History Series / Sliders

8th Jan '17 11:52:15 AM TheGreatSkrond
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** [[FridgeBrilliance Not necessarily - the timelines could have diverged before that.]]
10th Dec '16 7:59:30 AM LarryMullen
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* MakingUseOfTheTwin: In {{real life}}, Cleavant's brother Clinton was used in "The King is Back," "Greatfellas," and "The Prince of Slides" to play an alternate Rembrandt.



* OutOfOrder: The first few episodes were clearly linked, with "Summer of Love" meant to follow the premiere and then "Prince of Wails" up next. Despite the linking scenes remaining intact, the order was altered to bump up "Fever" and "Last Days." Tormé has stated that he agreed with this, however, feeling the latter episodes were better offerings. (Note that reruns tend to air in production order, making this rather moot.)
10th Dec '16 7:57:29 AM LarryMullen
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* FollowTheLeader: In Season 3, the series started following any leader that presented itself, with episodes that were little more than cheap ripoffs of the movies ''Film/{{Twister}}'', ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', and ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''.
10th Nov '16 1:14:10 PM Umbethi
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** In ''The Exodus'', on their second slide together, Quinn and Maggie land right in the base where Maggie's double is stationed, in time to be almost immediately captured by her.
10th Nov '16 8:36:43 AM Umbethi
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* ContrivedCoincidence: You'd be hard pressed to find a show with better examples than this
** First off, the chances of encountering doubles is next to impossible. In world's that have a history far different than our own (as most seem to), it's unlikely your parents would ever have met. Even if they did, the chances that they would have a child identical to you is basically zero. How often have you seen parents with identical kids that ''aren't'' twins? Yet our group encounters identical versions of themselves on a regular basis
** Not only that, but those doubles often hold a position of power or fame on their world.
** World's with a radically alternate history should not be so similar to ours. For example, the world in Season 3 that was conquered by ancient Egyptians should not have modern cars that look identical to ours, and neither should the Golden Gate bridge still exist...and neither should they be speaking English. Even world's that have only a slightly different history should be radically different thanks to the ButterflyEffect.
** In ''As Time Goes By'', Quinn twice runs into his ex-girlfriend and her fiancé in one episode, on two separate worlds, by pure chance.
** In ''Time Again and World'', the Sliders escape one world after witnessing a murder, only to land on the exact same street on a nearly identical world in time to witness the murder again.
** You could make a drinking game out of the amount of times the Sliders have landed right in front of Quinn's house when they arrive on a new world
** Despite there being "infinite universes", the Sliders have on more than one occasion run into another slider they had already met by pure chance (Quinn's double from the Pilot in ''The Other Slide of Darkness'', and the Kromagg named Kolitar from the episode ''Slidecage'' being encountered again in ''Way Out West'').
** With there being "infinite universes", the chances that they would land on Earth Prime by pure chance, like they do in mid-Season 3, is next to impossible.
** In ''The Guardian'', the Sliders land on a world identical to their own, except 12 years in the past, which is already unbelievable, but as if that weren't enough, they exit right into the funeral of Quinn's dad!
6th Nov '16 10:57:40 AM Xtifr
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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The "Prince of Wails" episode had the cast slide to an AlternateUniverse where the US was under British control and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington had been executed as a traitor. Members of the cast then tell a member of the royal family after rescuing him that "Why don't you give democracy a go?" as though he should never have heard of it... despite the United Kingdom having been a Constitutional Monarchy and ''Parliamentary Democracy'' since 1688 so he'd know what democracy is.



** The Season 1 episode "Prince of Wails" has the sliders arrive in a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War and America is still a colony, now having expanded to what would be all the western States as well. Arturo's double in this world is the sinister Sheriff of San Francisco, who rules not only the city but apparently all the "western colonies" as well. He's oppressive towards the colonists, but he goes even further when he plots to have Harold, the Crown Prince, killed so he can take over as the new King, the previous King having died on the battlefields of France.

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** The Season 1 episode "Prince of Wails" has the sliders arrive in a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War and America is still a colony, AmericaIsStillAColony, now having expanded to what would be all the western States as well. Arturo's double in this world is the sinister Sheriff of San Francisco, who rules not only the city but apparently all the "western colonies" as well. He's oppressive towards the colonists, but he goes even further when he plots to have Harold, the Crown Prince, killed so he can take over as the new King, the previous King having died on the battlefields of France.
12th Sep '16 7:29:42 PM KJMackley
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* UnpredictableResults: Their own "sliding" device. About the only thing consistent is that it drops them in a location somewhere close to the entrance point between the two dimensions they travel between. Later seasons gave them the ability to at least control when they are going to travel and which dimension they are going to. But since they don't know their home destination, they still have to travel to different dimensions sequentially to find it.

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* UnpredictableResults: Their own "sliding" device. In the pilot episodes it's established that the timer was designed to sent them back to their home dimension after a specified period of time. Since the first slide as a team took them to an Earth that was frozen over and a tornado was heading their way, they forced the wormhole open early and that set them on the path of random universes. The timer getting damaged in the "US lost the cold war" universe in the second half of the pilot also meant that the length of time spent in each universe was random as well. About the only thing consistent is that it drops them in a location somewhere close to the entrance point between the two dimensions they travel between. Later seasons gave them the ability to at least control when they are going to travel and which dimension they are going to. But since they don't know their home destination, they still have to travel to different dimensions sequentially to find it.
10th Jun '16 8:00:04 PM nombretomado
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* ChangelingFantasy: Tossed, seemingly at random, into Quinn's backstory for the SciFi Channel seasons of ''{{Sliders}}''. Had the season four finale used the original script, this would have been revealed as a complicated ruse engineered by the [[BigBad Big Bads]].

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* ChangelingFantasy: Tossed, seemingly at random, into Quinn's backstory for the SciFi Channel seasons of ''{{Sliders}}''.''Sliders''. Had the season four finale used the original script, this would have been revealed as a complicated ruse engineered by the [[BigBad Big Bads]].
1st Jun '16 3:07:26 PM Avenuewriter
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* AdventureTowns: Actually, it's (almost) always the same city (starting with ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles'' in Seasons 1 and 2, then ''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco'' after the timer is modified early in Season 3), but due to our heroes traveling from one alternate reality to another, they find themselves in a different situation each episode.

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* AdventureTowns: Actually, it's (almost) always the same city (starting with ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles'' in Seasons 1 and 2, then ''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco'' in Seasons 1 and 2, then ''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles'' after the timer is modified early in Season 3), but due to our heroes traveling from one alternate reality to another, they find themselves in a different situation each episode.
15th May '16 1:16:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* RussiaTakesOverTheWorld: The pilot episode involves an alternate timeline where the Soviet Union took over most of the world, including the United States.
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