**assuming** 'recent' is within the last five years, this is basically why jerry did what he did ^. to excite/spark fans and media and maybe something happens. because what other option do you have when nothing else has pushed it into existence?
I suppose I wouldn't have Jerry do anything differently today -- but we as fans need to be clear on what the situation is and not mistake wishful thinking for actual reality. As someone who is friends with two actors, I would say that actors, due to their work, often have trouble separating reality from the imaginary. They often talk in terms of what they'd like to do rather than what they'll actually do but will conflate one with the other. They mean no malice by it.
As consumers of their content, we should know to distinguish actual news of a revival from speculative chatter no matter how well-intentioned and loving it may be and know the difference between the creator who longs to restore his series, the actor who hungers for the career he let slip through his fingers through his youthful stupidity and asinine unprofessionalism and the studio that (for now) probably finds SLIDERS too convoluted to bring back when they could just commission an original show about parallel universes.
I respect the strategy if that's what he was going for but the flip side as you mentioned is I think there's a lot of people who are getting their hopes up, particularly because even what was said in the article was misinterpreted and presented in other venues as something much more definite. And so there's people who will be in for a let down and then get jaded at the possibility of anything ever happening.
Fans who've been following this stuff a bit more closely can probably put this in better context.
We all wants to see the team together again so to think it will happen, when it doesn't is particularly hard for folks who grew up on the show and have an emotional attachment to it. Jerry does have an emotional attachment to it but more in a work way than a personal way. It's different when you are a consumer than a creator.
Anyway, I have not had the heart to communicate this sort of warning elsewhere but there's some information gone awry (that isn't even the true to the content of the article). But who knows, maybe the plan works. Or maybe he's really telling the truth and this is legitimate. I just know the word 'recent' has been used loosely before, so I'm interpreting this through that prism.