Sliders was a 90’s TV show, the first two seasons are what I am going to review, the rest…was not good, the network took control and made it into a bad action adventure show, introducing magic of all things. I suggest you just watch the first two seasons and maybe a couple of the third for closure.
Sliders was about four people who were sliding from one alternate reality to another.
Before I go further I will talk about the characters
Quinn Mallory: Brilliant graduate physics student. He invented sliding.
Wade Wells: She worked in a computer store and studies literature and poetry. She believes in the supernatural. A close friend of Quinn, she in fact has a crush on him that he does not know about.
Professor Maximillian P. Arturo: He is one of Quinn’s teachers. Contrary to what he thought Quinn had a lot of respect for him. He is a very learned man and believes in science and reason above all else.
He is not someone who could easily make breakthroughs, or who was known to be great from the get go. He spent many many years studying and learning, part of him becomes resentful of Quinn because of this (but to his credit it does not show often)
Rembrandt Brown: The only slider who did not choose to start sliding, a singer who was once in a successful band but left before they made it big and he did not. He was on his way to sing the national anthem at a stadium when he got sucked up.
Most of the episodes have the sliders arriving on a world that differs from ours in some way, with a certain amount of time before they can open the wormhole again. Each wormhole takes them to a random world. This is because they had to mess with the sliding device to get off the first world safely and lack the equipment to reset it and get them home, if they miss the window the timer will become useless.
Most of the worlds are alternate history’s where one thing is different.
For example, what if the USSR had won the cold war? What would cause that and what effect would it have? What if antibiotics were never discovered? What if we became obsessed with keeping our population low?
In this show you have what very much feel like real people, just watching them chew the scenery is fun. Sliders is the kind of thing I think when someone says good classic sci-fi.