We kick off our coverage of the final season of our beloved show.
Season 5 of “Quantum Leap” premiered with the episode fans were told would never happen: Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald.
Stuck leaping into the alleged assassin at various points in his adulthood from 1957 to 1963, Sam takes on more and more of his leapee’s personality, raising the dangerous possibility that history will repeat itself. Meanwhile, Al interrogates the real Oswald back at PQL, trying to uncover the conspiracy of who was really responsible for killing Kennedy.
We pick apart and put back together a fan favorite – an episode Bellisario wrote as a direct rebuttal to Oliver Stone’s “JFK”. We also talk about some of the real-life conspiracies surrounding the assassination.
It’s a long twisting discussion with emotional highs and lows and an exploration of what works, what doesn’t, and what may have in a different world. Ultimately, the human cost of this real-life, world-shattering event cannot be done justice, but we try to make sense of it all in some way – striving to contextualize the episode – and the real life event it leads to- in the time in which we live.