NBC: Do we need another Quantum Leap? We’ll find out September 19th… I used to watch the show back in the day, and found it enjoyable enough. It was a ‘fun-for-the-whole-family’ sort of show. But that was thirty years ago….
In the original Quantum Leap; Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished, traveling back in time. And with the help of a cigar chomping hologram companion named Al, “puts right what once went wrong” across time and space.
Now NBC is reviving the franchise with a new series that shares continuity with the original. But this time, Raymond Lee’s Dr. Ben Seong finds himself on his own journey in time. And Ben and his team were hired to figure out what happened to Sam Beckett decades earlier. And for reasons that have yet to be revealed, Ben repeated Sam’s trip through the accelerator and goes on his own journey through time.
Ben’s sole link to the present is Addison (Caitlin Bassett), a woman who can communicate with him in the form or a hologram that only Ben can see or hear. Essentially, Addison is the new Al. The rest of the new team in the present includes Ian Wright (Mason Alexander Park) and Jen Chou (Nanrisa Lee). However, the direct link to the original series is Herbert ‘Magic’ Williams, a man that Sam once leaped into during the Vietnam War. In the present, Magic is played by Ernie Hudson, and he’s the new man in charge of Project Quantum Leap.
To me, this seems like a re-hash of what came before, the same-old-same-old… But it has been thirty years since the original show aired, so maybe everything old can be new again…