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Tonight is the series premiere of Quantum Leap, and I can’t be more excited. This is a continuation (NOT a reboot) of the original series starring Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett. When that series ended, Sam stepped in the accelerator and vanished. Unfortunately, Scott Bakula isn’t back for the new series, but taking up the helm as the new “leaper” is Raymond Lee as physicist Ben Song. He is leading a new team that’s been assembled to restart the project, but everything changes when he makes an unauthorized leap into 1985, which leaves the team behind to solve the mystery of why he did it.
In the original series, Dean Stockwell played Sam’s best friend Al, who appeared to Sam as a hologram and helped him research and guide him throughout the leaps into the past. That actor passed away in 2021, but the new “Al” is Addison, played by Caitlin Bassett. Just like Al, she appears to Ben as a hologram, and she is sent to find him. Also starring are Mason Alexander Park as Ian Wright, who runs the Aritificial Intelligence unit “Ziggy”; Nanrisa Lee as Jenn Chou, who heads up digital security for the project; and Ernie Hudson, who plays Herbert “Magic” Williams, a Vietnam vet and leader of the operation. What’s significant about “Magic” Williams is that in the original series, Sam leaped back to the Vietnam War to be with his brother, and the body he leapt into? Herbert Williams! The character was played by a different actor then, but the character himself is the same as the man Sam leapt into back in the original series. Very cool trivia tidbit, right??
I’ve watched the trailer, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s SO MUCH to play with because so much has changed in the last 30 years. I can’t wait to take a leap back into the past with Ben, and I’m crossing my fingers they do justice to the fantastic original series.
On tonight’s episode, “July 13, 1985,” a new team assembles to restart the Quantum Leap project. Lead physicist Ben Song takes an unauthorized leap into 1985 as the team scrambles to figure out what happened and how to get him back.
Don’t miss the series premiere of Quantum Leap tonight on NBC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching Bäckström, Dancing with the Stars (and only because Wayne Brady is in it this season!), Bob Hearts Abishola, Halloween Baking Championship, NCIS, & NCIS: Hawai’i.
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