Quantum Leap -
Secret time travel project featured on the
sci-fi series QUANTUM LEAP/NBC/1989-93.
Quantum Leap Time
Forced to prove his
theories of time travel or lose his funding,
Dr. Beckett entered his time machine and vanished.
He found himself transported some thirty years
in the past occupying the bodies of strangers.
The time travel experiment had beamed his soul
rather than his full body forcing him to assume
the identities/problems of others.
"Theorizing that one could time travel within
one's own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett lead an
elite group of scientists into the desert to
develop a top secret project known as Quantum
Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose
funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into
the project's accelerator and vanished. He awoke
to find himself in the past, suffering from
partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that
was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his
own time was maintained through brainwave
transmissions with Al, the project observer who
appeared in the form of a hologram that only Dr.
Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past,
Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to
life, bringing things right that once went wrong
and hoping that each time that his next leap
will be the leap home." --Opening Narration
Homing in on Dr. Beckett's brain-wave transmissions,
Ziggy, the Quantum
Leap parallel hybrid project computer, transmitted a hologram image from the
Imaging and Accelerator Chambers (that only Sam, small children and animals
could see) of a lecherous but likable cigar-smoking laboratory colleague
Admiral Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell) to assist Sam in getting back to the
Al, the observer, communicated with Ziggy via a hand held calculator-like
device which delivered pertinent biographical information about the person's
body that Dr. Beckett was currently occupying.
When Sam had set things right in one person's life, he suddenly leaped
through time to another body. The only side effect to the transference was
Sam partial lose of memory.
Throughout the series, Ziggy's ego [which was bigger that its memory
bank] couldn't seem to accept the responsibility of not getting Dr. Beckett
Later an unknown force (God?) leaped Dr. Beckett around from body to body
in an effort to right wrongs in other people's lives.
In the opening episode of the fall 1991 season, Sam returned shortly to
the project's imaging chamber where he argued with Ziggy the computer.
was revealed to be a large sphere filled with a bluish liquid. Its voice was
female and Sam at one point said he regretted programming Ziggy with the
"ego of Barbara Streisand."
Ziggy had a memory storage capacity of one
billion gigabytes and was programmed not to feel guilt. When Sam said "Gimme
what I want, baby," Ziggy responded "Euuu, If you weren't my father."
On the final scene of the final episode, a printed message appeared on
the screen. It read: DR. SAMUEL BECKETT NEVER RETURNED HOME.
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