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.

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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?

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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. 

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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

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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8 1/2 Months – November 15, 1955

In the winter of 1991, Quantum Leap came this close to being cancelled. Luckily, a huge letter writing campaign with messages from over 50,000 fans brought the show back from the brink. On March 6th, the show returned with 8 1/2 Months.

Sam leaps into Billie Jean Crockett, a 16-year-old pregnant teenager in Claremont, Oklahoma. In the original history, Billie Jean gave her baby up for adoption, but came to regret the decision and the spent the rest of her life trying to find her child. Al says Ziggy is there to keep Billie Jean and her child together. On top of that, Sam is feeling pregnancy and labor pains!

Sam Fain and Dennis are joined by their wives, Jessica Conger and Betsy Frymire, to discuss the episode. Both are moms…Jessica gave birth just a few weeks ago!…and they bring their perspectives to the episode.

A Little Miracle – December 24, 1962

It’s Christmas in July! God bless us, everyone!
 
Sam leaps into Reginald Pierson, the personal valet of Michael Blake, a ruthless New York City businessman. As Pierson, Sam must save Blake’s soul by way of “Scrooging” him, showing him his past, present, and – by way of Al in ridiculously bad make up and costume – his future.
 
Sam Fain and Dennis discuss what may be well Sam Beckett’s most awkward leap in ever, unfortunately timely jokes about Russia, and their own favorite Christmas memories.
 

Miss Deep South – June 7, 1958

Sam leaps into Darlene Monte, a beauty pageant contestant on her way to compete in the Miss Deep South competition. There, he meets another contestant, Connie Duncan, who is going to disappear before the competition begins after being seduced into taking nude photos by Clint Beaumont, the pageant’s photographer. Sam must change her fate, while not altering history for Darlene – in the original history, she placed third, and used the scholarship award to go on to become one of the top women cardiologists in the country.

Sam and Dennis are joined by Kelly and Megan (please don’t say “Megan, Kelly”!) of the comedy podcast, The Courtesy Flush. They help us pick a part an episode that certainly means well, but has some problematic content looking at the episode through a 2018 lense. Enjoy them on this episode, and check out their show as well.

Programming note: We had some sound issues with this episode. Sam did some incredibly diligent work to fix what he could, but Kelly, Megan and Dennis are a bit quiet in some segments. 

 

The Leap Home, Part 2: April 7, 1970

After being told Tom is still killed in Vietnam despite Sam winning his high school basketball season opener and the promise Tom made, Sam leaps into Tom’s Navy SEALs squad the day before he is killed, giving him another chance at saving his brother.

Jessica Conger, and also Laurence Brown of Lost in the Pond, joins us once again to discuss this under-appreciated second part of the third season opener, and he explains how M.I.A., The Leap Home, Part 1, and The Leap Home, Part 2, have a lot of similarities to the original Star Wars trilogy.

You can also check out Laurence’s YouTube Channel and his Twitter page.

The Leap Home, Part 1: November 25, 1969

It’s a bittersweet homecoming when Sam finds himself in his 16-year-old self, on the last Thanksgiving his family has before a number of tragedies overwhelm them: His brother, Tom, will die in Vietnam in a few months; his dad will die of a coronary in three years, and his younger sister, Kate, will elope with an abuser. Ziggy says Sam is there to help his high school basketball team win the first game of the season, which will lead to better lives for everyone on the squad. But Sam, obviously, has other ideas about changing his family’s future.

Laurence Brown of Lost in the Pond  and Jessica Conger join us to discuss the third season premiere. This episode was a very special episode for us, and we hope you enjoy our discussion.

You can also check out Laurence’s YouTube Channel and his Twitter page.