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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week.
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Doctor Sam Beckett led a group of top scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time travel within his own lifetime. Unfortunately, in order to save his funding, he was forced to enter the accelerator prematurely and vanished. He then found himself in someone else's body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Al, a holographic image only he can see and hear. Setting right things which once went wrong, Sam leaps from life to life, hoping each time that this is the final leap home. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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The series actually traces its roots to the original Battlestar Galactica (1978), which Donald P. Bellisario wrote and produced for. The series' revival spin-off, Galactica 1980 (1980) was to originally center around time travel and returning changes in history back to normal. The concept was dropped after the pilot, but Bellisario stuck with the concept to develop into Quantum Leap. The concept of Sam inhabiting the identity of another person to incorporate change for the better was partly inspired by the movie Heaven Can Wait (1978), which in itself was practically a "word for word" remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), with the one exception of changing the lead character from a prize fighter, in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, to a Los Angeles Rams quarterback in Heaven Can Wait. See more »

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For the famous "mirror reflections" in which Sam sees who he leaps into, the series used the old trick of a dual set with a clear glass in the "mirror". Scott Bakula would stand on one side and the actor playing the person he leaped into on the other. If you look really close at the glass, you can see sometimes Scott Bakula's reflection. (Especially if the mirror is near a source of light like sunshine). See more »

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[repeated line - seasons 3-5]
Narrator: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. 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 form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping ...
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Zip, Zip, Zip (2006) See more »

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Prologue (Saga Sell)
Written by Mike Post and Velton Ray Bunch
Performed by Velton Ray Bunch with Deborah Pratt (voice over)
Courtesy of Music Corp. of America (BMI)
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Put right what once went wrong and give this show a movie!
27 August 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

Quantum Leap was a fantastic science fiction series. Past time travel shows had the main character(s) going back (or forward) in time as themselves. Quantum Leap was so special mainly because Sam is leaping INTO people and experiencing their lives first hand. This made for some very interesting stories like when Sam leaps into a woman or a black man. Of course, having a hologram from his own time (Al) guiding him on his adventures was another key component to the show.

One complaint I've always heard about the show is: if Sam puts right what once went wrong, wouldn't he be altering the future? The answer is no. Sam doesn't leap into anyone famous (often) and so he would not be altering the future dramatically for many. And whenever he does leap into someone famous, everything works out the way history recorded it.

NBC made a huge blunder cancelling this series, especially cancelling it on a cliff hanger. And why won't Universal make a movie? Fans want it and Don Bellisario has expressed an interest in doing one. So come on. Put what right what NBC did wrong and make a movie.


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