This episode first aired in the UK on 24th August 1998 on Sky 1.
Guests:Angela Paton, Michael Sabatino, Antoinette Picatto, Kurt Knudson,
Harrison Young (Henry Nichols), Zander Rice (Adam Meadows).
* When Maggie first joined the sliders (The Exodus),it was when her
husband had been murdered by Colonel Rickman and soon after, her world was destroyed by pulsars.
Some survivors were relocated to another world uside a wormhole.
* At the end of season 3, Wade and Rembrandt returned to Earth Prime, but Quinn and Maggie
didn't. When they finally returned to Earth Prime in season 4's Genesis
, they found it had been taken over by Kromaggs and both Rembrandt and Wade had been
captured. Rembrandt was rescued, but Wade had already been shipped to another world.
* This was filmed the week after My Brother's Keeper.
* The Director of this episode has been the director of photography at Sliders for several
The episode begins in a forest. They hear a girl screaming and go to find her. They find her
with her grandfather. He jumps into a big pit and disappears, while Amy is hit by an electricity
bolt. The Sliders take her back to the town. On the way, she explains that she is a "Chosen
One" (for the good of all the others) and the pit is the "Chasm". Quinn seems to have no negative
feelings and he thinks everything's gonna be fine. The world looks old-fashioned - Late 19th
Early 20th Century clothes.The locals don't seem to be bothered about the death of Amy's
Grandfather. The Sliders and Amy talk to an old lady called Mrs. Meadows. She says that
Middletown never gets any visitors anymore. Amy's father works at the Temple of the Chasm. Amy
talks to her father. He says that the offering fuels the calm. He then sends them away. When
the others worry about everything, Quinn thinks they are just being paranoid. All of them feel
content, but Quinn is the worst affected. Maggie and Rembrandt go to do some research while Quinn
and Colin 'hang.' Maggie and Rembrandt go to Mrs Medows' 'Sweet Shack' where she tells them the
chasm is responsible for all the contentment.
In the park, Quinn decides to stay on this world because he's sick of sliding and he feels so
content here. He gives Colin the Timer and then has a map. Maggie and Rembrandt return and they
hear Amy screaming. Rembrandt runs off to find her. Amy is having a vision/hallucination of her
father taunting her with a knife. Rembrandt reache sher just before her father appears. Amy runs
off and Rembrandt follows her. They go to the chasm.
Rembrandt is at the edge of the chasm, about to jump. The other sliders come and pull him back.
Rembrandt thinks back to what happened.
Amy jumps and Rembrandt takes the electrical bolt. Amy's father comes and realises that Rembrandt
is the next, "chosen one." He now has the sadness. Rembrandt returns to the others, very sad.
He keeps getting visions/hallucinations of Quinn taunting him. The others don't understand.
Rembrandt runs to the chasm, very depressed.
The Sliders stop him jumping (again), but he breaks away and Maggie takes the electrical bolt.
She is now very upset, but Quinn feels nothing for Rembrandt's "death." Maggie goes out of the
Amy's father goes to the Sheriff and tells him that the strangers are chosen.
Maggie is now very depressed and seems jealous of Wade, even though she's not there. Quinn stops
her. Colin has gone back to the town. As Quinn approaches Maggie, he feels happier and she feels
In the town, Colin takes some rope and climbing equipment.
Maggie hallucinates that she is in a white room alone and she can't get out. Quinn keeps
appearing and disappearing, taunting her.
The local decide they have to stop the Sldiers becoming chosen ones and jumping.
Maggie is depressed and wants to jump. Colin returns and they all set up the equipment to jump
together. Just before they jump, they are shot at by the locals. They jump together, leaving
the locals at the top of the chasm.
The Sliders land in an industrial area. Quinn decides that
he wants to slide with them again, but Maggie is still depressed. They walk through the area
and come across Mrs. Meadows. She says that she is the keeper of what she explains is actually
a theme park. She uses the service entrance. The place was built by her great-great-grandfather.
Rembrnadt "crossed over" into cryogenic suspension. She explains that the chosen ones take on the
problems of everyone else and the others benefit of the "transmigration of bioenergy" which is
transferred by a parallel energy field. It started as a ride to temporarily take on the problems
of the wealthy, but after a while, no-one left. They go to the storage area. Only the chosen
can get in and the controls are on the inside. Maggie goes in and shoots the controls before
she freezes. They all wake up and are normalized. Mrs. Meadows sees her son who was one of the
chosen and Amy finds her mother who was also one of the chosen. The Sldiers go out using the
service entrance and slide from there.
Did You Notice?
"Quinn Mallory: Scientist, objective realist turned mindless optimist?" -
Maggie about Quinn's strange behaviour
* Quinn hasn't felt content since he was a kid in San Fransisco (presumably before his father
* Mrs. Meadows' shop is called "the Sweet Shack."
* Maggie and Rembrandt each drink a chocolate malt.
* When Quinn and Colin sit on the bench, both have their heads right back, but at different
* Colin eats popcorn in the park then throws it on the ground when Quinn decides not to sldie.
It's still there when Maggie and Rembrandt return.
* Maggie thinks that meeting her husband Steven was the best think in her life.
"I think that's a good idea, but frankly,I think everything's a good idea right about
now." - Quinn
"You can't just take, take, take." - Mrs. Meadows
"We're here. Then again, maybe we're not." - Maggie's hallucination of Quinn
"Fairly industrial for Holy Grounds." - Quinn about the bottom of the chasm
* I'm not going to describe every little (or major) logic prblem I have with the main plot.
Suffice it to say, I have loads. In fact, I have problems with the entire thing.
There are big continuity problems with the scrpt when Rembrandt is jumping and around then.
* Who was the little girl getting the depression from? The sliders weren't near her until long
after she started crying and she was supposed to last for years otherwise.
* Why was there climbing equipment in the shop if there aren't any mountains around? It seems
like a plot device to me that's not very well thought out.
* For that matter, why did they need the climbing equipment? They just jumped together; They
weren't attached to any when they landed.
* What was all that green flashy light stuff when Quinn, Maggie and Colin jumped in? It didn't
actually do anything or even really 'transfer' anything.
* Why was Quinn suddenly decide to slide after all when at that point he should still be under
the influence of the chasm, especially since Maggie was.
* Why would anyone base a religion around a theme park?
* Colin (Charlie O'Connell) says "friends" instead of "friend" when asking to be taken to
Rembrandt. Unless of course he counted Amy as a friend as well.
* There wasn't actually anywhere for Maggie (or any who came after her) to stand in the
* What stupid, stupid person would ever put controls on the inside of a cryogenics chamber? No
one would be able to turn it ON without getting frozen, let alone off. And when people used to
be let out to return the worries to people. How did they do it then? Shoot it every single time?
Big, big, big logic problems with this.
* I really don't see Remmy agreeing to go into cryogenic storage, unless of course his
depression led him to.
* How come the little girl didn't know she was in the chasm if she'd already been seen to by
the woman like Maggie was and she would have agreed to go into cryogenic storage. They don't
freeze as soon as they jump into the chasm, otherwise Maggie, Quinn and Colin would have frozen.
* If all the chosen ones go through to cryogenic storage on the trolly and get frozen then, how
come they're standing up?
* The thing that Maggie shoots is shown with two different numbers on. At first I thought they
were different, then I noticed this: When Quinn and Colin smash the glass, the control panel is
fine. When Mrs. Meadows comes through the broken glass, the control panel is smashed to pieces.
* Who was the chosen after Maggie? It wasn't shown to be anyone in the cave, but it should have
been active since the mechanism wasn't destroyed yet.
* Why were the lights going funny at the end? They didn't destroy the power, just the cryogenic
* When walking down the tunnel, the sliders are in this order left to right:
Colin, Rembrandt, Maggie, Quinn.
When they come out of the tunnel, the sliders are in this order left to right:
Rembrandt, Maggie, Colin, Quinn.
* How were the chosen selected? There seemed to be no connection between all of them.
This would definately get the award for oddest, most complicated and most confusing episode of
the season were there such an award. The plot was actually far more suited to a season 3 episode
rather than a season 4 episode, even if it did try to get some science into it. It was a good
effort, and the parts concentrating on Rembrandt's anguish at abandoning Wade and Maggie's loss
of her husband and world as well as her frustration that Quinn doesn't love her in the way she
wants him to gave us valuble insight is to their emotions, but they didn't show us enough of
Quinn and Colin's emotional problems which let it down a bit. I would have thought they could
have got Quinn's responsibilities in there somewhere and they should have at least mentioned
Colin's love Susanna. While those bits are compelling,
the main plot which feeds those scenes is odd, complicated and rather fantastical, including
an emotion transferring machine AND suspended animation cryogenics stuff. I think the complexity
of this episode could have been one on the reasons few plot synopsises appeared on the internet
prior to it's showing. The plot is so strange and complex going back and forth that even I had
trouble working it out, and I'm known for being able to make sense of things. The other thing was
that is was fairly predictable. Still, there were so many logic problems within the plot
(see Season 4 Mistakes for a few of them) I'm not surprised I
couldn't work it out.
Jerry O'Connell, Kari Wuhrer, Cleavant Derricks and the little girl playing Amy all acted
superbly. I would say the same about Charlie O'Connel, only he wasn't really given any real
acting scenes to do, and so cannot really be considered outstanding in this episode. However,
even the brilliant performances were not enough to bring up the quality of the plot.
If this had been a season 3 episode, I would have called this
a good episode, but fankly, like The Dying Fields, it's not up to
the standard I've come to expect of season 4. I think that both my worst episodes of Season 4
have been wriiten by the same author, William Bigelow, so it could be that I just don't like his
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