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9th Dec '17 5:34:34 AM ApeAccount
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[[WMG: Aliens created the Evil Leaper programme]]
Even if The Devil was God’s counterpart, one has to figure there was still someone who created the technology. Even if Alia’s role was to be Sam’s counterpart as the leaper, there still needed to be someone who had Sam’s role as the inventor.

The episode directly before the introduction of the evil leapers featured [=UFOs=]. At the end, the man Sam had leapt into was being taken onto their ship while two government agents (whom Sam had told about Project Quantum Leap) were left standing on the ground. The aliens could have monitored the leap (having more advanced scanning technology than us) and could potentially have gotten information about the Project from any of these people.

Fearing humanity and our eventual technological advancement, they could have started their own project, using people they’d abducted. Zoey’s reference to having climbed their way out of hell could have been a reference to some sort of alien experimentation camp which they were only allowed out of in exchange for working on the aliens’ plan to sabotage humanity by rewriting our history. Perhaps the aliens set up Lothos to choose the best humans to take from the experimentation camp and assign to the leaping project instead.

While it might seem petty to try to conquer Earth by breaking up a marriage and getting Jimmy locked up, they may officially have to conduct their affairs covertly (a Temporal Prime Directive, as Star Trek would call it). When you leap into a housewife in the 1960s, it’s a lot more discrete to sabotage her marriage by serving a few TV dinners than it would be to have her break into a nuclear missile facility. Ruin enough families and eventually you're bound to get to one that would have produced the next Albert Einstein or Sam Beckett.

23rd Sep '17 10:52:41 PM ApeAccount
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[[WMG: Quantum Leap is in fact based on an obscure movie (so obscure we've never heard of it)]]
There are some key differences between the movie and the series proper. The original version of Sam was a [[Film/StarGate humourless man played by Kurt Russell who spelled his name with one t]]. The creators regretted that they never got to show his final fate, hence why they decided to tack a final line on the series' finale to explain it.
21st Sep '17 12:38:12 AM ApeAccount
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[[WMG: A heightened emotional state makes it easier to leap into someone]]
* Sam almost always seems to leap into someone during a stressful moment. The finale suggests [[spoiler: that Sam unconsciously controls his leaps]] meaning it's not unreasonable to suggest leaping has an emotional component. Given there shouldn't be anyone involved who would maliciously want Sam to always end up leaping in at an awkward moment, it would make sense if he ''had to'' leap in at awkward moments when the person he replaced was more susceptible to being replaced.
21st May '17 2:58:24 PM nombretomado
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And has a wicked sense of humor. Sam gave Ziggy a personality, so like [[WarGames another computer]], it's playing a game with Sam, testing his mettle. That's why Ziggy's prone to 'make mistakes'- it's actually screwing with Sam and Al. Also, Al the bartender from the final episode is actually AI, a computer generated avatar for Ziggy.

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And has a wicked sense of humor. Sam gave Ziggy a personality, so like [[WarGames [[Film/WarGames another computer]], it's playing a game with Sam, testing his mettle. That's why Ziggy's prone to 'make mistakes'- it's actually screwing with Sam and Al. Also, Al the bartender from the final episode is actually AI, a computer generated avatar for Ziggy.
21st May '17 12:41:01 PM nombretomado
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He's named Samuel Beckett. He's no more likely to go home than [[Main/WaitingForGodot Godot]] is to meet Vladimir and Estragon.

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He's named Samuel Beckett. He's no more likely to go home than [[Main/WaitingForGodot [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot Godot]] is to meet Vladimir and Estragon.
23rd Apr '17 9:08:12 AM nombretomado
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Okay, so [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]], [[LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi Haruhi]], and [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth Pickle Inspector]] all got to this one first. Think about it: the dominant theory in the first part of the show is that "god" controls Sam's leaps, and we later learn that Sam is doing it subconsciously. But if Sam never returns home, he leaps infinitely and thus has complete control over the timeline after his own birth. This gives him control over the circumstances of future TimeTravel projects, which means he can theoretically leap into other time travelers, allowing him to go further into the past and influence the origins of the universe. Thus, Sam has complete control over the universe.

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Okay, so [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]], [[LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]], and [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth Pickle Inspector]] all got to this one first. Think about it: the dominant theory in the first part of the show is that "god" controls Sam's leaps, and we later learn that Sam is doing it subconsciously. But if Sam never returns home, he leaps infinitely and thus has complete control over the timeline after his own birth. This gives him control over the circumstances of future TimeTravel projects, which means he can theoretically leap into other time travelers, allowing him to go further into the past and influence the origins of the universe. Thus, Sam has complete control over the universe.
22nd Dec '16 11:14:36 AM DynamiteXI
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[[WMG: {{Wishbone}} is Sam's dog.]]

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[[WMG: {{Wishbone}} Series/{{Wishbone}} is Sam's dog.]]


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[[WMG: Sam doesn't return home because his world is [[Series/{{Sliders}} Maggie Beckett]]'s homeworld]]
* In ''Series/{{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.
28th Jun '16 6:33:50 PM lihtox
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28th Jun '16 6:32:40 PM lihtox
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[[WMG: Sam doesn't return home, but that's not a sad thing]]
* Sam doesn't *want* to go home anymore: he has learned to let go of his drive to get home and accept that this is what he really wants to do.
* Not returning home doesn't mean that he loses contact with the Quantum Leap Project. Al and the Gang continue to help him on a regular basis.
* Sam eventually does retire, but settles in a *different* time and place than the one he originally called "home".
17th Oct '15 9:40:35 PM randomsurfer
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[[WMG:''Quantum Leap'' takes place in the same 'verse as ''Series/NYPDBlue''

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[[WMG:''Quantum Leap'' takes place in the same 'verse as ''Series/NYPDBlue''''Series/NYPDBlue'']]
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