What I watched as a kid #9


Quantum Leap

Premise – “Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished…..”

Was it any good? This show was genius.

First things first, the Intro was great – watch it here.

Oh how I loved watching this show. Scott Bakula was Dr Beckett, fabulously acted and accompanied by the equally brilliant Dean Stockwell as Al – the hologram who helps Dr Beckett with each leap. The idea was simple, Sam would leap into a person in history and he’d be tasked with discovering what he needed to do in order to change history for the better which would in turn trigger his next leap. Notable leaps include a leap into Elvis, Lee Harvey Oswald and Marilyn Monroe’s bodyguard.

The leaps themselves were awesome. Sam would be covered in a blinding blue/white light and then would re-appear as someone totally different, often coupled with the often used catchphrase ‘Oh Boy’. The special effects for them days were actually quite impressive.

His ultimate goal of course was to eventually leap back home, the series wound itself up with a peculiar episode set in a bar where it transpired the bar tender may have been God. I can’t tell you how utterly crushed I was when it ended and the final image of the show revealed that after watching for five series it transpired that Dr Beckett never returned home.

Internet rumour has it that a Quantum Leap film is in the works. I really hope so, they could even cast the same actors given we could rejoin Sam and find him still leaping around, hopefully the film will have a happy ending and see him finally return home.

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