'Sliders': A Wild And Unexpected Time
February 24, 1997
By Torri McEntire

Worm holes. Parallel universes. Time travel. It's no wonder Fox's one-hour "Sliders" adventure series is billed as a "cosmic roller coaster ride." It has something for every thrill-seeker, from screams and the occasional laugh to that sinking feeling that everything is NOT going to be all right.

Co-starring Jerry O'Connell ("Joe's Apartment") as handsome physics whiz Quinn Mallory, the show chronicles the travels of four characters who discover a gateway between dimensions that transports them to alternate universes.

The other sliders include Sabrina Lloyd ("Father Hood") as beautiful computer technician Wade Wells; John Rhys-Davies ("King Solomon's Mine") as brilliant-but-arrogant physics professor Maximilian Arturo, and Cleavant Derricks ("Drexell's Class") as former rhythm and blues singer Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown.

Each week, the eclectic cast slides through the cosmos to present-day alternative versions of earth, where history has created a different existence. As they cope with the danger and surprises that await them, they must also recognize that often, reality is not what it seems.

The strongest point of the show, besides the good casting, is the fluid way it stretches, bends and changes. Not only in plot, action and scenery, but the situations that challenge long-cherished beliefs and everyday expectations. It is easy to expect the unexpected on a show such as "Star Trek" or any other sci-fi adventure packed with the costumes and props of fantasy fare. It is much harder to wrap your brain around what has happened to the common and familiar, so well portrayed in "Sliders."

The show is fascinating in its ability to thrill visually and mentally without an arsenal of special effect wizardry. With "Sliders," you get all the exhilaration of a Magic Mountain ride, including the dizzy feeling when it's all over.

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