Sliders Season 1 & 2 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Universal
Running Time:
1017 minutes
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Brett Bowman

8.0


Sliders Season 1 & 2

Sliders follows four friends traveling from one parallel world to another in the hopes of returning home to their world. University student and basement scientist Quinn Mallory (Jerry O’Connell) devises a way to travel between worlds at will, a process dubbed “sliding” by his own sliding double. When showing off his invention to love interest Wade Wells (Sabrina Lloyd) and his university Professor Maximillian P. Arturo (John Rhys-Davies) it overloads and screws up their only means of sliding home – a mobile phone sized remote control. A fourth person, has-been singer Rembrandt “Crying Man” Brown (Cleavant Derricks), is also sucked into the portal due to the overload and the four of them must band together if they want to have any chance of getting back to their original home-world.

Sliders is a very simple concept and a lot of fun. It is fun to see the variations of the worlds, and how the smaller side characters change from world to world, or rather how some of them don’t change. However the simple concept of jumping from one world to another does become rather repetitive when the episodes are watched back to back – the second season episode introduces an alien race that prove to be recurring villains in later seasons and a break from “look what’s different on this world” shtick.

No doubt it would have been a blast to work on Sliders, with the cast routinely playing their own doubles, often their evil doubles. The cast are likable and engaging; it is sweet to watch the trials and tribulations of Quinn and Wade’s relationship – particularly when contrasted against the relationship shared by the many alternate Quinn and Wades. Derricks as Rembrandt Brown provides a lot of humour as he shrieks from one danger to the next, whilst Rhys Davies gives the whole proceeding a touch of class. The quartet work well together given the range of situations they are placed in, from doom and gloom to light hearted comedy; Sliders has it all.

The major downside to the DVD presentation is that unfortunately the episodes are not arranged in their intended order, but rather the order in which they were originally broadcast – often out of sequence, which does impact some of the story arcs, most notably the budding romance between Wade and Quinn. As well as all first and second season episodes, (23 in total) the collection also includes an audio commentary by show creators and a behind the scenes featurette.






 
 



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