So today must be the day I bombard the interwebs with Quantum Leap stuff.
It’s appropriate any other day (at least, in my world, it is!), but especially today.
So deal with it.
I started watching Quantum Leap a little over fourteen years ago, right after I started my first semester of college. There was a marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel (back when it was Sci-Fi and NOT Syfy, or as I refer to it…Siffy) on a Sunday afternoon, and I couldn’t help but stop. It was about fifteen minutes before the end of the episode where our hero, Sam Beckett, and his sidekick, Al, have their roles switched when Sam is given electroshock treatment just as lightning strikes and Sam leaps out. I thought this show looked kinda cool, and lo and behold, there was another episode on after this one. So naturally, I wanted to keep watching.
So, that episode ends, and I want to see more. Because fifteen minutes of something you don’t understand because you turned it on too late really is a hooking point, don’t you think?
The next episode, “Mirror Image – August 8, 1953” begins, and I’m hooked. I don’t understand much of what’s going on, but what I gather, our hero is in a bar, he sees his own reflection for the first time in five years, he’s in shock about how he’s aged, and he knows all of the people in the bar…but they don’t know him. They can see him, alright, but they don’t know him. And of course, I’m confused by all of this, but I like what I’m seeing. In fact, I’m hooked.
He’s cute…could you blame me?!
And just as the episode seems to ramping up to some great ending…this happens.
It was at that EXACT moment that I realized I, unbeknownst to me, watched the final episode…as the first full episode I ever watched.
Oh boy, indeed.
And you’d think out of annoyance that I wasted an hour of my life so I could see how a show ended before I knew how it began (because, in 2001, the internet wasn’t this massive treasure trove of amazing videos like it is now), I’d vow to never watch the show. Ever.
I started watching it every afternoon for the next six months. And yes, I was hooked. I still love this show – granted, I have the DVDs and don’t watch it nearly as often as I used to, but once in a while, I can’t help myself. I know how it ends (for my obvious reasons), but I also know how it began (it only took me three months to find out), and I know the adventure in between. And it was a heck of an adventure. So even if the ending is unspectacularly unresolved, the in between was fun, funny, sad, emotional, and thought-provoking.
Was it worth seeing the end first? Sure, why not?
It’s a shame we can’t refer to Leap Day as the day Sam Beckett (and yes, that hastily plastered title card is misspelled) returned home. Oh well. Happy Actual Leap Day.