'Sliders' Surfs Cosmos To Good Old Sci-Fi Fun
March 22, 1995
Detroit Free Press, p 51
By Mike Duffy
(RATING:) ** 1/2 out of 4 stars 8 tonight Fox, Channel 2
"Sliders" isn't really the documentary history of cheap, greasy burgers.
But junk food television? Yes, it's that.
This fun-loving adventure series -- which follows the time warp exploits of a grad student who accidentally discovers a gateway to different dimensions -- is filled with the empty calories of mindless channel-surfing escape.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Everything from "Gilligan's Island" to "Baywatch" proves that American television nation has a boundless appetite for video corn dogs.
So say howdy to "Sliders," which begins a spring season run with a two-hour premiere tonight on Fox. The series moves to its regular 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot next week.
The not so mighty Quinn Mallory (Jerry O'Connell, "Stand By Me") boards the cosmic roller coaster after stumbling upon a swirling "wormhole" between dimensions while experimenting in his basement.
Naturally, one bizarre thing leads to another.
Quinn teams up with a trio of time-bending buckaroos and they go slipping into a different parallel universe each week. Hence, our self-styled gang of "sliders."
In one parallel universe, Elvis is alive and playing Las Vegas while John Kennedy is married to Marilyn Monroe and still serving as president. In another parallel, the Russians have won the Cold War and we're all under Communist rule.
Joining the likable O'Connell in these time tunnel adventures are John Rhys-Davies ("Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade") as arrogant physics prof Maximillian Arturo and Sabrina Lloyd ("Father Hood") as attractive computer whiz Wade Wells. And let's not forget Cleavant Derricks ("Drexell's Class"), who's a hoot as former R&B singer Rembrandt (Crying Man) Brown, a befuddled soul man sucked into the time warp by fluke circumstance.
"Sliders," produced with hang-loose flair by Tracy Torme ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") and Robert K. Weiss ("Police Squad"), is a comic book pastiche of "Back to the Future" merriment and "Quantum Leap" sentimentality.
With a little bit of luck, maybe the merriment will even win out.
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