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** Yeah, this was one of my biggest problems with the whole series. It was just a throwaway line for laughs but really creepy to think about. Another concern is that Al mocks the kid (out of the kid's hearing, of course) for losing his virginity at the age of, what, 20? That's not unusual and probably preferable.

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** Yeah, this was one of my biggest problems with the whole series. It was just a throwaway line for laughs but really creepy to think about. Another concern is that Al mocks the kid (out of the kid's hearing, of course) for losing his virginity at the age of, what, 20? That's not unusual and probably preferable.preferable.
** Preferable, yes, but Al was just trying to hit him where it hurts, considering the kid in question just mocked one of his "friends" for being a virgin.

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** I assume that after the finale, Sam is just capable of travelling through time under his own power and has decided to do so in order to help as many people as he possibly can. Essentially, he's AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence (perhaps, given the religious overtones of the series, he's become an angel of some sort). So there's no one going to the waiting room. No one other than Sam is involved or potentially harmed by his leaps from that point forth. Perhaps he doesn't even age; he just exists outside of time, doing whatever he can to make the universe a better place.


*** 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? He 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.

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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? He 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? He doesn't just her to fuck off and decides not to have anything at all to do with the woman who supposedly tried to ruin his life? Not exactly plausible.plausible. Not the sorts of things an innocent man falsely accused with no hidden agenda would do. 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.


** Yeah, this was one of my biggest problems with the whole series. It was just a throwaway line for laughs but really creepy to think about. Another concern is that Al mocks the kids (out of the kid's hearing, of course) for losing his virginity at the age of, what, 20? That's not unusual and probably preferable.

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** Yeah, this was one of my biggest problems with the whole series. It was just a throwaway line for laughs but really creepy to think about. Another concern is that Al mocks the kids kid (out of the kid's hearing, of course) for losing his virginity at the age of, what, 20? That's not unusual and probably preferable.


** Chip wasn't investigated and the case against Al wasn't dropped. Sam told Al to put Young Al into the accelerator to send him back before the murder to prevent Chip from doing the deed in the first place. (A very risky proposition at best considering that Young Al knows nothing of leaping or of the Swiss Cheese effect.)



* In the episode "Another Mother", Sam is looking for the leapee's teenage son, who has been abducted, although his classmates -- who have spent much of the episode mocking him for being a virgin -- don't know that. After Sam demands to know where he was last seen and heads off to look for him, one of them laughs, "Man, with a mother like that I'd still be a virgin too." Al overhears this, and remarks that he '''is''' still a virgin and will continue to be one for the next six years, information he apparently got from the handlink. The problem with this is that, throughout the series, the indication has been that Ziggy gets all her information from official records.[[labelnote:*]] This actually causes them a few problems when Sam leaps outside of the USA, and they have to gain access to other countries' records to know what's going on.[[/labelnote]] So... does this mean that the United States government, since some time before 1981 (when this episode takes place), has been keeping tabs on its citizens' sex lives and recording the information for posterity? And if so, ''why???!!!''

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* In the episode "Another Mother", Sam is looking for the leapee's teenage son, who has been abducted, although his classmates -- who have spent much of the episode mocking him for being a virgin -- don't know that. After Sam demands to know where he was last seen and heads off to look for him, one of them laughs, "Man, with a mother like that I'd still be a virgin too." Al overhears this, and remarks that he '''is''' still a virgin and will continue to be one for the next six years, information he apparently got from the handlink. The problem with this is that, throughout the series, the indication has been that Ziggy gets all her information from official records.[[labelnote:*]] This actually causes them a few problems when Sam leaps outside of the USA, and they have to gain access to other countries' records to know what's going on.[[/labelnote]] So... does this mean that the United States government, since some time before 1981 (when this episode takes place), has been keeping tabs on its citizens' sex lives and recording the information for posterity? And if so, ''why???!!!''''why???!!!''
** Yeah, this was one of my biggest problems with the whole series. It was just a throwaway line for laughs but really creepy to think about. Another concern is that Al mocks the kids (out of the kid's hearing, of course) for losing his virginity at the age of, what, 20? That's not unusual and probably preferable.


** What bugged me about this was that it went through a few changes. Over the seasons, it wasn't consistent. First, there was no mention of the person being in the chamber back in the lab, then it was the person being in the chamber, then it even became the person looking like Sam in the chamber.

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*** This I thought was one of the strangest examples of the "aura." Sam, as a chimp, is fighting the bad guys using martial arts kicks. But he has much longer legs than a chimp does. What are the scientists seeing, exactly? A chimp lift its leg and some guy three feet away just fall over?
** What bugged me about this was that it went through a few changes. Over the seasons, it wasn't consistent. First, there was no mention of the person being in the chamber back in the lab, then it was the person being in the chamber, then it even became the person looking like Sam in the chamber. chamber.
*** The waiting room was mentioned in the very first episode. However, in the first season, there was no clear statement of how leaping actually worked. Maybe Sam DID occupy the leapee's body during the leap. (This controversy also existed in the (non-canon) novel series; in some, Sam's whole body leaped; in others, he entered the leapee's body.) Also, Al is not military in season one.


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** This inconsistency was addressed in one of the novels (which are not considered canon), "Pulitzer." His official repatriation date acknowledged by the government and his actual one were different, at least within the novel.

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** That kid was a young Nolan Ryan who could throw a 100 MPH fast ball. In the original history, Tim Fox hit a caught foul ball, ending the game. But ain't no way Sam can hit ANYTHING thrown by Nolan Ryan. Sam would have struck out, but the catcher dropped the ball, and a dropped third strike turns a batter into a runner.


** 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.

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** 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.traveller.
* In the episode "Another Mother", Sam is looking for the leapee's teenage son, who has been abducted, although his classmates -- who have spent much of the episode mocking him for being a virgin -- don't know that. After Sam demands to know where he was last seen and heads off to look for him, one of them laughs, "Man, with a mother like that I'd still be a virgin too." Al overhears this, and remarks that he '''is''' still a virgin and will continue to be one for the next six years, information he apparently got from the handlink. The problem with this is that, throughout the series, the indication has been that Ziggy gets all her information from official records.[[labelnote:*]] This actually causes them a few problems when Sam leaps outside of the USA, and they have to gain access to other countries' records to know what's going on.[[/labelnote]] So... does this mean that the United States government, since some time before 1981 (when this episode takes place), has been keeping tabs on its citizens' sex lives and recording the information for posterity? And if so, ''why???!!!''


*** Leaving aside the fact that a misogynist like Kevin wouldn't be likely to be in too much of a hurry to claim that a woman beat him up in any era, much less 1980, he's already been accused of raping her once. Once, okay, he can get away with it, but twice? There is only a certain amount of times that you can be involved in rather shady goings-on with the exact same person before even people in the early 1980s would start to get a bit suspicious. Especially if you're coming up with some cock-and-bull story about how you only went over there because she wanted to apologise but instead she beat you up for absolutely no reason whatsoever, honestly guys, no reason at all.

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*** Leaving aside the fact that a misogynist like Kevin wouldn't be likely to be in too much of a hurry to claim that a woman beat him up in any era, much less 1980, he's already been accused of raping her once. Once, okay, he can get away with it, but twice? There is Even in America in the early 1980s -- not exactly a feminist utopia -- it was possible to convict a man of rape, he has no reason to be there which isn't at least a little shady, and there are only a certain amount of times that you can be involved in rather shady suspicious goings-on with the exact same person before even people in the early 1980s would start to get a bit suspicious. Especially if you're coming up with some cock-and-bull story about how you only went over there because she wanted to apologise but instead she beat you up for absolutely no reason whatsoever, honestly guys, no reason at all.

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** Some of this is simply RuleOfDrama meets ArtisticLicenseLaw used to facilitate the plot. It is, after all, a science fiction time-travel adventure series, not a LawProcedural.


** Sam actually does leap into somebody whilst they're asleep. If I remember correctly, he's dreaming about ''Deep Space Nine'''s Terry Farrell naked on the beach, which shocked the hell out of me at the time because it used to be shown at 6pm in the UK.

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** Sam actually does leap into somebody whilst they're asleep. If I remember correctly, he's dreaming about ''Deep Space Nine'''s Terry Farrell Creator/TerryFarrell naked on the beach, which shocked the hell out of me at the time because it used to be shown at 6pm in the UK.


*** 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.

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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 He willingly agrees to a meeting where it's just the two of them? Instead 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.

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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.

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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).


** 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).

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