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Quantum Leap: Season 1
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Scott Bakula, in the role that made him a star, plays Sam Beckett, a scientist who's part of a time-travel experiment that "went a little... ka-ka." Unable to return to his own time, and aided only by Al (Dean Stockwell, whose rapport with Bakula is one of the series' most appealing elements), his cigar-smoking, peculiar-dressing, sex-obsessed, holographic "enabler," Sam "leaps" unpredictably from one time period and person to another, usually completely out of his element (as a pilot, a boxer, a cowboy, an English lit professor, even an elderly black man in segregated '50s Alabama) and always in a situation that needs to be "made right" before he can leap onward. Generous helpings of humor, drama, physical action, and sentimentality (this is TV, after all) keep things moving, as do references to many other classic films and genres (Driving Miss Daisy in "The Color of Truth," Casablanca in "Play it Again, Seymour," boxing in general in "The Right Hand of God") and what creator Donald Bellisario calls the occasional "kiss with history" (Sam crosses paths with the young Buddy Holly and Michael Jackson, among others). It doesn't all work, as Quantum Leap occasionally becomes too cute and facile for its own good. But that and the set's paucity of bonus material (limited to one passable featurette and brief episode intros by Bakula) are the only real shortcomings of a boxed set that will likely earn multiple spins in the DVD player. --Sam Graham
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Here is a brief episode guide:
Pilot: Genesis, September 13, 1956: Sam goes into the accelerator even though it isn't ready yet. He finds himself an Air Force test pilot.
1. Star-Crossed, June 15, 1972: As a literature professor, he must stop a co-ed from attaching herself to him.
2. The Right Hand of God, October 24, 1974: Sam finds himself a boxer working with a group of nuns as his trainers.
3. How the Tess Was Won, August 5, 1956: Sam becomes a veterinarian who becomes involved with a wealthy heiress.
4. Double Identity, November 8, 1965: Sam has to figure out his mission as a Mafia hit man.
5. The Color of Truth, August 8, 1955: Sam is a black chauffeur facing discrimination in the South.
6. Camikazi Kid, June 6, 1961: Sam is a teenager trying to stop his sister's marriage. (guest star: Jason Priestley)
7. Play It Again, Seymour, April 14, 1953: Sam leaps into a private eye trying to find his partner's murderer.
I for one, miss being able to watch a show that I both learned from and thoroughly enjoyed week after week.
Its a shame that whoever owns the distribution rights to this, one of the best televeision series ever made is unaware of the loyal fan base that exists for it, even this long after the show ended.
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It is as good as I remember it (maybe even a little better). I ordered it to share with my kids (10 and 12). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirkland Mom
I am so glad Amazon had this complete series. It comes on at 1am til 3am and if I want to watch it I take a nap when I get home so I can get up then. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James
If they remade this series I'd jump for joy. I'd even love to see a sequel series of someone continuing Sam's work but ends up in the same predicament!!Published 5 months ago by Yaunnis G.
Some time around 1996, genius physicist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), fearing that the Federal government will cut off funding to the time-travel project he's been working on, steps... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chrijeff
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