“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.”
With a premise like that, it is not hard to see why and how this TV series went on to become one of the Top 25 Cult Sci-Fi TV shows of all time. Spanning 5 seasons from 89 till 94, it was loads of joy for me to finally see it come out on DVD!! One of my favourite shows OF ALL TIME, I practically grew up from my youth to adolosence watching Sam leaping around in time, helping people and putting circumstances right (with Al’s help, of course!), enjoying the unpredictability he faced each week as he leaped into diverse personas (eg. a pilot, a boxer, a cowboy, an English lit professor, a Mafia hitman, and even an elderly black man in segregated ’50s Alabama!).
The show became more daring in the later seasons when good ol’ Sam even started leaping into women, a chimpanzee, a boy with down syndrome, a vampire, even Lee Harvey Oswald (gasp!).
Although produced wayyyyyyyyyyy back in the late 80s, all of its episodes always made me feel excited and happy. What made the show so enduring and lovable are the crisply written scripts, outrageous sets (it’s different for every episode!!), the chemistry between Scott Bakula (Sam) and Dean Stockwell (Al), and of course its occasional ‘kisses’ with history. We see his brushes with young Michael Jackson and Buddy Holly, relive the North Eastern blackout in 65, etc.
It is science fiction written at the highest level and I simply can’t wait for Seasons 2 – 5 to come out!
Discs: 3 (8 episodes, including the 2 hour pilot)
Note: It was first screened as a mid-season filler, thus the reason for the ‘few-episodes’ box set. Following seasons have 22 episodes each..
Extras: 20min commentary of the main cast reminiscing about the series; Episode trivia commentary fo each episode; and some Easter eggs of (what else?!!) more commentaries!!
Not enough TIME to tell you more but this series is a definite MUST SEE!
(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)