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(IMDB)   "Somebody Up There Likes Ben" Song as he Quantum Leaps to 1970s Las Vegas into young boxer Danny Hill before a big title fight. Ben & Addison must help him win or lose everything. Magic, Ian & Jenn dig into Ben's past on Ep.№3 at 10 ㏘ EDT on NBC   (imdb.com) divider line
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2022-10-03 10:00:28 PM  
Showtime!
 
2022-10-03 10:15:42 PM  
Okay, we now have our twist.
 
2022-10-03 10:23:22 PM  
♪♫ Gon-na need a | mon-tage! ♫♪
 
2022-10-03 10:35:04 PM  
Well, if I remember, you could only leap into someone during your lifetime.  The actor was born in 1987, so they got it wrong already.
 
2022-10-03 10:36:47 PM  

loral: Well, if I remember, you could only leap into someone during your lifetime.  The actor was born in 1987, so they got it wrong already.

That was addressed in the episode already,
 
2022-10-03 10:59:57 PM  
So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?
 
HFK
2022-10-03 11:49:39 PM  
I'm enjoying it so far.
 
2022-10-04 12:08:00 AM  

COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?


Nope.

Her work is to make her dad's wishes come true.  She's leaping/working with Ben to bring Sam home.
 
2022-10-04 12:18:09 AM  

ToastmasterGeneral: COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?

Nope.

Her work is to make her dad's wishes come true.  She's leaping/working with Ben to bring Sam home.


I agree that that's her intent, but the atmosphere (or foreshadowing or whatever you want to call it) definitely has a sinister vibe.
 
2022-10-04 12:24:45 AM  

COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?


Looked more like an imaging chamber to me.
 
2022-10-04 9:03:26 AM  

ToastmasterGeneral: COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?

Nope.

Her work is to make her dad's wishes come true.  She's leaping/working with Ben to bring Sam home.


Haven't watched this episode but that seems like a no-brainer.  They wouldn't have Al's daughter be a villain.

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What happened to the Waiting Room?  Where the leapt person's consciousness would go when the leaper was in their body?
 
2022-10-04 12:12:25 PM  
I'm going to be nitpicky, but a person wearing a leather Jacket in early October Vegas (including in 1977) would have been a bit too warm.
 
2022-10-04 12:29:27 PM  
I am enjoying this episode overall. Another win. I can't stress how much I love the nerd character whose name I keep missing's necktie.
 
2022-10-04 12:44:20 PM  
In case if you were wondering, yes, that was Beth, and the original actress who portrayed her in the original.

Beth was Al's wife who remarried after Al was shot down and went missing in Vietnam. In the last episode of the original series, Sam leaped in as himself to tell Beth that Al was coming home, so she never did remarry.
 
2022-10-04 12:45:57 PM  
Oh these people definitely need to gain a better understanding of work-life balance.
 
2022-10-04 1:47:52 PM  

razyjean: ToastmasterGeneral: COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?

Nope.

Her work is to make her dad's wishes come true.  She's leaping/working with Ben to bring Sam home.

I agree that that's her intent, but the atmosphere (or foreshadowing or whatever you want to call it) definitely has a sinister vibe.


Agreed, but I think that's meant to keep us guessing as to whether Janis is or isn't a good guy.

I think Ben figured a possible way to bring Sam back, but he had to go outside of his lifetime to get there.  He knew the Pentagon wouldn't authorize it, so he went out of the program to work with Janis, who he already knew wanted to right Al's wrong.

I'm guessing season 1 finale is the reveal that they're going for Beckett, but you gotta watch season 2 (if it's not cancelled and title carded) to find out if it works. So season 1's tension (other than bringing Ben back) is whether Janis is a villain. Season 2's tension is can they actually complete it and bring Sam back.  Season 3 has a different antagonist.  Possibly as a consequence of them going to get Sam. If Ernie Hudson wants out, then maybe they pull Backula into the role as a regular. Otherwise, he goes kinda hermit and is only brought in for the occasional cameo.

/Why, yes, I have been thinking about how I'd try to unscrew up Quantum Leap for 28 years or so, why do you ask?...
 
2022-10-04 2:05:11 PM  

Rattrap007: COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?

Looked more like an imaging chamber to me.

I was talking about the hand-held unit with the blinky colored lights that we saw hooked up to Janis's computer (How? USB ports hadn't been invented yet!). Remember? The thing Al used to slap a lot when trying to communicate with Ziggy?

But yeah, an imaging chamber, too.

ToastmasterGeneral: razyjean: ToastmasterGeneral: COMALite J: So, next week has both Ben's first Leap into a woman, and it seems we already have an Evil Leaper now, using Al's Ziggy device?

Nope.

Her work is to make her dad's wishes come true.  She's leaping/working with Ben to bring Sam home.

I agree that that's her intent, but the atmosphere (or foreshadowing or whatever you want to call it) definitely has a sinister vibe.

Agreed, but I think that's meant to keep us guessing as to whether Janis is or isn't a good guy.

I think Ben figured a possible way to bring Sam back, but he had to go outside of his lifetime to get there.  He knew the Pentagon wouldn't authorize it, so he went out of the program to work with Janis, who he already knew wanted to right Al's wrong.

I'm guessing season 1 finale is the reveal that they're going for Beckett, but you gotta watch season 2 (if it's not cancelled and title carded) to find out if it works. So season 1's tension (other than bringing Ben back) is whether Janis is a villain. Season 2's tension is can they actually complete it and bring Sam back.  Season 3 has a different antagonist. Possibly as a consequence of them going to get Sam. If Ernie Hudson wants out, then maybe they pull Backula into the role as a regular. Otherwise, he goes kinda hermit and is only brought in for the occasional cameo.

/Why, yes, I have been thinking about how I'd try to unscrew up Quantum Leap for 28 years or so, why do you ask?...

Xander_CDN: Haven't watched this episode but that seems like a no-brainer. They wouldn't have Al's daughter be a villain.



What happened to the Waiting Room? Where the leapt person's consciousness would go when the leaper was in their body?

Janis, a villain who thinks she's in the right? While "incarnation of evil" types like Darkseid have their purpose, a good realistic villain should think that they're on the side of right. And maybe they are and who we think of as the good guys are in the wrong?

Or maybe Magic is the villain? As Thoreny noted in last week's thread, he was in an episode of the original series ― same character, played by the same actor! He was in the episode where Sam leaps back to the Vietnam War. Maybe Magic resents what happened then, so wormed his way to be head of the new Quantum Leap project? Maybe he's the one who stranded Sam? Maybe Janis really is in the right, and all of this is misdirection from the showrunners?

Good question about the Waiting Room. There's been no mention of it so far that I recall.

HFK: I'm enjoying it so far.

To all whom I've tagged and anyone else, i have a favor to ask: due to time constraints for the foreseeable future, I may not be able to submit these anymore for this series. Someone wanna take over starting next week? It's a good way to get some easy greenlights. Just submit the IMDB episode link since that'd be a unique link per episode so Fark wouldn't reject it for being a repeat (you have to be a TFer to submit an already-submitted link).
 
2022-10-04 4:25:51 PM  
Since the original set a precedent of leaping into sentient animals when they are important, I totally want them to do like a show dolphin episode or something just for the combination of ridiculous/hilarious concept and deeply unsettling story material.
 
2022-10-04 4:28:57 PM  
Okay so here's my theory, by the way:
Sam Beckett leaped into Ben to set the events of the show in motion, and also eventually bring himself home. The slingshot is to align the two of them for some purpose that requires the two of them to coordinate and both get home.
 
2022-10-04 5:23:05 PM  
Last episode, he leaps into the body of a screenwriter and has to come up with something original to get home.
 
2022-10-04 10:12:54 PM  

COMALite J: same character, played by the same actor


Not the same actor for Magic. Ernie Hudson plays him this time around. For the original series, someone else played him.

Beth however is the same actress.
 
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