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...
Anything to say to the people of
America before you go?
And he slides. Arturo's next --
You have no shame at all, do you?
Wade jumps --
So long, man. I hope in this world...
there really was something in Al Capone's
Chuckling gleefully, Rembrandt slides.
(to camera man)
I'm going in!
Off camera man's astonishment --
(grabs the mini-cam)
This is my ticket back to prime time, Eddie.
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.
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 --
about the size of a beachball --
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 --
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.
OhmiGod -- Look what you did.
What the hell are you doing
here, man? Are you crazy?
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.
Oh yeah? And how do you plan
to do that?
What are you talking about?
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.
You never told me that.
Well, who thought you were coming
with us for a world exclusive?
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 --
What the hell is that?
Quinn clambers up the bank of the nest to see --
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 --
OhmiGod! It thinks we broke its egg!
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.
POV - THE MINICAM
Geraldo's videotaping the rescue --
This is incredible.
An extraordinary display of heroism that
make this particular reporter proud to
be an American --
Put that damn thing down and help us!
Geraldo does so --
You all right, Professor?
Ow ow ow...
Quinn helps him to a sitting position --
I think he really did something to
Wince. The collar goes off.
Well, this world's one for the annals,
that's for sure.
(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 --
Shut down the video recorder off, man.
Geraldo does so --
Damn. Geraldo Rivera is the fifth Slider.
When will the nightmare ever end.
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 --
It's not here.
That's not funny, Professor.
I'm not joking: Who has the timer?
Blank faces --
You must have dropped it when you fell.
Out there? With that...thing?
Guys. Cool heads.
Someone's got to go get it -- No way
I'm spending the rest of my life in this
What's he talking about?
Without the timer we won't be able to
slide out of here.
And we have no idea how long we have
before the next slide.
(as it registers)
I'm going out there.
Quinn -- you can't.
No choice. There might only be minutes
until the next slide. We have to have that
No one has an alternative --
Good luck, my boy.
I wwish I could be of some
Wince. The collar zaps him --
Dammit, I didn't say I wanted to be
It's okay. I know what you're trying
As he goes --
Damn these blasted truth collars!
Man was never meant to be deprived
of the right to little white lies.
Don't look at me -- You were the one
who said not to remove them.
Only because it was a felony on that
ANGLE - CAVE MOUTH - QUINN, GERALDO, REMBRANDT
like paratroopers about to take the plunge --
I don't see him.
Here goes nothing.
exits the cave, heads off down the hill. Geraldo's replacing his battery pack.
Are you crazy?
I'm a journalist.
Go tend to your friend.
And off he goes, out after Quinn.
EXT. FOREST - QUINN
dogged by the newsman --
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.
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
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...
Give it to me straight - if you find this
device of yours, you can send me
You were just trying to scare me with
that line in the cave --
-- Shut up for a second!
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 --
The one with the mustache is holding a metal device. As the men start to run --
trips and his camera goes flying.
ANGLE - QUINN
The newsman's screams penetrate the jungle and --
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...
is aware that the vortex is starting to sputter.
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...
reaches the decaying vortex...
...and leaps directly into the vortex.
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 --
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...
is unceremoniously deposited onto the rolling green lawn of a much-more-recognizable San Francisco.
We made it!
Thank you, Lord..
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.
I... I think so.
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 --
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