Could you ever imagine leaping from time period to time period into someone else’s body, living their life, and changing history? Well, therein lies the premise of the begotten but much beloved series Quantum Leap. A unique science fiction/fantasy show that put fourth central themes of drama of hope, second chances, and change.
It was a smart, provocative, imaginative series. And, oh boy, do we need more of it. (more…)
Sci-Fi/Comic conventions are fun as hell, but sometimes, weird things happen. In addition to breaking the record for the largest gathering of Star Trek fans anywhere, the latest UK Trek-themed convention gains a place at the top of the “WTF?” list and has surely become a legendary moment for actor John Barrowman.
While hosting this past weekend’s Destination Star TrekFive Captains panel – where all five Star Trek captains were under the same roof answering fans’ questions and such – the Doctor Who and Torchwood star asked former Enterprise captain Scott Bakula to sign one of his butt cheeks. Being the sport that he his, Bakula proceeded to semi-permanently sign Barrowman’s torpedo bay under the watchful eyes of fellow Sci-fi captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.
We can’t see everyone’s faces, but judging by the image posted by the @Team_Barrowman twitter page, at least Shatner is having a grand old time of it all. It’s something like this that could only happen at a convention.
Special thanks to Blastr for sharing the background image to every Torchwood fangirl’s computer for the next six months.
You may remember this totally rad photo we posted a few days ago of William Shatner arm wrestling Chris Pine, a Kirk vs Kirk if you will. That iconic image was captured when Shatner was interviewing Pine for the upcoming documentary, The Captains. In this documentary, which airs July 21st on Epix HD, Shatner sits down with every Star Trek captain, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Pine.
The Captains will hold a premiere at San Diego Comic Con and Brooks, captain on Deep Space Nine, will join Shatner at a panel hosted by Kevin Smith. The panel also includes exclusive clips and a Q &A. A pretty epic event if you ask me, one you definitely don’t want to miss if your a lucky bastard who snagged tickets to Comic Con.
Watch the trailer below for the upcoming doc and let us know, who is your favorite captain? Mine, I’m gonna have to give it to Shatner. The man’s an icon and no man could woo a woman or stare down a Klingon like original Kirk.
Captain Spock? Really, dude? Be ashamed of your nerdy self.
You know what that quotes from? It’s usually what I say every time I get a girl to flash me her boobs (which doesn’t happen nearly enough). Joking aside, if you guessed “Quantum Leap” you’d be right. Memba Quantum Leap? The Emmy-winning series about a scientist caught in a time warp, catapulting from the past to the future within bodies of different people, striving to put right what once went wrong ? Man, that show was F’N awesome. If I may digress for a moment and say that I feel really fucking old. The last episode of Quantum Leap aired back in 1993. Goddammit, it feels like just yesterday I was running home from school to see the latest adventure of Sam Beckett. Fuck time and fuck all you kids that are too young to remember it. Oi, besides letting age depress the the shit out of me I’m actually here to tell you some good news. Quantum Leap is coming back. And it will be back on the big screen. What?
Not sure how this slipped by our radar but this news actually came out of Comic-Con. At the “A Leap of Faith—A Quantum Leap Retrospective” panel, Scott Bakula (Sam Beckett) shared the big news with the 600 fans who attended:
The good news is that Don [Quantum Leap creator Donald P. Bellisario] is working on the film script and has a big time Hollywood producer who wants to do it … It’s about time. But what I always thought would happen, happened … [that he’s now too old for the role]. But Dean [Stockwell, who played Al] and I will have a part in it somehow. Don did say that as he was writing, he told me he was having trouble, ‘getting you and Dean out of my head.’ But I know he will do it.
What the hell does “Dean and I will have a part in it somehow” mean? A Quantum Leap movie that doesn’t star Scott Bakula, what kind of bullshit is that? If they’re going to make a Quantum Leap movie, it should undo the series’ terrible ending by featuring Sam Beckett finally getting home. Having Bakula play him should be no problem, since he’s supposedly been just leaping aimlessly for the past 15 years. And, for another matter, a movie? WTF? The thought of a movie is fairly exciting, given it be a continuation of the series, but the thematic-ness and general scope of the show really can’t be contained in a 2 hour movie. The best thing about the series was how well the formula worked: each episode having Sam “Leap” into someone else’s body and righting wrongs. How do you move that into a two hour format without having multiple plot lines and potentially jumbling the whole thing up? It would seem far more appealing to just reboot the show with an entirely new series. Quantum Leap is so pure sci-fi, but so mainstream that it could easily pull in a whole new audience.
What do you all think? How do you feel about a Quantum Leap movie? How do you think it could or should be done?
For y’all bastards that want to take a nostalgic trip, and for all you young’uns who are curious on what us grown ups use to watch back in the day have a look-see at the series intro.