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.