Here’s some more Quantum Leap. I wonder when someone will do a gritty reboot of this. I’m always impressed at the depth of emotion achieved by the woman doing the opening narration. “Hoping against hope that each leap… would be the leap home.”
This episode is Play Ball, and Sam is a washed up baseball player playing in the bush league.
The plot basically revolves around players sleeping with the wrong women. And I still can’t fathom the sport.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th March 1993 – 21:00
The next episode is Hurricane. Sam is a sherrif, while a hurricane is threatening a town. And people seem to be able to see him as Sam Beckett sometimes rather than as the person he’s leaped into. This isn’t really expanded upon, as the story plays out as a hurricane rescue as the background to a love triangle between Sam and two women, one of whom starts wielding a knife, just add a bit of jeopardy.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd March 1993 – 21:00
And just when I thought Quantum Leap was falling into a bit of a dull rut, the next episode is Justice which opens with Sam leaping into a man being inducted into the Ku Klux Klan.
“This stands for everything my parents taught me to fight against” says Sam, which seems a strange way of expressing his revulsion. I would presume that all the Klansmen’s parents taught them all to be racists.
This was a way more dramatic episode than the previous two, just because of the setting. The racist South is always a horrific and compelling source of drama, and Quantum Leap is usually fairly sensitive.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th March 1993 – 21:00
the final episode here is Permanent Wave. Sam leaps into the body of a hairdresser just in time to almost witness the shooting of the local pharmacist.
Harry Groener, the Mayor from Buffy, is a detective.
An extremely young Joseph Gordon Levitt plays his girlfriend’s son, who did witness the attack, but she doesn’t want him involved with the police.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th April 1993 – 21:00
After this episode, there’s half a trailer for Danny Baker’s radio show, then the recording stops. Sorry, Danny.