Episode number: 2
Pilot, part 2
First Aired: 03/22/95
Production number: SL-102
Previous Episode: Pilot, part 1
Following Episode: Fever
SummariesThe adventurers land on an Earth where communism rules and Wade's counterpart is a rebel leader fighting for democracy. -Fox
Conclusion. After a narrow escape from an icy death, the Sliders find themselves in a Soviet-ruled U.S., where their only hope of escape is to free an imprisoned revolutionary. -TV Guide
4. Red Dawn EarthA world where the Domino theory became fact and the Soviets took over the world. This Earth's alternate Wade is a leader in the American underground. Alternate Rembrandt was killed twelve years ago in the Detroit Uprisings. Alternate Arturo is Citizen General (i.e. the warden) of a political prisoner camp in the local university. ("Alway a leader among men!")
5. Dad's Earth (a.k.a. Earth Prime + Dad)An alternate Earth very similar to Earth Prime in every detail but one: in this world, Quinn's father never died.
- If Dad's Earth really was identical in every way to Earth Prime except that Quinn's father had never died, why didn't the Sliders remain on that Earth? Perhaps the Sliders' alternates returned to this world. Or perhaps knowing that this really wasn't their Earth, their friends, and their lives made sliding into the unknown preferable to living out someone else's life. The Sliders faced this issue again a year and a half later in the episode Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome.
Ah, the philosophy of sliding.
- The SLIDERS pilot was originally aired as a single, two hour episode. This is how TV Guide described the original airing of the pilot:
While researching anti-gravity, brilliant grad student Quinn Mallory accidentally opens an inter-dimensional portal, which sends him and three companions on a cosmic roller-coaster ride to alternate Earths. In the opener, they find themselves in a Soviet-ruled U.S., where their only hope of escape is to free an imprisoned revolutionary. -TV Guide
CreditsTeleplay by: Tracy Torme Story by: Tracy Torme and Robert K. Weiss Directed by: Andy Tennant Music by: Dennis McCarthy Guest Starring: Linda Henning as Mrs. Mallory Joseph A. Wapner as Commissar Wapner Doug Llewelyn as Comrade Llewelyn Garwin Sanford as Doc Featuring: Roger R. Cross as Wilkins Yee Jee Tso as Wing Frank C. Turner as Crazy Kenny Gary Jones as Michael Hurley John Novak as Ross J. Kelley/Interrogator Don MacKay as Artie Field Alex Bruhanski as Pavel Kurlienko Jay Brazeau as KGB Colonel Andrew Kavadas as Vendor Sook Yin Lee as Pal Wayne Cox as PBS Spokesman Raoul Ganee as Sentry Tom Butler as Michael Mallory "Cry Like a Man" by Tracy Torme and Paul Kelly. Arranged by Hummie Mann.