Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sliders - The First and Second Seasons|
Actors: Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Cleavant Derricks, Kristoffer Tabori
Directors: Adam Nimoy, Allan Eastman, Andy Tennant, Colin Bucksey, Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 01/09/2007 Rating: Nr
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Definately a must own!!
Mitch Weaver | Houston, TX | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quinn Mallory ( Jerry O Connel)is trying to create an anti-gravity device and accidentally creates a device that opens up a portal. His physics professor Maximillian P. Arturo (John Rhys-Davies), and his girlfriend Wade Wells (Sabrina Lloyd) want to accompany Quinn through the portal to see where it leads. A washed up singer named Rembrant Brown (Cleavant Derricks)is also accidentally dragged along for the ride, when he is walking buy and sucked through the portal with them. Quinn and the rest of the group "slide" to another dimension of earth. The Sliders soon realize that they would much rather return back to their own dimension, but things are not that easy. Once you have entered through the portal, you have to keep traveling to different dimensions of earth to find the right one that will lead back home. Each episode deals with Quinn, Professor Arturo, Wade, and Rembrant exploring each dimension to find their way back to their own dimension. Unfortunately, once the Sliders have entered a particular dimension, there is only a limited amount of time to reopen the portal, and there are only a few select places within each dimension they can do it from. Finding the right place to open the portal is often a challenge to the group because each dimension is different than their own, and can be life threatening at times.I have heard people often refer to Sliders as a rip off of Quantum Leap. While Quantum Leap was a better show, Sliders is completely different. Quinn, Professor Arturo, Wade, and Rembrant are not traveling through time. They are traveling through other dimensions of earth that differ from their own. This is what makes the show so great, because it is very interesting to see how each dimension will be different than the next. The show also offers tons of suspense. There is a "race against the clock" type feel due to the fact that the group only has a limited amount of time to find one of the few places within the dimension they can "slide" from. Jerry O Connel and the rest of the cast were excellent in their roles, and it is their performances that make the show so entertaining, especially the performance given from Cleavant Derricks as Rembrant Brown. The funniest thing about his character, is that Rembrant never asked to go with them, and was dragged along accidentally. So he often complains about each situation which usually provides for a lot of laughs.Unfortunately, Sliders did not manage to stay great for the entire run of the show. I have to agree with many of the fans and say that the show went seriously downhill during season three when Professor Arturo left the show. Seasons four and five would become even worse, because the show left FOX to air on the Sci-Fi channel, and by the end of the show, Rembrant was the only original character left. However, the first two seasons of Sliders are what make the show rank among the top of any television show in the sci-fi genre. The best thing about this DVD package, is the fact that you get the two best seasons of the show in one set. While it is a shame that the extras are somewhat limited, this set is worth owning just for the episodes themselves.A solid 5 stars..."
Same Planet Different Dimension
Kevin G. Pitchford | Augusta,Ga | 05/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though the first two seasons are the best, I enjoyed them
all. And it's about time this set is coming out.
Here are my personal grades and info on the episodes from
the first two seasons.Here is what you get with the first two seasons.1. The Pilot Part 1 ( still the best episode) Quinn first discovers that his sliding technology works. Then he tells the proffesor who at first does not believe him. But later comes around. Along with Wade Wells the three of them test out sliding. But when doing so they accidentaly pull in soul singer
Rembrant Brown.( Episode Grade A+ )2. Pilot Part 2 ( The sliders find San Fran. under an ice age,
and The U.S under Soviet Communist rule. ( Episode Grade A+ )3.Fever ( The sliders travel to a world that has never developed Antibiotics.Evereyone around them is sick so they must do something before time runs out.(Episode Grade A-)4.Last Days ( Sliders find a world where an asteroid is about to destroy the earth. The professor saves the day by showing
a fellow scientist how to build a nuke.( Episode grade A+ )5.Prince of Wails ( In this world America is still under England's Colonial rule.( Episode Grade B )6. Summer Of Love ( Sliders find alternate world where We are
at war with Austraila and Remy replaces his dead alternate self
as husband to a old high school crush. ( Episode grade C+ )7.Eggheads ( In this world intellectuals are treated like athletes, and Quinn competes in A weird sport that tests your intellect. ( Episode grade B- )8. The Weaker Sex ( Sliders enter a world where women are the dominant sex. Arturo makes men believe that they are equals when he runs for office. (ep grade A- )9.The King Is Back ( Sliders find a world where Rembrant is treated like Elvis. ( Ep grade B- )10.Luck Of The Draw- (Sliders find a world where money is free if you play the lottery. But the catch is you must give your life in a form of population control.(Ep Grade A+ )Season 211. Into The Mystic ( Sliders enter a world of witchcraft.
Quinn is sick and gets healed by a witchdoctor. Quinn refuses
to pay and the Grim Reaper himself serves Quinn a subpeona.
ep.( Grade A+ )12.Love Gods ( Quinn,Arturo,Rembrant are in a world with a shortage of men. They are being used as studs to repopulate.
( grade B+13.Gillian Of The Spirits (Quinn is stuck on an astral plane,
and only a psyhcic girl can see him. ( grade B-14.The Good The Bad And the Wealthy ( Sliders enter a world not unlike the wild west. Where stocks are exchanged through gunfights. ( grade A- )15. El Sid ( Sliders find a world where the city of San Francisco is a prison. ( grade A+ )16.Time and Again World ( Sliders enter world where there is no
U.S. Constitution to be found except on one little floppy disk.
( grade A+ )17. In Dino Veritas ( Sliders enter a dinosaur wild life reserve) ( grade A- )18. Post-Traumatic Slide Syndrome ( The sliders think they are home. Rembrant then goes to a psyhciatrist and discovers they are not. ( grade B+ )19. Obsession ( Sliders find world where everyone can read minds.
( grade B- )20. Greatfellas ( Sliders find world where the mob controls evereything. ( grade C+ )21. The Young and The Relentless ( Sliders slide into the backyard of an alternate Quinn and Wade. In this world the young
rule and at a certain age you lose your rights.
( grade B- )22. Invasion ( Sliders first encounter with the Kromags and unfortunatley not the last. Though this is a quality episode.
The writers seemed to use it too much in later episodes.
( grade B- )23.As time goes by ( On this episode thse sliders slide 3 times.
Quinn tries to prevent a murder. And the Sliders find time is moving backwards. ( grade A- )Overall This is a great package with or without extras. We
will have to wait and see what Universal adds.Finally I can get rid of those tapes."
Into the Vortex
Sean Roberts | St.James. Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies | 08/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth, only different dimension. A world where the Russians rule America? Or where your dreams of being superstar came true? Or where San Francisco was a maximum security prison. My friends and I found the gateway. Now the problem is... finding a way back home.
Buy this box set and see what happens, the set comprises the 2 hour Pilot, 8 Season One and 13 Season Two episodes.
The first two seasons of the series were the best and most thought provoking of the entire series, they examined how a different outcome in major historical events (such as who won World War 2, the non discovery of anti-biotics or the Atom Bomb) could have resulted in a very different present day earth. The main focus was on a group of 4 Inter Dimensional travelers trying to find their earth while randomly 'sliding' between alternate realities (parallel earths), with no control over how long they stayed in the respective dimension. They were also burdened with the fact that if they did not leave when their 'Timer' reached zero they were stuck on that reality for 29 years.
My Gripes on the box set:
1) The packaging:
While the foam holder gives the appearance of multiple earths which is a nice effect, it is a terrible idea for medium to long term storage. That type of foam 'breaks down' over time and eventually won't be able to hold the DVDs in place, in addition it makes it difficult to replace the plastic case as ther is no space between the foam and inside of the box. A 'REAL' booklet should also have provided instead of the 2-page booklet glued to the back of the box which holds an episode list and ads for other Universal TV titles.
2) The order of the episodes on the DVD:
Fox did not originally air the episodesin the intended order and several of the early season one episodes actually connected if you view them properly. "Summer of Love" begins with the Sliders wearing the clothes they had on at the end of the pilot movie. "Prince of Wails" begins with the Sliders wearing the same clothes they wore at the end of "Summer of Love" (not to mention that it begins with a pay off to the "Summer of Love" cliffhanger ending. I believe if you are going through the trouble of putting out a box set then you should do it RIGHT.
The correct viewing order for Sliders is as follows -
Pilot (2 hour)
1st Season 1995 (Fox)
Summer of Love
Prince of Wails
The Weaker Sex
The King is Back
Luck of the Draw
2nd Season Spring 1996
Into the Mystic
Time Again and World
The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy
As Time Goes By
Gillian of the Spirits
Post-Traumatic Slide Syndrome
In Dino Veritas
The Young and the Relentless
Though not a perfect series as there were a bunch of inconsistencies and fall off in quality in later seasons, it is a good buy and Season 1 & 2 deserves high praise as they were exceptional and worth collecting."
Good Show, Good DVD
Ryan Anonymus | Olympia, WA | 09/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always thought that this show had a great concept to it. Four people traveling from one parellel universe to another, the same city, but different realities.
I was about 12 years old when this show premiered, I remember my family always watched it. I had a short attention span, and would find something else better to do when the commercial breaks came. This is my chance to catch all these beginning episodes, and with the original casts too.
By the time I actually sat down to watch entire episodes, as a kid when the show was new, the professor character: Arturo was leaving the show (halfway through season three). He was, and still is, my favorite character on the show. That was a bummer. After buying this DVD set, I've really enjoyed the episodes.
Now these episodes on the discs aren't in the order that they were intended to be. When the show aired, the production company decided to play the episodes in the order that they wanted to. Certain websites you can find online can give you the proper order. One good example of the episodes being out of order is in season one: an episode starts out with San Francisco being underwater, then two episodes later: a giant tidal wave hits the city. Yeah.
These 23 episodes definally were the golden age of the series. Two episodes from the end of season two ("Invasion"), we are introduced to the Slider characters' enemies, the Kromaggs. A group of people that occur throughout the rest of the series from that point. Many people (including myself) thought that the idea of giving the Sliders an enemy was a stupid idea. Especially the cast of the show! These Kromagg characters were actually the reason that the actor who plays Professor Arturo left the series in season three. It's been said that the actor gives a very poor performance in the Kromaggs first episode "Invasion" out of protest. And the rest of the cast are none too pleased either.
So see how the show started in the Pilot episode. See what the Sliders did in that first episode that made it so their chance of getting home in very slim. Also in this set, see what happens when the Sliders actually do get home."