonstrated as the sliders cross from one world to another. Nice one. Season One has been consistently generous with providing the necessary effects for this process.
The episode takes some time to slowly reveal the premise of the adventure at hand, mostly because there is just so much fun to be had with it. Our four series regulars sink their teeth into it, and deliver their usual charm and chemistry. This time they are aided by recurring minor character Gomez Calhoun who once more is there to greet them at this world's most convenient hotel. William Sasso makes his second appearance as Gomez here, gelling well enough with the rest of the cast to create a bit of a break-out performance and become more memorable to the show's audience. Thus his future longevity was well deserved.
Some of the other supporting characters in the story seem a bit more like caricatures than real people, but perhaps that's not too uncommon for the show-biz background that most of them spring from. One trusts that Tracy Tormé's connections to that world via his father Mel Tormé give him enough insight into the reality of such a world. Captain Jack Brim seems to have a personality so loud it was designed to sell itself in 30 seconds on cue like clockwork, yet Jack has a scene of being actively concerned for Rembrandt that goes a long way to balancing his character. Nice.
Maurice Fish, one of Rembrandt's former "Spinning Tops" background singers, is also back to give the plot a bit of jeopardy. This he does, while he and Rembrandt pile as much laughter as possible into their scenes, dark humour though it may be. There is more to say about how things get resolved, but as usual such spoilers are saved for the In-depth Analysis version of this review.
The real drama sustaining interest in this episode concerns Rembrandt living out his career fantasy through his double's identity, and kudos must go to the creativity of the production team in bringing that to the screen. Their choices bring extra subtleties to an excellent show.
The concert itself is a good length on the screen, with excellent supporting cutaways to the three other Sliders on the sidelines highlighting and deepening the drama for the audience. Rembrandt's music is enjoyable, without being overbearing as his solo was at the end of the pilot story. This story has a very satisfying and moving finish, and feels like one of the better accomplishments of their first season adventures. Very nice for a late-season story leading into the finale.....
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