Sliders: The Dimension of Continuity
In Dino Veritas Script Outtakes
 
Sliders DoC   Lost and Found   S2

These are scenes in the production draft of the Steve Brown In Dino Veritas script which was completed 2-22-96. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to numerous factors.



To those who read the contents section of Expert's site, you already know the surprise cut from this one. Originally the newsman at the beginning of the episode was to supposed to be a cameo by Geraldo Rivera but for various reasons it did not work out. The episode is amazingly still much like it was scripted, except for the fact that it was not supposed to be Hard Copy taping the slide as in the final version, but in fact, Geraldo! And Geraldo just wasn't for the teaser like the newsman of the final version as you can see in the outtakes below:

Arturo has just opened the vortex and Quinn is about to slide when...

GERALDO (to Quinn) Anything to say to the people of America before you go? QUINN No comment.
And he slides. Arturo's next --

WADE You have no shame at all, do you? GERALDO (cheerfully) None whatsoever.
Wade jumps --

REMBRANDT So long, man. I hope in this world... there really was something in Al Capone's vault.
Chuckling gleefully, Rembrandt slides.

GERALDO (to camera man) I'm going in!
Off camera man's astonishment --

GERALDO (grabs the mini-cam) This is my ticket back to prime time, Eddie. (then) Call the station -- I'm bringing back the mother of all exclusives!
He takes a deep breath, psyches himself up. Leaps into the roaring void and the gate closes behind him.



FADE IN:

EXT. FOREST - NEW WORLD - THE SLIDERS

tumble one by one down onto -- an enormous crater in the earth. At first you'd think a meteor'd hit, but now we see --

AN EGG

about the size of a beachball --

ARTURO Good God! GERALDO (O.S.) Look out -- !
And as the intrepid news gatherer comes blasting out of the worm hole, fliailing his arms and legs as he lands almost on top of Wade, sending her sprawling --

GERALDO Whoa! What a ride. (then to Wade) You okay, sweetheart?
Wade is pulling herself up. And now we see a vicious ichor dribbling all down her fingers. Geraldo's mometum shoved her into the enormous egg, and shes left a little hole the size of her fist in the shell.
WADE OhmiGod -- Look what you did. REMBRANDT (to Geraldo) What the hell are you doing here, man? Are you crazy? GERALDO I may host talk shows but my roots are still in investigative jounalism. I plan to cover the story of the slide, then tell the world about it on pay-per-view. QUINN Oh yeah? And how do you plan to do that? GERALDO What are you talking about? WADE We can't control the slide. We have no way of knowing where we're going, so there's no way of sending you back. GERALDO (to Wade) You never told me that. WADE Well, who thought you were coming with us for a world exclusive? QUINN (reacts) Guys --
All stop. Something from a distance (though not a great distance) --

AN OTHERWORLDLY ROAR (O.S.)

It's a sound we've never heard in nature --

REMBRANDT What the hell is that?
Quinn clambers up the bank of the nest to see --

REVERSE ANGLE:

ALLOSAURUS POV - QUINN

as seen from a tree-top height. The image may be stylized (perhaps black and white, perhaps fish eye). The other Sliders move into range -- and now we see the broken egg -- and as the Allosaurus roars in anguish --

EXT. NEST - SLIDERS

react, panicked --

WADE OhmiGod! It thinks we broke its egg! QUINN Take off! WADE Where?!?
The scene then plays out as we saw it with the Sliders running for cover and the timer falling out of Arturo's pocket and Arturo subsequently hurting his leg while running through the forest.



INT. CAVE MOUTH - QUINN, REMBRANDT

assisting Arturo to safety. The adit is only three or four feet high, meaning an adult has to stoop to get inside.

REMBRANDT Almost there.
POV - THE MINICAM

Geraldo's videotaping the rescue --

GERALDO This is incredible. (then) An extraordinary display of heroism that make this particular reporter proud to be an American -- REMBRANDT Put that damn thing down and help us!
Geraldo does so --

WADE You all right, Professor? ARTURO Ow ow ow...
Quinn helps him to a sitting position --

QUINN I think he really did something to himself here. WADE He's bleeding! ARTURO I'm fine.
Wince. The collar goes off.

REMBRANDT Well, this world's one for the annals, that's for sure. GERALDO (as he tapes) -- following a hair's breadth escape -- and apparently safe for the moment -- the Sliders take refuge in what appears to be a small outcropping of rock -- QUINN Shut down the video recorder off, man. (then) Now.
Geraldo does so --

REMBRANDT Damn. Geraldo Rivera is the fifth Slider. (close eyes) When will the nightmare ever end. QUINN How much time before we slide out of here Professor?
Arturo feels his pockets. The expression on his face tell them the bad news wven before he says --

ARTURO It's not here. WADE That's not funny, Professor. ARTURO I'm not joking: Who has the timer?
Blank faces --
QUINN You must have dropped it when you fell. REMBRANDT Out there? With that...thing? QUINN Guys. Cool heads. (then) Someone's got to go get it -- No way I'm spending the rest of my life in this place -- GERALDO (to Wade) What's he talking about? WADE Without the timer we won't be able to slide out of here. (then) And we have no idea how long we have before the next slide. GERALDO (as it registers) Seriously? QUINN I'm going out there. WADE Quinn -- you can't. QUINN No choice. There might only be minutes until the next slide. We have to have that timer.
No one has an alternative --
ARTURO Good luck, my boy. (then) I wwish I could be of some assistance.
Wince. The collar zaps him --
ARTURO Dammit, I didn't say I wanted to be killed! QUINN It's okay. I know what you're trying to say.
As he goes --
ARTURO (to Wade) Damn these blasted truth collars! Man was never meant to be deprived of the right to little white lies. WADE Don't look at me -- You were the one who said not to remove them. ARTURO Only because it was a felony on that world!
ANGLE - CAVE MOUTH - QUINN, GERALDO, REMBRANDT

like paratroopers about to take the plunge --
REMBRANDT I don't see him. QUINN Here goes nothing. REMBRANDT Be careful.
QUINN

exits the cave, heads off down the hill. Geraldo's replacing his battery pack.

REMBRANDT Are you crazy? GERALDO I'm a journalist. (then) Go tend to your friend.
And off he goes, out after Quinn.



EXT. FOREST - QUINN

dogged by the newsman --

GERALDO With Quinn Mallory, the brilliant young inventor, as we make out way downhill in search of the missing timer.
Quinn turns to him, facing the camera and making a "you've gotta be kidding" face.

GERALDO No, this is not Disneyland. This, my friends, is the real thing. A primeval jungle forest where even the insects are the size of a clenched fist! QUINN Boy, you really know how to lay it on thick, don't you.
Geraldo turns off the camera and talks to Quinn as the younger man scours the jungle floor for the timer...

GERALDO Give it to me straight - if you find this device of yours, you can send me home, right? (knowing smile) You were just trying to scare me with that line in the cave -- QUINN (reacts) -- Shut up for a second! (tense pause) Did you hear that?
The two men hold perfectly still - the ground is trembling now, the nearby jungle being thrown into chaos by a rapidly approaching animal.

ALLOSAURUS'S POV - THROUGH DENSE FOLIAGE

breaks through the trees --

TWO MEN

The one with the mustache is holding a metal device. As the men start to run --

GERALDO

trips and his camera goes flying.

GERALDO No!
ANGLE - QUINN

horrified --
QUINN Geraldo!
The newsman's screams penetrate the jungle and --

CUT TO:

INT. CAVE - THE SLIDERS REMBRANDT, WADE, ARTURO



The rest of the script is exactly what we saw in the final episode...except for the ending. This scenes picks up just as Wade has broken all the containers in front of the Allosaurus and is running for the closing vortex...

QUINN

is aware that the vortex is starting to sputter.

QUINN Wade! Now! THE RANGER It's closing! QUINN Hurry!
WADE

begins her last fifty yard dash, directly in front of the confused beast.

ALLOSAURUS'S POV - WADE

A blur streaking directly in front of her. She has one last chance to avenge herself. And she stoops to take it...

WADE

reaches the decaying vortex...

QUINN Go! Go!
...and leaps directly into the vortex.

QUINN

turns to follow her, just as --

THE ALLOSAURUS' ARM

comes sweeping down, smacking him on the back so hard it sends him flying into the wormhole --

QUINN

hurtling through the brilliant kaleidoscopic colors from dimension to dimension until --

GOLDEN GATE PARK - DAWN

is just beginning to peak over the horizon and through the bordering trees when...

QUINN

is unceremoniously deposited onto the rolling green lawn of a much-more-recognizable San Francisco.

WADE (overjoyed) We made it! REMBRANDT Thank you, Lord.. ARTURO Mr. Mallory! Are you alright?
Wade and Rembrandt help Quinn stagger to his feet, obviously still woozy from the blow he received in the last world.

QUINN I... I think so. (then) Unbelievable!
But the vortex has one last surprise. Just as it sputters its last gasp of existence...

It vomits out one last souvenir of their adventure...

THE SEVERED ARM OF THE ALLOSAURUS

still steaming from where it was cut off when the wormhole at the other end closed down about it.

It lands... KA-CHUNK... on the lawn of Golden Gate Park, directly in front of our four Sliders. And off their reactions we --

FADE OUT.

THE END.







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