Next to ‘Top Gear’, one show that I watched regularly with my dad were repeats of the show ‘Quantum Leap’. Created in 1989, the sci-fi show ran for five seasons and followed a time traveller as he tried to get back to his own time via transporting through various people. It was charming and consistently well written and well-acted. So, I was wary when a modernized revival was announced by NBC.
The revival of the same name follows the same concept as its source material. Set 30 years after the original’s finale, Raymond Lee (Top Gun: Maverick) stars as Dr Ben Seong, a scientist who must restart the Quantum Leap Accelerator project in the hopes to learn more about the machine and its creator.
The most important thing to remember when bringing a beloved piece of media back is to keep the same aspects of its source material, i.e.: it’s plot and overall concept. And thankfully ‘Quantum Leap 2022’ looks to be taking this crucial step. The two leads, Raymond Lee and newcomer Caitlin Bassett, who stars as Ben’s only contact Addison, look like they’ll act well against each other, something that is also important to the show. It also looks like a lot of fun, despite the change in atmosphere and the slightly more serious tone it seems to be going for.
The one downside to the show is that ‘Quantum Leap 2022’ will show viewers Ben’s present day, as the Quantum Leap team try and get him back. The original show was primarily set in the past, so this additional detail is a little jarring and has the unfortunate possibility of breaking any tension that might occur.
However, as a huge fan of the original show, I am definitely willing to give the revival a watch. It does look like it could be fun and will hopefully carry a similar charm that the original show had, but only time will tell.
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