Quantum Leap (1989–1993)
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Genesis: Part 1 - September 13, 1956 

Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to ... See full summary »

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Peggy Stratton
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Capt. Bill 'Bird Dog' Birdell
W.K. Stratton ...
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Coach (as Lee DeBroux)
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Capt. Tony LaMott
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Amanda Horan Kennedy ...
Tina (as Barbra Horan)
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Captain Doug Walker
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Dr. Blaustein
Lela Ivey ...
Lucy
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Although the Project Quantum Leap isn't ready yet, Sam Beckett doesn't listen to supercomputer Ziggy, hops into the Accelerator and leaps. As Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot about to attempt a dangerous flight. Sam finds his memory Swiss cheesed, with only enough left to know that he is not where or when he belongs. According to Sam's friend and partner Al, who appears to him as a hologram nobody else can see, Al explains that the Project has gone awry and in order to leap out of the pilot's body, Sam must successfully fly the X-2 to Mach 3, which according to historical records, ended in a fatal crash. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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26 March 1989 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in Stallion's Gate, New Mexico in 1995 and on Edwards Air Force Base in Blockfield, California from September 13 to September 14, 1956. See more »

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The shirt on Sam's "reflection" as ballplayer Tim Fox is not reversed. You can clearly see the buttons and capital "B" (for "Bombers") on the right-hand side. See more »

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[At Sam and Al's first meeting]
Sam: Who are you?
Al: My name is Albert... Albert what, I can't tell you because it's restricted. Most of what you'll want to know is restricted, so it would be a lot easier if you don't ask a lot of questions.
Sam: What are you?
Al: That's a question, Sam.
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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
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Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Doris Day
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An excellent beginning to an excellent series
17 August 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

This was a great premiere for one of the best science fiction shows of all time. The premise to the whole series was very original, even though time travel was worn out plot device by then. The premiere had action, adventure and suspense. This is a number one premiere.


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