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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 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – Coming This Fall

You didn’t really think SciFi (or SyFy if you insist) was going to just stop cashing in on BSG did you? It looks like we completists will get our wishes granted this fall when they reveal The Plan, a tv movie that’s going to show us just what the Cylons were thinking before they blew up humanity. Obviously this is just a 82 second trailer, but it was enough to get me excited. I challenge you to listen to that gravelly Edward James Olmos voice-over and not get excited yourself.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Movies, News, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – Coming This Fall

Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray Release Announced

Thanks to the folks over at High-Def Digest for this news. Judging by the specs that have been announced, this could be a pretty kickass boxed set. Based on how slow Universal was to release the initial seasons back when they were supporting HD-DVD, I’m glad to see this coming out so quickly after the series ended.

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dollhouse Episode 1: Ghost

I’ve had Dollhouse on my grid since it was first announced at last year’s upfronts, so I’m concerned I may have been anticipating the premiere too much.  

The biggest compliment I can pay about “Ghost” is the way the writers weaved the explanations about the imprint technology into the storyline without ruining the pacing of the episode.

My biggest complaint comes from the scene where the FBI agent (played by Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett) sneaks up on the Russian gangster dude in the bathroom.  No man enters an empty restroom and chooses the low urinal when there are several standard height ones available.  We call it the leg-splatterer for a reason, so I can only conclude that this gave them the best camera angles and shot composition for the scene.  I know this sounds petty, but bathroom design and traffic flow is kind of a hobby of mine.

When the episode ended, I was expecting to see J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot, even though I knew Joss Whedon is behind the show.  Something tells me I’m not the first and won’t be the last person to ask if Joss took a blank series starring Eliza Dushku and imprinted Alias on it.  Admittedly, the resemblance won’t really turn me off since Alias is one of my favorite series ever.

Snide Alias remarks aside, I do think the show has potential.  It is certainly a twist on the genre, even if the twist is one that telegraphs the all-too-certain glitches that will inevitably disrupt the imprint/wipe process.  The high-quality cast is experienced in the genre and should be able to deliver on a weekly basis.  Whedon’s ability to craft a quality series is proven, even if Fox’s willingness to keep it on the air isn’t.  Ultimately, I think this was a mediocre episode, and as always, I will cut the creators some slack due to the difficulty of introducing both characters and crazy fake technology all in one hour.

February 14, 2009 Posted by | New Series, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dollhouse Episode 1: Ghost

Battlestar Galactica Refresher – 10 Things You Need to Know

For those of us having trouble remembering what happened almost a year ago, tonight at 11/10 Central, SCIFI will air a recap to prep us for new episodes of BSG that start on Friday. Don’t have a DVR and don’t want to stay up that late? Don’t worry, it’s re-airing at 6:30/5:30 on Friday in the midst of a Season 4 marathon leading up to the Season 4.5 premiere.

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on Battlestar Galactica Refresher – 10 Things You Need to Know