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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M.I.A. – April 1, 1969

If there’s an episode of Quantum Leap that needs no introduction, it’s this one, but here goes: Sam leaps into undercover detective, Jake Rawlins. Al tells Sam he’s there to stop a woman named Beth from making the mistake of her lifetime – having her husband, who is missing in action in Vietnam, declared dead and remarrying.

Sam and Dennis discuss one of the most iconic episodes of the series, going on some deep “fan wanks”, especially in the matter of Skagg’s wife, Lisa, and if she may be the same notable Lisa we meet later in the series. Dennis has an a issue with the story he first sees as a plot hole, but Sam has an explanation that makes Beth and Al’s story all the more sad.

Leaping In Without a Net – November 18, 1958

Sam leaps in Victor Panzini, a trapeze artist in a small time carnival. Sam is there to prevent Victor’s sister, Eva, from dying while performing the same high-difficulty “triple” that killed their mom a year ago. Sam must catch her himself, while fighting his own fear of heights.

This is a pretty straightforward plot, leaving Sam Fain and Dennis to talk about some other high-minded questions, like how weird is it that Sam Beckett sleeps in the nude, and what is the benefit of the understood rule that if Sam fails a mission, he is stuck in that person’s life forever?

The Naked Truth, and Some Amazing Quantum Leap Tales: The Storied Career of Costume Designer and Author, Jean-Pierre Dorléac

This week, we are excited to bring you our interview with costume designer and author, Jean-Pierre Dorléac. His body of work spans four decades, including his favorites The Blue Lagoon and Heart and Souls, his Academy award-nominated work in Somewhere in Time, and of course, Quantum Leap, for which he was Emmy-nominated four times.

We talk extensively about his career, much of it chronicled in his 2015 book, The Naked Truth: An Irreverent Chronicle of Delirious Escapades (link below), which spans the years of 1973 to 1985. We also talk about his first novel, Abracadabra Alakazam, and his next upcoming fiction novel. We chat about some of his favorite films and TV shows he’s worked on, and of course, his work on Quantum Leap. He talks about Scott Bakula making him drive 45 minutes to the set to make sure his ass looked good in a diaper in The Wrong Stuff, what it was like to work with and dress Dean Stockwell in those outrageous outfits, and intricate details that went into costuming not just Scott Bakula, but his rotating cast of mirror image counterparts.

We had a lot of fun talking with Jean-Pierre, and we hope you enjoy.

You can learn more about Jean-Pierre and his work at his website: http://www.jean-pierredorleac.com/

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/spclsmthin

You can read more about and purchase his books at: http://www.jean-pierredorleac.com/index.php/books/