Updated ‘Quantum Leap’ jumps from where the old show left off

Kai Curry
Northwest Asia Weekly

QUANTUM LEAP — Photo: “Quantum Leap” Key Art — (Photo Credit: NBC)

On September 19, 2022, a new ‘Quantum Leap’ TV series featuring new Asian heroes will ‘leap’ from NBC’s time traveler platform. They make no claim that it’s a completely different show, as seamlessly transitioning from where the previous show left off to today.

The original show ran for five seasons from 1989 to 1993 and had a pretty solid fan base. Scott Bakula was at the time the main character, “Dr. Sam Beckett” (whose name always reminds me of the writer of “Waiting for Godot”), turned into a villain when the government threatened to stop funding him. A physicist who jumps into an “accelerator” without permission.

In this reboot and the original Beckett, now “Dr. Ben Song, played by Dr. I’m sick We also need to resolve historical dilemmas so that whether we walk away, leap again, or whatever we try to do, we get a “better” outcome. In other words, you have to help someone.

Come to think of it, a reboot is exactly the same. The team, which has at least two Asian main cast members, one black and one non-binary, is trying to cover up their unorthodox activities in case the program is cancelled. They are still part of government and military operations. There are still holograms chasing Ben to help him, but what we don’t remember now is his fiancée, “Addison,” played by Caitlin Bassett, and it’s 30 years after him. that’s right. The creators tied the two series together by explaining that a new team returns to Accelerator to try to find a way to successfully time travel again and get Beckett back from where he disappeared. 1993.

As in the original, Ben makes an unauthorized leap and gets caught in a loop, but his friend back in the “present” takes back “Ziggy” (eponymous), an AI system, to run it perfectly, Scramble for some profit. Control the process of time travel. Acting is great.

QUANTUM LEAP — “July 13, 1985,” Episode 101 — Photo: Raymond Lee as Ben — (Photo: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

An actor and producer known for playing ‘Sam’ on the television show Here and Now, and most recently on ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, Lee is charming and funny. That Song is a caring and intelligent man who is fairly quick to appreciate all the implications of his existence in the past and apologize to Addison for leaving her and everyone without any explanation. Even doing a great job of telling the audience. he doesn’t know who she is.

The story is, well, I mean, I wasn’t part of that fan base. I was a kid who used to watch the show regularly because it was on when I was in my room. As it is today, the performance was impeccable. The reboot’s design and cinematography recall the NCIS and CSI franchises. You’re on the rhythm of going back and forth between the outside and inside of the lab, and the way they structure the scenes is similar: one character, usually Ben, goes forward, and someone, say Addy, goes forward. I’m behind him.

I guess I expected something a little more serious in the first episode, like Ben having to step in and stop Hitler. There are indications at the end of the first episode that the next episode could be along those lines. “Breaking Bad” is a small scenario containing a plotline in which Ben must stop his “well-meaning but hopelessly stymied” companion from an unfortunate fate. Yes life sucks, but being a criminal is not the answer. I think what bothered me more was the idea that this was Ben’s benevolent mission: to be a good Samaritan to someone who chose illegal activity as their only option. I’m here.

Others include Ben asking Addison a question, gleaning a Wikipedia information page from her futuristic hologram gadget in less than a second, searching too quickly, and finding out that she can’t finish reading yet. There were some nasty aspects, like regurgitating things that weren’t there. The 1980s nostalgia (the first episode is set in 1985) is cute but overdone. As expected, there are many secrets. We have to leave some things to be discovered later in the series. I don’t know why Ben had to be a rogue like Sam, but he promises: He’s doing it because he thinks it’s worth it. Because he thinks he has to. ”

The show has the pacing of a TV drama, but it works really well during the finale. “Can I dance?” Ben asks Addie. “I think you can,” she replies curtly. There is trust and there is timing that portends the future. The same is true for the emotions the characters show to each other. Before he leaps, Ben gives a speech and Addison retorts him at the end of the episode, which makes even more sense now because he and Addison are split in time and space.

“Science is romantic… Detangle love. When two particles are in common, they are no longer separate entities. They are united, even when they are far apart.”

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