Sliders: The British States of America
How long can any political set up last? Having just strained credulity in the previous episode by making one summer's anti-war movement last for several decades, Sliders now presents a world in which the thirteen original American colonies lost the Revolutionary War and became part of the British Commonwealth.
In fact, in this world all the other countries which once had traditional monarchies still have them: even the French and Russian revolutions failed! That's actually fascinating. But on Sliders, monarchy is less about ideas and ideals than about stereotypes of (British) royalty.
Our first clues about the twist in this world are as two-dimensional as they come: red double-decker buses, red police boxes, and snooty rich people who sound like the BBC. Never mind that other countries which have kept their ties to the British monarchy have not also imported London's distinctive bus design and have twanged out their own unmistakable accents. San Francisco seems to be West-West London. =P
Similarly, Oakland seems to be West Sherwood Forest! =D
Let me give Sliders credit where it is due. If America had remained British and the Founding Fathers been unable to found anything but footnotes in history books, then any new form of rebellion would have an English rather than an American character. And the rebels would look less like George Washington's army than like Robin Hood's band of merry men. As they do here!
But the sliders themselves are red-white-and-blue-blooded Americans, and they can't help trying to make this America look a little more like their own. Rewriting the US Constitution from memory--almost omitting the Second Amendment (!!!), but leaving it in for a reason I find quite impressive--they make sure that Crown Prince Harold (of Wales?) has a copy of it before they leave. I don't know if this makes them true American patriots or ironic "Ugly Americans." =P
Your Turn to Slide: Monarchy--yea or nay?