A conversation I had when writing SLIDERS REBORN:
ME: "Matt! Matt!! MATT!!! MAAAAAA-AAAATTT!!"
TRANSMODIAR: "What!? What? What? What!?"
ME: "Giant gaping plot hole in the second SLIDERS REBORN script!!!"
TRANSMODIAR: "I told you already -- it's not the second! It's the third! For God's sake, you've got Part Zero, now you've got Part 2B -- it's god damn stupid! Come on. 'Revelation' is the third script."
ME: "Matt! Plot hole! REBORN has a plothole!"
TRANSMODIAR: "REBORN -- right, right -- this would be the story where your explanation for how the original sliders aren't good as dead, dead, dead and probably dead is 60 pages of unreadable technobabble."
ME: "I'm rewriting it! Just give the second draft a chance!"
TRANSMODIAR: "This is also the story where our man Remmy gets his hands on a universal credit card that works in any dimension and also works to unlock any electronic door, right?"
ME: "I'm allowed one unlikely plot device! I'm allowed one!"
TRANSMODIAR: "This is also the story that's going to climax in San Francisco being attacked by dinosaurs, zombies, vampires, robots, animal-human hybrids, super-intelligent snakes and god-damn dragons while purporting to be a scientifically principled story?"
ME: "Those are metaphors for mental illness!"
TRANSMODIAR: "You'd know! Anyway, I'm just wondering which of these gaping chasms of story actually stand out to you as a problem, that's all."
ME: "'Revelation' gives the date of the first slide as March 22, 1995."
TRANSMODIAR: "Yeah, the day the Pilot aired, and we posted Parts 1 and 2 -- not zero and one! -- 20 years to the day it aired."
ME: "But the aired episode gives the date as September 27, 1994!! Except I've already written the entire plot of 'Revelation' to take place around significant historical events in 1995!!!!"
TRANSMODIAR: "Well, I do have two thoughts on this. My first thought is that you could use the corrupted timeline gimmick you've got going in Part 4 to explain why the date changed."
ME: "Oh. Yeah!"
TRANSMODIAR: "My second thought is: WHO FUCKING CARES?!?!"
A dramatization. May not have actually happened.