As the Major Leap reboot shows, there’s everything magical about the 1980s that has managed to keep it from vanishing completely. It is indeed like another one of those old mythical beasts that get defeated regularly but always return since a piece of it stays alive. In the specific instance of the 1980s, that part is most probably synth-wave music’s immense popularity or the country’s growing number of 40-somethings powerful positions.
But, probably not so pleased with simply resurrecting such a cherished ’80s institution, the makers have decided to broaden it with one of the stars of yet another ’80s powerhouse. Ernie Hudson, who recently reprised in his role once again as Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters franchise in 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, had already joined the cast as one of the leads of this series, and it’s as if leg warmers and shockingly big hair are back in style.
Reports due by a certain date Hudson could very well take over as the series’ lead from Raymond Lee. Dr. Ben Seong, played by Lee, would be a respected physicist who is part of a team trying to resurrect the time travel project of the original series of the decade after Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett vanished into the ether.
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Dr. Seong would be hurled into the 1980s with a serious case of amnesia after getting into the Quantum Leap accelerator. Herbert Williams, the veteran character of Vietnam, sets off to save him, pulling positions to keep The Pentagon off the project long enough to fasten a rescue.
Bakula’s Dr. Beckett traveled to different periods in his continued attempts to get back home in the original series, which also followed an episodic format. In comparison to other stories of time travel, Quantum Leap’s gimmick implicated Beckett trying to invade the body of a real person in each new adventure. He’d “step” into the position of this person and try to fix all of it, culminating in a disappointingly abrupt final series that never really wrapped up the plot.
Beckett even had an operator in the form of Dean Stockwell’s Admiral Al Calavicci, who showed up to him as a hologram and assisted him in gaining a sense of the period he was in. Williams and Dr. Seong will probably have a similar relationship to Dr. Beckett and Admiral Calavicci to a certain extent, though it’s unclear how very much. Quantum Leap has only been decided to be an hour-long pilot for NBC, and there’s no way to know if it will be revived.
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But at a very minimum, it appears that this has a greater chance of achieving a full series order than the poorly fated Powerpuff Girls live-action series. Combining an ’80s icon such as Hudson with such a cult classic from the same decade appears to be a winning combination. After all, everyone enjoys a good time travel plot.
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