Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC

Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
(Sliders Story No. 19, starring Jerry O'Connell)
  • teleplay by Jon Povill
  • story by Jon Povill and Steve Brown
  • directed by Colin Bucksey
  • music by Stephen Graziano
  • produced by Tim Iacofano (and Jon Povill, Tony Blake and Paul Jackson)
  • Production # K0809
Story: Wade's fantasies about a historical romance take a turn for the bizarre when the Sliders land on a world that embraces psychic abilities and past lives, and a driven young man about to become the new Prime Oracle comes into her life.

In-Depth Analysis Review

by Martin Izsak

WARNING: This review contains "SPOILERS", and is intended for those who have already seen the program. To avoid the spoilers, read the Buyers' Guide version instead.

Once again, we are blessed with one of season two's best stories, this one centering on Wade. Some very good writing from Jon Povill, combined with some very compelling performances from an excellent guest cast and the regulars, turns out a winner here.

The opening is so unusual, you may at first doubt that you're watching Sliders - but that's all part of the flexibility of the show's format, when one has the imagination to use it. Co-writer and creative consultant Steve Brown probably earned his pay on this one.

It also seems to satisfy certain laws of probability to see the regulars having to slide at that hour, if indeed the windows to subsequent worlds are as randomly spaced apart as the timer usually indicates. The story is a bit skimpy with effects shots of the wormhole, but in the case of the end of the story, it looks like the production team braved a very rainy night-shoot trying to get everything in the can. If time ran out for wormhole footage, in a late-season story for a now well-established show, it's okay. The more important parts of this story were achieved.

It's a very nice touch to suggest that the people of this world are mining the moon.... and the tale certainly gets good mileage out of all the worldly differences that Arturo is able to point out from his reading. Excellent stuff, and a very good premise for a world. We should get more worlds like this, and/or spend more time exploring the details of such worlds in regular episodes.

The story has a captivating emotional heart to it, coupled with some devious long-term planning, both of which are only revealed gradually like a good mystery, resulting in a lot of human drama that is particularly well-fleshed out. In fact, if season two ever did deliver on the drama that the previous season's cliffhanger had left us pining for, it is here in this episode. Good job.

The conclusion works very well for what it is, which isn't an ideal opportunity for magnificent heroics from Quinn. Quinn has a pivotal role to play which he can be proud of, but I think Arturo demonstrates the clear head and wisdom during the episode that would be ideal. In any case, this really is Wade's episode, and she gets the screen time and attention that is her due. All good.

There's not too much more to be said about this one. It may be a bit different to what many sci-fi fans want to tune into, but it delves into many good subjects, and delivers a nice, compelling story. Good stuff.

This story has become available on DVD. Click on the Amazon symbol for the location nearest you for pricing and availability:

Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC
for the North American market:
in the U.S.
in Canada
Seasons 1 & 2
DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
for the U.K.
Season 2 DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC - new for 2012
for the North American market:
Canada 1
Canada 2

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