YMMV / Sliders

  • Acceptable Targets: The French, as seen in "Invasion."
    Arturo: Nasty French planet - filled with shifty, back-stabbing, croissant-sniffing nitwits!
    • In Season 4, this was a Running Gag for why the Sliders weren't aware of the norms of a given world:
      "We're from Canada."
  • Accidental Aesop: Start with Failure Is the Only Option. Any time an actor leaves, kill off his or her character. Let the bad guys Take Over the World. Have an oracle foretell that Everybody Dies and then end the series on a Cliffhanger. What else can viewers conclude, but that every sliding timer is an Artifact of Doom built by a Mad Scientist using knowledge Man Was Not Meant To Know.
  • Actor Allusion: Possibly unintentional, but "Into the Mystic" has the gang crossing a high bridge above running water that looks awfully familiar.
  • Angst? What Angst?: For someone he regarded as a father figure and close friend, Quinn didn't seem to grieve all that much over Arturo's death. A flash of anger in "The Other Slide of Darkness" is all we get. For that matter, Quinn didn't seem particularly concerned that Wade (his best friend) and his own mother were in the clutches of the Kromaggs.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Colin.
  • Critical Research Failure: The American Revolution resulted in the invention of Democracy...
    • Though in context in the episode, democracy wasn't "invented" by America, but its widespread adoption and popularity was inspired by the American Revolution. There was similarly no French Revolution, etc, etc, and the world of that episode is said to be run by a "handful of monarchies." The natives' being unfamiliar with the concept can be explained by its rarity and lack of popular support.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Logan St. Clair, a once-off villain who was meant to be a recurrer but never re-appeared due to Executive Meddling, but whose wild popularity with the fans led to her being included in seemingly half of the Sliders Fan Fics ever written.
    • You mean the evil, sexy, female version of Quinn? Of course she's uber-popular!
    • Conrad Bennish, Jr. is amazingly popular with the fanbase. He only appeared in four episodes thanks to Executive Meddling, but he was an instant fan favorite. He probably appears in more fanfics than even Logan.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Rembrandt veered dangerously close to this at first; he eventually got better.
  • Fanon: Because of her last name and her father being a military man named Tom, some fans are convinced that Maggie had an uncle who was a double of a guy named Sam.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Reviewers at IMDB are unanimous. Watch the first two seasons and then quit while you're ahead. You have been warned.
  • Follow the Leader: In Season 3, the series started following any leader that presented itself, with episodes that were little more than cheap ripoffs of the movies Twister, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tremors, Jurassic Park, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The Season 2 episode "Invasion", which introduced the Kromaggs. Many fans frequently praise the episode, but then the Kromaggs became the sole focus of the series starting in Season 4 (after a season-long absence, no less). Much of what made them interesting was also discarded. Note that Tracy Tormé (writer of "Invasion") said at the time that he was against overusing the Kromaggs out of fear of what ultimately happened.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The episode "Season's Greedings" had lots of Christmas ads that were very commercialized. Nowadays they seem normal. Even at the time, fans made jokes about how the Sliders must be home if they'd landed on a world where Christmas was overly commercialized.
  • Funny Moments: In "The King is Back," Arturo gets mistaken for Luciano Pavarotti. He isn't very amused. Made even more funnny if one considers John-Rhys Davies is actually Welsh in real life.
    Arturo: I am not Mr. Pavarotti! Mr. Pavarotti is an Italian! He speak-a like-a this! Do I speak-a like-a this?! No! Why?! BECAUSE I AM AN ENGLISHMAN, YOU BLISTERING IDIOT!!
  • Genius Bonus: The For Want of a Nail element is often implied, rather than stated outright, or is assumed but turns out to be wrong. For instance, the pilot assumes that the difference is that the US lost the Korean War, triggering the Domino Effect, but a passing remark implies that the Soviet Union and China united to become The Empire, rather than viewed each other as enemies as in the real world.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "The Chasm," Rembrandt hallucinates Quinn accusing him of abandoning Wade in Kromagg prison. "Requiem" would reveal his Dark Secret. Instead of trying to fight off guards as he previously claimed, Rembrandt ignored Wade's pleas for help because he thought it was a Kromagg illusion. He realized too late he was wrong and carried the guilt around ever since.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Considering what "Requiem" revealed about his prison time, what Christina told Rembrandt in "Mother and Child" takes on a new meaning.
    "For what it's worth, Wade doesn't think you deserted her."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Near the end of Season 4, "My Brother's Keeper" features a clone of Quinn, with a lot of talk how he is and isn't actually Quinn. The clone is only designated as Mallory, leading to Rembrand to question, "They couldn't even give him a first name?" Keep that in mind a few episodes later when Season 5 starts.
    • In "The Return of Maggie Beckett" (written by Chris Black), Rembrandt rattles off some of the ways he believes E.T. Gave Us Wi-Fi, including Velcro. "Carbon Creek" (co-written by Black) would see just that.
  • Nightmare Fuel : The fever-induced hallucinations Wade has in "Fever" are pretty scary.
    • Those giant flying-wasp-spider things. Plus the one that got through.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Pretty much every new character added to the regular cast.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Maggie became really likable in the fourth season premiere and stayed that way until the series finale.
    • It's worth noting that Maggie underwent a significant personality (and even appearance) change at that time. Once Wade left the show, Maggie became more compassionate, fun and emotionally open. She basically absorbed many of the characteristics Wade had had previously (while still keeping some of her own strengths from before). In a way she was originally a Replacement Scrappy for the Professor but then became a popular successor character to Wade.
    • For those that feel he was an Ethnic Scrappy in Season 1, Season 2 sees Rembrandt lose those qualities, cut down on the It's All About Me complaining and generally toughen up.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Before becoming Trip Tucker, Connor Trinneer played Samson in "Prophets and Loss."
    • Before breaking out on MADtv, Will Sasso played recurring hotel clerk Gomez Calhoun in the first two seasons.
    • A pre-Buffy Julie Benz is in one episode, and Sook Yin Lee plays a soldier in the pilot.
  • The Scrappy: Most of the characters in later seasons.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 onwards.
    • The entirely of Season Five was a pain to watch. Especially getting rid of Jerry O'Connell in one of the lamest excuses for a recast, and de facto killing one of the most beloved characters of the show. All within one Slide. It goes downhill from there.
  • Special Effect Failure: The show's use of CG is...well, it belongs in the early 90's, put it that way.
  • Villain Decay: The Kromaggs. Season 2's "Invasion" showed them to be quite threatening, as well as calculating and simply quite unpleasant to look at. When they came back for Season 4, however, the make-up was less elaborate, and they were overall more generic bad guys. Some of the mental tricks and careful planning remained, but things could also get hammy depending on the episode. Fans also objected to the heavy-handed Nazi allegory the writers started using.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Logan St. Clair, as evidenced by her frequent use in fanfics. She put a new spin on doubles for the series, could match Quinn in the brains department and be far more ruthless.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "The Exodus" two-parter. Consider: a doomed world, the Sliders racing to save everyone they can, finding Earth Prime, the death of Arturo, the addition of a new Slider (one who's not shy about causing inter-group conflict) and the emergence of a new Big Bad. On paper, these sound like some pretty interesting (if not epic) ideas that would provide a wealth of storytelling potential. But the execution? Well, Tracy Tormé and many others consider them some of the worst episodes the series ever produced - if not the definitive examples.
    • The entire premise of the series itself, wasted by the execution, if you consider even the early episodes as disappointing.
  • Weirdness Censor: Why no one seems to see the Sliders' entry portal. This would also explain why the hippies do notice it: they have much more open minds than usual.
  • The Woobie: Quinn Mallory.