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One of, if not the, best sci-fi series there ever was*
but yeah quantum leap was unreal!
Not forgetting the intro
Although I don't remember it being this voice over
I do remember this on now.
"It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went..."a little caca." In the blink of a cosmic clock, I went from quantum physicist to Air Force test-pilot. Which could have been fun...if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help – an observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am, bouncing around in time, putting things right that once went wrong, a sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don't even need a mask... ("Oh Boy")"
The catch in her voice when she said, "the leap home". Fucking hell.
I liked that bit though, like she was a bit choked up. That was my favourite bit to mime :)
though I don't think it'll have dated well if I watched it now. I loved it. I painted the opening sequence and wrote all the words to the introduction around the central figure of Sam. It was awesome, I still have it if you're interested.
I always wanted to see the episode in which he was in some sort of fighter plane, the clip always appeared when the credits were rolling but it took a long time of dedicated watching and I'm not sure if I ever did see it but I've a feeling it was the first or last episode ever and he went home.
MY LIFE WITH QUANTUM LEAP.
was the pilot (no pun intended) I seem to remember.
I'm also pretty sure he didn't get home at the end, but continued helping people out, or something.
and I'm getting them confused but I just remember missing one of them for some reason but my mate saw it, told me about it and I recall being AMAZED.
I think it was three linked episodes, beginning with Al trying to make him save his marriage.
Then he's back home trying to stop his brother going to Vietnam.
Then he's with his brother in Vietnam and he see's Al being taken by the Viet Cong but he manages to get a photographer who takes a photo, meaning Al's wife knows he's alive...or something.
Of course there's also the one where he leaps into Al's young body and gets him almost executed and Al gets briefly erased from history.
It's after he's in the electric chair and somehow he and Al are swapped so he remembers he has a wife and goes to see her. I can't remember the resolution, but I think he gets leaped into where Al is, causing him to come home.
he leaps into heaven or something and meets god. turns out he some sort of angel and thats his job, so off he goes back to work.
and Bernhard Langer a different time.
Even that slightly daft Trilogy in the final season was good. Basically it was an okay show with a fucking great final season (or two).
'In 1972 a cracked commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime the didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade....etc etc
How did all you youths watch the A Team and Quantum Leap? They haven't been on telly for 15/20 years have they?
Is this something to do with the internet?
my parents used to watch them all the time. I am very very nearly 20 aswell.
Grandstand: potatoes in parsley sauce
Round the bend: Sausage and chips
My favourite episode (ie only one I remember)of the original series was when one of the kids got beat up by his dad for taking a couple of ice cold cokes (the dads cokes) from the fridge.
My sympathies were with the dad. I'd do the same if anyone interfered with my ice cold glass bottles of coke.
Can't wait for the box set release.
Fuck you, Cameron!
suerly this is a misnomer?
4YRS FOR A PHD TO GET A MIGHTY DISAPPOINTMENT.
but Quantum Leap was amazing...I always liked the ones where he was a woman best or some stunt driver or boxer
as the warn says, oh boy.
It lacked the good characters and actors of Quantum Leap and was more like The Twilight Zone so it tended to be be about a different world compared to one person's plight.
Scott Bakula dressed as a lady was pretty funny.
REMEMBER THE ONE WHERE HE SWITCHES PLACES WILL AL AND BECOMES THE HOLOGRAM INSTEAD? RAD
Sliders was good up to a certain point that I can't remember exactly. I remember they killed the fat guy off and Jerry O'Connell left and was replaced and some other stuff happened.
What if you could travel to parallel worlds...
WITH WITH WITH
is the point at which it fully jumped the shark.
Great interplay between Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell especially. And the end of the last episode is heartbreaking.
The episode(s) where he's Lee Harvey Oswald is a bit shit though (and was mainly a fuck you to Oliver Stone's film JFK)
There's an episode where Al hates on kids who play Dungeons & Dragons and such children are generally made out to be one step away from satanists. :-/
Dungeons and Dragons!!
There were episodes which looked at racism, sexism, the Cold War, and Sam was always pretty liberal (with Al as a more conservative contrast)
But it definitely supported a Christian/Mainstream viewpoint in the main. You can't really be racist, sexist or homophobic in a TV show so it's not surprising we wouldn't see that.
But the JFK episode was boringly 'straight' in what it did and in its resolution. In general the show liked to support the classic family environment, patriotism, joining the army for your country and stuff like that.
cheers for that you big spoon.
Tomorrow - was Murdoch suffering from post war syndrome?
You can enjoy something even if you recognise its faults. Where would a good B Movie be otherwise?
though I cant find any reference on the internet now
I loved Quantum Leap! Oh to be 10 again...
went to see 'necessary roughness' (American Football film, starring SB) at the cinema.
Got to see a pretty lady's naked back at one stage though so it was deffo worth it.
but I BLOODY LOVED QUANTUM LEAP. (I think i may be obssesed by amnesia after the bourne identity though, and being trapped in time, after Back to the Future).
it was a documentary.
Is one of my favourite books!
And I don't like science fiction?
Science Fiction is a broad genre description that covers a lot more than space battles or stuff like that.
From the ever (un-)reliable Wikipedia:
Science fiction is a genre of fiction. It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation). Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas". Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities. The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief provided by potential scientific explanations to various fictional elements.
These may include:
A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in an historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens
Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature
Stories that involve discovery or application of new scientific principles, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)
I wasn't disagreeing...merely pointing out that I don't *generally* like Sci-Fi, and yet I love that book. Thus AGREEING with the fact that she does, in fact, write Science Fiction.
Is it not that you don't like films/books that put special effects/action above characterisation, which it's true tends to mainly happen in Sci-Fi?
Good fiction is always good.
Obviously i can't speak for chintzy, but his is exactly what I mean. Also, I think my childhood lacked sufficient gender-neutral erearing, and so I was brought up being a little too pink and fluffy, and VERY SCARED of daleks.
dambusters must make you hide behind the sofa :-D
You know, given the Death Star attack is almost a scene for scene remake of the Dambusters final section. :D
this is it. She has a fear of large structures, so the death star would be terrifying.
*Insert joke about me having a large structure*
I LOVE FLASH GORDON. I think I'm maybe just a bit camp, really.
If you havn't you really should.
It's the most camp sci-fi film Ive ever seen, despite having quite a lot of Whatsherface's boobs in it. WIN!
Better than Flash Gordon.
Zardoz is worth a not very serious look if you want camp Sci-Fi. Ridiculous.
She looks absolutely fantastic in every scene in that film and that's why it's better than Flash Gordon.
That and when the baddy is wearing an eye patch and being all seedy dykey. What a movie.
Flash Gordon is all men in tights, apart from the princess, but she's a skank, so it can gtfo...
But Zardoz... yep... ridiculous.
I'm all about thought provoking books/films and some (not all...ok, most) Sci-Fi is all a bit nothingy to me? I guess it's pretty subjective.
in that i maintain a loathing for sci-fi, whilst actually loving rather a few things which probably fall into that genre, depending on interpretation. Can i just sayu- I HATE DR WHO? (go on Theo, tell me that's not sci-fi ;)....)
I HATE DR WHO TOO ;)
Though the tone and style of the show has obviously changed a lot over the years, kind of like how there are few Bond films that are actually really good films in their own right.
as what I believe to be better Bond than Bond. She's halfway through the first one and literally enthralled.
Time to get the ritalin in.
and amusingly couldn't get rid of the 'vision impaired' audio subtitles, so every bit of silence was punctuated with
"A STERN FACED MAN HAS WALKED INTO THE ROOM. JASON IS LOOKING WARY."
I was compressing it and noticed the the 2.0 audio track would give me more video room.
Then I played the finished disc and found a voice describing the FUCKING STUDIO LOGOS to me at the start. I read the back of the DVD and realised what the 2.0 track was. D'oh!
I don't follow action films very easily, and so it reduced the number of 'what is happening now', 'who IS that man', and 'is he a baddie or a goodie' type questions I had to ask by about 50%. Also, I wondered if they were reading out the stage directoins form the script, and if not, who gets to decide whether MATT DAMON has entered the room looking edgy, or bouyant, or whether he's actually merely trying to supress a boner for the girl, or whether he's in fact thinking, damn, there's no milk and i need some tea. I may watch all films from now on with the audio thing on :)
me- 'ha! continuity fuckup- wasn't he wearing a different jacket 5 minutes ago?'
you- yes, the plot has now moved on to the following year *hangs self*
you complete disablist :(
There was half an hour to go, and it was late and we hadn't really slept at the weekend. I have been ruing our decision to switch off the tv and go to bed ever since. I need to know what happens!
I need to know what happens!
i reckon you could get it for a fiver if you're lucky... and then we'll do the second one on fri!
They're well made and so forth, but I preferred the direction on the first one to the other two, where the action's hard to really enjoy. Also that chase through Morocco or wherever is ridiculously superhuman.
I also have issues with rooting for a character like that, given his history, etc. There's something fundamentally dubious about it.
because for me, that anti-hero nature is excellent viewing - do you hold a man responsible for something he can't even remember doing or being? Ace.
Agreed on the cinematography of the latter two films, although I found Ultimatum riveting.
Same goes for Taken - showing Bond how to be Bond.
entertaining stuff but so over the top and Neeson is not the most convincing hardman.
Bourne is similar. Bond is rubbish. Sci-Fi is gash.
Glad we got that all cleared up.
I'd say Casino Royale and For Your Eyes Only are also on that level, for various reasons. (The latter has basically no gadgets and a great ending.)
I liked the general moodyness, and I dunno but I actually think the less 'hard man' someone is the better in films like this - CIA or whatever aren't supposed to be marines, so I don't want someone too aggressive taking that role.
It's why Damon is good in Departed too - not too gritty, just a complete bastard.
(this may be revised after I've seen toy story 3)
it kept me glued to my seat the whole way through
He's a classic example of someone who's given a get-out clause for his actions by a writer that glosses over the past.
The only true anti-hero I've seen in TV or film that I can recall would be Tony Soprano, a character you genuinely care for and loathe, often within the same 50 minutes.
With Bourne it feels like someone built a history around where they wanted to start their character. It doesn't ruin the films by any means but it niggles me a bit. They're well made but for me they lack something that makes me really love them.
rather than a way of making the character more human. I assume the initial board meeting sort of went, "what if we make it so that as he finds out about himself more and more, he really begins to hate who he was and has to therefore go and apologise to victims' relatives, even if they hate him for it?'
I see what you mean about it niggling you though, but for some reason I care for the character more. If I woke up with no memory and found out about past actions, would I be ashamed of anything? Probably.
when you said "where they wanted to start with their character" I started thinking plural.
But the point prob still stands: what if my main character etc etc etc. i think it would more have been that than "i want to make an awesome secret agent - i'll throw in this as a gimmick"
We don't really know enough about him, do we? I don't remember his 'badness' being stated and in any case, we have a whole comic film + dystopian future to worry about.
for entirely selfish reasons.
That's an anti-hero, innit?
Is he really a bad guy? I don't remember that.
The other two: he's just mental.
But likable due to his lack of aptitude.
He's just like most of the men on here. Myself included.
Now get over here and gimme some sugar.
a bit too heavy on the morals and schmaltz but then that was half the programme. The end which showed the next episode was always dicey as you knew whether it was worth watching or not eg The end where he looks in the mirror and is a chimpanzee,pool hustler,boxer,pilot etc definitely worth watching. The end where he is a woman, child, actor, jock, not worth watching.
I used to watch it on the tv
Remember the one where Maggie was hungry for cock. Mmmm... Kari Wurher.
"NO QUINN, IT'S THE RIGHT EARTH!" - (me, about 10+? years ago shouting at the tv.)
THAT'S NOT YOUR HUSBAND YOU'RE KISSING, LADY. YOU SLUT.
they show it on syfy or something during the day but it's a random series. i really want to watch it all over again from the beginning. wonder how much i could get the entire series on DVD for.....
but if you total up the cost for all five seasons it's only £79.95. I didn't check Amazon.
happy is i