Inevitable Quantum Leap Reboot “Looks like a good suggestion,” says Scott Bakula – “Sam remains to be on the market!”
With the news that CBS ‘NCIS: New Orleans is ending after its current season, many are wondering where TV vet Scott Bakula will show up next. Or is the question where will he jump?
There’s already a razor-thin rumor that Bakula might repeat his role as Star Trek: Enterprise captain Jonathan Archer in one or the other CBS All Access / Paramount + series.
But there was always hope that Quantum Leap, a body-shifting, contemporary NBC series that many believe ended too soon – and certainly not with the best cliffhanger! – deserves a restart or a revival.
Quantum Leap aired from March 1989 to May 1993 and played Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who “jumped” into the body of an Air Force pilot for 50 years while testing a time travel theory. Trying to return home, Sam realized that at other times he could only jump into other people by chance. A hologram from his friend, Admiral Al Calavicci (played by Dean Stockwell) provided guidance.
In the series finale, on April 1, 1969, Sam jumped out to tell Al’s first wife, Beth (Susan Diol), that Al was still alive and would be coming home. Before the final credits rolled in, we learned that Al and Beth never got divorced in the optimized timeline, while Sam himself unfortunately never returned home.
During a major interview held earlier this TV season, TVLine asked Bakula for his thoughts on how Quantum Leap could someday be revived in any form. This is what he had to say:
TVLINE | Quantum Leap seems like a show that will inevitably restart. What would you consider most important about a new incarnation of this show?
My goodness. What would be most important …? This show is very special to me, of course, so I would wish good luck to everyone who did it. I mean, the idea of walking in another man or woman’s shoes is so relevant and so important right now. We are so divided in our world that the ability to cross that line of politics and deal only with humanity and the single person who shares a moment on the planet with you is really relevant.
The show was also a bit weird because it felt like that time, because Sam had traveled somewhere in his own life. That made it a little old-fashioned, but I would hope they get the truth and feelings about it correctly and not try to make it smooth. Sam was that naive kid who happened to be a brilliant scientist who stumbled upon something and was suddenly thrown into all these different lives and worlds and people and situations that he could never imagine growing up in. I would just do it I hope they would try to keep this up but you know I don’t know what they’re going to do.
TVLINE | Do you want them to start the series from scratch, like from the beginning, or do you want them to expand the mythology? Maybe Sam’s kid is tracking the same technology and going to find him or something?
Yes, these ideas were hit a lot….
TVLINE | Did he even have a child? I try to remember
No, but I had two trips home to see my wife, so … something could have happened then!
TVLINE | He missed his wife very much, that’s for sure.
Oh yeah. So there is sure to be a child who could come back from one of these trips. That’s one of the ideas, and it seems like a good idea. We all know Sam is still out there, and I always tell people that it should be comforting – that he’s still out there fixing things that once went wrong.
[As noted by TVLine reader Nicole, Sam Beckett kinda sorta but not quite sired a daughter with a woman he met in a Season 5 episode, but while in another man’s body.]