Today: the ending of "A Current Affair" and all the Wade centric scenes from "Requiem" in HD.
Skippable episode commentary follows.
"A Current Affair" is another very fine episode of Season 5. It's engaging, uses the Sci-Fi budget effectively, has some strong editing to create some crowd scenes with limited extras, creates a good sense of motion and plotting, has some winning and endearing characters -- it's a strong episode written by Steve Stoliar who wrote "Paradise Lost" (shudder). Stoliar seems really cool to me: he wrote an autobiographical novel about his time as Groucho Marx's assistant and this script is also quite strong.
Annie Fish struck on something regarding this episode: Season 5 story editor Keith Damron was too busy to rewrite this script. As a result, "A Current Affair" doesn't suffer from the Damron/Dial rewrite style of having characters standing around reiterating already-established information to fill the page count. Instead, conversations build and flow and reveal.
"Sometimes," Fish remarked of Keith Damron and this episode, "we are blessed with his days off." This week, we see that the SLIDERS storytelling platform can easily resume its social satire and commentary and comedy and sense of fun with terrific actors performing a lively and endearing story -- all it takes is a writer who is professional and capable enough to do a filmable, performable teleplay that uses the series' regular elements and formula effectively and isn't rewritten into flatness. The Season 4/5 vortex looks beautiful in the closing shots in HD.
Then we have "Requiem" where it looks like Damron and Dial put their full attention into rewriting Michael Reaves' original script into whatever this was.
I'm really impressed by the Sabrina-doubling work in HD and the way it feels like Sabrina is on set even though she isn't. Most people have not been impressed; Cory on Rewatch Podcast said it was obviously not Sabrina Lloyd, Annie Fish said in their blog that the body double was "a (kind of okay but not really at all) lookalike." Sabrina Lloyd said, "She didn't really look like me."
They could be right. Sometimes, when rewatching SLIDERS, I'm seeing what I want to, not what is there.
A fanfic writer and I once remarked that leaving Wade as a disembodied consciousness floating through the interdimension would, if nothing else, make it easy enough to somehow resurrect her in the most casual and immediate way through the vagaries of sci-fi comic book science. This same fanfic writer postulated that the disembodied Wade could become a pan-dimensional being of infinite power and longed to write such a story if time permitted. He also suggested that Diggs might be pan-dimensional as well since he always seems to know the sliders and is happy to provide them with expository monologues.
I don't know why high school students are watching SLIDERS, but one recently contacted me and asked me if I could recommend any Season 6 fanfics that resurrect Wade after this episode.
"Oh, any of them!" I said happily. "Except Earth 214; Slider_Quinn21 said it was too confusing and he just used the Azure Gate Bridge Wade."
Another fanfic writer wrote (but deleted) a sweet little story where the disembodied Quinn and the disembodied Wade find each other in the interdimension and fall in love all over again. Another fanfic writer revealed that the Wade in this episode was a clone and the real Wade had escaped the Kromaggs before the Season 4 premiere.
In my fanfic, SLIDERS REBORN, Wade is shown to be alive and well in 2015, no immediate explanation provided. Later, Quinn refers to this episode and says he saw Wade. "You died!?" someone says to Wade. She replies, "I don't know, it was so unclear!" A later passage provides some technobabble-based explanation about reinstating the disembodied Wade to reality and rewinding her timeline to an earlier point, but I think "I don't know, it was so unclear" totally covers it.
After this episode, I always take a bit of time to watch Sabrina Lloyd's movie, UNIVERSAL SIGNS. Love you, Sabrina Ann Lloyd!
(I'm just being sentimental, she's not reading this. Or is she? She's not. Or is she? She's not. Or is she? She is not, but on some level, I think she can feel my appreciation for her gift in the sense that she may have made a few dollars from me when I bought the UNIVERSAL SIGNS DVD from the official website.)