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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

episode #14 - Love Gods

This was probably inevitable: a world of women.

On this Earth, the Iraqi unleashed a virulent virus that wiped out the Y-chromosome a few years back. This killed only males.

As Arturo soon explains, there will always be survivors to plagues — those who are naturally immune or resistant — so there are a few men left. But very few.

Those men who remain are essentially locked away in special breeding camps because the female leadership has deemed this the only way to regrow to regrow the male population.

Naturally, very soon after the Sliders arrive, the three new males cause a riot in the streets among the women. The men are arrested while Wade manages to slip away. The three gents are shifted to a breeder camp in short order.

There, they see that being choosen as 'Breeder of the Month' is one of the carrots tossed to the incarcerated men. The champion stud is an obnoxious Aussie who has over 200 confirmed impregnation in the past month.

Speaking of Australia, they are the new world power, since their male population fared best in avoiding the death cloud of the virus. There's conflict between the U.S. and Australia, usually over the remaining men. Ironically, almost all the males in Iraq were whipped out by the very virus they unleashed!

The Sliders and fellow inmate escape from the breeding camp, after which Quinn ends up being cared for by a rich and attractive widow who hides him and hopes he'll make her pregnant.


I found this episode to be largely underwhelming as it missed many opportunities to explore the outlook of an unusual minority — men — who have become sex slaves to the dominant female culture. Maybe this was simply a limitation of TV back then.

Everything is skimmed over or treated in a perfunctory, even silly fashion. It does state the obvious — that for those couples in a serious, loving relationship, this entire scenario would be painful.

Love has been taken out of the equation on this world and it's all about the pragmatics of procreation. But besides presenting yet another totalitarian regime, there is no commentary on what this has done to the human spirit.

It only enters a poignant note in Quinn's brief relationship with the woman who needs his help to get pregnant, for reasons other than pure necessity. However, he declines her request on the grounds that he wouldn't want to father a child he'd never see again.

Wade makes a mess of things at the midpoint by leading the authorities straight to where the heroes are hiding out. Also, yet again, at least one guest character slides with the group at the end, but we never see them again.

The slide at the end is unusual; all but one of the Sliders are inside a moving van when they enter the vortex!

BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10

Earths Depicted -- #27: a world mostly of women, with most men wiped out by a biological bomb

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