Sliders

Season 1 Episode 2

Pilot (2)

3
Aired Unknown Mar 22, 1995 on FOX
9.2
out of 10
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Pilot (2)
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After barely escaping the last world, the sliders think they are home. But to their horror, Quinn and Arturo learn they are not and have instead arrived on a world where the Soviet Union rules America. Rembrandt has been arrested for trying to use American money and the only way to save him is for the others to help a group of revolutionaries rescue their imprisoned leader.moreless

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  • One of my favorite shows.

    10
    The concept is great. Sliding into parallel worlds and not being able to return to your own. If I could one day, I'd make another show in this vein.



    The pilot is very well written, introducing the cast and concept. The acting talent is superb and the writing allows it to fly. The writers understand many of the details about our world and how to effectively tell a story about a world in which these details may have taken a different turn. They also understand more about the characters than they have time to convey on screen. The pilot is filled with attention to small detail including an Einstein poster in the opening credits only briefly shown. This is not throw away television. This pilot would have made a critically acclaimed box office movie. Worth your time. I hope I can find the whole series somewhere.moreless
  • the beginning of Sliders, part 2

    9.5
    The second part is slightly better than the first.



    It continues with the Sliders in the new world filled with communists.



    when Mr. Brown tries to make it back he gives american dollars to the drive and he informs the military and catch him and sent him to jail.



    Meanwhile the other three try to escape from their own supidity and get help from other comrads there. The Wade in that world is one of them and infact is their boss while the professor is the boss of the communists. The Wade in that dimension is caught and in jail.



    When Wade sees brown on tv they have to go to save him and so they do, The entire crew have a great battle and they save him. But then Wade gets shot and dies, but it was the Wade of that world and Quinn and Wade have the beginning of their very sweet relationship hugging each other.



    Anyway, eventually they run and open the portal to go back to their own world. When they Slide they come to a world that looks a lot like home, they go back but then Quinn sees his father that had died in his world years ago so they realise that they aren't back home.



    All in all it was a great episode and the end of the beginning of a show that had great potential but got kind of ruined. It's very sad actually, but anyway. The pilot was great tv, well written and just simply good tv.moreless
  • I\'m just repeating myself here, as the break between the two \"halves\" of the pilot doesn't really seem to exist...

    9.5
    See my review of Pilot (1) for the complete version of this this, I\'m only presenting the highlights here...



    The Pilot set the tone for the concept - introducing characters we would come back to time and time again - albeit rarely twins of themselves in other parallel worlds - but also setting details in place so that we would know the earth they reached was NOT the earth from which we were watching. (Such as Quinn’s father being alive at the end of part two of the pilot.)



    The cast:

    Jerry O\'Connell was great from the start - but then he already been in a modest hit feature film (\"Stand by Me\"), but also had a series under his belt (\"My Secret Identity\"). He really was the reason to watch the show.



    Sabrina Lloyd, who I later came to love in \"Sports Night\", was a little wooden in the pilot – but her acting definitely improved as the series progressed.



    Cleavant Derricks was supposed to represent the every man - but often was left with little to do. I often found his acting over the top – although I don’t know whether to blame the actor or the writers. His character was certainly the least developed of the four originals.



    Jonathon Rhys-Davies comes off pompous and crass – but that is exactly what he is supposed to be. The intellectual know-it-all. Rhys-Davies knows what his character is supposed to be and embodies it fully.



    The show:

    Like most pilots, it is designed to set up a series – but at least with this one, due to the infinite wormholes available – you know it can go wherever it wants – which is appealing to a network that first and foremost wants a hit – but also wants something that can last 100 episodes – that magic number needed for syndication. (It never made it!) Like the other review on this site, I’m unsure exactly where the break is between the two halves of the pilot (it aired as a two-hour premiere and on the DVD is presented as one 90 minute episode without break) but I suspect it was either right before or right after the leap from the ice-age San Francisco to the Soviet ruled one. In either event, the producers managed to show three possible alternate worlds in this pilot (the third being the cliff-hanger where Quinn’s father was still alive) and thus gave the viewer the possibilities of the show. I, for one, couldn’t wait for more.

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  • The sliders realise the consequences of opening the portal early are that the portal does not take them home and instead they are in a world where the Soviet Union rules America.moreless

    7.0
    Convinced that they are home Rembrant leaves the other sliders and heads to the game he is due to sing at by cab. But he finds himself under arrest when he tries to pay for the toll with American dollars and the cab driver turns him into the authorities.



    Wade meanwhile discovers they are not home when she tries to call her house from a pay phone.



    Quinn and the Professor discover the error for themselves when they spot the statue of Abraham Lincoln has been replaced with one of Lenin.



    They aren't home and they are separated from Rembrant in a strange world where the authorities are soon after all of them.



    Taken in by a resistence movement Wade discovers her double is a leader of the people who had been captured and was facing execution.



    Arturo is not so lucky and is held as a prisoner, along with Quinn, until they can convince the group that Arturo is not his double.



    Rembrant is interrogated and then put on trial at The Peoples' Court where his defence is that he is not of that world. Not surprisingly he is quickly convicted and sentenced.



    The others have no intention of leaving the fellow traveller to his fate and with the help of their new friends they stage a jail break to rescue both Rembrant and the alternate Wade, using Arturo to their advantage as he impersonates his double.



    Escaping with their lives the rescue is not without its losses and the sliders travel through the portal once more.



    But although the world they travel to is almost identical to their own the final scene proves that they are well and truly lost.



    A good episode but not one of my favourites. The war and politics between the US and the Soviet Union is just something I have never found personally interesting. I am not in either country so have taken little notice of that. However that being said the episode is fast paced has there is a good blend of humour from Rembrant and the drama of the rescue mission.



    Just not really one of my favourites.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

Don MacKay

Don MacKay

Artie Field

Guest Star

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Day Tripper (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Rusty Burrell

Rusty Burrell

Rusty the Bailiff (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Jason Gaffney

Jason Gaffney

Conrad Bennish Jr. (Uncredited)

Recurring Role

Linda Henning

Linda Henning

Mrs. Mallory

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Quinn not only hands the bum regular cash, but some of the communist cash as well.

    • The t-shirts the rebels wear show the Statue Of Liberty holding an M16 instead of a torch.

    • Attorney Ross J. Kelley's ("I will fight for you!") phone number is 1-800-555-1948.

    • Several scenes were removed from the second half of the show, including a trip through the Communist Museum where they claimed to have invented everything from the telephone, the car, baseball and several other items.

    • When the two men in trench coats get into the car with the older woman, the man in the back seat's trench coat is hanging outside the door when he closes it.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Wilkins: I trust you slept well.
      Arturo: Yes, I always sleep comfortably with my hands tied above my head, you blistering idiot!

    • Rembrandt: (Surrounded by armed guards at the toll booth) Do you all need exact change? Is that it?

    • Rembrandt: (The Russian Anthem is playing on the radio) Wait a minute, that don't sound right. Must be playin' a Canadian team.

    • Reporter: Now the defendant is on his way out of the courtroom. Mr. Brown, if I could ask you a quick question? Obviously, Commisar Wapner didn't believe a thing you had to say. How does that make you feel?
      Rembrandt: How do you think I feel, fool? I am never watching this show again. Small claims my (bleep).
      Reporter: Well, thank you very much.

    • Llewelyn: The defendant dubiously claims that he is not of this earth, and therefore shouldn't be expected to abide by the laws of civilization.

    • Commissar Wapner: I sentence you to fifteen years in the Alaskan Gulag, without the possibility of parole.
      Rembrandt: Fifteen years?!
      Commissar Wapner: Fifteen years.
      Rembrandt: Don't you mean fifteen dollars?

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