History Fridge / QuantumLeap

18th Aug '16 2:25:23 PM Tre
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* During its original run and well into syndication, I couldn't stand ''Series/QuantumLeap'' -- the "rules" governing Sam's time travel made no ''sense'' to me. "He's bouncing around from time period to time period, and he's stuck in each life until he makes things... ''nice??''" One weekend, the SciFiChannel ran a marathon of the final episodes of various shows, and I happened to catch the finale of ''QL'', which reveals that the controlling impulse behind Sam's "leaping" is [[spoiler: his own subconscious drive to make the world a better place, one life at a time]] -- and I then proceeded to catch the show five days a week for the next few months. -- Tropers/YourObedientSerpent

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* During its original run and well into syndication, I couldn't stand ''Series/QuantumLeap'' -- the "rules" governing Sam's time travel made no ''sense'' to me. "He's bouncing around from time period to time period, and he's stuck in each life until he makes things... ''nice??''" One weekend, the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] ran a marathon of the final episodes of various shows, and I happened to catch the finale of ''QL'', which reveals that the controlling impulse behind Sam's "leaping" is [[spoiler: his own subconscious drive to make the world a better place, one life at a time]] -- and I then proceeded to catch the show five days a week for the next few months. -- Tropers/YourObedientSerpent
1st Aug '16 7:41:16 PM DynamiteXI
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** That explains why the evil leaper organization does everything exactly the same with different sound effects; hologram technology, handlink, etc. Plus, Zoe was aware of just how long the window was before a successful retrieval could be performed, which means the evil organization may have improved on PQL's math.

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** That explains why the evil leaper organization does everything exactly the same with different sound effects; hologram technology, handlink, etc. Plus, Zoe Zoey was aware of just how long the window was before a successful retrieval could be performed, mentions that Lothos has some control over Alia's leaps, and outright states that Sam uses a random leaping sequence -- which means the evil organization may have improved on PQL's math.
26th Jul '16 9:32:15 PM DynamiteXI
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*** Speaking of "Shock Theater," which takes place in 1954, a bunch of doctors are seen analyzing Sam's multiple personalities, which are all of people that Sam encountered in years ''after'' 1954. Maybe someone uncovered a doctor's notes and realized that the mental patient wasn't just making lucky guesses, but was actually a Leaper at the time...
** There is a LOT of information that Sam reveals to others about PQL. Sam reveals a bunch of info about himself, PQL, Al, Ziggy, and Gooshie to Carol and Becky Pruitt in "Killin' Time," which was two leaps before Sam first encountered Alia.[[note]]Becky even tells that episode's sheriff that Leon Styles (the leapee) is actually Sam Beckett.[[/note]]
17th Jun '16 3:18:55 PM Troper#184
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* In "Trilogy Part II" Sam gets hit in the head hard enough to knock him unconscious for several minutes. This trauma also leaves a bloody wound. This is not the only time he is injured shortly before finishing his leap. How is it that his injuries are never there at the start of his next leap? Remember that in the pilot episode Al said it would take several days or weeks for a new person to show up in the waiting room. Sam's body is healing during the downtime between leaps!
31st Oct '15 11:27:21 PM nombretomado
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* During its original run and well into syndication, I couldn't stand ''QuantumLeap'' -- the "rules" governing Sam's time travel made no ''sense'' to me. "He's bouncing around from time period to time period, and he's stuck in each life until he makes things... ''nice??''" One weekend, the SciFiChannel ran a marathon of the final episodes of various shows, and I happened to catch the finale of ''QL'', which reveals that the controlling impulse behind Sam's "leaping" is [[spoiler: his own subconscious drive to make the world a better place, one life at a time]] -- and I then proceeded to catch the show five days a week for the next few months. -- Tropers/YourObedientSerpent

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* During its original run and well into syndication, I couldn't stand ''QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'' -- the "rules" governing Sam's time travel made no ''sense'' to me. "He's bouncing around from time period to time period, and he's stuck in each life until he makes things... ''nice??''" One weekend, the SciFiChannel ran a marathon of the final episodes of various shows, and I happened to catch the finale of ''QL'', which reveals that the controlling impulse behind Sam's "leaping" is [[spoiler: his own subconscious drive to make the world a better place, one life at a time]] -- and I then proceeded to catch the show five days a week for the next few months. -- Tropers/YourObedientSerpent
3rd Oct '15 10:59:17 PM ApeAccount
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* When Sam leaps into Al's younger self, hologram Al takes a ride in a jet fighter before coming to Sam. When he checks the date and time, he realizes that his girlfriend is about to die in a car accident. He teleports to the site of the crash and tries to warn her, but she can't see him (due to not being Sam) and crashes. This was probably Al's worst nightmare. First of all, his younger self only heard about the accident while older Al personally witnessed it. Second, Al tried to warn her about the crash, but failed due to her not being able to see him. There's little worse than watching someone you love die and not being able to do anything about it. This is on top of him not finding out in time due to taking the ride in the jet fighter.

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* When Sam leaps into Al's younger self, hologram Al takes a ride in a jet fighter before coming to Sam. When he checks the date and time, he realizes that his girlfriend is about to die in a car accident. He teleports to the site of the crash and tries to warn her, but she can't see him (due to not being Sam) and crashes. This was probably Al's worst nightmare. First of all, his younger self only heard about the accident while older Al personally witnessed it. Second, Al tried to warn her about the crash, but failed due to her not being able to see him. There's little worse than watching someone you love die and not being able to do anything about it. This is on top of him not finding out in time due to taking the ride in the jet fighter.fighter.
* A rather major element of fridge horror actually exists because of a minor reference in another series after the show had ended. In ''Sliders'', it is implied that Maggie Beckett is in fact supposed to be Sam’s niece. What’s the problem with that? The problem is that this also implies that Maggie’s universe is Sam’s universe. Maggie’s world was destroyed. At first some of the mathematics on this doesn’t seem to work. Sam left his time originally in 1995. In “The Leap Back” he temporarily came home in 1999 (though when he changed Al’s life at the end of the series he would have prevented the events of that episode from happening anyway). However, Maggie’s world was apparently destroyed in 1997. At the same time though, 1997 was never mentioned specifically in the episode (it’s just when that episode of Sliders aired) and there was an episode of Sliders before where they “technically didn’t travel in time” because time passed more slowly there and so even though everything was exactly the same as it was in 1984 (even down to the characters calling it 1984) it was still supposedly the 90s (meaning 1997 in the Sliders’ normal time could have been 2002 in Maggie’s universe). Also, consider the fact that Sam was constantly rewriting history. He could have done something in the past which set humanity back technologically and stopped them being able to prevent the destruction of Earth. This would explain why he never made it home after the series ended. There was no home to go to.
12th May '15 1:06:30 AM 6
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* In The Boogieman, here's an unacknowledged, in-show visual clue: the fake Al wears a simple suit of blue and white with a silver pin on his lapel rather than his uniform or an outfit consisting of bold, clashing colours and/or mismatched patterns. In fact, he could have visually fit in during the time period Sam landed in.

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* In The Boogieman, here's an unacknowledged, in-show visual clue: the fake Al wears a simple suit of blue and white with a silver pin on his lapel rather than his uniform or an outfit consisting of bold, clashing colours and/or mismatched garish patterns. In fact, he could have visually fit in during the time period Sam landed in.
12th May '15 12:59:00 AM 6
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* In The Boogieman, here's an unacknowledged, in-show visual clue: the fake Al wears a simple suit of blue and white with a silver pin on his lapel rather than his uniform or an outfit consisting of bold, clashing colours and/or mismatched patterns. In fact, he could have visually fit in during the time period Sam landed in.
30th Mar '15 6:42:19 PM BKelly95
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* It's said several times that Sam can leap anywhere in his own lifetime - but we never see him Leap ''past his original Leap.'' Which - to me at least - means that even though Sam's body is leaping around in time, he effectively died at that moment, the events of "The Leap Back" only happening post-Leap in his timeline.

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* It's said several times that Sam can leap anywhere in his own lifetime - but we never see him Leap ''past his original Leap.'' Which - to me at least - means that even though Sam's body is leaping around in time, he effectively died at that moment, the events of "The Leap Back" only happening post-Leap in his timeline.timeline.
* When Sam leaps into Al's younger self, hologram Al takes a ride in a jet fighter before coming to Sam. When he checks the date and time, he realizes that his girlfriend is about to die in a car accident. He teleports to the site of the crash and tries to warn her, but she can't see him (due to not being Sam) and crashes. This was probably Al's worst nightmare. First of all, his younger self only heard about the accident while older Al personally witnessed it. Second, Al tried to warn her about the crash, but failed due to her not being able to see him. There's little worse than watching someone you love die and not being able to do anything about it. This is on top of him not finding out in time due to taking the ride in the jet fighter.
13th Dec '14 3:07:28 PM Kern
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* It's been accepted by fans for years that Sam's changes to history were slowly turning his timeline into ours. The problem? His timeline was far more advanced than ours, not even counting time travel. His efforts have resulted in progress slowing down!

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* It's been accepted by fans for years that Sam's changes to history were slowly turning his timeline into ours. The problem? His timeline was far more advanced than ours, not even counting time travel. His efforts have resulted in progress slowing down!down!
* It's said several times that Sam can leap anywhere in his own lifetime - but we never see him Leap ''past his original Leap.'' Which - to me at least - means that even though Sam's body is leaping around in time, he effectively died at that moment, the events of "The Leap Back" only happening post-Leap in his timeline.
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