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Guess what? It’s not a car…or a spaceship! lol. I know. My theme is quite limited in the amount of forms of transport that can be used in TV & Film, but who cares, they’re all good. Some are more original of course than others and I think that the following one is one of the most original ideas in television history. Donald Bellisario really did create some of the best TV shows and Quantum Leap was no exception. From the moment we hear those words “Doctor Beckett, prematurely stepped into the Project Accelerator and vanished” you know that the story is going to be a good one. Of course, this was one of the first shows I think I saw that actually showed you what was going to happen in the next episode and I think it paved the way for the now very usual “previously on ….” that we see on all shows these days.
My post here is of course not just about the show, it’s about the mode of transport that Sam used to travel through time. The Quantum Leap Accelerator enabled him to start his journey through time putting right what was once wrong. The distinguishing factor here between the QLA and other forms of time travel is that there isn’t actually a physical object that he travels in. This happens to be the second entry on my list featuring Scott Bakula.
Its a grated hole in the floor pretty much, but it allows Sam to travel or “leap” in time, but only into the past – I don’t believe he was ever able to travel into the future. However the big drawback with it was that he didn’t know how to control it. It would just jump him from time to time and he wouldn’t know where he was going next. Not very user-friendly really is it? Still, it would be interesting to be involved in some of history’s most famous moments and actually participate in them.
A truly great TV show and very original idea that did lose its way a few times, but there are some brilliant stand out episodes in the 96 that it ran for between 1989 and 1993. Dean Stockwell’s hologram character Al also gave the show huge appeal. Such a fine actor to include in a show like this and I think it gave it even bigger success. Here is the famous intro sequence.