The 10 Best Alternate Universes In Sci-Fi

By Josh Tyler | 9 years ago


Youth World as seen in Sliders’ episode “The Young and the Relentless”
Sliders was the only television show ever based entirely on the multiverse theory. Their best moments happen in the season two episode “The Young and the Relentless”, our interdimensional travelers find themselves in a world run by the under-30 set. Pundits and the media often bemoan “apathetic youths”, but “The Young and the Relentless” forces us to ask what the world might be like if the young were to realize the power of their numbers.

In this world, the danger of the Social Security system bankrupting the government and a job market glutted by baby boomers turned riots not unlike the European student uprisings of recent years into cohesive, powerful movements. Since the young took charge, environmental reform and stewardship have made actual progress and young people are actively involved in politics and economics. Unfortunately, they’ve also enacted mandatory retirement ages and other discriminatory laws and let the (corporate sponsored) public education system get even more sharply divided along ecumenic lines. At its core, the Young and the Relentless universe is a warning to the establishment in our world. Watch it, or there’s no telling how you’ll be treated should the tables ever turn.

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