History Headscratchers / QuantumLeap

12th Apr '18 1:51:43 PM jayhawk01
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** For what it's worth, watch the ending of "Blind Faith" (TheOneWith Sam leaping in to a blind pianist). As Sam leaps out at the end of the episode, his seeing eye dog reacts to the Leaping Effect, so obviously SOMETHING physical is going on.
12th Apr '18 1:45:35 PM jayhawk01
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** For what it's worth, Gushie strikes this troper as an Absent-Minded Professor type. It may not have even registered to him that the leapee, looking like Dr. Beckett, was standing in front of him. He simply greeted "Dr. Beckett" and continued reporting to Al.


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** Sam is obviously disoriented after each Leaping In; it takes him a moment to take stock of his surroundings (which, to the viewer, would be the cliff-hanger).
24th Mar '18 3:55:08 PM nombretomado
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** The aura was also supposed to extend to touch (people thought that bits of him that they touched were closer or further way than they really were), though it could have been [[FromACertainPointOfView creatively]] [[HandWave interpreted]] as the aura making him shaped like the person except for things that would have harmed him (missing a leg or eyesight). In at least the first episode where he leapt into a woman's body, the clothing was visibly altered to fit him- which just makes things worse. It JustBugsMe that they changed it from GrandTheftMe to an AlternateAppearanceAura just to make it easier to wrap up certain plots (The original blind pianist episode could have been handwaved/justified by Sam seeing things without having to filter it through the body, or leaving it as his mind thinking instead of Jimmy's brain, and avoiding all this in the first place).

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** The aura was also supposed to extend to touch (people thought that bits of him that they touched were closer or further way than they really were), though it could have been [[FromACertainPointOfView creatively]] [[HandWave interpreted]] as the aura making him shaped like the person except for things that would have harmed him (missing a leg or eyesight). In at least the first episode where he leapt into a woman's body, the clothing was visibly altered to fit him- which just makes things worse. It JustBugsMe that they They changed it from GrandTheftMe to an AlternateAppearanceAura just to make it easier to wrap up certain plots (The original blind pianist episode could have been handwaved/justified by Sam seeing things without having to filter it through the body, or leaving it as his mind thinking instead of Jimmy's brain, and avoiding all this in the first place).
9th Nov '17 5:18:45 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** Kevin has apparently just been falsely accused of rape by this woman, and yet he still trusts her sufficiently to go into her house all by himself with no more than her word that she wants to apologise to him? Instead of, say, going there with a friend or arranging to meet her in a public spot with witnesses? Not exactly plausible. Either he's a moron, or he had some ulterior motive for going there which might make his previous denials about raping this woman more than a little unconvincing.

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*** Kevin has apparently just been falsely accused of rape by this woman, and yet he still trusts her sufficiently to go into her house all by himself with no more than her word that she wants to apologise to him? And he then willingly agrees to a meeting where it's just the two of them? Instead of, say, going there with a friend or arranging to meet her in a public spot with witnesses? Not exactly plausible. Either he's a moron, or he had some ulterior motive for going there which might make his previous denials about raping this woman more than a little unconvincing.
9th Nov '17 5:14:21 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** Kevin has apparently just been falsely accused of rape by this woman, and yet he still trusts her sufficiently to go into her house all by himself with no more than her word that she wants to apologise to him? Instead of, say, going there with a friend or arranging to meet her in a public spot with witnesses? Not exactly plausible. Either he's a moron, or he had some ulterior motive for going there which might make his previous denials about raping this woman more than a little unconvincing.
9th Nov '17 4:57:56 AM DoctorNemesis
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* If the theory around time travel is that it lets you time travel in your own lifetime, how exactly does this work from the perspective of the person Sam leaps into? If Sam leaps into an old man in the 50s or someone on death row, then they're brought to the future, haven't they travelled outside their own lifetime? I understand the idea that they may look like Sam in the future but if Sam's body travels through time (and just looks like the person), doesn't that mean the person's body has travelled through time (and just looks like Sam)?

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* If the theory around time travel is that it lets you time travel in your own lifetime, how exactly does this work from the perspective of the person Sam leaps into? If Sam leaps into an old man in the 50s or someone on death row, then they're brought to the future, haven't they travelled outside their own lifetime? I understand the idea that they may look like Sam in the future but if Sam's body travels through time (and just looks like the person), doesn't that mean the person's body has travelled through time (and just looks like Sam)?Sam)?
** If we assume that Sam is the 'active' time traveller (i.e. the one who actually stepped inside the time machine and started pinging around through different points in time) and the people that Sam leaps into are 'passive' time travellers (i.e. basically 'receptacles' for Sam to leap into, who go forward in time only for as long as Sam is occupying their bodies before returning to where and when they should be when he leaves), then presumably the whole "time travel through your own lifetime" things is from the perspective of the active time traveller, not the passive time traveller.
7th Oct '17 7:43:25 PM ApeAccount
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*** This was changed as the series went on (presumably Project Quantum Leap adjusted the way the interface between Sam and Al worked). For example, when Sam and Al switched places it wasn't immediately obvious because Al didn't look to Sam like the person he'd leapt into and Sam looking like Sam was no surprise. So by the time of the chimp episode Al would have seen Sam as Sam.
21st Sep '17 3:08:50 AM ApeAccount
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*** Personally I always worked on the premise that it was similar to what we saw in the episode "Shock Theatre" with the personalities that emerged. Take Jesse, for example. He remembered doing everything Sam did, including sitting down at the lunch counter (something he wouldn't have done but he justified to himself why he did it) and giving the correct details of a medical procedure (something he couldn't do) but couldn't understand how he did it considering that he couldn't read. I expect that when Sam leaps out of someone, they have the full memories of what Sam did and so there's no confusion or lost time but they may feel confused if they ever think back over their actions.
21st Sep '17 1:21:38 AM ApeAccount
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** Some people (particularly the social ones) learn languages to let them communicate, others (particularly the introverted ones) do so they can say read a book in the original Greek. Sam's more the latter category and wouldn't have much reason to learn sign language. Alternatively, some people (particularly those with high IQs) might pick up languages simply through overhearing them in public places which isn't practical with sign language which you'd have to go out of your way to watch people using to start to pick up.



** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.

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** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.attractive.
* If the theory around time travel is that it lets you time travel in your own lifetime, how exactly does this work from the perspective of the person Sam leaps into? If Sam leaps into an old man in the 50s or someone on death row, then they're brought to the future, haven't they travelled outside their own lifetime? I understand the idea that they may look like Sam in the future but if Sam's body travels through time (and just looks like the person), doesn't that mean the person's body has travelled through time (and just looks like Sam)?
16th Jun '17 9:07:12 AM DoctorNemesis
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* In ''Pool Hall Blues'' (I think, it may have been another episode), why would Al, a Vietnam Veteran and former POW, consider "Hanoi Jane" Fonda a viable source of fanservice?

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* In ''Pool Hall Blues'' (I think, it may have been another episode), why would Al, a Vietnam Veteran and former POW, consider "Hanoi Jane" Fonda a viable source of fanservice?fanservice?
** One does not necessarily need to support or approve of someone's politics to find them physically attractive.
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