|CELEBRITY IMPERSONATION OF THE WEEK:|
- Neil Dickson does his best "Mr Burns" (from THE SIMPSONS) when Rickman learns of Quinn's capture: "Eeeegzellent."
|NAME THAT RIP-OFF:|
- HEART OF DARKNESS/APOCALYPSE NOW are most obvious, right down to the line "This is the end" (also the name of a Doors song featured in the latter movie.)
|THE CRINGEE AWARD:|
|SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT THIS OUT BETTER:|
- The fog stops abruptly and doesn't mix with the surrounding atmosphere, as though it was a wall (like oil and water). However, this is not possible. The fog doesn't even appear to diffuse even partially into the air around it.
- Fog person Quinn with his Alice Cooper/KISS eye paint.
- Again, the mark on the neck of Rickman's victim is considerably larger than it should be (possibly related to - as Quinn says - him being sloppy.) This episode is covering itself pretty well here though.
- When Maggie runs into the fog after they find Rickman's blood, it is accompanied by a WHOOOSH sound, like you might hear on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES when Batman swings overhead. I thought only action-hero Quinn got the superhero treatment. Later on, when Rembrandt leaves the fog, he gets the same sound effect.
- The magic mirror swirling effect to denote weirdness in the forest.
- Jungle Quinn somehow managed to acquire glow-in-the-dark paint for his face.
- For one episode only, Rickman's timer opens a circular vortex identical to that seen in SLIDE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN! This first and last occasion on which vortex footage was recycled only serves to point up the fact that the cave set on this ep was reused from SLAE, THE DREAM MASTERS, ELECTRIC TWISTER ACID TEST, PARADISE LOST and countless other shows this year.
|STUPID ACTIONS TO ADVANCE THE PLOT:|
- Rickman leaves his burnt-out microchip in the cabinet with some medical folders where Quinn finds it. Quinn seems to find it rather more easily than would be possible too.
- You know, that gas mask Yodeling Zeke gives Quinn just after Maggie runs into the fog might have done some good for Maggie too. Another contrivance to allow for Quinn to rescue Maggie later and get captured.
- Rickman AGAIN has a prime opportunity to kill Maggie and passes it up because the time "isn't right."
- Action hero Quinn rushes after Rickman without even contemplating that he's being led into a trap. He doesn't even have a mask, yet he runs straight into the fog to get Rickman!!
- Rickman passes up a chance to kill Quinn, followed by Maggie standing around with the rifle looking dumb and letting Rickman casually stroll off. She doesn't even try to fire off a single shot until Rickman is able to get behind a tree. As he says, "You always were slow on the draw Beckett!"
- The natives holding Quinn run off the instant Rickman leaves, thus allowing Action-Hero Quinn to spring to life to take on a challenge worthy of his great fighting prowess - beating himself into unconsciousness!
|DEFIANCE OF PHYSICS/BIOLOGY/LOGIC AWARD:|
- Rickman explains that the injections changed his face. This is just like how people getting blood transfusions morph to look like the blood's donor and why the police now inject themselves with blood at a crime scene to get a description of all those involved.
- Magic tea that allows one to breathe sulphur!
- Consistency problem: the Kromaggs were sliding well before 3 years ago (Mary even said she was taken as a little girl.) Perhaps Jungle Quinn gave one group of them the sliding equation, but there's no way the Kromagg Dynasty would be so powerful and rule so many worlds in so short a time. S4 revelations of the Human/Kromagg war also make this a bit iffy in the grand scheme of the show as it is more likely the Kromaggs obtained the technology from the humans they lived with (or vice versa) or through cooperation with the humans. Gotta admire the writer for at least trying though.
- Magic smoke that projects the face of psychic woman and distracts the fog people. I suppose we got off easy as this is the most obvious silliness in the episode. It sure beats giant worms, vampires, hybrid people and giant, flesh-eating rabbits, but it would have been better without the smoke package at all. There are other ways to create a distraction without this gimmick.
- Let's see now . . . an infinite number of Quinns, countless millions of them Sliders, a dozen or so that this guy alone personally met . . . and he instantly figures out which one he's talking to?
- Just when I thought there wouldn't be any gratuitous shots (everyone is dressed a lot more practically this episode and for once Maggie is somewhat covered up, even though she seems to be wearing leather pants) and when I let my guard down - WHAM - Lingerie Maggie hits the scene! They even managed to do a bit of bondage as well. Way to go guys! Of course this is all handled tastefully and with subtlety, notably the way the camera starts at Maggie's midsection and pans up to her face!
- Maggie gets a new native wardrobe (revealing of course) when she's tied to the stake.
|WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?:|
- Wade wonders why Rembrandt seems touchy after he's told they won't take Lucy to the hospital because their faith will heal her. Cripes! Even Maggie figured that one out.
- Where does Wade get the impression that Rembrandt won't put his anger aside to listen to her apology? She didn't even apologize to begin with!!! Or is her apology: "I'm sorry you're upset." No wonder he's annoyed.
- The double-barrelled blow gun. The Foggin with the overbite and Alice Cooper make-up blows into it once and shoots two darts (hitting both Quinn and Maggie, even though he never adjusts his aim - he should just hit one of them twice in that case). And has anyone ever tried to fire two projectiles from one blowgun by having them in it at the same time? It wouldn't work in all likelihood.
- You've gotta see this. When Remmy comes out of the fog and Wade starts talking of this mysterious RITMAN character, watch the trees next to where Rembrandt's head is (in the background). Between the two trees, you can see Yodeling Zeke (Lucy's relative, Mr. LaCroix, I think) moving around as he waits for his cue to come out from behind the trees a couple shots later!!!
- The rigidity of Maggie's legs. She gets knocked out by Jungle Quinn, but instead of hanging unconscious from her bonds she is obviously standing with her head hung down.
|WHERE DID THAT GO?:|
- The anger Quinn exhibits when Rickman has a nice, over-the-top maniacal laugh over the death of Arturo. Quinn's anger over such things drops off faster than Peckinpah's learning curve over future episodes, making him appear to be an uncaring S.O.B.
- The sliders are forced to deal with the equivalent of the Beverly Hillbillies, including Spitting Billy T, Yodeling Zeke and Lucy Clampett.
- When the psychic first speaks of Rickman, we get a shot of him holding up the needle and looking at it in such a way that his eyes start to cross. We also learn that he is now "One of them", something we see happen in THIS SLIDE OF PARADISE when he becomes one of the hybrids. That's Rickman's problem. He just wants to "belong".
- Psychic woman is a fire hazard waiting to happen with all the things that erupt in sparks in her house when they are thrown in the fireplace. She also seems to be that world's spokesperson for cigarettes as she puffs away while being questioned by Remmy and Wade.
- Psychic woman turns over the death card after Wade and Remmy decide to go after Quinn. hands up everyone who was surprised to see that card come up? None. I thought so.
I'd call this "The best of the worst" (episodes after EXODUS) . . . you know, kinda like Chuck Norris is to action films. Good scenes of Quinn talking to his double, Rembrandt's dislike of superstition, the scene where Remmy and Wade do Rock-Paper-Scissors and they complain that the other didn't do the one they usually do, and some interesting revelations about past occurences marred by Neil Dickson and some lame-o magic stuff. Overall, much more difficult to put down than the other post-EXODUS episodes, so this wasn't quite as fun to tear apart as, say, SLITHER.
The interesting thing here is that the episodes I liked when I first saw them are the ones I have the hardest time finding numerous problems with when I review them in detail (which I did not do when I first saw them.) Granted, some of them weren't very hard to find problems with - BREEDER, anyone?
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