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24 minutes ago, K said:

Not sure about that. I think period shows tend to be relatively expensive because you need to find / buy / make costumes, find period vehicles, dress sets as appropriate for the time period, etc. And the programme has a different locale and era for every episode, so you have to do all that separately for each installment. It's basically an anthology series, and they tend to be expensive. There are few/no consistent sets or locations.


OK, so I can't find exact figures but I do have "episode sales prices" which you would expect to match. So a high budget show would have a high sale price, right? To cover their costs, at least. I know cheap shows that are popular can command a higher price, but we can at infer something...




That says in the late 80s, early 90s, episodes of QL sold for $300,000. The Wonder Years (period show, but same every week), $500,000. Alf (comedy sci-fi), $980,000. Murder She Wrote (anthology), $450,000. The A Team (usually anthology, $950,000).


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An expanded description


It's been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.


Everything changes, however, when Ben (Raymond Lee) makes an unauthorized leap into the past, leaving the team behind to solve the mystery of why he did it. At Ben’s side throughout his leaps is Addison (Caitlin Bassett), who appears in the form of a hologram only Ben can see and hear. She’s a decorated Army veteran who brings level-headed precision to her job.


At the helm of the highly confidential operation is Herbert “Magic” Williams (Ernie Hudson), a no-nonsense career military man who has to answer to his bosses who won’t be happy once they learn about the breach of protocol. The rest of the team at headquarters includes Ian Wright (Mason Alexander Park), who runs the Artificial Intelligence unit “Ziggy,” and Jenn Chou (Nanrisa Lee), who heads up digital security for the project.


As Ben leaps from life to life, putting right what once went wrong, it becomes clear that he and the team are on a thrilling journey. However, Addison, Magic, Ian and Jenn know that if they are going to solve the mystery of Ben’s leap and bring him home, they must act fast or lose him forever.

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That looks awful. I have no faith the series will be anything other than regressive in the current media climate.


That's what QL represented to me. I know it's easy now, 30 years later, to find clips of problematic language but I don't feel it reflects poorly on the original at all. Taken at face value, Beckett exclaiming he's retarded seems mortifying in a world where we use different terms.


But in the context of then, appropriate. And in the context of the wider episode and the series as a whole, brilliant. It was absolutely unafraid to take on challenging social issues - his first episode into a woman's body wasn't just played for laughs, neither was the one above, his first leap into a black persons body, the Vietnam war episodes. All handles quite sensitively, with clear strong morals running through them.


I don't know if those messages still hold up but I do know that, at the time, they felt hugely progressive and representative, and as if it was striving to highlight inequalities. That was really important to me as a teenager.


Will this new series be that brave? Will they leap into an aids victim, being ignored during the epidemic? Or a transgender individual struggling for acceptance at the turn of the century? Or an Activision employee dealing with a rumoured assassination contract being out out on them after they were raped? I dunno. I doubt they'll have the balls to take things on in a meaningful sense.


I hope they prove me wrong. 

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1 hour ago, gone fishin said:

It looks like another one of those bland remakes that people seem to completely ignore, like Magnum, Hawaii Five O and Open All Hours.

Exactly. There’s a kernel of something in there, but its been network TV’d to hell and back.

It’s just depressing how bad it is.

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