Same Planet, Different Dimension (Season Three Intro)

Another season, another theme song. (Also, apologies for having a Polish-Dubbed youtube video. If someone can score me a better link I’d be much appreciative. But also a Foreign Dude saying “Sliders” sounds really funny, so enjoy it.)

I do feel that Sliders’ lack of, let’s say, ‘brandable identity’ is not wholly unrelated to its mild unpopularity. Season One’s theme song, for all its techno-fueled bluster, was pretty uncatchy and completely unrelated to the tone of the show. Season Two’s was very catchy, but ultimately too dated to the mid-90s that it would never be memorable enough.

Season Three now, is by far the catchiest. You can hum along to it— it’s fair to say it could get caught in your head. That’s a good start. But just being catchy isn’t enough. You’ve got to back it up with some strong imagery. You’ve got to represent the show. Sliders often suffers from misleading or boring teasers. So more than most shows, Sliders has to work harder to re-convince its audience that they’re watching the right show.

Season Three’s intro, it must be said, does the best service to the show. First off, it trims down the opening monologue to something much more concise and exciting. Here, we have the makings of something that could actually become iconic.

What if you found a portal to a parallel universe?

What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds,

where it’s the same year, and you’re the same person,

but everything else is different?

And what if you can’t find your way home?

Jerry O’Connell’s reading of it is brilliant, but there’s something more at play, here. It de-specifies the story. It’s no longer the “story of Quinn and the Sliders.” It’s not saying “hey, look at this awesome thing did.” It’s “what if you did this,” or “what if it was you.” It welcomes the audience into the adventure, asking us to participate in a way that we haven’t been before. It isn’t that we wouldn’t have come along on the adventure before. It’s just that we haven’t been asked. And so down the rabbit hole of a Vortex we go, happy to at last have an invitation.

You can make the grumpy argument that the montage that follows cherry picks all the flashiest moments from the first two seasons and makes it seem like all Sliders is is one long explosion/DINOSAUR/explosion. But let’s be honest— Season Three is all about explosions. If they could find an excuse for another dinosaur episode, I’m sure we’d see it (nyuk nyuk). So by choosing the most ‘exciting’ moments of the show, we’re greeted with the most honest representation of the show thus far.

So, good job, team. Now I’m sure that next week’s episode will be completely devoid of explosions and spend its run-time putting the characters through an emotional gauntlet.

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6 thoughts on “Same Planet, Different Dimension (Season Three Intro)

  1. You’re right — Jerry performs the monologue beautifully. “What if you found a portal to a parallel universe?” he says in a speculative, thoughtful tone. “What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds?” he asks in a voice that’s almost daring you to imagine all the possibilities and embrace the risk and danger. “Where it’s the same year, and you’re the same person,” he says playfully, “but everything else is different.” With that last part of the sentence, his voice becomes harder, reflecting how sliders live under constant threat.

    “And what if you can’t find your way home?” he says, in a voice that now sounds haunted and pained by loss and longing. It’s a note-perfect performance. And when I watch Season 4 episodes, it’s sometimes painful to hear Jerry’s excellent work in the opening credits only to see him half-asleep in the Season 4 episodes.

  2. Well by season number four his exciting adventure has caused his mentor to get his brains sucked out and die, his old crush is now in a rape camp, the guy that never wanted to go has became a harden person with his soul sucked out of him, his mom is left behind in a prison on earth that has been invaded by kromags and they wouldnt of enslaved every one you know except you went poking around one of their ships, so a man of a very young age that was always socially awkward up until season number 3(by this point the professor saying that a boy good job had got to his head and turned him into the cocky ladys man that you saw in that season causing him dress better) then in season number 4 you get the depressed leader that only gets excited when he has an opportunity to leave the mess he created behind him ie chances to find his home world, and depressed emotionless ness when it comes to dealing with solving past events or even helping out people on his present team since a good portion of his actions had inadvertently lead to the destruction of everything he once new and loved

    • Yeah, but there’s a fundamental difference between “Quinn has become emotionally burnt out” and “Jerry O’Connell doesn’t know how to play a geeky scientist without John Rhys-Davies to instruct him, has given up on trying and is only showing up on set to collect a paycheque and hang out with his brother.”

      • you are correct but luckily both go hand in hand, and it does help to have a brother that is one of the worst actors on tv to make your acting look stellar….I will say though, most of season#4 was ok to good episodes up till the finale 5 for that season then they just gave up

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