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1996-09-29 00:00:00 - Double Cross comments - (tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us)


Double crossing spoilers below: In this episode, the Sliders land in a subway in front of a train. Just as the train is about to run them down, the power goes off in a scheduled 10am power outage. The train stops short of the Sliders. Shouldn't the train have kept moving forward on its own momentum/inertia long enough to run over the Sliders? The Sliders emerge from the subway and learn that the world is almost out of natural resources (hence the scheduled power outages). San Francisco is part of a huge city called San Angeles. Rembrant flies down to Los Angeles in the private jet of a fan, while the other Sliders meet Logan Sinclair, a leading force in Protonics' project to develop Sliding. Protonics is keeping Sliding a secret. Since Sliding takes a lot of energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? While Quinn helps Logan iron out the bugs in Protonics' Sliding technology, Arturo and Wade learn that Logan had murdered Arturo's double by pushing him into a flawed wormhole. Wade is kidnapped, Arturo tells Quinn about Logan's crime, Wade reappears, and Quinn goes back to Protonics for the timer (why didn't he take it with him when he left the Protonics' grounds to meet with Arturo?). Arturo then discovers that Wade had been replaced by her double. Arturo and Quinn find a videodisk showing Logan declare her plan to use Sliding to strip alternate Earths of their natural resources. They try to exchange the disk for Wade, but Arturo is pushed into a wormhole, but soon returns. I wonder which universe Arturo visited before returning to San Angeles Earth. Quinn sabotages the computer to force the return of the real Wade, then Arturo comes in with a gun. The three escape to the Dominion where Rembrant is waiting. They go through a wormhole to the next world, and find themselves in Los Angeles. Logan had exchanged geographic stabilizers with the Sliders' timer. It now has a radius of 400 miles. Arturo says the Sliders could land in LA, SF, or anywhere inbetween. However, the Sliders always landed in SF before, so wouldn't the timer now land them anywhere within 400 miles of San Francisco? Logan follows them via Protonics' own wormhole and threatens to shoot unless Quinn supplies the correct coordinates to return her to her world. He programs her timer to send her to a random dimension and refuses her insistance that he accompany her. As the wormhole begins to suck her in, she fires at Wade, but the wormhole sucks the bullet away before it strikes her. Bullets go faster than sound. How could Protonics' wormhole exert enough force on the bullet to stop and reverse its course without also sucking the Sliders in? Near the end, Quinn learns that Logan is his double. The only thing different is the sex gene. Now that we have seen a female Quinn, will the producers show us a male Wade (for Logan to fall in love with?), a female Maximillian Arturo, and a female Rembrant? Will they show us a black Quinn, Wade, and Arturo; and a white Rembrant? I liked the introduction of a recurring villian in the form of Logan Sinclair, who can track wormholes and thus show up near the Sliders repeatedly. The biggest danger is that she will eventually run into the Kromaggs and either collaborate with them to conquer alternate Earths, or learn enough about Sliding from them to return to her home Earth and start a Slider Empire of her own. Logan obviously can't be allowed to return home to give Protonics the key to interdimensional conquest, but civilization on her Earth will collapse unless it gains access to natural resources. Means must be found to induce her Earth to obtain raw materials (in an environmentally reposible manner) from only uninhabited Earths. I suggest that the Sliders obtain guns so that they can shoot Logan the next time she appears so as to end her threat. -- Timothy S. Bruening (tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us) Davis Community Network

1996-10-01 00:00:00 - Re: Double Cross comments - (GFung@unix.dsoe.com)


>Since Sliding takes a lot of >energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade >the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? Maybe ProtoTROnics convinced the government that the developing of Sliding could lead to more resources? Karen Fung gfung@unix.dsoe.com Learn to let it sliiiiide...

1996-10-02 00:00:00 - Re: Double Cross comments - (tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us)


Karen Fung (GFung@unix.dsoe.com) wrote: : : >Since Sliding takes a lot of : >energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade : >the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? : Maybe ProtoTROnics convinced the government that the developing of Sliding : could lead to more resources? But Logan said that Prototronics was keeping Sliding a secret. I assumed that they were keeping Sliding a secret from everyone, including the government, and wondered how Prototronics persuaded the government to allow them to use huge amounts of energy without telling the government what they were using the energy for. -- Timothy S. Bruening (tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us) Davis Community Network

1996-10-03 00:00:00 - Re: Double Cross comments - (Seth Argabright <sa228595@oak.cats.ohiou.edu>)


On Tue, 1 Oct 1996, Karen Fung wrote: > > >Since Sliding takes a lot of > >energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade > >the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? > Maybe ProtoTROnics convinced the government that the developing of Sliding > could lead to more resources? > Could that be why Logan made that video disc that so many people thought was a stupid idea? --Seth

1996-10-03 00:00:00 - Re: Double Cross comments (minor spoilers) - (rohobbs@lexmark.com)


*** Minor Spoilers Alert *** Once upon a time, tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us said... > >Karen Fung (GFung@unix.dsoe.com) wrote: >: >: >Since Sliding takes a lot of >: >energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade >: >the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? >: Maybe ProtoTROnics convinced the government that the developing of Sliding >: could lead to more resources? > >But Logan said that Prototronics was keeping Sliding a secret. I assumed >that they were keeping Sliding a secret from everyone, including the >government, and wondered how Prototronics persuaded the government to >allow them to use huge amounts of energy without telling the government >what they were using the energy for. It looked to me that there was a double standard on that world. The rich could get as much energy as they wanted (remember the psycho fan in a gas guzzling Rolls) while everybody else had to conserve till it hurt. I hate it when my entertainment tries to make a political statement, which this show does VERY often. Anyway, since corporations can be VERY rich it stands to reason they could use as much energy as the wanted. Have a good one... Rob

1996-10-04 00:00:00 - Re: Double Cross comments - (squire@crown.net)


In article <52t09h$88j@mark.ucdavis.edu>, tsbrueni@wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us (Timothy Bruening) wrote: >Karen Fung (GFung@unix.dsoe.com) wrote: >: >: >Since Sliding takes a lot of >: >energy, and since energy is extremely short, how did Protonics persuade >: >the government to allow it to use so much energy for a secret project? >: Maybe ProtoTROnics convinced the government that the developing of Sliding >: could lead to more resources? > Well, as you remember, the whole purpose of the Sliding project was to bring in natural resources from other dimensions. Obviously, their government thought it rational to expend this energy for the possible gain of virtually infinite energy. By the why, since when did we expect governments to be rational???? :) Of course, everything I say could be totally wrong.... Erich Squire squire@crown.net -- esqu3684@iunlab1.iun.indiana.edu http://www.crown.net/~squire/tt/ Time is not linear.