, 2 days, post #81 |
I doubt the writers ever thought about it, but I think the fans
have given the sort of explanation that the aura of the person is
around Sam, and people just see the aura(though, it was established
that small children and cats would see Sam as himself, and would
also be able to see Al). It's been a long time since I watched it,
and I didn't see every episode, but I don't think they ever really
made the fact that Sam is physically leaping into a plot point in
the show(other than maybe the previously mentioned double amputee
leap, and the mention of him gaining a daughter with the wife of
someone he leaped into).|
I know one of the tie-in comics did use that as a plot point, where
Sam had leaped into a teen girl who was a twin, and the girl's
mother tripped on the stairs and would have died, but Sam was able
to catch her, and Al commented that in the original history the
girl wasn't strong enough to catch the mother, but since Sam was
much stronger he was able to save her.
However, some of the tie-in books were written as if Sam wasn't
physically leaping, and it was just his mind(though, I haven't read
all of them, as I haven't found them online), and I know in The
Wall where Sam leaps first into a six year old girl, and then the
woman the girl grew up to be the book does make comments about him
being in the body of a small girl, and then later a woman. But, I
go with the viewpoint of that if it's onscreen it's canon.
From: guest (Spyeye)
, 2 days, post #82 |
, 2 days, post #83 |
The show's stance on whether Sam's body or mind leaped evolved
throughout the series, and I believe it was actually decided fairly
late in the series that it was his body that leaped, and people are
only perceiving him to be the person he has leaped into. Some of
the novels, I believe, were written before that was made clear, and
so reflect an assumption that it's Sam's mind leaping into his
leapees' bodies. There are episodes where he's able to see despite
leaping into a blind man and where he's able to walk despite
leaping into a double amputee, and the leapee gives birth in the
waiting room in the episode where he leaps into a pregnant woman,
so it's unquestionably his body that leaps. A lot of fanfiction
assumes that Sam is mentally leaping, though, so the audience, at
least, is divided on the issue.|
As for how physical leaping works, as someone who's written Quantum
Leap-inspired fiction. I can say that it's best not to think about
it too hard, lol. The quick answer though, is that people see,
hear, and feel Sam (and, by extension, Ben) as the person he's
leaped into, and it works because the writers said so.
The creators have stated in interviews that there's no waiting room
in the new series, I suppose because they decided it would
complicate things too much. Everyone seems to agree that the
balance between Ben's side of things and the Project side of things
is kind of janky as it is, so it's probably the right decision not
to add the waiting room to the mix. This is a new team restarting
the project 30 years later and rebuilding a great deal of the
technology to make it happen, so it's not surprising that leaping
would work a little differently.
, 2 days, post #84 |
The ratings apparently increased this week. The first week it had
3.5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating; the second week it had 2.8
million viewers and a 0.3 rating; the third week it had 2.6 million
viewers and a 0.4 rating. I don't understand ratings well enough to
understand how it can have fewer viewers but a higher rating, but
the articles I'm seeing take this to be good news. TV Fanatic says
this: "If the show can stabilize here, there's a good chance it
will get a backorder." I assume this means the network would order
additional episodes for the back half of the season, increasing it
to the standard 22ish episodes of a full season. This is something
that frequently happens with new series, and I know it was part of
the deal for Quantum Leap.|
In any case, the fact that the drop in viewers wasn't significant
between the second and third episodes seems like a good sign. The
pilot wasn't great; that's likely because it wasn't originally
meant to be the pilot; the episode that was originally meant to be
the pilot was moved to be the sixth episode, and another script was
reworked to be the pilot. I haven't had a chance to watch the third
episode yet, but the second episode felt much better. The steep
drop in viewers between the first and second episodes probably
reflects the mediocre pilot, but the fact that most viewers who
watched the second episode stuck around for the third means that
most people probably liked what they saw in the second episode, and
hopefully those viewers will mostly stick with the show.
Something to keep in mind, if you're reading coverage of the show,
is that there are some sites out there that like to write
doom-and-gloom articles about movies and shows that they perceive
to be too "woke." I've lost track of how many articles I've read
over the last few years predicting the imminent demise of Star Wars
or the MCU. Those sites stir outrage and despair to get clicks.
Take everything you read with a grain of salt. The new Quantum Leap
is no runaway hit, but the situation is probably not as dire as
some sites suggest.
If you want this series to continue, make sure you're watching it
legally if at all possible! Live TV is probably the best option;
you can also (depending on where you live, I imagine) watch it on
Peacock. Of course, not everyone has access to these options, so do
what you have to do. But if you can, watch the show legally so it
can keep going!
, 2 days, post #85 |
(Not to mention the fact that, just like a lot of YouTube creators,
if the showrunners see that there's a weird uptick in viewers every
time Ben leaps into a woman, they may be incentivized to make it
happen more often, lol.)|
From: guest (vassey)
, 2 days, post #86 |
Ratings still suck.Look here:|
Is the lowest rated show now at NBC.New Amsterdam doesnt count
because its already in its last season.
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