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Subj: Re: Anyone interested in the Sliders reboot? Also, some lingering questions about the original show (OLD SPOILERS)
Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 at 12:12:44 am EDT (Viewed 129 times)
Reply Subj: Anyone interested in the Sliders reboot? Also, some lingering questions about the original show (OLD SPOILERS)
Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2021 at 10:27:51 pm EDT (Viewed 150 times)

    I read through the Sliders article on wikipedia, which answered some of my old questions, but not all:

This was a show I stuck with to the bitter end and dug into to try to make sense of. Others on older chat boards, mostly my lost lamented IMDb Forum, knew more than me.

I'm not sure if I'm interested in the reboot. I have reconsidered the show as an almost perfect disaster. Which works as a great metaphor for jumping into an untested portal to a parallel world. Maybe be more careful next time.

    1) I already heard that Sabrina Lloyd left the show because of a snide comment Kari Wuhrer made concerning her about something (her engagement to a crew member, as it turns out), and was also informed that Lloyd confronted Executive Producer David Peckinpah that it was her or Wuhrer. Peckinpah chose Wuhrer, so Lloyd left the show. Is that last part true also?

It's true she left the show. Supposedly she was on set or into pre-production on Season 4 when Kari Wuhrer "drove her away" or something. I don't know the sordid details. But Peckinpah had her character sent off to a rape-dimension because he thought it was funny to do so.

    2) John Rhys-Davies, according to wikipedia, left the show because it wasn't doing thought-provoking alternate worlds anymore, just a bunch of action and old, recycled plots from other franchises. I recall during season 3 his character, Professor Maximilian Arturo, was dying to some disease, and only told Quinn, then Rembrandt found out. But instead of dying of his disease, the character gets instead what we saw in Exodus pt. 2 (getting some of his brain fluids extracted from a villain character, shot and killed, then blown up on a destroyed Earth). Why didn't he die of his disease as planned? Also, I heard a long time ago (on the SciFi Channel boards in the late 90's) that Rhys-Davies got drunk at some event and embarrassed some guy, who had some tie to the show, so he had him removed from the show when he finally heard he was on it. I'm guessing that's a lie?

I've heard differing stories on whether Rhys-Davies was fired or quit in protest. There was a story that he had offered some script notes on his final episode in which Earth is threatened by an exploding neutron star, because he knew the science was wrong. He was ignored and his character was rendered mute for the final episode to deny the character or actor any last words to his friends.

The fans always caught on to that episode with the two Arturos as a way to bring him back but I don't think anyone from the show has ever said that was a plan. Just wishful thinking.

There was also an episode where a doctor tells Quinn he had cancer or something and I thought it might be leading to a story about sliding causing cancer. If it was ever in the works it was dropped when Arturo left.

    3) I was told at the time (also on the SciFi Channel boards in the late 90's) that the O'Connell brothers left the show because Jerry wanted his brother to take over as the new head of the show, but one or more people in charge said no, so they left in protest. Another lie?

I think Jerry had no interest in coming back for season 4 so he made a whole bunch of demands thinking he wouldn't get them but he did. One demand was to be made a producer, another was to bring his brother Charlie on as a slider.

For season 5 he supposedly wanted to be bumped up to executive producer (showrunner) or something. He also wanted Charlie to stay on as a regular for the whole season but he (Jerry) would only appear in a few episodes. They said something like if you only appear in 6 episodes, we only want Charlie for 6. That's when the brothers left and were written out with the stunt doubles. There was talk of using old footage of Quinn merging with the new Quinn but I guess relations were so bad between Jerry and Sci-Fi Channel that he nixed it.

    4) Were there any plans on going back to that plot where the Arturo the team left with at the end of season 2 episode "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome" was theirs's or the evil double from the dimension they were in? I don't think they where ever 100% sure if the Arturo they left with was really theirs'. After the portal closed, the left Arturo turns around and says, "My god," which makes you wonder.

    5) Ok, so Fox switched episode-filming to L.A. instead of Vancouver to lower filming costs. I thought this was a bad move, as it was moved to L.A.'s Universal Studios, where I feel they had fewer places to film different episodes. And how did David Peckinpah get as an Executive Producer? Was the move his idea? Why did Tormé and Weiss even let this guy in? The things done under his management soon ruined the show. I'm glad he was reduced to Executive Consultant in season 5, which I liked somewhat better than seasons 3 and 4 (Diana Davis, played by Tembi Locke, was the only new character I really liked).

I don't think they had any say in the matter. The Fox network was messing with the show from season 1 on. They made them move to L.A. so the network could have more oversight. Peckinpah was a network goon who convinced the network to save the show from cancelation but only if he was put in charge, or something like that. Torme and Weiss hated it and finally left (or were fired). I think they left, after they were asked to rewrite some leftover Arturo scripts for Wuhrer.

    6) The "Revival" part of the wikipedia listing doesn't mean they'll have to film at Universal Studios again for the reunion, right? The filming in Vancouver, like the first two seasons, would be more preferable to me, as I said.

No idea.

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