‘Quantum Leap’ review: Reboot doesn’t have time on its side

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Time travel can be an intriguing series concept – see “Outlander” And “La Bre” — but NBC’s reboot of “Quantum Leap” doesn’t quite capture the spirit of its predecessor.

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that series With the Stars aired for five seasons (1989–93) on NBC Scott Bakula Sam Beckett as the time-jumping Dr. Sam Beckett and Dean Stockwell as Al, the cigar-chomping intelligent hologram guide Sam through his difficult missions and saving the day after he assumes someone else’s identity just in time. Worked on moving forward.

This new version of “Quantum Leap” references the original show – Bakula and Stockwell are both seen, though not as in-the-flesh characters, and the series opener is dedicated to Stockwell, who died last November. It was done So it’s not for lack of trying. But, in a way, the references to Sam and Al only underscore the difficulties in reviving the once popular series. Expectations are high and rarely meet or exceed expectations – and, when all is said and done, “Quantum Leap” has made considerable progress to succeed as a weekly viewing destination. would be required.

Artists reboot of “Quantum Leap” (from left): Nanarissa Lee, Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park and Caitlin Bassett.
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Picture of Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula as Al and Dr. Sam Beckett in the original "Quantum Leap" series.  Al is wearing a white Panama hat and chewing a cigar;  Sam is wearing a blue corduroy jacket and holding a hunting knife and a yellow can.
Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula starred as Al and Dr. Sam Beckett in the original “Quantum Leap” series.
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The setup here is identical to the original, with a few extra wrinkles and a varied cast. Dr. Ben Song (Raymond Lee, “Kevin Can F*** Himself”) is a prolific quantum physicist working for the government to revive the Quantum Leap program in 2022, having been abandoned in 1995 when Sam Beckett followed a time-jump. “didn’t make it home”. Addison Augustine (Newcomer) Caitlin Bassett), Ben’s true love, is an ex-Army intelligence officer working with him. Ben secretly writes new code for Ziggy — the AI ​​mechanism that triggers the time leap — and, in the series premiere, suddenly decides that he needs to test his theory, only for the reasons he wants. For what he knows, without telling anyone. He joins the body of getaway driver Nick of the Philadelphia bank robbery in July 1985, just as a Live Aid concert takes place in High Gear (parallel to “Ziggy”). David Bowieseen on a TV screen in concert, duly noted here).

1985 Photograph of Caitlin Bassett as Edison in Philadelphia.  He is dressed in that era and is in front of a brown car from the 80s.
Addison (Caitlin Bassett) arrives in Philadelphia in 1985 to help Ben in the series opener of “Quantum Leap” on NBC.
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Ben has no memory of his past life, but Edison suddenly appears as his hologram spirit-guide (trying to explain what’s going on)—and to help Ben find the real cause. That she is in Philadelphia and why is she in Nick’s body now. (We learn that their roles should have been reversed.) Edison is the only one who can communicate with Ben/Nick, while back at headquarters, the Quantum Leap support team — technical expert Ian (Mason Alexander Park) and Jane (nanrisa lee) and his boss, Herbert “Magic” Williams (always reliable) Ernie Hudson) — Work zealously to help Ben complete his mission and return home…

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Viewers who haven’t seen the original “Quantum Leap,” and tasted the chemistry between Bakula and Stockwell, won’t find a huge spark between Strong and Bassett—though we don’t really know their full back stories, Still – and the writing could use some oomph (There are some one-liners sprinkled here and there). The supporting players, especially Parks, add a new element to the show that needs to go soon—or suffer a fate that Ben will only be able to save if he “jumps” into the body of the NBC programming executive’s savings. But this new fall series from extinction.

“Quantum Leap” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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