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Rumour has it that if Twin Peaks had lasted into a 3rd Season there was a planned Twin Peaks/ Quantum Leap crossover.

Amazing.

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Quantum Leap seems to have a good reputation in these parts.

 

Photo negatives have been discovered for a previously unknown ending to season 5. The extra scene show Al & Beth having a discussion about Sam in the future (1999).Some fans have linked this to an unapproved/possible fan script that describes Al using the QL accelerator to leap into the past and find his friend. I'm not sure there's sufficient evidence to support this, but it's possible this material ties into these plans.

  

https://qlnegatives.tumblr.com/tagged/deleted-ending

 

 

 

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Let's not forget that Quantum Leap is responsible for our glorious president.

 

 

The 2005-06 comments are a blast from the past. Forums seemed to be full of people asking for show intros in the pre-YouTube days.

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I discovered my old & very battered copy of The Making of Quantum Leap, which contains interviews with the showrunner and actors at various stages over a few years. It's interesting to see ideas being ruled out in the early days that formed the basis for the more memorable later episodes:

 

Questions raised during a panel session at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 17, 1990:

Q: Are there any plans to expand the time-frame window? To go any further back?" (p106 in the book)

"Bellisario: No. No. No. I did not want to go back beyond his own lifetime, because once you start to have him popping into the Civil War, and on a ship with Christopher Columbus, and all that kind of stuff, it loses - this is really gonna sound weird - it loses credibility! I could buy when he leaps into 1953, 'cause I was there. I can't buy back beyond that."

 

During the final episodes, the Leap Between States (s5e20) would send Sam back to 1862. 

 

"Q: Is there a line you draw as far as the extent he can change something, say prevent the Kennedy assassination?" (p110)

"Bellisario: Yeah, there is, there's very definite. The show does not deal with events that you know about that can be changed; for example, the Kennedy assassination. Nor will it ever deal with that... The only way you could do something like the Kennedy thing is to have him leap into a situation where he was able to know about the Kennedy assassination, was on Kennedy's staff or something, and was trying to tell them. "Don't go to Texas. Don't go to Texas." Finally he convinces them and so somebody says, "Okay we're not going to Houston, we're going to Dallas." But then he's responsible for it! And he's caused it!

Bakula: Think of the letters!

Bellisario: So we don't wanna do that.

 

Of course, Quantum Leap would also deal with the Kennedy assassination in season 5, taking a slightly different approach.

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I received the Bluray boxset for Xmas! Has all of the original music in place and much better to watch than the original DVDs.

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I re-watched the whole lot a couple of years ago. I got something in my eye during more episodes of this than any other TV show ever.

 

It's by far my favourite show of all time.

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I used to love settling down to watch this on BBC2 back in the day, That final episode was a real choker, with a perfect use of 'Georgia on my mind'

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On 13/02/2019 at 12:18, MpM said:

I used to love settling down to watch this on BBC2 back in the day, That final episode was a real choker, with a perfect use of 'Georgia on my mind'

 

Think the buggers ripped it out of the DVD edition. Back in all its glory for the BR.

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I got the bluray boxed set like I said and I'm now on the final season, literally just watched the episode where Sam leaps into Jimmy for the second time. What's great is my daughter watching every episode with me, she loves the show and I tease her with a tear jerker of a final episode, even though I can't quite remember how it went.

 

 

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Jesus, but that season 5 theme is shite.

 

great opener though: Lee Harvey Oswald

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I noticed this has been showing on Forces TV on Freeview around 9pm, it must had been on a while as it's currently season 4 I think. I watched the episode the other day with the 'Angel' who can see Al. Great episode.

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I loved Quantum Leap as a kid but for a science fiction show it got a bit mainstream, Highway to Heaven, preachy at moments.  At one point the producers were definitely trying to Jesus me up and I knew it even then.

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This is surely ripe for a new series. New company tries to restart the QL programme, new leaper/ing ensues. Could even have Sam Beckett in some episodes. Or the plot could even be they've managed to re-establish contact with Sam and he's back as the leaper.

 

In terms of cost to make, it's hardly expensive for a sci-fi show either.

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Or they could just leave it alone and do something original.

 

Quantum Leap is one of my favourite TV shows of all time.  It had some obvious issues, but it had so much heart and warmth in so many of the episodes, I still absolutely adore it.

 

I shudder to think how many ways they could mess up a reboot.  

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, catinthehat said:

Or they could just leave it alone and do something original.

 

Quantum Leap is one of my favourite TV shows of all time.  It had some obvious issues, but it had so much heart and warmth in so many of the episodes, I still absolutely adore it.

 

I shudder to think how many ways they could mess up a reboot.  

 

I specifically asked for *not* a reboot.

 

But yeah, they could fuck it up. Or, they might not.

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22 hours ago, catinthehat said:

Damn, now my memory's failing.  What was the episode where Al wasn't the real Al, and he was just appearing next to Sam without his Door/Portal thing, which gave him away.  Was it one of the Evil Leaper ones?

 

Edit: The Boogieman.  So fucking good. https://quantumleap.fandom.com/wiki/The_Boogieman_(episode)

 

 

That synopsis sounds far more cheesy than I remember the episode being. :lol:

Creeped me the hell out as a kid!

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Please stop talking about Quantum Leap, it keeps making me want to spend precious cash so I can stand around in funky outfits slapping this ridiculous thing all day.

 

 

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On 31/01/2020 at 13:55, Sprite Machine said:

 

That synopsis sounds far more cheesy than I remember the episode being. :lol:

Creeped me the hell out as a kid!

 

Ha! Same here.

 

This episode stuck with me for a long time!

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On 30/01/2020 at 14:55, catinthehat said:

Quantum Leap is one of my favourite TV shows of all time.  It had some obvious issues, but it had so much heart and warmth in so many of the episodes, I still absolutely adore it.

 

 

This. There was a real sense of friendship and camaraderie between Sam and Al and I won't lie, the episode where Sam ignores saving the POWs to get to his brother - that ending where they are looking at the photos gets me every time.

 

Only have hazy memories of the last season, because I didn't watch them all (this was back in the days of the original run on BBC2) - I never even knew before the post above that he leapt outside his own timeline! But I do recall it feeling a bit darker overall and the way it incorporated real-life people (which the series had generally ignored) was clever.


I loved the final episode too and it delivered, for me, a great happy-but-also-sad send-off.

 

They don't really make good, proper innocent family entertainment like that anymore, do they?

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