Quantum Leap: Season 1, Episode 1

Genesis: Part 1 - September 13, 1956 (26 Mar. 1989)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Amanda Horan Kennedy (playing Tina) had her voiced overdubbed by Deborah Pratt. 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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Sam: Who created this Ziggy?
Al: You. Quantum Leap is your baby. You're the genius behind it. At least you were before your brain got magnafoogled.
Sam: No, no, see, I'm a medical doctor. I found that much out.
Al: You hold six doctorates, Sam. Medicine is just one. Your special gift was quantum physics. Time magazine even called you the next Einstein. The truth is, if there's one guy who could figure how to bring you back... its you.
Sam: And I can't even remember my name!
Al: [...]
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a smile on my face everytime I watched it
17 October 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I loved this show, so okay - its got more time-travel holes than say the Terminator or Star Trek series, and it doesn't concetrate on the physics, science and stuff as it should do - and yes, perhaps at the end it became a religious thing turning to god, etc...

You can say all that, but I still loved this show, it was great viewing, most of the early episodes were really inspiring, intresting, even some could argue intelletucal - but the shows became too formalic, too much the same. The writers injected more ideas with the introduction of an evil leaper (possibly from the future, or from a foreign power - we never get to find out), and the interesting social commentary it sutley presents.

Its more family viewing than say the slam bang action, over the top sci-fi special effects laden technobabble that you get say from Star Trek or from other shows, but it has heart, it has enjoyment.

I've started to notice that a lot of shows copy the idea of leaping around - StarGate SG1, Sliders, and so much more...they more or less sound like the same thing, but they lack the heart and social commentary that this series had.

The last series (or last but one) reintroduced the character of Dr.Sam Beckett - we get to see him leap into Lee Harvey Oswald (who we see as an unstable character - Beckett struggling to leap out of his body before Oswald/Beckett shoots JFK), then in the last episode he leaps into himself - and decides to devot his life to fixing the past - as god's worker.

Although it was a pretty touching end, and we got hints of a TV/movie sequel (his daughter was working on the Quantum Leap project, etc - this could have meant his daughter trying to look for him), it never materialised - which is a real shame, most of the fans were upset that Beckett never returns home - they wouldn't accept it...I certainly didn't - I kept thinking there was a twist in the end titles were it said: "Dr.Sam Beckett never returned home" or similar...I always thought - well that could mean "because he never left home" or something.

Anyway, this is a great TV show, and as more and more producers try and fail to copy this show - we, as fans, can only hope a one off feature film or similar. They owe us that at least.


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