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Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Both io9 and TVSquad have reported about the possibility of a SyFy reboot of classic series Quantum Leap. For a moment, I was really excited about the idea, but once I finished reading the headlines I quickly came back down to Earth.

When I was 9 years old, I was taking my second year of piano lessons, and I made my mother race home each week because I didn’t want to miss a second of my favorite new show, Quantum Leap. As a young geek, the idea of time travel immediately captivated my imagination, perhaps in part because I wasn’t old enough to consider the paradoxical implications of the show’s plot (and plot holes).

My memories of the show’s five seasons aren’t crystal clear, but I distinctly remember the satisfaction and relief that came each week when Sam got things right and made his next leap. I also remember the laughter that immediately followed when that leap put him in another crazy situation. As I look back at the series, I realize that I enjoyed it so much because I didn’t take it too seriously.

Sam & Al’s adventures took place in a world before the Internet and the hyper-critical fanboys that came with it. Donald Bellisario was hot off the eight season run of Magnum, P.I. when he created Quantum Leap in 1989. Despite his previous experience in sci-fi with the original Battlestar Galactica, Bellisario never bothered to give much of an explanation of the science behind Sam Beckett’s journey. If SyFy is going to reboot the show, it would definitely need a stronger base in science if they don’t want it to be immediately eviscerated on the message boards. Unfortunately, I think that would take away a lot of the show’s charm. Come to think of it, maybe Quantum Leap was really more fantasy than sci-fi.

Bellisario created a unique show that was consistently entertaining through its full 96 episode run, but television has changed in the 20 years since Quantum Leap premiered. I’m not saying it would be impossible for a reboot to be great, but not every series can be fortunate enough to get a reincarnation as good as BSG. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who leaps in to take the Executive Producer role for this project. Oh boy, indeed.

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July 11, 2009 - Posted by | Drama, New Series, News, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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