Welcome back to Slider's reviews. You know there is most likely a world out there where I did this every day like I was supposed to and have already finished Sliders. Oh to meet my double on that world. Workaholic asshole haha.
This episode is written by Steve Brown and was aired last on Fox because well as always they air everything out of order. Now for some reason ITunes doesn't have links for season 1 and 2 of Sliders, weird right? But you can check out season 3 here. We start off in a San Francisco that is still apart of Mexico where the sliders are standing on a corner and trying to get work. Kind of like how illegals do in America. It is social commentary on how we treat people who are just trying to make a living in a place that doesn't accept them. Remy even has a line that is a bit heavy handed about it, "I hate being an illegal alien in a land that use to be mine." It drives home the point they were trying to make with the scene.
The military shows up and tries to round them up but everyone takes off running. Quinn ends up alone and separated from the others with only one day left on this world. He hops over a gate to hide and hits his head hard, before he could try and escape he is cornered by dogs and saved by a pretty maid.
She brings him inside and takes care of him. She tells him to keep his voice down so that her boss doesn't hear him. She is hiding him as he recovers. Nice lady. Quinn seems to know her. They grew up together on Earth Prime. It turns out that back as a kid Quinn was in love with her. We also learn that her current boyfriend was the Canadian man who was captured at the round up in the start of the episode.
The other sliders are in court being tried for sneaking into the country. A lawyer is getting flustered trying to defend them. They don't even get a real trial and are ordered deported. Quinn tells his ex's double about the timer and sliding and offers to take her to another world. She asks about her boyfriend. She loves him and it hurts Quinn but he promises to help him as well.
Quinn meets the girl's brother, played by his real life brother who will go on to play his character's brother in a few seasons. Very cool. With two hours to go before the slide, Quinn and his new friends help break the others out of the prison bus, including the girls boyfriend.
The cops show up and arrest everyone, we learn that her boyfriend set them all up to get a pardon. Quinn tries to get her to come with him but her brother is shot so she stays and he slides with the others.
The new world they land on is once again back to having English as the natural language. We also learn that they are not home and only have 7 hours left. Quinn is still shaken up by meeting his ex and goes out drinking with Remy to talk it over. Sometimes it really does help just to sit back and have a few beers with your friends as you talk about the past and girls and your problems. It is one of the simple truths of the world.
Remy talks Quinn into trying to find the girl on this world. He finds her house and just shows up. She recognizes him. She had been crying when he showed up but invites him in anyway. On this world Quinn moved away in 10th grade instead of her. She had been missing him since as he had on his world. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't he dating Wade at this point? If so, why did he invite her to come sliding with him? But it doesn't matter, she is dating the same asshole on this world as she was on the last. They have a kid and he is an abusive asshole, oh and they are married. How much fun this must be for everyone.
The guy tries to fight Quinn but he knocks him out cold. She then asks Quinn if he could take her with him. He says he can't take the baby with them, it wouldn't be safe. Her husband then kicks her out. he made everything worse for her. Great guy. Well maybe he is, he calls this world's Quinn and sends her to go find him. He is setting himself up with his dream girl, just another version of himself. She kisses him goodbye, how sweet, unless he is dating Wade, than just not cool.
We land on a third world where Quinn, Remy and Arturo are locked in a cell in prison clothes. They are in prison and the timer is acting up. Instead of counting down it is counting up. They have the same lawyer and we hear that there is nothing to be done. The verdict is final. Arturo gets a copy of the transcript of the trial. It seems that they were arrested for the murder of Quinn's ex double. They are sent to the court for arraignment. It is the first sign that on this world is going backward in time. They even have the same judge that deported them and Wade is there with them.
Quinn notices that the clock is going backward. He puts it altogether and pleads guilty so that everything jumps backward in time again. Wade and Remy aren't sure what is going on but go along with it. Quinn tells them someone should let them out of their handcuffs and he is proven correct.
Arturo explains that there is no reason time goes the way it does. On this world it goes the other way for everyone but them and it's jarring because it doesn't fit. Remy and the others want to lay low but Quinn wants to save his ex and drags his friends along with him. The cops find them and they split up, but not before Arturo tells them that he thinks they will slide just after the murder. Another time jumps saves Quinn and Remy from being caught.
I love how they keep dealing with the same people on each world, it is a cool idea, and well done but this last part should have been a whole episode on its own. It's such a cool idea. Playing around with time like this. Quinn spots her husbands double with a rifle and starts yelling at him, but then figures out he isn't the killer. He is protecting her. Quinn spots her real killer and tries to warn her but it's too late. She is still shot and her partner kills her attacker. They blame Quinn for messing everything up and getting her shot, but what they don't know is that Quinn saved her life. Oh and once again she is dating this asshole. Quinn walks away defeated.
Arturo tells them to look up at the sky as a hole rips through the fabric of time itself. Quinn fucked up time itself. The ground itself starts shaking as the timer opens up. They go backward into the vortex leaving this world to an uncertain future. Who knows what happens next, if there is even a next on this world now.
They arrive on a fourth world and have over 3 days here. Remy tells Quinn he can call her again but he decides not to. It's a great episode about letting go and learning that you can't always fix everything, and sometimes even when you can, you shouldn't.