Strong and Moving!
Purely Joyful Movie!
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
An anthology series, suggested by the 2 "Heaven Can Wait-Mr. Jordan"" movies and (I believe) an obscure circa 1950's paperback novel titled "Timeliner". In that novel, there is also a scientific accident that traps a man into always going forward into someone else's body. However, in that book, he takes the life of that person and then moves on when finished. An unintentional mental-physical vampire. He also finds that it is a known phenomena and others exist as well. This TV version is far more benign. He rights wrongs and fixes history, much like the hero in the TV series "Early Edition". The "temporarily" misplaced person waits in a holding area, and returns to their own body after Sam Becket leaps back out. In one of my favorite leaps, he saves an elderly man from falling from a 2nd story window. Also, in the same episode., he meets a teen-aged "Stephen King" and unwittingly serves as the inspiration for several of King's later classic novels. All this while confronting The Devil and witchcraft in a hallucination or daydream. The leaps in later seasons include Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, a real vampire, ghosts, witches, clairvoyants, a real UFO "passenger" , and a visit from his guardian angel in "It's a Wonderful Leap". The last episode "Mirror Image" is also explained in the IMDb article. In another noteworthy episode, he "leaps" into Lee Harvey Oswald to prevent Jacqueline's murder. Generally fun-to-watch and intriguing. I enjoy it on cable, as 97 episodes are just too many to own or view!. (In 2017, the creator stated that he had written a sequel which could be produced in the future, of course!)
In 1966 a fairly original series popped out of nowhere about two guys who accidentally got caught in a government experiment that was inventing a portal (or bridge, or Stargate) that could transverse time - THE TIME TUNNEL. (A half-century later, shows featuring "ancient astronaut theorists" would opine that the show was based on an actual government project -- but forgive me, I digress). Time Tunnel was, to be fair, not too shabby. About a quarter century later along comes Quantum Leap, which is remarkably similar in concept, save and except for the fact that the traveller literally becomes a person of that period, as opposed to being himself. A lot of fuss has been made about the superb casting, but in the opinion of this viewer, Bacula nailed the part (and was duly awarded by his peers therefor) while Dean Stockwell was just plain flat-out annoying. The quality of the episodes was uneven, but the concept was very strong, and Bacula was always solid, so even the bad ones were good, and the good ones were great. What happened next is unclear. Either the ratings tanked or the network suits did a job rotation. One day the show was on the air, and one day it was not. There were lots of high hopes for Bacula to return to something big, but that never really happened, which is a shame. (Bacula did lead the prehistoric STAR SHIP ENTERPRISE in the last -- and astonishingly awful -- attempt to re-imagine the TV franchise, but was sandbagged by some of the worst writing in the history of TV, yet alone the space saga. If memory serves, there was actually an episode in that short-run series about how a male member of the crew became pregnant from contact with another species?? Lesson to be learnt: network TV did not die, it imploded from an imbalanced sense of self-worth.)
Quantum Leap is without a doubt, the best show, ever. A perfect story line, and a great cast makes this show come together to provide an excellent show after show, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat between episodes wondering what will happen to Dr Sam Beckett.Dr. Sam Beckett is a man who created a theory of how to travel through time. The project name is Project Quantum Leap. Which is a time travel experiment based on String Theory. When the government threatened to stop funding Project Quantum Leap he drastically stepped into the accelerator and leaped. He is then sent to a different time and he is a different person. To the audience we see him as Sam but to everyone else he is the person he has leapt into. He can be a man, woman or even animal. He leapes into a different person when he puts right what went wrong. He has the famous line at the end of every episode which is "Oh Boy". Sam Beckett is played by the great actor Scott Backula.From the help of Al Calavicci, full title Rear Admiral Albert Calavicci, a womaniser who has married 5 times but has never got over his first wife Beth, who remarried when Al was declared MIA in Vietnam. To Al his happiness and his heart always belonged to Beth. He met Sam when he was drunk and trying to beat a vending machine. The two became friends very quickly and they worked together on the Starbright Project. After the StarBright project they started to work on Project Quantum Leap together. When Sam leaped Al was able to speak to Sam as a form of a hologram which only Sam can hear and see. Al helps Sam by telling what to do to be able to leap again hoping that the next leap will bring Sam home. Al explains Project Quantum Leap with the following theory "Life is like a piece of string, one end your birth, the other end your death. Tie the ends together and your life is a loop. If you can travel fast enough along the string, you can arrive at your birth. Ball the loop and the days of your life touch each other out of sequence. Therefore moving from one part of the string to another, will move you backward or forward within your own lifetime" Al is played by the BRILLIANT Dean Stockwell.He is the greatest actor that I have ever layed eyes on. He has a very funny personality which can change when he wants it to so this is what makes him a great actor.Gooshie is the head computer programmer in Project Quantum Leap. He is known for his bad breath. He is rarely seen. He is played by Dennis Wolfberg.To sum up Quantum Leap it is the best program that has been made. It contains comedy, action, seriousness and sadnesses. It is a family program that children and adults of all ages will enjoy. If you haven't watched Quantum Leap I would highly recommend to watch it.
Each season showed such different qualities in plot, dialog and characters that you really must judge the season and not the show. season one with the exception of the pilot was awful and season two gradually got better, beginning right around "blind faith". I personally will never forget "Jimmy". That episode was the most touching and heartfelt story and forceful acting that I have seen on this series thanks to Dean stockwell.Now to season three. This is the best season of the series. OK after Future boy comes a string of four mediocre episodes but other than that the episodes (on the whole) will touch your hearts, make you laugh and sometimes, like at the end of leap home pt 2, leave you absolutely speechless. This show was always brimming with spirit and promise and this season does not disappoint. The first 5 are awesome! season four had Sam leaping into the most interesting characters and situation but the acting was sub-par. Season 5 was hit and miss on all counts. Check it out for yourself and check out my other comments. feedback welcome.