NOTES: according to one report, the writer of this episode says: "it's wacky, fun, and something new. I thought the show needed a little [more] spirit to it, more sci-fi, and so I wrote this episode, which i hope everybody will love."
16. The Final Sacrifice
After a bumpy slide into a new world, the sliders discover that they have to wait more than a month until the next slide.
Soon they learn that this world recently ended a war against the dreaded Kromaggs by defeating them.
Amazed, the sliders head off to rent a room at the Chandler. Meanwhile, Remmy gets himself a job building houses while Michael gets a gig as a gas jockey.
In the meantime, Maggie and Diana make friends with a few locals and learn that on this world, a man named vincent Turk is responsible for inventing the weapon that killed all of this world's Kromaggs. It seems that the weapon initiates an invisible plague that only affects the 'Maggs. It causes the Kromagg brain to hemorrhage by sending blood into their heads at an accelerated rate. The plague was launched by a sending a laser beam into the air which contained the virus. The Kromaggs died within seconds of that launch.
Remmy takes it upon himself to set off to find this Vincent. Soon, he traces him to an beat up old house and convinces the man to give him the schematics and blueprints for the weapon. Remmy then brings them back to Diana.
By building a special microchip, Diana soon modifies the timer into one of these super weapons.
Later, Vincent brings the sliders a lap-top computer that was once owned by the Kromaggs, complaining that he can't seem to find a way to activate it. Michael then remembers the master key he stole (from Detour) and uses it on the computer which boots up immediately.
With a few keystrokes, the co-ordinates for every Kromagg-controlled world come up on screen. In total, there are no less than 304 worlds that the Kromaggs have taken over.
Just then, on Earth 170, the 'Maggs detect an unauthorize computer entry and track the co-ordinates, learning that the signal is coming from the world that defeated the Kromaggs controlling it. The head Kromaggs promptly sends out a warning to all Kromagg computers through a special transmission.
Back on the sliders' Earth, Diana creates a vortex into a Kromagg-controlled world. When the vortex opens, she points the timer/weapon into it and fires. On the other side of the wormhole, hundreds of 'Maggs fall to the ground, dying. That vortex closes but another one opens right away. Out of that vortex falls the Head Kromagg. He limply crawls toward the sliders and the weapon by dies before he is able to make it.
The sliders wait for the timer to get another readout. When it does, it reads 10 seconds. With little time to spare, the sliders prepare for another adventure ... and slide out.
17. Fates Beckoning
On an intensely hot world with two suns, the sliders are thankful when they are just about to slide out after two days, that is until Rembrandt spots a figure from his past -- the conniving Logan St. Clair (Zoe McClellan), [who is really a female version of Quinn], who claims that she has been trapped on this world ever since Quinn pushed her through the vortex in the episode Double Cross.
On a Depression-era world, the sliders are upset after Michael collapses and slips into a coma...evidently from some sort of tumor.
Diana realizes that the only way to save him is to separate Quinn from Derek via a special device that she created on another world. With that as seemingly the only hope, Diana slides off to retrieve the device. She returns a few days later.
The sliders attempt to separate the two using the device. As they do, Quinn's voice can be heard saying that he will, indeed, get them home. Then his soul turns into a vortex -- and the sliders slide through it...with Derek now fully himself.
They're next world is Rembrandt's Home World. Everyone is happy that they've made it home until they learn that Conrad Bennish here used Quinn's sliding equiptment to do a little experimenting...and that the FBI has gone with him.
Regretfully, Rembrandt and the others slide off in search of them.
NOTES 10/21/98: Well, a revison yet again (this is getting ridiculous). Actually, it's getting so ridiculous that I would ask everyone to hold off commenting and making judgments on this season finale until much later in the game. It looks like everything is still in the very early planning stages and I would hate for Sliders to lose viewers based on purported stories. Keep in mind that what is written on this entire page is not necessarily how it will end up on screen. In fact, it's conceivable that this episode itself, won't be finished filming until April, 1999 and likely won't air until January of 2000. Lots of time to finalize.
Anyway, with that said:
The purported second early revison for this episode had the plot going something like this:
The sliders discover that they have landed on Rembrandt real home world -- the one from the pilot episode -- but soon Maggie discovers that she has become (somehow) impregnated by a Kromagg.
Later, Diana is killed by a new super villain that is actually just her own double that has become mutated via a sliding mishap.
Meanwhile, Michael and Remmy are sucked through a new vortex and land on a desolate world inhabited by a species of creature that hasn't fully evolved yet. With 20 seconds to spare, the two prepare to slide, but the timer is grabbed by one of these creatures and destroyed.
Back on home world, Maggie is left alone with her unborn child.
Ta da, cliffhanger.
NOTES: 10/20/98 The above new plot is culled from a very early draft. Things may change.
This is the fifth season finale, it may end up being called Journey's End (depending on the proposed sixth season pick up). The above description is reportedly from an outline of the script. Things may change.
UPDATE: as of 10/9/98 the script had been completed with a few minor changes to the format.
UPDATE: as 10/20/98 the script had undergone some major overhauls. Before the changes, the script plot had gone something like this:
Diana becomes certain that the sliders have landed on her Home World because everything is exactly as it is supposed to be and exactly as it was when she left -- including this Earth's history.
She says farewell to her new friends and the sliders prepare to leave this world without Diana.
Just then, Rembrandt is hauled away by the FBI.
While Maggie and Michael miss the slide to get Remmy back, Maggie collapses -- unable to breath.
Elsewhere, the feds question the Cryin' Man as to his disappearance five years earlier. They demand to know the whereabouts of Quinn Mallory, Wade Welles, and Professor Maximillian P. Arturo. Rembrandt can't believe his ears when he's told that the San Francisco newspaper ran a story back in 1994 with the headline "Cryin' Man Does Not Show for Anthem." Remmy soon comes to believe that he is really (really, this time) Home, and that the other world that was overtaken by Kromaggs wasn't Earth Prime after all.
Soon, Michael tracks down Rembrandt and tells him that Maggie is in the hospital. Remmy is released by the FBI and he and Michael go off to see Maggie who has been given some sort of shot that enables her to breath now.
Later, Diana meets back up with the sliders still claiming that this is, in fact, her Earth, but that it is also Remmy's Earth. It seems they were from the same place all along.
Realizing this, the sliders go back to Diana's house. With the timer now useless for another 29 years, they get rid of it and decide to sit down for a big supper that Diana has offered to cook.
Just as they're getting ready to eat at the table, a huge vortex opens above them. With looks of shock and dismay, the vortex pulls the sliders up and into itself and closes.
Fade to black.
No word on what, if any, elements from the original premise will remain in the final draft.
??. Sleepless in San Francisco
While settling down on a world where the sliders have to stay for two months, Remmy gets a gig singing in a local club for some extra money while Maggie meets a new beau named Harvey.
The two hit it off an strike up a romance which goes on for a few weeks, after she moves in with him, and begins to gain momentum. But out of the blue, Harvey asks Maggie to marry him.
Maggie is floored and doesn't know how to respond. She decides to move back into the sliders' rented apartment and spends a couple of days alone in order to think things through.
Remmy tells Maggie that while he would miss her, she should follow her heart.
With two days left before the slide, Maggie returns to Harvey, in tears, and explains to him that she cannot marry him because she has another commitment (she doesn't tell him that that commitment happens to be a pending wormhole to another dimension).
Harvey urges Maggie to reconsider but her mind is made up. She kisses Harvey goodbye and heads back to the apartment where the others are getting ready to slide.
Remmy is relieved at the news and the four slide together.
NOTES: as of 10/7/98 this was only a story floating around the production office. It has yet to be scripted.
Note that the above order is a production order and not necessarily an air order.
Other Tid Bits
I've received information that Jason Gaffney has signed on for four episodes as Conrad Bennish, the final one being the season finale.
It seems that as production has now gotten under way, some of the early script ideas have been either scrapped or heavily revised.
Two such changes have to do with the characters themselves. The Derek Quade character has been renamed Michael. Why? It seems that the character will now be a "melded" double of Quinn and a sliding scientist (played by Robert Floyd). Really, the character is still Quinn Mallory, but the others call him Michael (evidently Quinn's middle name, after his father). Michael will have all of Quinn's memories as well as those of the fellow he "melded" with.
This revision goes along with the casting of Floyd, who bears a resemblance to Jerry O'Connell and is much older than the proposed teen-year-old character of Derek.
Meanwhile, the female character, Melissa Hunter, has been renamed Diana Davis and she will not appear until later in the season.
The actors' first day back on-set was October 16, 1998.
It looks like word of a sixth season will not come down until next September (1999) and it also looks like TV GEN was wrong. The fifth season is likely going to premiere in June, as the fourth season did.
Jerry O'Connell will sport a full beard and moustache in the upcoming NBC mini-series The Sixties. Those scenes will have to do with the Woodstock era of the film.
There's an unlikely rumor going around that the fifth season budget had been slashed and that the 18-episode order had been cut back to 16; take it with a grain.
There's a 90 % chance Bennish (Jason Gaffney) will return for season five. [Thanks to Cresty for the info.]
There's a rumor that USA Network may be interested in a sixth season if Sci-Fi isn't.
TV Guide reports that season five may begin as early as January.
A recent (Oct. 12) article in Variety implied that there was a slight possibility that Sci-Fi was going to back out of its commitment to bankroll Season Five after it was learned that Jerry and Charlie O'Connell would not be involved. Obviously, that wasn't the case.
Sci-Fi wire reports that actress Tembi Locke (Claude's Crib) has been cast as a regular in Sliders' fifth season.
Someone on the net who calls himself/herself Homeworld_Innkeeper claims that the missing titles for the above episode list are The Perfect Candidate, Kung Fu Slide and Beyond the Barrier. Doesn't look like this is true, however.
The buzz around Sci-Fi is that Season Five will, indeed, be Sliders' last.
It's official, Robert Floyd has been cast as Derek (according to the Hollywood Reporter). While Floyd is 28, the character of Derek is said to be 19, but the explanation is that it's not uncommon in Hollywood for older actors to be playing teenagers. Look at Beverly Hills 90210, or more recently, Scott Wolf, who is in his thirties, plays a 19-year-old on Party of Five.
Marc Scott Zicree (or someone claiming to be him) recently posted on the Sci-Fi Channel's Dominion Sliders Board that one episode in Season Five is a world where Quinn actually did invent an anti-gravity machine (what he was really trying to invent before he accidentally invented sliding). On that world, the press hounded Quinn about his discovery to the point where Quinn had to run away. On this world, also, there are flying cars.
Update: While it seems as though someone at the Sci-Fi board denounced this MSZ, the person was adamant that he was, in fact, MSZ. Recent revelations regarding an episode with flying cars may now prove that it was MSZ.
As expected, the rumor about Jerry and Charlie filming a scene turned out to be false.
It has been learned that Marc Scott Zicree will pen a script that will introduce a new kind of sliding technology.
One source has written the USCWS saying that actor Robert Floyd, 28, has been cast as Derek. Waiting for confirmation.
Production began today on the fifth season in Los Angeles, one day ahead of schedule.
There's a highly unlikely rumor going around that Jerry and Charlie O'Connell were on-set in L.A. filming at least one scene for the season opener. Take that with a grain of salt.
A poster on the Babylon 5 News Group claims that Bab 5 star Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari on Babylon 5) will appear in three episodes of Sliders' season five.
Sources say that Zoe McClellan has been signed to reprise her Logan St. Clair character in an episode entitled Fates Beckoning. Logan first appeared in the third season episode Double Cross.
Rumor has it that Eddie Mills has been cast (or is close to being cast) as Derek. Mills guest starred on Sliders in the third season episode State of the Art. The rumor leaves some wondering if the Derek character is actually a double of DERIC (Mills' character in that episode). This is not confirmed.
Charlie O'Connell has already found work. The actor has filmed a guest appearance for an episode of the new Pamela Lee syndicated actioner "V.I.P." One writer who worked on that show, Steve Kriozere (who also says he wrote the Sliders episode "Sole Survivors" e-mailed me with this comment: "Charlie plays "Jimmy Keane" a college basketball player soon to enter the NBA draft. [Charlie] was great to work with and did an excellent job. The episode will air sometime in the fall." -- Thanks, Steve.
Production on season five is slated to begin Wednesday, October 7, 1998 and run to Friday, March 19, 1998.
Sci-Fi Channel has ordered 18 episodes for season five for airing sometime in 1999.
Jerry and Charlie O'Connell are not returning for season five. That much is confirmed.
John Rhys-Davies will not return to Sliders this season That is confirmed.
The Wade Welles storyline will not be cleared up until later on this season.
Producers were looking to have Sabrina Lloyd guest star in one episode this season all by herself. The plot would have focused entirely on Wade [alone, without the other characters] showing that she is okay. However, Sabrina wanted upwards of $40,000 to do this sort of thing so the idea was scraped. Instead, producers plan to have more than a few minor characters introduced that have met Wade and can tell the sliders that she's doing just fine.
Though the Wade Episode has been nixed, the script for a Wade-themed episode has been sold to Sliders by Michael Reaves, who won an Emmy for the animated Batman series, and the script was "fine-tuned" by Marc Scott Zicree.
"The story will answer a question the fans have been asking for some time," Zicree says.
The Kromaggs are slated to appear in at least three episodes in season five.
Marc Scott Zicree says he is prepared to write at least a couple of episodes next year.
Consulting producer David Peckinpah, who's moving to the CBS drama Turks this fall, will also likely write an episode for year five.
As of 9/30/98, Chris Black had written four of the 18 scripts for year five.
The budget for Sliders will remain roughly the same for its fifth season, according to sources, which may note bode well for one rumor that had season five ending in a monster, two-hour movie episode that depicts an Earth Prime war between the humans and, likely, the Kromaggs.
Bill Dial is the Executive Producer, Chris Black is the Producer and David Peckinpah is the Creative Consultant. Marc Zicree won't be back as producer this season.
For those that care, Kari Wuhrer will earn a reported $19,404 per episode this season, or roughly $350,000 for the year.
Although earlier reports stated that this will be the final season for Sliders, sources claim that Sci-Fi is considering the possibility of a Season Six due to better-than-expected ratings. The source claims that while negotiating his Year Five deal, Cleavant Derricks expressed interest in starring in a proposed sixth season.
If you have anything to add to this list, Please E-Mail Me. But please note that I have left out some inconsequential things that are beyond rumor and gossip and/or have no foundation.
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