I can remember back in the ’90s when I was a picky kid be it the food I ate or the television shows I watched. I was yet to expand my boundaries into more intense sci-fi and though I saw myself completely interested in Star Wars, the most I dove into the genre was The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., which for all intents and purposes was a western with sci-fi elements.
Among the ’90s sci-fi hits was a show called Sliders. Even as a kid, I thought the concept of interdimensional travel was cool, but for reasons I can’t remember, I just couldn’t get into it. Later into my adult years, I had completely forgotten it even existed except for the random moments when someone would mention it.
Fast forward to 2021 and I’m excited over the fact that there’s been a reboot of the show being announced. Given my lack of history with the show, I should have no reason to be excited about a reboot, but to be honest, it’s not the reboot that I’m excited about.
As Bounding Into Comics reported on the matter, Sliders co-creator Tracy Tormé flat-out made it clear that no matter what kind, the show will not devolve into woke messaging:
“So I can already tell you that people are so hypersensitive to so many issues now that it’s going to be even more of a challenge trying not to turn it into some politically correct, ‘safe’ show. If it becomes that, what’s the point of doing it?” he added. “That’s gonna be the big struggle.”
However, Tormé swore up and down, no matter the challenge, “No! I promise you it will never be woke. Never.”
When I saw that, my interest in the show shot into the stratosphere. I hardly know anything about it and I couldn’t tell you the name of one actor in the show (though their faces look familiar) but I’ll be damned if I miss up the opportunity to simply…be entertained.
There’s not one bit of sci-fi that gets release today that doesn’t go through some wokificashion process. Something somewhere has to push some kind of left-leaning message. A good film today is one that pushes a message the least and they’re so few and far between that when one comes out, it’s worth celebrating.
There’s a real tragedy in art today and it’s been brought upon us by social dictators who are far more bigoted, racist, and sexist than the people they accuse ever could be. These people have taken over our entertainment industries and have been pushing their politics on us whether we like it or not.
And we don’t. The more propagandistic things get, the less we want any part of them. It got so bad in Hollywood that the most interesting an award show has gotten in years is when Ricky Gervais called them out on it at the Golden Globes.
The announcement about Sliders shouldn’t interest me. In fact, I’m so tired of reboots and remakes that I immediately roll my eyes when one is announced and chalk it up to the fact that America’s entertainment community really has run out of ideas.
Yet, here I am, excited about a show strictly because they promised me that they wouldn’t throw a bunch of political messaging in my face as I watch it. I’ll just be able to sit back and appreciate some honest-to-goodness sci-fi.
It’s a sad state of affairs we’re in that it’s come down to just being interested in a show because of its lack of politics, but here we are. I hope that when it does launch it does very well and I know I’ll personally be giving it a shot.
If it does do well, perhaps it’ll be a signal to Hollywood that they’ve gone down the wrong road and that a different approach is now needed.