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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Netflix, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company, Hulu

Bring Back Sliders

It's been years since the finale of the scifi series Sliders. But a new beginning could close the book to a job unfinished. Those first two seasons had the perfect blend of adventure, fiction and comedy. It was the 90s, it was a time where things were indeed more simple and less complicated. There’s no question that it was the golden era for science fiction on television. Any and every 90s show seems to be getting the nod for a reboot. Whether it be Full House, or the X-Files there’s something missing and it’s Sliders. There’s one supreme advantage that Sliders has over these other shows. It’s the literal unlimited possibilities writers could create for parallel worlds. And I’m afraid that your studio, Universal Studios, fails to see this as an advantage. Jerry O’Connell once said that’s why he loves Sliders so much because “its not like other televisions shows where you’re stuck in a emergency room every episode or you’re stuck in police precinct. It’s a different show every week.” The possibilities are indeed endless with different dimensions. The man to get the job done for a miniseries would be Sliders co-creator Tracy Tormé who has won the hearts and minds of a cult scifi generation. When Slidecage interviewed Jerry O’Connell and talked about a possible reprise he mentioned that Tormé is the boss. And rightly so. He would be the one who has seen what has worked and what hasn’t in his time working on Sliders. His experience with writing and negotiating in a day and age where the parallel universe concept is becoming more widely known is key to success. If you’re truly connected to a story and characters of a science fiction medium you want to know the whole story, not a new one. What would “Back to the Future” be without Michael J. Fox? Or “Indiana Jones” without Harrison Ford? There are many fans here and abroad waiting, hoping, believing that a return will happen. That’s not to say a series reinvention is out of the question, but capping off a cliffhanger story is more important. Obviously it wouldn’t be an easy feat to explain a resolution to the chaos that ensued over two and a half seasons. Trying to tell a new story to new viewers and old diehard fans would require a delicate and precise balancing act.  A theatrical movie would be out of the question. The average movie length is two hours which would likely not give enough time to wrap up the past and give us more action beyond that. A continuation with a new season six could end up in disaster with cast changes or even cancellation without a resolution yet again. It would seem the only viable option is a miniseries that could not only give enough screen time but allow a set finale that would leave everyone happy. Finally at that point, a reinvention or next generation would seem appropriate. Sliders went through a lot in five seasons. Actors left the show, plots drastically changed at times, and the series ended on a cliffhanger. Nevertheless Sliders still had very high ratings and kept continuity in it’s fifth and final season. Many would call the Sliders story a train wreck that could never be put back together. If Universal Studios leaves it a mess, its essentially a cheap shot to it’s fans. Let me explain. Co-Creator Tracy Tormé saw the need for viewers to be “in the know” about cliffhangers from one season to the next. The season one finale told the story about Quinn getting shot and the FOX Network felt no explantation was needed to show Quinn on his feet in the season two premiere episode. Essentially as Tormé puts it FOX wanted to “alienate the audience” and tell them you don’t matter, nor does the story. We do matter and we’re here to tell you that. Most of us would be delighted to see the original fantastic four return. Jerry O’Connell would definitely be interested with Tormé at the helm and I can’t help but feel Cleavant Derricks would be on board, especially after outlasting every other original cast member through its five year run. Obviously John Rhys-Davies and Sabrina Lloyd may be in question. Rhys-Davies had a difficult departure from the series to say the least, and Lloyd is overseas. Deep down Quinn, Rembrandt, Wade and the Professor are the bread and butter. And everyone knows it. Sliders doesn’t need to grow mature. Growing up in the 90s, Sliders was a relatively moral television series. Whether it be the violence of “The Walking Dead” or the sexual obsession in “Game of Thrones”, television shows today are pushing violent and sexual boundaries to the extreme. Sliders is something that was fun, comedic and adventurous in a wholesome way. If you have a good story there’s really no need for sexualizing and creating graphic violent scenes. Networks have really taken what was sparsely seen in the 90s and used it exponentially today for ratings. It’d be great to see the kids growing up today to experience such a show as we did in the 90s. Adventurous. Fun. Clean. Yet smart. Time is of essence. The prolific actor John Rhys-Davies is getting up in age along with the Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks. Why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to bring back a show with John Rhys-Davies? The man has been a staple in blockbuster movie franchises such as “Indiana Jones”, “Lord of the Rings” and even “007”. It would only take time to tie up a loose end that co-creator Tracy Tormé was never able to finish and thats the wrong Arturo who slid with the Sliders after the episode “Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome”.  The existence of countless Sliders fan websites, fan fiction, it’s success on Netflix and presence in pop culture is still strong. Reviving the show to it’s roots with the original actors would be a television success with Tracy Tormé. It only takes a bit of research to discover how embedded Sliders is in the hearts and minds of TV fanatics. We haven’t forgotten. Take a look. ‘Haven’t you seen? Heard? Haven’t you looked around? Hasn’t any of this affected you at all? The universe has no conscience. So we have to.’ Don’t blow it. Thomas Birchfield www.slidecage.com, info@slidecage.com

Thomas Birchfield
1,154 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Saban Brands, Nickelodeon

Please create a Power Rangers reunion in 2018 for the show's 25th anniversary

In 2017, a new "Power Rangers" reboot movie will hit theaters with a new cast playing the original Ranger roles. While the old characters' story will be retold in the new "Power Rangers" film, we, the fans, hope that Saban Brands and Nickelodeon would consider filming a new "Power Rangers" reunion in 2017 to air for the show's 25th anniversary in its 2018 season. Fans are hopeful that if a new reunion is made, that the 25th anniversary could include the actors from the "Mighty Morphin", "Zeo" and "Turbo" seasons as guest stars, including the cast from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (Austin St. John as Jason the original Red Ranger, Walter Jones as Zack the original Black Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly the original Pink Ranger, David Yost as Billy the Blue Ranger and Karan Ashley as Aisha the second Yellow Ranger), David J. Fielding as Zordon, Sandi Sellner as Alpha 5, Richard Horvitz as the voice of Alpha 5, Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier and Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch, Kerrigan Mahan as the voice of Goldar, Barbara Goodson as the voice of Rita Repulsa, Robert Axelrod as the voice of Lord Zedd, the cast from "Power Rangers Zeo" (Catherine Sutherland as Kat the Pink Zeo Ranger, Nakia Burrise as Tanya the Yellow Zeo Ranger, Steve Cardenas as Rocky the Blue Zeo Ranger, Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam the Green Zeo Ranger and Jason David Frank as Tommy the Red Zeo Ranger), and Blake Anthony Foster as Justin the Blue Turbo Ranger.   However, while a lot of fans would love to see the "Mighty Morphin" and "Zeo" cast members reunite along with Mr. Foster, fans are hopeful other Ranger actors from various seasons could return as guest stars as well or appear in place of any actors who decline the offer to return for a new reunion.  Fans also hope that cast members from seasons, like "In Space" (Christopher Khayman Lee as Andros the Red Space Ranger, Selwyn Ward as T.J. Johnson the Blue Space Ranger, Roger Velasco as Carlos Vallerte the Black Space Ranger, Patricia Ja Lee as Cassie Chan the Pink Space Ranger and Tracy Lynn Cruz as Ashley Hammond the Yellow Space Ranger), "Lost Galaxy" (such as Danny Slavin as Leo Corbett the Red Galaxy Ranger, Cerina Vincent as Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger and Melody Perkins as Karone the second Pink Galaxy Ranger), "Lightspeed Rescue" (such as Alison MacInnis as Dana Mitchell the Pink Lightspeed Ranger and Rhett Fisher as Ryan Mitchell the Titanium Ranger), "Time Force" (such as Erin Cahill as Jen Scotts the Pink Time Force Ranger and Jason Faunt as Wes Collins the Red Time Force Ranger), "Wild Force" (such as Jessica Rey as Alyssa Enrilé the White Tiger Ranger), and the "Once a Ranger" veteran Rangers from "Operation Overdrive" (Sally Martin as Tori Hansen the Blue Wind Ranger, Emma Lahana as Kira Ford the Yellow Dino Ranger, Matt Austin as Bridge Carson the Red S.P.D. Ranger and Richard Brancatisano as Xander Bly the Green Mystic Ranger), could be invited back to appear as guest stars as well. Fans are hopeful the next reunion could be made as either a single episode or a two-episode TV "movie" like "Clash of the Red Rangers" was on "Power Rangers Samurai", or as a full-length theatrical film to give enough screen time for all of the guest stars and hope there will be more character development for the returning guest Rangers as we'd love to know what their characters have been up to since they were last seen on the show.  Fans also hope to see Austin St. John's character Jason be the one to serve as the leader of the past Ranger guest stars if a new reunion is made. Fans hope that the next reunion could be written by Judd Lynn, who has been involved with the show such as a series writer on such classic "Power Rangers" episode as "Countdown to Destruction" from "Power Rangers In Space", and most recently as the executive producer of "Power Rangers Dino Charge". Fans are also hopeful that Ron Wasserman, who originally did the songs for during the early seasons of "Power Rangers", can return to do the music for the next reunion, that a Zord battle with the current and hopefully previous Zords could be featured, and that the show could finally explain if Tommy ended up with Kimberly or Kat. While Tommy was seen married to Kat in the future on the episode "A Season to Remember" of "Power Rangers Zeo", most fans would love/prefer to see Tommy and Kimberly end up as a couple again, as many fans disliked their break up by Kimberly's letter to Tommy on "Power Rangers Zeo". However, if the show reveals Tommy is married to Kat is part of the show's canon as the "Zeo" episode intended, some fans would like to see Kimberly and Jason become a couple so that fans of the "Jimberly" fan romance could finally see it included in the show's continuity. However, again, these are suggestions as to what could be included IF a new reunion gets made, as we are not trying to tell Saban Brands or Nickelodeon what to do with the series as that's not our place.  We realize this new reunion would be very costly to make with so many previous cast members fans requested at wanting to see back.  We are not trying to in any way be disrespectful to Saban Brands and we are not trying to tell them what to do with their popular TV series, as we have more respect for the series and the cast and crew who work so hard on the show to get it made.  We only hope that Saban Brands and Nickelodeon are able to create a new "Power Rangers" reunion on a future season of the series that reunites some fan favorite Rangers, villains and other characters and lets some of the original Rangers from various seasons of the series go back to action!

Stuart Green
1,301 supporters