Sam & Dennis bring you a weekly (mostly) podcast following the exploits of our favorite time traveler, Sam Beckett. We dive deep attempting to contextualize each episode in the time it was set, time it was produced, and time of our rewatch. We'll also have plenty of info on the actors, locations, history, and production team with our customary digressions on TV, pop culture, and theatre.
Join us as we leap from episode to episode, novel to novel, comic to comic until we run out of things to talk about... And even then...
Mirror Image - August 8, 1953
"Time's a little funny here." Truer words were never spoken. We have come to the end of the televised adventures of Sam Beckett - at least, for now. Cokeburg, PA, August 8, 1953. Sam Beckett walks into a bar, orders a beer, looks into the mirror, and everything changes. Arguably the most momentous episode of our beloved series, we give you an equally momentous - in size, anyway - episode of Fate's Wide Wheel. And we welcome back our very first guest, Jessica Conger, to discuss all the ins and outs of the series finale. Plus, Dennis and Sam give their usual overview after Jessica leaps out. We cannot begin to thank our listeners enough for coming along on our journey as we become the first Quantum Leap podcast to complete the whole series, and maybe, just maybe, we aren't even done yet... In the meantime, enjoy our thoughts on Mirror Image.
Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954
It's the penultimate episode of our beloved show. Nothing to get all shook up about... Dammit... TV guide worthy puns abound as Sam leaps into an 18-year old Elvis Presley on the verge of discovery... Well, according to Project QL time, that is. Of course, nothing is ever easy for Sam as he makes a mess of things almost immediately and has to fix things to ensure Elvis' success while also making life a little better for young Sue Anne Winters. We talk about the King's place in pop culture, grappling with his influence and those that influenced him in an age where cultural appropriation is very much under scrutiny, and how he has impacted both of our lives. Couple that with our usual tangents and some preparation for the final episode, and you've got one super-sized Thanksgiving weekend podcast!
The Leap Between the States - September 20, 1862
Only three episodes to go, Leapers! We’re back with with our re-watch of “The Leap Between the States". Sam secedes from the regular rules (thank you, TV Guide, for that brilliantly horrible pun), and leaps back almost a hundred years further than his own lifetime, into the life of his great-grandfather, Captain John Beckett, of the Union army. After the initial shock of finding himself in an era he was never meant to travel to, Sam finds himself in a somewhat “Back to the Future”-esque plot where he must make sure his great-grandfather and great-grandmother get together as intended. He also gets involved with the Underground Railroad and former slave, Isaac - who will go on to have a very, very important descendant. Plus, this episode wouldn't be complete without a dastardly Confederate villain, right?
As always, we deconstruct the episode and examine how well it holds up to present day viewing. Also going well off-topic (Us? Never!), and discuss the 2020 presidential election. (We recorded this just one day after the race was called for President-Elect Biden.)
The Beast Within - November 6, 1972
Just four TV episodes remaining of our beloved series! This week, we’re chatting about “The Beast Within”.
First mistaken for a “Bigfoot” creature upon leaping in, Sam is actually Henry Adams, a Vietnam vet living in the woods of rural Washington. He must prevent his fellow vet, Roy, a fellow vet, from succumbing to a seizure the following night, and meanwhile, helping to heal a troubled friendship with another vet who they both served with in the overseas conflict.
We deconstruct the last mostly non-gimmick episode of the series. But we have a lot of thoughts about the notorious one gimmick this episode has! Sam Fain has some strong feelings in particular. Do the final moments derail the whole episode?
Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960
This episode seems like it brings everything full circle for our little podcast hosted by Sam & Dennis. Our hero, Sam Beckett, leaps into Dennis Boardman, the chauffeur to Marilyn Monroe.
Yes, that Marilyn Monroe.
Season Five of our favorite show continues its trend of leaping Sam into the lives of celebrities and historical figures. Sam has arrived just days before the icon’s suicide, and Ziggy says the odds are high he’s there to prevent it. Meanwhile, a new assistant, Barbara, has come into Marilyn’s life, and it quickly becomes evident we’re in an “All About Eve” situation.
We break down the episode as always, and discuss what we think works and what doesn’t. We also delve a little bit into the real life Marilyn (i.e. Norma Jean(e)).
Settle in and listen to the first of our last final TV leaps!
Revenge of the Evil Leaper - September 16, 1987
Well, here we are. It's the end of the road for the Evil Leaper storyline. What do we think of Alia's final bow? Wait... Alia's in this?!?! But seriously, it's an interesting leap with a lot to love but some serious problems as well. Don't worry, Thames isn't one of them. Join us as we venture into Mallard Women's Correctional Facility and discuss an episode that's chock full but perhaps misses the mark on it's most important promise. Of course there's some obligatory theorizing and fan-wanking over where the Evil Leaper story originated and where it may have gone given another season or two of our favorite show.
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This is a fun one
I would like to start by saying that I am not a hardcore Quantum Leap fan, but I am also not a detractor. As a non fan, I got a lot out of this show. I listened to the episode where they talk about the one where Sam becomes a trapeze artist and the amount of research and detail they put into this episode is insane. They go over the whole cast, what else they’ve been in and tidbits about the actors. I’m a movie/tv trivia fiend, so I really got my money’s worth on this one. Exactly what I wanted out of my pop culture podcasts. Info, analysis, and plenty of tangents. Good chemistry between the two hosts as well!
Very strong podcast
I just finished the podcast for Running for Honor so here is a non-scathing review, guys :D This is my first Quantum Leap podcast, I am somewhat new to the fandom as I just got into the show this past spring during the pandemic. But like a good little long-term Star Trek or Star Wars fan (both of which I love), I am obsessive and very good about catching up quickly. After I watch an episode at least twice, I’ll download the podcast. Their commentary is incredibly thoughtful and detailed and I really enjoy hearing what they have to say. The crazy thing is, many, many, maybe even *most* times I don’t agree with their overall evaluation of the episode. I love One Strobe Over the Line and Raped, and Lee Harvey Oswald is perhaps my favorite of all the episodes. (I love that episode so much I’m going to write a repost to their review on my history blog.) But even though I don’t agree with them, their reasoning is always intelligent and well thought out. And they will frequently include people’s comments from other websites, in other books so they’re clearly not afraid to have to defend their views. It’s just nice to read intelligent commentary about pop-culture, especially about a show from an era when TV was just starting to be ambitious. The one and only reason I’m not giving them five stars is that I would truly love it if they would include more clips from the show itself. For example, in one of the earlier podcasts they talked about how much they loved the “Home” music theme from QL, and I’m not really sure which one that is. It would’ve been nice to have them play a brief clip from that, or play some of the more memorable exchanges from the episodes. Other than that, I really have no reservations about this podcast and I look forward to exploring all of their thoughts on the episodes.
More A Star Trek Podcast than a Quantum Leap one.
I find this podcast problematic for a number of reasons. The hosts(if you can call them that) virtue signal throughout the show about how such great altruistic people they are (fake outrage over the n word) And how everything is about the me too movement? And when there not bragging about their acting credits in PoDunk community theater, they rant about Star Trek and who appeared in it. Nobody cares! Hard pass!