Sliders: Season 3 (1996)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
Universal || NR - 1122 minutes - $59.98 || July 19, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-07-23


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s):
Cast: Jerry O'Connell, sabrina Lloyd, Cleavant Derricks, John Rhys-Davies


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Gag Reel
  • Bonus Episode of "Cleopatra 2525"
  • Bonus Episode of "Earth 2"


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could Slide into a thousand different worlds? Where it's the same year, and you're the same person, but everything else is different. And what if you can't find your way home?"

"Sliders" was a semi-popular television show running on Fox from 1995 to 1997 (it went to the SciFi Channel from '98 till its cancellation in 2000). The show, starring Jerry O'Connell (Scream 2) as Quinn Mallory, Sabrina Lloyd as Wade, Cleavant Derricks as singer Rembrandt Brown, John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) as physics professor Maximillian Arturo.

Having never seen the first two seasons, I went into this third season with a clean slate. Now, this is not a show that requires a mass amount of brain power nor does it need a lot of explaining of what's going on. The gist of the story is about four people who got sucked into a vortex of sorts that sends them from one dimension to another because its creator, Quinn, did not punch in the correct coordinates. So like Sam Beckett before them, they travel space and time with the only goal to find their way back home. There are a few technical things about this traveling. While in "Quantum Leap" Sam can only travel within his own time, the Sliders only travel dimensionally meaning they come to (basically) the same place but in different circumstances. While in these alternate dimensions, they quite frequently encounter their "doubles" whom live their lives in this "new" place.

Even though "Sliders" has mediocre acting, the CGI (if one could call it that) majorly sucked (even for 1996/97 standards) and the stories are (more often than not) fairly simplistic and alot of time, dumb. The thing is, I enjoyed it. While the characters are two-dimensional, they're still fun to watch. This is science fiction camp at its best.

As for specific episodes, I found "Double Cross" to be my favorite as it (for this newbie) really put forth the "double" idea where the characters can run into themselves in the alternate dimension. However, beyond just the geeky coolness of that, it also changes the dynamic and rules of the Sliding game. The award for worst episode had to be "The Flame Within" which, even for a show like this, was way too campy and dumb that I struggled to watch through the entire episode. See, I can accept a world where people are arrested and convicted by the public's vote on TV (which might not be too far fetched given the today's enviroment for reality TV), but watching a flame that "walks" and talks is just so stupid...

Despite some lame plotlines and the loss of John Rhys-Davies mid-way, I still found the show to be entertaining and good brain fluff one can turn on if you don't feel like thinking.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only special feature pertaining to "Sliders" is a gag reel that wasn't particularly funny... at least compared to other reels. The five minute plus gag reel has a dumb tour guide of sorts introducing the characters and the occasional flubbed line.

I realize that "Sliders" isn't a high priority DVD release, but couldn't they have included some cast interviews perhaps *gasp* a commentary track???

As they did with Knight Rider, Universal includes bonus episodes of two of their other releases: "Cleopatra 2525" and "Earth 2" (both of which, for good reason, didn't last long).

From the episode I saw, "Cleopatra 2525" certainly is loud, which I presume is to cover up for the terrible dialogue and bad acting from its three leading ladies. Indeed they are cute and wear nice outfits, but I couldn't stand to watch 30 episodes of this crap. Did Spider-Man director Sam Raimi really produce this?

The bonus episode of "Earth 2" isn't much better, although I didn't think it had as bad acting or set design. I didn't mind watching "Cleapatra" as the ladies were cute but unfortunately there are no such ladies on this show. I felt this episode was boring so I don't know if this is how the other 21 episodes were.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The sound and picture is actually better than your normal TV to DVD release as the sound is the usual 2.0 Dolby Surround but sounds clear; and the full frame picture, with the occassional pixelation, looks just fine for me. My expectations for a TV show on DVD is low in regards to sound/picture, so this (considering it's nearly a decade old) looks just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

The "Sliders" Season 3 DVD is too expensive (even on sale it's still $45) so this is only for the die hard fans out there. As a novice, I would not buy this DVD nor the first two season set. Yes, I enjoyed the episodes but the lack of special features is pathetic. Give me some featurettes, commentary, TV spots... something. If you manage to find the set at a bargain price or used somewhere, then go ahead and pick it up.