Sliders: The Dimension of Continuity
Into the Mystic Script Outtakes
 
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These are scenes from the November 14, 1995 fourth revision draft of the script for the episode Into the Mystic written by Tracy Tormé. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to Fox meddling, time and story considerations.



This draft was the one which featured the teaser later seen at the beginning of the second season episode "Greatfellas". After Fox stated that they didn't want Tormé to resolve the season one cliffhanger, he made up the lawyer world idea to be the teaser for "Into the Mystic". Fox finally conceded to allow Tormé to resolve the season one cliffhanger...but by that time, Tormé's original plan for an 8 minute resolution was cut down to 2 1/2 minutes (since the episode had been filmed and timed out for the 2 1/2 minute Lawyer World teaser). If you have any information on the original 8 minute resolution to "Luck of the Draw", please contact me at sliders1995@yahoo.com. This information would only be found in the production version of the script (the first draft).



A small bit seen early on in the script, there was originally an address mentioned for Dr. Xane (called Dr. Wu in the early scripts)...

INT. PHONE BOOTH - REMBRANDT

is hurriedly thumbing through the rather thin section of yellow pages. We catch a glimpse of many products with the brand name SORCERER, before Rembrandt finds a cryptic ad for Doctor Wu's Medical Clinic located on the corner of Tesla and Warlock, open 24 hours.



And I'm sure you find yourself wondering...how could this episode *not* be a resoution to season one's cliffhanger? After all, the focus is Quinn's injured shoulder. After Fox's rejection of a resolution, Tormé wisely wrote the ep where the voiceover of a single line could change it back and forth (thus giving him leeway if Fox changed their mind). Here is that line...after Quinn is brought out from seeing the "doctor"...

DOCTOR WU Your friend's headache is annihilated. ARTURO Headache? You blistering idiot, he's dislocated his shoulder! NURSE (to Sliders, covertly) I'll bet the Sorcerer could help but he'd never see you of course. Still, you can pick up some of his Miracle Balm at the marketplace.
If you watch the episode, you can tell that Arturo's line was re-recorded over what he said during the original filming (the original episode was taped with Arturo saying the dislocated shoulder line). At no other point in the script does it mention what was wrong with Quinn's shoulder...just that he hurt himself when exiting the vortex (the line describes that Quinn hits awkwardly on exit).



Continuing the above scene, Doctor Wu had a few additional lines about the Sorcerer which help to clarify just what type of products The Sorcerer had brought to this world to corner the market...

DOCTOR WU Sorcerer?! How dare you mention that charlatan in my prescence! NURSE (cringing) Sorry, doctor. DOCTOR WU Thanks to *The Sorcerer*, my practice is *half* what it was! Who wants my carefully formulated herbs and potions, when they can buy... (pained) ... Sorcerer brand as-per-in, or Super Sorcerer throat lo-zen-ges, at half the price?!


And when the Sliders are running off...Dr. Wu had some additional words for his anger...

DOCTOR WU Fools, I will bring a thousand curses down on your heads! No one crosses the AMA. You signed a contract, and YOU WILL PAY!!


Directly after the Sliders ran off, we were supposed to be shown the Sliders encounter with Gomez Calhoun as they checked in...

EXT. DOMINION HOTEL - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING SHOT

in the rain. Lightning flashes and we see that the marquee on the Lamp-lighter reads: "Dominino Hotel...The Sorcerer would stay here" (then, in smaller letters) "if he ever needed a room."

INT. DOMINION HOTEL - LOBBY - NIGHT - GOMEZ CALHOUN

greeting the exhausted, dripping Sliders at the check-in counter. His face is pasty white and he wears ghoulish Alice Cooper-like eyeshadow.

ARTURO Well, Gomez Calhoun as I live and breathe. Dipping into Mom's make-up kit, I see.
Calhoun nods happily as he checks them in, while munching on some boxed chocolate candy.

GOMEZ CALHOUN New from The Sorcerer's Sweet Shop. Help yourselves.
Rembrandt takes a piece of the offered candy -- recoils: it's in the shape of a cockroach.

GOMEZ CALHOUN Say, how do you guys know my name? I'll bet you're witches, in town for the convention! WADE (stifling a smile) That's right. We parked our broomsticks outside. GOMEZ CALHOUN (guffawing) Broomsticks. Whaddya take me for? (hands them keys) Suite 152 - down the hall. You witches have a nice stay now. (as Sliders exit) Don't forget, there's a skeleton in every closet - and complimentary hot cocoa served in the lobby 'till ten.
The Sliders go --

CUT TO:

INT. DOMINION HOTEL - NIGHT - ON TV

The familiar bumper and voice-over we recognize as --

JERRY SPRINGER (ON TV) 'Devil coax you to split Grandma's skull? Voices in your head urge you to push your little sister down the stairs? We want to know about it. Call us here at the Jerry Springer show and we'll put *you* on the air!
WADE

is gently tending to Quinn's shoulder on the bed. Rembrandt is stretched out, remote in hand, watching TV. The muted sound of the SHOWER tells us where Arturo is.

WADE (needing) Look at you - always turning on the TV, first chance you get. REMBRANDT Interests of science, girl! What better way to scope out a culture?
And while continuing to watch TV, a few more differences...

REMBRANDT Man, I'm not gonna sleep a wink until we slide out of this place.
Rembrandt's voice trails off. He's become creeped out and mesmerized by a portrait on the cheap motel wall. A pack of squirrels are about to be torn apart and devoured by a wolf. Meanwhile, a NEW COMMERCIAL is playing in the b.g...

COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCER (O.S.) Sorcerer Brand Orange Juice, one sixty-six a quart. Mister Sorcerer Steak Sauce now just one seventy-nine... QUINN Sorcer this, Sorcerer that. He seems to have cornered the market in just about everything. REMBRANDT (opening closet) Yeah. I'd love to get a piece of his action --
Rembrandt recoils from the opened closet door. Wade and Quinn leap up to see what he sees...

REMBRANDT Damn!... He wasn't kidding!
ANGLE - INSIDE THE CLOSET - A SKELETON

is fastened to the wall, being used as a hanger for suits and robes.

QUINN

pats a shaky Rembrandt on the shoulder...

QUINN Think of the bright side. He must've meant it about the cocoa.
Rembrandt exhales and hangs his jacket on the skeleton, BLACKING OUT THE FRAME.



And did you think while viewing the episode that Pavel took them to the Sorcer's castle a little too easily? In the original script, it wasn't so easy...

PAVEL (incredulous) Do I know? Is Helen Reddy? (howling laughter) *Everyone* know - Sorcerer live in big black castle on other side of Golden Gargoyle Gate Bridge. QUINN Take us there.
Pavel reacts, pulling the cab over to a neck-bending stop at the curb.

PAVEL Out. QUINN What? PAVEL No one go to Sorcerer's castle. Is very dangerous journey.
ANGLE - THROUGH THE WINDOW - A HAGGARD VAGRANT

looking like a mummy, begins to hand-wash the window with a loose rag attached to his body...

REMBRANDT (off this) Look man, just take us as far as you can.
Pavel mulls it over.

PAVEL How much? QUINN How much do you want? PAVEL (eyeing Arturo's finger) ... I like his ring.
The Sliders look to Arturo. He hesitates... scowls...

QUINN Professor --
Arturo submits. Pavel holds it up to the dashboard lights, then happily slips it on to his finger, further annoying the Professor.

Meanwhile, Rembrandt locks eyes with the vagrant, who is using a cobwebbed spray bottle on the side window. The singer recoils at the sight of the swollen blood red eyes peering back at him from under the dirty cloth wrapping. As the cab patches out --

CUT TO:

EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS - PAVEL

slams on the accelator, nearly clipping the squeegee-ghoul in the process.

CUT TO:

EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT - THE CAB

streaks through the mystic San Francisco streets, racing past scarecrows set up on the sidewalks.

We can occasionally hear the SCREAMS and MOANS of the SLIDERS as they hang on for dear life.

INT. PAVEL'S CAB - NIGHT - PAVEL

driving with flat-out reckless abandon that would make the most hard-core New York cabby proud.

The wide-eyed Sliders are white-knuckling it, leaning back in their seats as far as they can go.

PAVEL Uh-oh. Flock of bats. REMBRANDT Bats? What do you mean bats? PAVEL Vicious, bloodthirsty bats - probably sent by the Sorcerer, to keep us away.
THEIR POV - THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD - A SWARM OF BATS

is forming in the sky ahead, looking like a great black funnel cloud. The bats begin to plummet like minature dive-bombers.

Pavel turns on his windshield wipers as the swooping, SQUEAKING BATS literally CRASH and THUMP off the glass, think as hailstones.

Pavel shakes his fist at them, SWEARING IN RUSSIAN, but never taking his foot off the gas. The cab plows ahead, eventually breaking through and leaving the bat attack behind.

EXT. STREET - THE CAB

as it streaks away, taking a corner way too fast and SKIDDING out of sight. The last thing we hear (above the sound of the SCREECHING BRAKES) is the collective SCREAMS of Rembrandt and the Professor.

CUT TO:

EXT. FOG SHROUDED RURAL ROAD - NIGHT - THE CAB

comes to a stop near a CRICKET INFESTED set of dense woods. A nervous Pavel keeps the engine running as

THE SLIDERS

exit.

QUINN This is it? PAVEL End of the line. REMBRANDT Where's the bridge?
Pavel indicates --

PAVEL There it is -- The Golden Gargoyle Gate Bridge.
ANGLE - THE BRIDGE

shrouded and half concealed in fog, and fronted by twin ancient stone gargoyles painted a faded golden yellow. We can hear the sound of RAGING SURF far below... and this brideg is a walking bridge that looks highly unstable as it settles aned CREAKS in the wind.

A RUSTY SIGN

(in bright red letters) in front of the bridge reads: "WARNING! THIS BRIDGE IS CURSED! CROSSING IT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! A public service message from The Department of Health and Sorcery." Suddenly --

A CREATURE

rustles nearby.

WADE (nervous) What's that? ARTURO Animals of some kind.
But then -- LAUGHTER filters through the darkness.

WADE Maybe we should go a different way -- through Oakland or something...
And you know the rest from there on...



Also at the end of crossing the bridge, Arturo originally gave a more elaborate explanation for why the bridge seemed to disappear...

WADE Smoke and mirrors, Professor? ARTURO Precisely. A well placed mirror of sufficient mass could make any large structure *seemingly* disappear...
The Professor is looking down nervously, secretly terrified.



Also, we were originally given a more alternate history explanation for the Sorcerer's Castle...

THEIR POV - THE SORCERER'S CASTLE

towers before them. The Sliders realize it bears a striking resemblance to the Transamerica Tower back home. But it is painted jet-black and dressed with Medieval trappings.



Did you ever wonder how the other Sliders made it back to where Dr. Wu (Xang) was about to cut Quinn's head open? The original script offers the missing scene of how they got in...

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

EXT. DOCTOR WU'S MEDICAL CLINIC - NIGHT - REMBRANDT, ARTURO, AND WADE

pound on the doors and windows.

ARTURO Let us in! WADE You can't do this! It's not sun-up yet!
INT. DOCTOR'S CHAMBERS - QUINN

struggles with all his might as the Bounty Hunter and Doctor Wu, hold him.

DOCTOR WU Hold him down.
The Doctor clamps an ether-dispensing mask over Quinn's mouth. Turns up the gas --

ANGLE - CABINET

behind the table where several brains are individually housed in liquid, inside clear glass jars. The jars read: E. A. Poe... B. Karloff... L. Borden... E. Wood Jr... R. Nixon. The last jar simply contains liquid - it is marked Q. Mallory.

DOCTOR WU (Quinn's neutralized) Help me get him on the table.
As he and the Bounry Hunter maneuver Quinn's inert body onto the table, the annoyed Doctor responds to the threats and entreaties coming from outside.

DOCTOR WU Shut up out there! (to Bounty Hunter) Quickly, while the body is still warm --
As he begins the first stage of what should be a very effective liposuction-type procedure (whatever that is).

EXT. DOCTOR WU'S CLINIC - NIGHT

The other three Sliders are in despair.

WADE What are we gonna do? REMBRANDT Look --
As now --

WU'S NURSE

purse in hand, comes down the street ready to start an evening of work.

THE NURSE Good midnight. ARUTRO Good midnight to you. (forced calmness; off Rembrandt) My colleague is feeling a touch under the weather. A light appears to be on inside. THE NURSE (taking out her keys) Here. Come on in --
She no sooner has the door open than the Sliders push their way past her...

INT. WU'S CLINIC - WAITING ROOM - SLIDERS

surge in --

NURSE Wait! You can't go in there!
And straight into...

INT. DOCTOR'S CHAMBERS - QUINN

Quinn is down on the table, Dr. Wu above him strapping on a complex machine, featuring multiple plastic-like tubing.

And that's where we came in...



And lastly, as the Sliders are going back to the Sorcerer's Castle...in a missing bit, Arturo continues to find reason for the magic...while giving us a glimpse of his family tree.

EXT. SORCERER'S CASTLE - DAWN - THE SLIDERS

have crossed the bridge once more. They are exhausted, disheveled, but they've got the blueprints in hand.

QUINN Almost there.
Rembrandt's got the Bounty Hunter's shotgun, follows behind staying wary --

WADE Are you willing to admit we were dealking with a demon, Professor? A true denizen of the supernatural world... ARTURO I admit no such thing. My Uncle Simon stood only four-foot-ten and had a face like a sheep. (then) The Bounty Hunter was simply a very short, very ugly little man. WADE (shaking head) You are in *total denial*.
They reach the double doors and step inside.

INT. SORCERER'S CASTLE - THE ENTRY FOYER - DAWN - THE AIDE

QUINN Mr. Gail!
The Aide frowns -- not what he wanted to see.

QUINN (waving blueprints) Mr. Gail! We did it! AIDE (taking them) Let me see that.
And from there, the rest of the episode is as we witnessed.




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