There's an old TV show called Sliders about a group of people who travel to parallel universes. It's one of my favorite series', but recently I was rewatching and couldn't help but be distracted by how remarkably bad some of the special effects are. In their defense, it was the '90s, but let's take a moment to look at some of the bad, sad, lackluster efforts.
1.Let's start with this very '90s, blatantly CGI city.
2.Or this mall in the sky that's clearly just the escalators at Universal Studios with some very bad CGI on top.
3.Or this little girl with wings, flying around casually.
4.One time they showed an icy version of San Francisco that featured a poorly photoshopped frozen Golden Gate Bridge.
5.There was also a fake looking tidal wave crashing through the city.
6.And after climbing a building to avoid that fake looking wave, the group then evaded an even faker looking shark.
7.Anytime they encountered creatures, they always looked bad. Just take a look at this CGI-saurus.
8.Or this hilariously bad creature that emerged from underground.
9.And this fake-ass giant scarab that scurried around a pyramid killing people.
10.There was even a sad, fire-breathing digital dragon.
11.The digital dragon wound up getting stabbed in the heart with a sword.
12.Then died a sad, digital dragon death.
13.In one episode the group ripped a hole in the fabric of time and destroyed an entire world, which sounds epic, until you see the subpar special effects used to depict it.
14.In another episode, the Sliders briefly visited a world that was fully engulfed in flames, though it looked more like a world immersed in cheap green screens.
15.Whether it was random stuff that had no chance at looking realistic, like a kid wakeboarding in the eye of a twister.
16.Or two dudes throwing a fireball at each other.
17.Or a world occupied by giants that had a low budget Honey,
I Shrunk The Kids aesthetic.
18.Sliders never failed to take profound creative leaps, no matter how visually challenging they were! (Like attempting to show what traveling to parallel universes would look like inside of a wormhole.)