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Recap / Sliders S 03 E 14 Slide Like An Egyptian

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Originally aired January 17, 1997

Written by Scott Smith Miller

Directed by Adam Nimoy

On a world influenced by Ancient Egyptian culture, Quinn is thought to be dead after being used in a deadly experiment, while Rembrandt, Wade, and Arturo become trapped inside a pyramid where they are pursued by a giant scarab.

Tropes present in the episode:

  • Alternate History: Professor Arturo theorises that Ancient Egypt became the most powerful empire in the world because Alexander the Great was defeated.
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  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The giant scarab in the pyramid.
  • Break the Cutie: Wade in particular is devastated by Quinn's apparent death.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In the afterlife, Quinn reunites with his late father Michael, and the two have a brief conversation until Michael persuades Quinn to return to life.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Deera had been told those she was experimenting on were terminally ill. Instead, her colleagues lied to her and just used whatever poor soul they could find that wouldn't be missed. Quinn almost suffers this.
  • Hot Scientist: Dr. Deera Mubarik.
  • I Choose to Stay: The group misses the slide on the chance that Quinn is still alive.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The culture of Ancient Egypt survives into the present day and dominates the world. In spite of this, everyone in New Cairo speaks English, a language influenced by Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.
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  • Irony: Wade muses they thought Quinn was dead before entering the pyramid, but now he's probably alive while they're trapped.
  • It's All My Fault: Wade blames herself for Quinn's apparent death because trying to help that girl triggered the other events.
  • Like a Son to Me: Arturo recalls something Quinn once told him:
    "He told me once he dreamt I was his father. I never had the courage to tell him that so often I wished he was my son."
  • New Neo City: On this world, New Cairo is a major city of the Egyptian Empire that is located in the same place as Los Angeles on Earth Prime.
  • No One Left Behind: The rest of the group misses the slide on the chance that Quinn is still alive.
  • Plot Device: The Sliders get a new timer in this episode.
  • The Power of Friendship: It's what convinces the other Sliders to miss the slide.
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  • Race Against the Clock: Because Quinn apparently died trying to save Sheilah, the rest of the group tries to save her before the slide. They succeed with seconds to spare, only to learn that Quinn could still be alive.
  • Sadistic Choice: After being told Quinn was subjected to a revival experiment and that there's a chance he might be alive.
    Rembrandt: If we go back, we lose all home of ever returning home. We'll spend 29 years here because we've gambled on some miraculous breakthrough.
  • Shout-Out: To Star Trek with this line from Rembrandt:
    Rembrandt: (after zapping the scarab with an Improvised Weapon) Call it an impromptu phaser.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Activating the timer in the pyramid causes the scarab to panic and break loose, which in turn causes the pyramid to seal up and trap the Sliders.
    • Quinn discovers a new timer hidden in the architect's office. He reasons those that were to be sealed in the pyramid intended to use it to escape. The pyramid being sealed early, though, wrecks that plan for the architect, but it does benefit the Sliders.
  • Wham Episode: The old timer can't be used for another 29 years, but the group gets a new one.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: A number of people were to be sealed inside the pyramid in order to be food for the scarab.


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