In "Sliders," Rembrandt keeps calling Quinn "Q-ball". Why does he do that?

I think I know, I would just like to make sure. In theoretical physics, Q-ball refers to a type of non-topological soliton. The physics in Sliders is kind of hairy: not exactly far-fetched, just silly, like no one's even trying to pursue ... well, any level of scientific verisimilitude. I was thinking that one of the authors may have misread "soliton" as "solution" and figured he'd impress the hell out of his/her colleagues with his/her superior knowledge.

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    Other than just a cool nickname starting in Q? Well, Wikipedia claims it's because of "his role as instigator of their adventures" [i.e. he got the ball rolling], but I'm not sure what they're basing this on.
    – Walt
    Dec 6 '15 at 2:53
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    Well, you might want to wait for someone a bit more knowledgable... ;) I barely remember the series. BTW, don't be afraid to add your own theory and thoughts about the name to the question, it'll flesh it out a bit.
    – Walt
    Dec 6 '15 at 3:02
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    @Ricky Interesting. But would Rembrandt really know this?
    – Walt
    Dec 6 '15 at 3:17
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    I watched most of this series and I always just assumed it was a nickname derived from the first letter of his name and the fact that he was white.
    – sanpaco
    Dec 6 '15 at 5:48
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    @sanpaco I thought the same thing.
    – Jon
    Dec 6 '15 at 10:58

This appears to be a hangover from an earlier version of the script. The alternate Quinn they meet attempts to explain the differences between the various parallel realities using a roulette metaphor with themselves as the ball/s.

ARTURO: Your double said Sliding was like spinning a roulette wheel. Our "ball" must've landed on an Earth that's suffered a terrible climactic cataclysm.

[shortly afterwards]

REMBRANDT: End of discussion Q-ball. We're OUTTA here!

In the revised show script, the conversations are much farther apart, making the connection less clear.

Obviously the nickname suits quite nicely since he's white (e.g. cue ball)

  • Apropos of nothing, in the earliest version of the script, he just called him "man"... REMBRANDT: Who cares what did it, man! The question is, how we gettin' home?!
    – user7812
    Dec 6 '15 at 9:19

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