Plot: It’s been practically 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now, a brand new crew, led by physicist Ben Music (Raymond Lee), has been assembled to restart the challenge in hope of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the person who created it.
Overview: The unique Quantum Leap aired from 1989 to 1993 and ushered in a singular mix of tv collection that mixed science-fiction, hopeful tales about destiny and future, and a humorousness that catapulted Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell to superstar. After thirty years, Quantum Leap is again for a reboot that serves because the sixth season of the collection and an all-new tackle the formulation. With direct references to Bakula and his exploits touring by way of time within the guise of many various folks, the brand new Quantum Leap feels extremely acquainted and protected whereas nonetheless mining nostalgia for TV reveals of a bygone period. Overwhelmingly protected, this Quantum Leap is barely a hop, skip, and leap away from the unique model.
Opening with a title card that refreshes our reminiscence of the titular challenge that despatched Sam Beckett again in time for just below 100 episodes, Quantum Leap introduces us to Dr. Ben Music (Raymond Lee), Beckett’s substitute on the revived Mission Quantum Leap. Engaged to colleague Addison (Caitlin Bassett), Ben mysteriously locations himself into the quantum generator and sends himself off to the identical destiny as his predecessor. Awaking with no reminiscence, Ben is aided by a holographic model of Addison. The latter helps him navigate the individual he has leaped into in order that he may also help his avatar repair their life and allow himself to leap to a different time interval. There may be little or no distinction on this new model from the unique Quantum Leap all the way down to the schmaltzy plots designed to tug on the heartstrings.
Whereas every episode will give attention to Ben coping with a brand new state of affairs and yr, the story can be break up together with his crew again residence, who’re desperately attempting to convey him again protected. Except for Addison, we additionally spend a superb take care of Ian Wright (Mason Alexander Park), a non-binary programmer who works on the challenge A.I. referred to as Ziggy. We even have Ernie Hudson as Herbert “Magic” Williams, the army head of the challenge. Hudson takes over the position from Christopher Kirby, who performed the character within the third season. We even have Nanrisa Lee as Jenn, the challenge’s safety specialist. The PQL crew all works collectively to uncover why Ben leaped with out telling anybody, which units the collection on a story path involving a conspiracy instantly associated to the present’s unique run.
Solely the primary episode was made accessible for this overview which left me questioning if NBC has reservations concerning the reception of this revival. With Dean Stockwell passing away in 2021 and Scott Bakula deciding to not take part, I nonetheless really feel that showrunners Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt are holding out hope that this present will probably be a success and incorporate extra of Donald P. Bellisario’s mythology from the unique run. The premiere episode, titled “July 13, 1985”, is about in the course of the well-known Stay Assist live performance and options many iconic songs from the period. Ben’s first mission entails a jewel heist as he orients himself to how this time journey works and his interactions with forgotten fiance Addison. The dynamic between Ben and Addison modifications what Sam and Al had happening within the unique present. Nonetheless, it doesn’t have the chemistry that Bakula and Stockwell shared, making the unique a fan favourite.
Not one of the performances in Quantum Leap are inherently dangerous, however they really feel very tacky of their supply. Mason Alexander Park, who stole scenes in Cowboy Bebop and this yr’s Sandman, is essentially the most attention-grabbing character because the non-binary Ian. But, the writers nonetheless handle to cut back the character to the inventory tech nerd from each different community collection. The finances within the first episode may be very missing, with an explosion on the finish of the episode feeling and looking very anticlimactic. The general particular results usually are not that nice, even when they’re a step up from the early 90s expertise accessible for the primary 5 seasons. Music appears to be a key ingredient for this collection that depends very closely on nostalgia and interval specifics quite than telling tales that deviate in any respect from the tried and true formulation of Quantum Leap.
Quantum Leap appears and feels prefer it has plans for an expansive general story that may hyperlink collectively Ben Music’s adventures with these of Sam Beckett, however based mostly on the primary episode; there’s a lengthy option to go for this collection to achieve the stability that made the unique a basic. Raymond Lee actually has the charisma to guide a collection like this, however he wants assist from an ensemble forged keen to have enjoyable with the fabric quite than revere the seasons that got here earlier than it. I might not be shocked if Quantum Leap discovered itself a brand new lease on NBC, and I hope that affords the writers the possibility to develop these adventures previous the one-note themes current on this pilot.
Quantum Leap premieres on September nineteenth on NBC.