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    genkicoll

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    Quantum Leap, the Series

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:32 pm

    They're showing a Quantum Leap marathon today!

    For those now familiar with this series, Quantum Leap ran from March 26, 1989 through May 5, 1993.



    The premise:
    "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home."

    In other words, our main character, Sam Beckett - played brilliantly by Scott Bakula - is leaping through time, always into another person's body, where he must stay until he rights whatever wrong that occurred during that time.

    Sam has very few memories of his own lifetime, remembering details only when the knowledge is needed. The premise is so beautifully carried out that even though the filming has a very dated feel to it, the stories are captivating even to this day.

    The episode currently playing is one I've never seen before (happy day!) where Sam has jumped into the lifetime of Dr. Ruth! At the moment we seem to be having a Sam-jumped-into-the-body-of-a-woman marathon, but he's jumped into the lives of anyone from famous people (such as Dr. Ruth and Lee Harvey Oswald), a soldier in Vietnam, his own past self, a patient in a mental hospital, the Man of La Mancha, and even a chimpanzee in the space program! Amazing versatility from Scott Bakula, he was absolutely brilliant in his role as Sam Beckett.

    Quantum Leap has one of the most moving series finales I've ever seen, and though it's been almost 20 years since I saw it, it has resonated with me for all of these years.

    There are five seasons of this wonderful series, and I recommend them all. Find a synopsis for each episode here:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096684/episodes?season=1

    There are many unexpected twists and turns, wonderful writing, and exceptional versatility shown by Mr. Bakula. I highly recommend this series.


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