overthinking the idiot box

April 10, 2006

PODCAST: Sliding Into Sin

A commentary on Sliders's "Luck of the Draw"

by D. Roberts Keenan

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This is the true story of four people picked to slide between worlds and have their lives upended, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start being sliders.

Continuing the Sabrina Lloyd lovefest that started last time with Sports Night, imagine a world where magic exists and a mysterious mage rules all. Now imagine a world where your hometown is now a maximum security prison. Now imagine a world where your hometown is a giant shopping mall. Now imagine...

...OK, now you know the premise of Sliders, an intriguing series that started out on Fox and moved to SciFi. Most of the episodes involved some sort of moral or ethical dilemma our heroes were placed in, with a lot of witty banter and subverted pop culture references thrown in. In "Luck of the Draw," the Season 1 finale, our gang of four finds out what happens when you get too greedy. The result? It ain't good.

Coming up: Our final podcast, on sloth. I'd tell you what show we'll be discussing, but I just haven't gotten around to picking it yet.

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