Episode number: 11
Into the Mystic
2nd season premiere
First Aired: 03/01/96
Production number: SL-203
Previous Episode: Luck of the Draw
Following Episode: Love Gods
SummariesWith Quinn seriously injured from a gunshot wound, the Sliders search for a doctor on what appears to be the strangest Earth they've yet seen. The only one they can find is a witch doctor, who tells them about the all powerful sorcerer who is said to have the knowledge about sliding. The sliders set out upon a journey a la "The Wizard of Oz" to his castle beyond the Golden Gargoyle Gate bridge to find the sorcerer in the hopes of finding their way home on the Sliders season premiere. -Fox
Return: The adventures of brilliant grad student Quinn Mallory and his three reluctant companions on an interdimensional rollar-coaster ride. First up: the intrepid quartet lands in a world mired in mysticism and superstition and ruled by a mysterious entity known as The Sorcerer. -TV Guide
21. Cliffhanger EarthAt the end of the episode Luck of the Draw, Quinn was shot in the back by the Lottery Police while escaping Lottery Earth.
In Into the Mystic, the Sliders spent their three days on this world taking care of Quinn; Ryan helped by digging the bullet out of Quinn's shoulder. Ryan, and presumably Henry the dog, stayed behind on this world.
22. Halloween EarthA world where interaction with the paranormal is very normal and the CEO of the world's most successful corporation is known as "the Sorcerer." When visiting this world, be sure to see the Golden Gargoyle Gate Bridge -- from a safe distance of course. One other piece of advice: never EVER skip out on a bill owed to a licenced shaman, not ever the great lawyer Ross J. Kelley could help you if you did!
- If the opening sequence to this episode which "resolved" the cliffhanger from the first season felt tacked on, there's a very good reason -- it was. Fox didn't want to bother resolving the cliffhanger at all figuring that in the nine months which had passed since Luck of the Draw, fans would have forgotten all about the cliffhanger. This was typical of Fox, always underestimating the intelligence of the average SLIDERS fan.
The producers were able to convince Fox to allow a resolution to the cliffhanger but, due to time restrictions, the opening sequence had to be cut to something like ninety seconds resulting in a rather terse, and unsatisfying, opening. The audience never even got to see Henry the dog again and he was a lot more popular with fans than Ratboy, I mean Ryan.
- Deanne Henry portrayed Quinn's mother in this episode rather than Linda Henning (who played the roll in the SLIDERS Pilot) because it was considered too expensive to hire and fly her up to the location for what was a very brief scene.
CreditsWritten by: Tracy Torme Directed by: Richard Compton Music by: Anthony Marinelli New Theme by: Anthony Marinelli and Stephen Graziano Guest Stars: Christopher Neame as Dr. Xang Phil Fondacaro as Bounty Hunter Hrothgar Mathews as Mr. Gale Nicholas Lea as Ryan Featuring: Mikal Dughi as Nurse John Novak as Ross J. Kelley Alex Bruhanski as Pavel Kurlienko Karin Konoval as Fortune Teller Rod Wilson as Sorcerer Deanne Henry as Mrs. Mallory