Topic: REBOOTING Sliders for the Twenty-First Century
Why would anyone want Quinn, Wade, Rembrandt and Arturo to have been left in the states they were in at the end of Season 5 for 16 years? That's depressing. They made it home. Okay? It's over and done. No need to resolve any of that mess, and as someone who worked on 4 season 6s and a post alt-S5 fanfic dealing with this mess, I get to say that.
Time to go start the REBOOTING Sliders in the Twenty-First Century thread.
I once asked Temporal Flux how a new SLIDERS could start over again without all the baggage of the past. Could we reboot without losing what makes SLIDERS special? TF replied that he would love to see a reboot with the original cast, and he gave me his idea, which I updated for 2015:
In 2015, Wade Welles is a fortysomething tech journalist who failed to build a life beyond reviewing smartphones and laptops.
Rembrandt Brown is a coffee bar owner in his sixties who failed to hang onto his 15 minutes of fame.
Professor Arturo is a genius in his seventies who failed to find a career outside of writing high school study guides for science students.
Quinn Mallory is a fortysomething tax accountant who lost his passion for science after failing to create anti-gravity -- but twenty years after giving up, he realizes that he discovered something else instead.
Quinn has not spoken to Wade Welles or the Professor since a strange day in 1994 when they accused him of strange behaviour he didn't recall and ended their respective associations with him.
Quinn has never been able to explain why the Professor recalls him being rude and abusive in class or why Wade remembers Quinn kissing her.
In fact, those hours of his memory are missing, which he attributes to sleep deprivation over his failed science project.
When Amanda Mallory dies, Quinn goes back to his old house to clear it out and sell it. He uncovers his old anti-gravity machine and his video cassettes. Watching one of them, one he doesn't remember making, he is struck by inspiration.
He restarts the machine with some adjustments and opens a new vortex.
After an initial slide, he eagerly invites the Professor and Wade, finally realizing what happened in 1994.
They open a gateway to explore once again, accidentally drawing in a passing Rembrandt -- and the adventure begins again.
SLIDERS: A journey through what could be and might have been. Sometimes, getting lost is the best way to be found.
Matt Hutaff came up with a simple way to bring this reboot method into continuity:
Quinn in 2015 will find video diaries from the Quinn of the 1995 series.
The video journals will explain the sliding concept to the 2015 Quinn.
The journals will later have the 1995 Quinn reveal that due to an interdimensional war, he has found a way to alter history to remove sliding from reality.
This brief journal will reveal to the fans that the older doubles are the original sliders, just living in an altered timeline where sliding's discovery is delayed to the present. New viewers will not realize this, nor do they need to.
I've yet to see anyone offer a tidier, cleaner, better approach -- which tells you how clever TF and Matt are. :-)