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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Stratton
Capt. Bill 'Bird Dog' Birdell
W.K. Stratton ...
Coach (as Lee DeBroux)
Capt. Tony LaMott
Amanda Horan Kennedy ...
Tina (as Barbra Horan)
David Trent ...
Captain Doug Walker
James F. Dean ...
Dr. Blaustein
Lela Ivey ...
Dennis Wolfberg ...


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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While September 13, 1956 is the date for the leap, two-weeks later, Mach 3 was surpassed. The second part, Sam was to test "X-2 on Monday." In reality, USAF Capt Milburn G. Apt broke Mach 3 in a Bell X-2 - number 2. Unfortunately, Capt Apt died when the vehicle went out of control. See more »


Early on, Al is seen by Sam in the back of the cargo plane with his clothing flapping in the wind. Though, to Al, his surroundings are nothing but a hologram, and thus, nothing around him should have any physical effect on him - including wind. See more »


Gushie: [Al and a stranded motorist are in Al's car, driving towards the Project; Al sees the Accelerator lights glowing in the sky, and calls the Project] Control!
Al: What's happening, Gushie?
Gushie: He's Leaping! Ziggy said no, but Sam's Leaping!
Al: He can't Leap, we're not ready!
Gushie: Tell Sam that!
Al: Put him on!
Gushie: I can't! He's in the Accelerator! Al, Al, what do I do?
Al: Nothing! Any interference could kill him! I'll be there in two minutes!
[to woman]
Al: Hang on, beautiful!
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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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