Quantum Leap

I’ve slowly been working through the show Quantum Leap. You know, “Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator – and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap… will be the leap home. ” It was a television show from 1989-93 and it touched on a bunch of topics with Sam leaping into a new person each week. It’s an interesting show as the modern part of the show is the future year of 1999, so there is a bit of humor in the fashion of the turn of the century as seen from a decade before hand.

In college one of my roommates had two seasons on DVD and we watched them a bunch of times. Afterward I found that Netflix had the series on demand so I’ve been working on the other season that I’ve missed and recently they have added some more episodes including the series finale, so I could finally finish watching the show.  The show offers a cool look through the 20th century as Sam leap into different individuals and with the help of Al, he helps make history tilt toward the positive. Sure it simplifies some large topics like the civil and women’s rights movements and Vietnam seems to hang heavy on the show.  If you haven’t seen the show before it’s worth you time to watch a few episodes some get rather ridiculous.

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