Requiem

Season 5
DVD Box Set
Region 1 NTSC

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Season 5
DVD Box Set
Region 2 PAL
(Sliders Story No. 79, starring Robert Floyd)
  • written by Michael Reaves
  • directed by Paul Lynch
  • music by Danny Lux
  • produced by Paul Cajero
  • Production # E0802
Story: On each passing world, Rembrandt is getting visions of Wade, along with headaches and tiredness. Is she trying to contact him somehow? Is she creating some kind of vortex-doorway, hoping the Sliders will come through and rescue her? Or could this all be another Kromagg mindgame? As bits of Remmy's vision begin to come true, the other Sliders realize that there is more than just superstitious speculation afoot....

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, as a chapter in the "rescue Wade and put her back on the path to good things" arc, this episode will definitely be less than what most fans probably expected from her show. The main question I have is, which double of Wade was this? And how come no other Slider thinks far enough to bring up this question? After all that we saw Wade's doubles go through in the first three years of the show, what we see here shouldn't be too unexpected.

Putting the Wade arc aside for a minute, I think we should take a minute to look at the rest of the episode.... which is damn good by Sliders standards. There's plenty of reason for easy audience investment in this one. The story raises questions, answers them in timely fashion, keeps itself moving, stays out of cliché plot routines for the most part, or makes them short and to the point when it indulges.

The Kromaggs make a good showing here. We get the first on screen manta-ship since "Genesis", and it's about time! There's no eye-eating. (Yay!) And perhaps most curious of all is that we see the first full-blooded female Kromagg ever. Which begs the question, is this even the same Kromagg dynasty that needed breeder camps last season, or is this another double of the dynasty, as we saw in "Revelations"? This story pretty much gives us the best Kromagg adventure of seasons 4 and 5, with the exception of "Mother and Child". Bring it on.


This is also the best focus Rembrandt has had in any season five story yet. The audience is right there with him, all the way. The final fix actually leans a little more towards being in Wade's... er, "hands", but this is very appropriate to the dynamics and is exactly what Remmy needs to see to resolve his emotional journey.

Story editor Keith Damron's Year 5 Journal details how this episode came together, and specifically how Sabrina Lloyd's presence would have to be limited to a single day of voice-over work only. What I don't see in the journal is a statement that this day actually took place. What is also curious is that Sabrina Lloyd receives no on-screen credit in the show. We have credits for the female Kromagg commander during the opening, and Wade's double during the end credits. Very bizarre, especially since there is a very moving flashback scene from "Dragonslide" incorporated into this episode. I think Lloyd deserved an on-screen credit, all things considered, which could only help put viewers in front of their TV sets for the hour.

As a location side-note, we go back to Tillman's water reclamation plant which was used previously in "Double Cross", and has featured heavily in the modern Star Trek spin-offs. This time, production focuses more on the park and less on the building, but it is still a cool location and works very well here.

Now mind you, some sections of dialogue are a bit on the cheesy side, especially in the final moments, and you've got to wonder why the Kromaggs always keep the Sliders alive in captivity. Yes, there are rough edges here, but it's better than a limp, unengaging tale where we're only waiting for the slide and hoping something more interesting comes along next episode.

Again, I scratch my head wondering how Keith Damron thinks, via his Year 5 Journal blog, that he's tying up the Wade arc with this story. First of all, the threat to Wade up until this point was not that she might be dead, but that she might be slave to having Kromagg babies for the next 20 years or so. Yes, icky and unpleasant, but presumably leaving her human physical faculties somewhat normal and healthy - unlike what we now get in this episode. So if it is our Wade we see here, she seems much worse off than before, and we've piled even more narrative debt on top of what we already had. If it's only one of Wade's doubles that we see here, that's fair enough to make a decent episode, ....but in that case we haven't even touched upon what has happened to our Wade. And lastly, just look at the title: "Requiem", which is something done for dead people, fostering the lasting false impression that this is supposed to be Wade's death.... living death maybe. I wouldn't call this episode any kind of tying up of the Wade arc, and if hindsight is any indication, neither have any of the show's other fans or casual viewers.


Although being disappointed with this one in the past, I feel I've learned how to take it. We visit another of Wade's many doubles, and only make progress on Rembrandt's emotions, not the Wade arc itself. And with that clarified, this story can and does rise to be one of the better and more engaging ones of the season.



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

Season 5 DVD Box Set
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Season 5 DVD Box Set
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