Season 3
DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC

Season 3
DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
(Sliders Story No. 43, starring Jerry O'Connell)
  • written by Tony Blake & Paul Jackson
  • directed by Jim Johnston
  • music by Stephen Graziano
  • produced by Mychelle Deschamps & Richard Compton
  • Production # K1829
Story: The window to the next slide gives Quinn and Rembrandt enough time to head far south for a vacation, but snake smugglers and their escaping prizes jeopardize the entire trip. As the Sliders struggle to reunite at the appointed time, both Quinn and Maggie seem to be enjoying the romantic sparks coming from their local guides. How many snakes are being compelled to converge on this rendezvous? And which romance will ultimately triumph?

DVD Extras include:

  • Season 3 Gag Reel (5 minutes)

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 to the season instead.

Well, the story idea here may be a tad corny, but "Sliders" seems to know exactly how to have fun with this one. For what it is, this story just seems to work. Of all of the post-Exodus shows, this one seems to be the most successful at recreating that unique brand of humour and cast chemistry that charmed us in seasons one and two.

Of course, in order to get that season one-two feel, they've pretty much abandoned the Rickman arc altogether in a most questionable way. The Sliders decide to take a vacation, and the men separately from the ladies. So much for the excitement of going home, or the need to stay alert and hot on Rickman's trail. Oh well, I guess they have to deal with the time that the timer gives them. You'd think though that sliding would provide the guys with their fill of travel and exotic locations. Whatever.

Some fans advocate positioning the episode "Stoker" ahead of this one, which certainly works for the pacing and development of our encounters with Rickman, and seems to be a good idea if its "crisis of no fun" precipitates this bit of vacationing. Trouble is, it really throws a monkey-wrench into Wade and Maggie's dialogue with each other, since Wade just doesn't appear to have been through the events of "Stoker" yet, and it's doubtful Maggie would encourage her as seen here if she had. Perhaps this episode works best after "The Breeder", where Quinn and Remmy's intense debates have precipitated their vacation, and while a cool-headed Wade volunteers to look after Maggie while she recovers. And Wade is still bottling stuff up inside, which leads to "Stoker" as the next episode....

Well, with all the ads that came out for "Anaconda" around the time of its first broadcast, I assume that that is the movie that inspired this episode, though I've no interest in actually seeing "Anaconda" to find out. I just think this is one of the most successful rip-off type stories Sliders ever did. A lot of its success goes to the credibility of the creepy creatures in it. Gone are the acrobats and extras in funky make-up trying to be scary. Gone are the wildly fanciful and not quite convincing CG creations. Today we've got snakes - and not only a successful mix of real ones, physical props, and CG ones for filming purposes, but most importantly of all, the script treats them as real multi-faceted animal characters with a richer palette of concerns than just going for the human jugular to scare the audience as many times as possible. I'm liking it. And with all the obvious comparisons being brought up between Quinn's attempted romance and Maggie's, it's just hilarious that the snakes themselves have the last word. I fell off my chair laughing at the end of this one. Nice!

A lot of season three's biggest traps are avoided here also. The characters stay in focus. Once the premise is accepted, the plot holds itself together. And the ending works quite well. The running home motivation isn't very inspiring anyway; and enjoying yourself with a vacation, and a side romance where possible, sets a refreshingly more positive tone.

Other added bonuses include the fact that Maggie is finally starting to resemble her likeable season four self, and she gets to show off her character's piloting skills for the first time. Also, Rembrandt's general response to snakes allows him to go back to fulfilling the archetype that he started out with in season one, namely the "queasy slider", while also hanging on to the character development that he has enjoyed since. Quinn is seen dealing with his slightly new position in the group since the Professor's exit, and Wade demonstrates her good side and strength once again. Good job all around.

Thankfully, Maggie is by now a fully accepted member of the group. Now if only she and Wade could be a bit less irritated with each other, everything would be peachy.

This is also a much better looking episode than those like "Sole Survivors", and it's filled with a good number of extra characters who always seem to have an interesting side to show in the story. The short mustached man in the village seems to get a lot of good mileage out of a fairly small amount of screen time. Nice.

The score for this episode is perhaps a bit livelier than usual, and composer Stephen Graziano gets the sound space mostly to himself for many of the jungle trek sequences, which he fills with some very cool and interesting pieces. I like it. "Sliders" is often such a dialogue-based show, it's nice to have such long, primarily audio-visual sections as a bit of contrast.

In short, this is the way to do the fun, pit-stop, movie-homage type of story. Although it still feels a bit awkward sitting where it does in the Rickman arc, it is much better at it than either "Sole Survivors" or "The Breeder". This one gets the thumbs up, with a big smile.

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

Season 3 DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC
for the North American market:
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in Canada
Season 3 DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
for the U.K.

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