As The Hashtag Show reports, the new pilot involves a group of thieves planning to break into Smithsonian to steal the Hope Diamond. One of the thieves, however, has a very personal motivation: He is hoping to get money for a life-saving surgery for his wife. The article also dropped a major spoiler involving a couple of characters that we won’t reveal here, but will say is consistent with the draft of the San Francisco pilot we had the chance to read back in February.
Many of us reading the Hashtag article assumed this was actually the plot of the second episode. Last night, however, an anonymous source attached to the show confirmed with Al’s Place, the fan website, that NBC has, in fact, asked for a completely new pilot. Brian Greene shared this news with Fate’s Wide Wheel, the Quantum Leap Podcast, and The Star Bright Project.
Our gut reaction is a little trepidation at this news, but this will hopefully be a good thing for the new series in the end. There is certainly no shortage of examples of TV shows that had their pilots completely overhauled and reshot before their series debut. It’s likely the heist story was already planned for later in the season, and now it is simply being retooled and expanded to serve as the pilot. As far as we know, the entire original creative team is still attached to the show, both in front of and behind the camera. We’re hopeful NBC still has complete faith (of the heart) in the series, but wants to make it accessible as possible for viewers who are completely unfamiliar with the Quantum leap mythology.
As of now, there is no word whether the original pilot will officially be shown or released at any point.
And of course, still no official word as to Scott Bakula’s potential involvement.
Stay tuned, listeners.
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This week, we’re here to give our capsule review of the season two premiere, “Honeymoon Express”. Almost serving as a soft reboot for the uninitiated, the episode sees Al fighting for the Project’s life back in the future while Sam, in the life of a NYC detective on his honeymoon in 1960, fights for the life of his new bride, Diane, against a psychotic ex-husband. Oh, and he also has to fight for his own moral code, as Diane is eager to consummate their marriage – with a man she obviously doesn’t know is not actually her husband.
This week, we take a break from our “Revisited” series to read and respond to some listener mail.
– Nicky Sudyn talks about their experience listening to a Quantum Leap podcast hosted by “two tired dads”, and explains why Tess picking Wayne in “How the Tess Was Won” was the inevitable and right choice.
– Quantum Leap author Carol Davis gives her opinion on Scott Bakula kissing the underage actor, Holly Fields, in “Camikazi Kid”, and her thoughts as a writer as to why it is inevitable Sam/Scott will appear in the new series.
– Damon Sugameli reads an audio essay about his feelings about the new series and the legacy of the classic.
We’re back! It’s another installment of our continuing “Revisited” series as we plunge into the shadows and pulp of the season 1 finale, “Play It Again, Seymour”. After we get through our assessment of Sam’s turn as a shamus looking for the dropper who killed his partner, we slide on over to our overall rating of the season. Plus, we have some conversation about the revival series and what we know so far. We pack in a few other tangents and fun bits as Sam’s covid brain allows.
Leapers, we’re back after an unplanned break (what else is new?)
This week, we’re talking about the news that the new pilot has officially been picked up to a series. We knew it would happen, but man, are we even more excited now!
We’re also here with our capsule review of season one’s “Camikazi Kid” – an episode that deals with the difficult topic of domestic violence, but still somehow manages to throw in just the right amount of comedy.
Double your identity, double your pleasure! Leapers, we’re back with a double episode this week, giving back-to-back capsule reviews of Season 1’s “Double Identity” and “The Color of Truth”. These are two very different episodes, and Sam and Dennis have some strong feelings.
Plus! Listener mail. If you would like to send us a question or comment to read on the show, send us an mp3 or old-fashioned message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue our journey revisiting episodes of the classic series in the lead up the revival with “How the Tess Was Won”. Where will Sam’s vetinary leap rank among our previously rated episodes of the first season? Does Sam’s shirtless post-digging up our rating? What about our dear boy from Lubbock with his guitar? What was his name? Pal? Pard? Bud- Oh, boy! Dennis and Sam start off on opposite ends of the spectrum with their opinions, but do they come to an agreement or will their ratings show a divide… All this and so much more, Piggie Suey!
Plus the usual updates from the project and even a few little tangents here and there.
We’re going to start answering listener mail as a regular part of our episodes. If you have a comment or question you want us to answer, send us an email to: email@example.com.
Next up in our Revisited series is “The Right Hand of God”. We bring our new rubric to bear on the third episode of the series to see how it measures up. What grade do we give it? Have our opinions changed? We also run through the latest news on the reboot/sequel and more!
Leapers! We’re back with our second capsule view. This week, we’re talking about the series’ 2nd episode, “Star-Crossed”.
We also discuss the latest news for the reboot pilot, and the exciting opportunities lie ahead for the new Quantum Leap fandom.
Oh, and hey, listen carefully (or even not so carefully), and you can tell the exact moment Dennis learned that a certain somebody slapped a certain somebody on a certain televised event. (Also, apologies, Dennis was playing with a new mic configuration, and he comes in a little hot this week.)