Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC
Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
||(Sliders Story No. 22, starring Jerry O'Connell)
- written by Tracy Tormé
- directed by Richard Compton
- music by Anthony Marinelli
- produced by Mychelle Deschamps
(and Jon Povill, Tony Blake and Paul Jackson)
- Production # K0811
Story: The Sliders discover a world that appears to
have been invaded by an unknown species called Kromaggs,
who arrive in bizarre flying Manta Ships. Why is Quinn's timer
somehow linked with the invaders' technology? And why do
the Kromaggs take sudden, intense, fearful interest in the
DVD Extras include:
- "The Making of Sliders" featurette (14 min.) with
Jerry O'Connell (Quinn),
Cleavant Derricks (Rembrandt), and
writer/creator Tracy Tormé.
Buyers' Guide Review
by Martin Izsak
(A more in-depth analysis, containing "SPOILERS" and intended
for those who have already seen the program, can be accessed
Announced as a brand new episode some time after the broadcast of
the story with season two's last production code, "Invasion"
took over a position as the season two finale in my mind, and since
it continues to have the most deserving content for a finale amongst
all of season two's stories, it has kept the post. At long last,
this series made serious strides to grow beyond its "Gilligan's Island"
arc and give the four Sliders a continuing goal larger than the
otherwise series-ending desire to return home. And it did so in ways
that allowed for a lot of sci-fi concepts and entrappings
to be explored and made mysterious. Practically every scene in this story
introduces new information and moves the story forward, while also
providing a ton of exciting visuals. In short, this episode is a big
sci-fi winner in Sliders' second season, and critical to understanding
the continuing mythology of the show.
The opening wormhole effect is done on the cheap, employing the now
much overused clip of the wormhole interior and little else....
but considering what comes later in the episode, who cares?
After a typical humorous bit of banter between the regulars,
the story enters one of the longest and strongest stretches of
sci-fi exploration ever on the show. The interest is squarely on
the new invading army debuting on the show here, and the regulars
draw out a constant stream of answers to some expertly posed questions
In one of the most brilliant strokes,
the Kromaggs keep to the shadows mostly,
which helps heighten the creep factor and the sense of mystery
surrounding them. Nicely done.
Many kudos are due to the production crew during the opening segment,
firstly on the design of the Kromagg craft.
Perhaps even better is the rich montage of
sound effects layered all throughout this sequence, easily the most
essential and effective element creating the heightened, creepy sense of
atmosphere for our protagonists' investigations. The series "Sliders"
had been very focused on displaying mere present-day human social differences
up until this point, but this story successfully shifts gears to tackle
the more traditional sci-fi arena of species differences and mismatched
technological stages and goals, and one gets the feeling that many of the
production technicians were eager and waiting to cut loose like this.
As the story goes on, it
squeezes in many an opportunity for trademark humour,
while tension is expertly built up with wordless visuals, now that certain
design elements have been successfully established.
Later on we come to the least traditional and most bizarre
part of the story. All the stops are pulled
out here, until the Sliders and the audience are forced
to ask deep questions about the truth of what is really going on.
Rembrandt gets a particularly good moment that shows us more about
his family than we have ever had on the show before. Nice one.
Una Damon, who would go on to appear in feature films
like "Spiderman" and "The Truman Show",
gives an incredibly moving performance as Mary here,
starting very subtly and gradually becoming more and more interesting
as the episode goes on. Nice work.
Anthony Marinelli produces his best season two Sliders score here,
creating a compelling action theme used for several of the story's
key scenes, and generally backing the Kromagg threat with a
variety of dark music that alternately highlights their menace and
otherworldly mysteriousness as appropriate for each scene.
Very good stuff, and probably my favourite music overall from the season.
Sliders scored an important winner with this episode. Not only
does it raise the stakes far higher than ever before on the show,
it also rendered the characters' long-term goal of finding home something
that the writers and producers could now achieve without automatically
triggering the end of the show. In fact, it looks from this point
like they had all kinds of good things for the show's future mapped out
in advance. From here, you want to see the Sliders get home for the
next chapter in this new saga, of course after maybe a dozen more episodes
exploring the unknown as they had been doing and perhaps discovering
one or two other new long-term hooks for the show's future.
Anticipation for golden opportunities in season three could not have been
Season Two Rankings:
- Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome
- Gillian of the Spirits
- The Good, the Bad, and the Wealthy
- As Time Goes By
- The Young and the Relentless
- Into the Mystic
- Time Again and World
- In Dino Veritas
- Love Gods
- El Sid
- Nan Hagan (Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome)
- Tracy Tormé (Invasion, Into the Mystic)
- Steve Brown (As Time Goes By, Obsession, In Dino Veritas)
- Tony Blake & Paul Jackson (Gillian of the Spirits, Love Gods)
- Scott Miller (The Good, the Bad, and the Wealthy)
- Ferraro/Anthony/Whisenhant (The Young & the Relentless)
- Jon Povill (Obsession, El Sid)
- Jacob Epstein (Time Again and World)
- Sean Clark & Scott Smith Miller (Greatfellas)
- Richard Compton (Invasion, As Time Goes By, Young & Relentless, Into the Mystic)
- Adam Nimoy (Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome)
- Vern Gillum (Time Again and World)
- Paris Barclay (Gillian of the Spirits, El Sid)
- Oscar (L.) Costo (The Good, the Bad & the Wealthy, In Dino Veritas)
- Colin Bucksey (Obsession)
- Allan Eastman (Greatfellas)
- John McPherson (Love Gods)
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