Season 2 Episode 1

Into The Mystic

Aired Unknown Mar 01, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The sliders arrive on a strange world ruled by superstition and mysticism. When Quinn gets into debt with a local witch doctor, his only hope of escape seems to lie with a mysterious Sorcerer.

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  • Brilliant! One of my favorites!

    This is one of my favorite Sliders episodes of all time, and I don't remember having seen it before tonight. Thank you, Netflix!

    The constant Wizard of Oz nods are amazing, and I love that you don't even notice them until about halfway through. But from them on, it's a wild ride on a new Oz quest: to steal the sliding machine blueprints from the witch doctor and take them back to the sorcerer ("the wizard"). Who turns out to be...






    this world's Quinn, with long hair. And he knows how to get the sliders home. This episode featured one of the best episodes of the show, perhaps of ANY show. And, if you don't already know what that is:






    the sliders DO end up making it home, but they only have about a minute to figure out if it's real or not. They check the squeaky gate, but it doesn't squeak. Disappointed, they slide into another world. And then Mrs. Mallory comes out of the house with a repairman, who has fixed the gate that has squeaked since Quinn was 12.

    She misses her son.

    SUCH a good ending. This is the first time (of many, sometimes knowingly) that the sliders make it back home.

    I can't wait to continue watching the show again. It's been way too long.moreless
  • The sliders land on a world of witchcraft where they incur the wrath of a witch doctor.

    The second series opener picks up where the first series finale left off with Quinn still recovering from his gunshot wound on the world they escaped to.

    Ryan has departed, along with Wade's dog, and the sliders are about to travel to another new world.

    They arrive on a world of witchcraft and when Quinn's bullet wound re-opens they turn to the only doctor they can find to help...a witch doctor.

    Unable to pay the high charges the gang follow the advice of Arturo and "run like hell".

    Served with a subpoena by a grim reaper Quinn turns to a lawyer for help but is advised that the doctor wants his brain instead of payment, and the only person who can help is the mysterious Sorcerer.

    Crossing over Golden Gargoyle Gate Bridge the wanderers approach the sorcerer in the hope that not only can he save Quinn from the witch doctor, but that he can send them home, for the Sorcerer is purported to be a slider too.

    A great season opener with a bittersweet ending to the episode as the sliders have to make a quick decision as to whether the world they have arrived on is really their home world or not.moreless
Cleavant Derricks

Cleavant Derricks

Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Quinn Mallory

Sabrina Lloyd

Sabrina Lloyd

Wade Wells

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Professor Maximillian P. Arturo

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The Witch Doctor's office: When Arturo and Wade are reading the certificates, nearly every frame is crooked or skewed.

    • In the scene where Wade is identifying the eye chart as being the witch's alphabet, she mentions that her friend's name was Sabrina, which happens to be Wade's name in real life.

    • Nitpick: When Arturo is leaning on Quinn's tombstone, the stone wobbles several times, even though it is fused onto a thick, stone base.

    • Nitpick: Although there are strong winds before the first jump, only the leaves near Quinn and Wade are flowing in the wind. The leaves in the wheelbarrow and further away are still.

    • Nitpick: In the tent on the opening world, Quinn clutches his right shoulder. Later in the episode he is clutching his left shoulder.

    • Nitpick: When Professor Arturo is examining the items on the witch doctor's wall, a boom mic appears at the bottom of the frame.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mrs. Mallory: (on the squeaky gate) Quinn always said he was going to fix it.
      Gardener: I know how much you miss him. But he'll be back one day, Mrs. M. I know he will.

    • Fortune Teller: You are a man who feels slighted...because you were never fully appreciated in your chosen profession. Those are the invisible chains you bear.
      Arturo: This is absurd. I don't have to be a part of this...
      Fortune Teller: You resent the boy...because it all comes so easy to him. You are Salieri to his Mozart, yes? And because he reminds you of the son you've neglected back home.

    • Wade: What's [Dr. Xang] saying?
      Arturo: He's coming onto you.

    • Rembrandt: I'll have you know that this isn't the first time the Crying Man has walked on air.

    • Wade: (responding to spooky sounds) What was that?
      Arturo: An owl.
      Rembrandt: Oh yeah, and what was that?
      Arturo: That was a Night-Wobbler! ...or a vulture.
      Wade: What's a wobbler?
      Rembrandt: Who was that?
      Arturo: A nightingale on medication. Hahaha! Come on.
      Rembrandt: Yeah... funny, Professor.
      Wade: What's a wobbler?

    • Dr. Xang: Your friend's headache is annihilated.
      Arturo: Headache? He's got a gunshot wound in his shoulder!
      Dr. Xang: Oh, that's too bad. I don't do shoulders.

    • Quinn: Here's the bad news: fifty-three seconds until the next window. If this isn't home, if we're wrong ... we're stuck here.
      Rembrandt: I don't know, guys. According to this, O.J. Simpson was tried for a double murder, the Raiders play in Oakland, the Cleveland Indians made the World Series.
      Wade: A lot could have happened since we left.
      Arturo: That much?

    • Arturo: (After the Sliders are presented with a rather large bill from Dr. Xang) Given the fraudulent nature of this man's claims, I suggest a response that harkens back to our childhoods..Run! Run like hell!!

    • Arturo: There's one constant about every America we visit.
      Rembrandt: Yeah, the healthcare system always sucks.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Several scenes were deleted from the final version of the episode, explaining what "Witchcraft" Quinn did to "Regular" Quinn's timer. These scenes were not included on the seasons one and two DVD.

    • Originally, FOX wouldn't allow any kind of resolution to last season's cliffhanger. They believed that after nearly a year, no one would remember there was a cliffhanger. Tracy Torme fought them on this issue and somewhat succeeded, getting a short teaser devoted to trying to wrap things up.


    • A Christmas Carol

      When the crew is asleep in their room, the sound of clunk, then chains dragging is heard.
      This is an allusion to when Jacob Marley visited Ebeneezer Scrooge to warn him of three impending spirits.

    • The Wizard of Oz

      Not only is the structure of the plot quite similar to The Wizard of Oz, but the last name of the Sorcerer's assistant, Gale, mirrors that of Dorothy Gale from the famous film.

    • Wade: It's the witch's alphabet. My friend Sabrina was into this stuff.
      A nod to another Universal produced show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch.