Quantum Leap is returning to NBC, and while it looks like a reboot of the classic sci-fi favorite, this is actually a continuation of the original series. Taking place 30 years after the original show ended, there is a new team setting up a new project “Quantum Leap” and fans might finally see what really happened to Dr. Sam Beckett.
Here is what you should remember about the previous show before the new Quantum Leap premieres.
What was Quantum Leap about?
The original Quantum Leap starred Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans) as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who believes that time travel is possible within a person’s own timeline. However, when he spent over $43 billion of the government’s money, the U.S. stopped the funding and Sam tested it himself, anyway. What happened set up the series as Sam leaped into the body of someone in the past and found he needed to fix errors in the timeline.
Sam then had a hologram of his friend, Admiral Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell), who would help him along the way. He also had a supercomputer called Ziggy (voiced by co-executive producer Deborah Pratt). The original series lasted for five seasons and 97 episodes.
How did the original season end?
While fans loved Quantum Leap and called it once of the best sci-fi shows of all time, the finale was another story. When asked, many fans will easily call the Quantum Leap series finale one of the worst in history.
There was one good thing about it. The series started because Al never married his first love, Beth, and it ended when the series started. Sam fixed that. He leaped into his own body for the first time and helped fix this by letting Beth know that Al never died and she waited for him. The show then ended with two title cards.
The first was great. Sam saved Al’s marriage and he married Beth and they had four daughters, still married all those years later. However, the second was the one that angered fans. It simply read, “Sam Becket (spelled wrong in the title card on the finale) never returned home.” Sam would keep leaping and he never returned.
What does the new Quantum Leap have to do with the original?
That is where the new Quantum Leap picks up. Raymond Lee stars as Dr Ben Seong, a world-renown physicist who works on the newly revived Quantum Leap program. When he leaps into it, he ends up doing exactly what Sam Beckett did years before. Part of the show is just to continue the same fun adventures the previous show did. However, another part is that these people know about Sam and they want to know what happened to him. Ernie Hudson even returns as Herbert “Magic” Williams, a man Sam leaped into in the first series.
Are you excited about the new Quantum Leap series on NBC? Can they finally give Sam Beckett a happy ending? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.