For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Time Travel Movies, here’s a review of Quantum Leap – Pilot (1989) by me.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com We will be reviewing our favorite Alternate Love Story movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Abbi from last year. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Abbi!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“You hold six doctorates, Sam. Medicine is just one. Your special gift was quantum physics. Time magazine even called you the next Einstein. The truth is, if there’s one guy who could figure how to bring you back… its you” – Al
Number of Times Seen – 5-10 times (Numerous times on TV, cable, video, DVD and 11 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a time travel experiment goes wrong, Sam Beckett must leap into lives of others in order to put right what went wrong.
My Take on it – When I thought if this genre for this month, I didn’t really think about the possibility of having TOO many favorites in the genre.
I needed to try and cut them down but no matter how hard I tried the number still remained high so I decided to personally submit 6, yes 6 choices this month. This is my first.
Back in 1990, I accidentally came across this show during it’s Second season and very quickly got hooked.
In the days before VOD, DVD’s and the Internet, I had to rely on reruns in order to finally get to watch them all. When the show was syndicated, I finally got to watch them all in order and even record every episode on video.
This shoe had so much to love but the chemistry between its two stars is one of the reasons for its success over 5 seasons. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell were the only recurring characters in every episode so if they didn’t work well together, the show just wouldn’t work.
Thankfully, they really clicked and TV time travel history was made.
The idea used here is so amazing that variations of it have been used over and over in other venues.
Part of the genius of this show was to focus on minor people and events and only have frequent ‘kisses’ with real people or events familiar to us all which gives it more credibility.
The pilot is a great example of the genius of this show because it deals with explaining to us the essentials but at the same time opening up so many options for the future of the show.
Having originally not seen them in order, it was easy to miss that despite being a science fiction show, it really is a show about love and the longing for loved ones, home and family no matter how distant you are from them.
This is one of my all time favorite TV shows and every episode gives us small pieces to a bigger puzzle about the important things in life.
Bottom Line – Amazing and innovative idea that has been copied numerous times and still doesn’t lose its ingenuity. Bakula and Stockwell have unbelievable chemistry together which was essential to the show lasting 5 seasons. Pilot is great because it gives the essentials while still leaving enough mystery for the future. One of my favorite TV shows ever that really begins with the essence of what life is all about. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While September 13, 1956 is the date for the leap, two-weeks later, Mach 3 was surpassed. The second part, Sam was to test “X-2 on Monday.” In reality, USAF Capt Milburn G. Apt broke Mach 3 in a Bell X-2 – number 2. Unfortunately, Capt Apt died when the vehicle went out of control. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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