History Series / QuantumLeap

14th Jul '17 3:01:16 PM Skybunny
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''Quantum Leap'' (1989-1993) is a Creator/{{NBC}} CultClassic series. It's about a scientist, Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), caught in a malfunctioning TimeTravel experiment that bounces him back and forth into the roles of different people in the past. The only way for him to move on from any time period he lands in is to change the lives of people there for the better.

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''Quantum Leap'' (1989-1993) is a Creator/{{NBC}} CultClassic series. It's about a scientist, Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), caught in a malfunctioning TimeTravel experiment that bounces him back and forth into the roles of different people in the past. The only way for him to move on from any time period he lands in is to change the lives of people there for the better.
better. Reluctant at the role thrust upon him, Sam assumes the role of [[TheDrifter the Drifter]].



* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: The ending showed this to be the case, as [[spoiler:God himself, seen as a bartender, has been sending Sam on his jumps to fix mistakes in history rather than just let him go home. The final episode is kind of Him ''finally'' giving Sam a choice about whether to continue (considering the incredible amount of good he could do for the world) ''and'' offering him a chance at a personal do-over. Sam being the kind of person he is, decides to keep going, and uses his favor to go back and help Al hang onto his first wife, the love of his life.]]

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* IncrediblyInconvenientDeity: The ending showed this to be the case, as [[spoiler:God himself, seen as a bartender, has been sending Sam on his jumps to fix mistakes in history rather than just let him go home. The final episode is kind of Him ''finally'' giving Sam a choice about whether to continue (considering the incredible amount of good he could do for the world) ''and'' offering him a chance at a personal do-over. Sam being the kind of person he is, decides to keep going, and uses his favor to go back and help Al hang onto his first wife, the love of his life. It is in this moment that Sam graduates from the role of [[TheDrifter the Drifter]] to that of the KnightErrant.]]
21st Jun '17 8:33:27 AM DrOO7
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* TheCasanova: Al, as indicated by much of his dialogue.
14th May '17 12:02:43 PM Bahuvrihi
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "Memphis Melody," Sam's actions accidentally cause Elvis not to get discovered. Al checks the changes to history and says that "Heartbreak Hotel" gets recorded by TheMonkees and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, to which he responds by miming throwing up.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "Memphis Melody," Sam's actions accidentally cause Elvis not to get discovered. Al checks the changes to history and says that "Heartbreak Hotel" gets recorded by TheMonkees Music/TheMonkees and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, to which he responds by miming throwing up.
26th Mar '17 8:50:09 AM DrOO7
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* BerserkButton: Sam ''hates'' all forms of racism or intolerance, it being one of the few things that makes him genuinely angry. Meanwhile, Al, despite his womanizing ways, reacts quite badly to the mistreatment of women.
** Sam's hatred of racism causes him considerable problems when he leaps into a young man who joined the Ku Klux Klan because of peer pressure. He's so disgusted that he yanks off the Klan robe as though it makes him physically ill to wear it, initially flat-out refuses to do ''anything'' to help them, and visibly struggles to keep up the charade--watch him literally choke everytime he has to say the "n-word".
** Sexism becomes one for him after he spends time as a woman in TheSixties.

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* BerserkButton: Sam ''hates'' all forms of racism or intolerance, it being one of the few things that makes him genuinely angry. Meanwhile, Al, despite his womanizing ways, reacts quite badly to the mistreatment of women.\n
** Sam's hatred of racism causes him considerable problems when he leaps into a young man who joined the Ku Klux Klan because of peer pressure. He's so disgusted that he yanks off the Klan robe as though it makes him physically ill to wear it, initially it--"This robe stands for ''everything'' my parents taught me to fight against, Al!"--initially flat-out refuses to do ''anything'' to help them, and visibly struggles to keep up the charade--watch him literally choke everytime he has to say the "n-word".
** Sexism becomes one for him after he spends time as a woman in TheSixties. And despite his womanizing ways, it's one for Al too.
23rd Mar '17 3:04:19 PM KingClark
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* SeriesFauxnale: "Mirror Image" was written and filmed as a ''season'' finale. When the series was cancelled afterwards, some last-minute editing was performed to ensure the series would have some kind of an ending. They didn't even manage to spell Sam's last name right, stating "Dr. [[RougeAngelsOfSatin Becket]] [[spoiler:never returned home]]."

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* SeriesFauxnale: "Mirror Image" was written and filmed as a ''season'' finale. When the series was cancelled afterwards, some last-minute editing was performed to ensure the series would have some kind of an ending. They didn't even manage to spell Sam's last name right, stating "Dr. [[RougeAngelsOfSatin [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Becket]] [[spoiler:never returned home]]."
23rd Mar '17 3:02:33 PM KingClark
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** Sam also does this in "Southern Comforts," though it ultimately doesn't keep the wife-beater away. Sam ultimately resorts to [[spoilers:blackmail and legal chicanery to get the guy to leave.]]

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** Sam also does this in "Southern Comforts," though it ultimately doesn't keep the wife-beater away. Sam ultimately resorts to [[spoilers:blackmail [[spoiler:blackmail and legal chicanery to get the guy to leave.]]
4th Mar '17 1:36:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* JackKerouac: One episode featured Sam trying to convince a fictionalized portrayal of the writer to help a young girl in trouble with local gangs.
22nd Feb '17 7:14:52 PM gewunomox
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* FamousFamousFictional: In "Glitter Rock," Sam and Al discuss high-profile assassination attempts by {{Loony Fan}}s, including Creator/JohnLennon, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, and Tonic of King Thunder (Sam's current leapee).

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* FamousFamousFictional: In "Glitter Rock," Sam and Al discuss high-profile assassination attempts by {{Loony Fan}}s, including Creator/JohnLennon, Music/JohnLennon, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, and Tonic of King Thunder (Sam's current leapee).
3rd Feb '17 10:13:57 AM DynamiteXI
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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:In the final part of "Trilogy", Sam and Al realize that Sam is the biological father of the focus character's daughter, conceived when he lept into the woman's fiancé during sex. However, she apparently never finds out, despite working for the Quantum Leap Project in the "fixed" timeline.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:In the final part of "Trilogy", Sam and Al realize that Sam is the biological father of the focus character's daughter, conceived when he lept leaped into the woman's fiancé during sex. However, Al says that she apparently never finds out, doesn't know this, despite working for the Quantum Leap Project in the "fixed" timeline.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather:
** In "Glitter Rock," Sam mistakes a teenager named Phillip for a LoonyFan who might kill his leapee. It turns out that Phillip is actually the leapee's illegitimate son conceived during a fling in TheFifties (as his late mother had told him), and proves it by showing that he has a unique finger webbing like the leapee has.
** In the third episode of "Trilogy," [[spoiler:Sam himself gets the news from Al that Sammie Jo Fuller is his accidental biological daughter.
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3rd Feb '17 10:07:49 AM DynamiteXI
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* TheProfessor

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%%* TheProfessor
* TheProfessorPresentDayPast: Happens on occasion.
* Generally, Sam would end up in New York in a time before the World Trade Center was built, but in any establishing shots of the city, the twin towers would be there.
** In the pilot episode, he's supposed to be in TheFifties, but a modern vehicle can be seen in the background.
** The episode "What Price Gloria?" was set in 1961 but filmed in 1989, and it shows. The women do look early-Sixties, but the boss' office and suit are MUCH closer to ''Film/WallStreet'' than ''Series/MadMen''.
** Zig-zagged in the 1991 episode "Glitter Rock," set in 1974. The fictional rock band King Thunder ''looks'' plausibly like a GlamRock group from 1974 (and are clearly inspired by Music/{{KISS}}), but they ''sound'' more like a Music/{{Whitesnake}} knockoff from a full decade later.
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