Genesis Revisited

Where it all began

Hello, listeners, observers, leapers!

Welcome to Quantum Leap: Revisited with Fate’s Wide Wheel – our capsule-sized reviews of the classic series. Our mission is to rank the show on a scale of 1-10 based on five different categories – writing, directing, acting, production values, and mythology. Each category is weighted based on importance – writing, directing, and acting are each worth 25% of the average, production values are 15%, and mythology just 10%. Our original reviews sought to stimulate discussion, contextualize the episode based on when it was set, when it aired, and when our discussion took place. Of course, we also provided background information and our personal opinions of each episode. That, and a whole lot more. We’re proud of those reviews and they will continue to be available for listeners in our archive. Meanwhile, we wanted the opportunity to revisit the episodes with only our opinion of the categories above – giving listeners a compact rating of each episode of the classic series in the lead-up to the premiere of the new series in the Fall of 2022. Have our opinions changed? For the better? For worse? Will this new rubric yield results that surprise even us? Step into the accelerator and find out as Fate’s Wide Wheel revisits Quantum Leap – one leap at a time in 30 minutes or less.

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We Frequently Use These Resources:

Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale (a collection of all new info about the pilot Matt can gather)

Al’s Place

Is There Too Much Wokeness in the New Quantum Leap? – Video Podcast

We’re setting aside the start of our promised capsule reviews of the series (*ahem* classic series) to take a moment to talk about diversity.

Diversity.

We’ve heard that word come a lot on Quantum Leap forums the last few weeks as the casting call for the series was released, and that release was confirmed to be genuine. Some fans of the classic series are already saying what’s to come is “too woke”. This past week, our co-host, Sam, got into a civil debate with a fellow fan on Twitter after posting an essay on the matter.

Have a listen, and we’ll be back with our promised capsule reviews next week.

Fate’s Wide Wheel on the Web:

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Become a Patron on Patreon:

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We Frequently Use These Resources:

Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale (a collection of all new info about the pilot Matt can gather)

Al’s Place

Too Much Wokeness in the New Quantum Leap?

Listen here, or stream on your favorite pod catcher

We’re setting aside the start of our promised capsule reviews of the series (*ahem* classic series) to take a moment to talk about diversity.

Diversity.

We’ve heard that word come a lot on Quantum Leap forums the last few weeks as the casting call for the series was released, and that release was confirmed to be genuine. Some fans of the classic series are already saying what’s to come is “too woke”. This past week, our co-host, Sam, got into a civil debate with a fellow fan on Twitter after posting an essay on the matter.

Have a listen, and we’ll be back with our promised capsule reviews next week.


Sam’s Essay:

I’m often curious when I read comments such as these. I wonder where it’s coming from. Why is there an issue with a notion of diversity and representation? Why do those that make these comments tend to fall back on the rhetoric of “as long as it’s good, I won’t care”? If that were truly the case, would the view be held to begin with? Wouldn’t they simply wait until the show premieres and then rail against the perceived quality of the program? Or is there something deeper at play?

Is there some sort of inherent threat in the diversity of a casting notice? Could it be that a creator’s intent to share a non-normative roster of characters impedes on some deeply rooted belief that the world must look like the beholder? And if so, where does that leave the youngster of Middle Eastern descent that’s only seen people that look like them portray terrorists or racially insensitive caricatures? What a privilege people that look like me have had to see their heroes share the outward – and in most cases inward – characteristics of myself. But wouldn’t be better for all of us if we saw a broader tapestry of stories and characters out there? Wouldn’t we all find something special in that diversity? Wouldn’t the privileged be able to do away with prejudices influenced by decades of stereotyping? Wouldn’t the marginalized be able to sit up a little straighter in seeing their heroes look like them? Wouldn’t their confidence grow knowing that society doesn’t only see them as the bad guy or the third person from the left? And wouldn’t the privileged be more accepting of those that were different from them knowing that they had much more to offer than being a bad guy or background noise? Wouldn’t we find a more harmonious balance of cultures and viewpoints in knowing that a world such as the one envisioned by this simple casting notice implies?

I’d like to think so.

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We Frequently Use These Resources:

Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale (a collection of all new info about the pilot Matt can gather)

Al’s Place

More Details about the Quantum Leap Pilot – Video

Look at Sam’s sharp new mic

This is our video version of Tuesday’s podcast.

We’re back this week to discuss more of what we know about the new Quantum Leap pilot, including the recent announcement that Helen Shaver will serve as both the pilot director and Executive Producer. We also have some more inside details thanks to our source – who we are lovingly calling ‘The Observer’ – at NBC:

  • Details on Ziggy and the Handlink
  • How they’re going to address Al’s absence in light of Dean Stockwell’s passing
  • More hints on how the producers hope to incorporate Sam Beckett and other original characters into the new mythology

Then, of course, Sam & Dennis make with some serious “fan-wank” with some speculation with the tidbits we do have. Along the way, we talk about the Handlink as the original smart phone, the 80s/90s TV trope of sassy AI computers, and a lamentation of how it only took four years after its cancellation for Knight Rider to get a reboot attempt. 

Our Social Media:

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Some Other Resources and Articles We Discuss:

Beyond the Mirror Image, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale (a collection of everything confirmed so far about the new pilot)

The Quantum Leap Podcast

What We Know About the Quantum Leap Reboot

More Inside Details of What to Expect from the New Quantum Leap Pilot

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
Listen to the episode here, or search for “Fate’s Wide Wheel” in your favorite pod catcher

We’re back this week to discuss more of what we know about the new Quantum Leap pilot, including the recent announcement that Helen Shaver will serve as both the pilot director and Executive Producer. We also have some more inside details thanks to our source – who we are lovingly calling ‘The Observer’ – at NBC:

  • Details on Ziggy and the Handlink
  • How they’re going to address Al’s absence in light of Dean Stockwell’s passing
  • More hints on how the producers hope to incorporate Sam Beckett and other original characters into the new mythology

Then, of course, Sam & Dennis make with some serious “fan-wank” with some speculation with the tidbits we do have. Along the way, we talk about the Handlink as the original smart phone, the 80s/90s TV trope of sassy AI computers, and a lamentation of how it only took four years after its cancellation for Knight Rider to get a reboot attempt. 

Our Social Media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Some Other Resources and Articles We Discuss:

Beyond the Mirror Image, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale (a collection of everything confirmed so far about the new pilot)

The Quantum Leap Podcast

What We Know About the Quantum Leap Reboot

New to Fate’s Wide Wheel – Video Podcast

As a new chapter of Quantum Leap looks to be upon us, we’ve decided to add a video component to our podcast.

One thing’s for sure – we certainly got faces made for podcasting.

Watch for the deep dive, but here are some things that our source has confirmed:

1. The casting notice that started making its way around last week is accurate. Our new leaper is Dr. Ben Prassad. His holographic companion will be a woman named Addison.

2. This will be much more of an ensemble show than the classic series. We’re going to see a lot more of Project Quantum Leap – including Ian, a non-binary person, and head programmer; Jenn, head of security; and Herbert “Magic” Williams, the retired-military liaison between the project and the Pentagon. (Also a legacy character: Sam leaped into Magic in “The Leap Home, Part II – Vietnam”.)

3. Though it has not been confirmed Scott Bakula will be involved, it is the producers’ intention for Sam to be an integral part of the story, calling on Bakula to at least occasionally guest star.

Resources:

Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale

The Hashtag Show: Meet the Key Characters in the Quantum Leap Reboot

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Confirmation of Leap

Listen to the episode here, or stream from your favorite pod catcher

Here we go! We’ve got official confirmation from our source – our Observer – of numerous facts about the Quantum Leap pilot. We break down the confirmed cast notice and get into as many specifics as we can for each character. We also address aspects of production and story. And, perhaps biggest of all, we give the best answer we can about THAT question: Is Scott Bakula going to be involved. Longtime listeners, you will not want to miss this episode and if you’re just joining in, this is the perfect place to start.

Resources:

Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, by Matt Dale

Quantum Leap Info, by Matt Dale

The Hashtag Show: Meet the Key Characters in the Quantum Leap Reboot

Our social media:

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Twitter

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Fire Up the Accelerator

We’re back! And so is Quantum Leap! An official announcement dropped on January 13th, 2022. NBC brings back our beloved series with a continuation set 20+ years after Dr. Beckett’s final televised leap. We might be a little excited. On top of that, we’ve been hard at work mining all our resources and reaching out to a few contacts to bring you any and all news that’s currently available. In addition to all the official information available, we talk about our hopes for the new series, how we expect they might tell this new story, cast expectations, and a rundown on the creative team’s past work.

This is a new era for the show, and we are thrilled to be back at the project and stepping into the accelerator for more thrilling adventures.

Mirror Image – August 8, 1953

“Time’s a little funny here.”

Truer words were never spoken. We have come to the end of the televised adventures of Sam Beckett – at least, for now. Cokeburg, PA, August 8, 1953. Sam Beckett walks into a bar, orders a beer, looks in to the mirror, and everything changes. Arguably the most momentous episode of our beloved series, we give you an equally momentous – in size, anyway – episode of Fate’s Wide Wheel. And we welcome back our very first guest, Jessica Conger, to discuss all the ins and outs of the series finale. Plus, Dennis and Sam give their usual overview after Jessica leaps out. We cannot begin to thank our listeners enough for coming along on our journey as we become the first Quantum Leap podcast to complete the whole series and maybe, just maybe, we aren’t even done yet… In the meantime, enjoy our thoughts on “Mirror Image”.

Memphis Melody – July 3, 1954

The circle will, in fact, be unbroken

It’s the penultimate episode of our beloved show. Nothing to get all shook up about… Dammit… TV guide worthy puns abound as Sam leaps into an 18-year old Elvis Presley on the verge of discovery… Well, according to Project QL time, that is. Of course, nothing is ever easy for Sam as he makes a mess of things almost immediately and has to fix things to ensure Elvis’ success while also making life a little better for young Sue Anne Winters. We talk about the King’s place in pop culture, grappling with his influence and those that influenced him in an age where cultural appropriation is very much under scrutiny, and how he has impacted both of our lives. Couple that with our usual tangents and some preparation for the final episode, and you’ve got one super-sized Thanksgiving weekend podcast!