BMEotD #96 Quantum Leap

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator, and vanished. He awoke 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 from of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear, and so Doctor 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.

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Written with wit and charm and tackling social issues rarely ever seen on TV at the time, the show lasted 5 seasons, running from ‘89 to '93. Each episode began with the monologue above, and we would then see Sam (Scott Bakula,) leap into his next host. Confused, due to the “swiss cheese” effect which (conveniently) only allowed Sam to remember what was necessary for the task at hand, Sam would begin to piece together why he was there, and what needed fixing. His only constant, Al, was a cigar smoking, flashy dressing, ladies man, played perfectly by Dean Stockwell. Just when Sam puts all the pieces together and is starting to feel comfortable in his new skin, he's whisked off to his next assignment.

Quantum Leap has to be my all time favorite show, so much so, I own all the DVD sets and all the corny novels based on the show. I am a sucker for anything time travel, and the show could get quite schmaltzy at times, but you’d be hard pressed to find a show with as much heart as Quantum Leap.




BMEotD #116: Double Dare (2004)

While watching shows like Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman, I always thought that Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner were total bad asses.  I mean they are legendary in their own way, but they had a lot of  help. Jeannie Epper was the stunt double for both actresses.  So in the episodes with dangerous action situations, Epper is the one to take the hit. Along with this talented female, the documentary Double Dare, also highlights Zoe Bell, the stunt double for fellow Kiwi native Lucy Lawless a.k.a Xena: Warrior Princess. It’s extremely interesting following the careers of these women. You always want to know more.

By the way, I am not an oblivious person by any means.  It’s just that I wanted to be able to say “oh man Xena kicks ass” or “oh look Wonder Woman just kicked that guy’s ass."  Even before watching this informative documentary, I always knew it wasn’t the actress all the time. I mean, look closely at the screen.  Some of it’s down right obvious.  I just felt the need to give a shout out to the women who made these characters superhuman and oh dare say it, "the sh*t”



BMEotD #109 Source Code

Director Duncan Jones’s (none other than David Bowie’s Son,) second feature, Source Code, Is a mind bending, pseudo-time travel action thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens,  a US Army helicopter pilot whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan before he wakes up on a commuter train. Soon, he discovers that he has assumed the identity of another man. 8 minutes later, the train explodes and Stevens finds himself in some kind of pod. Vera Farmiga plays Goodwin, Captain Stevens’s guide, and she explains to Stevens that he is their only hope in stopping the bombing and he has to go back. So captain Stevens gets to relive the last 8 minuets before the explosion over and over again in search of the bomber and the truth.



Tis’ the season for the best of the best of the worst movies! It’s my three month mission to bring you the Best Worst Movie(s) Ever of the Summer!

BWMEotS #4:  Skyscraper

In light of the recent Lifetime production based on her life, I’d like to remind everyone about that one time where they gave the actual living Anna Nicole Smith a whole action movie to destroy.  Yeah, that happened…once. 

She seemed delightful to work with:



BMEotD #02: 

Three O'Clock High is one of my favorite unsung classics of the 80’s. I think of it as the anti-Ferris Bueller.  There aren’t many comedies that capture this much tension and dread (Scorsese's After Hours comes close.)  Look out for cameos by Phillip Baker Hall, Jeffery Tambor, Yeardley Smith, and Mitch Pileggi.