Quantum Leap – The Complete Second Season

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett/John Beckett
Dean Stockwell as RAdm. Albert ‘Al’ Calavicci
Deborah Pratt as Narrator/Ziggy (voice)

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 17 Hours 40 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Leap into another thrilling season of the extraordinary, Emmy Award-winning tine-travel series, “Quantum Leap.” Reunite with Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), a scientist who never knows whose body he is going to “leap” into next or when, where and at what moment in time he may find himself. Who will he be next? An undercover cop? A blind pianist? A harassed secretary? It’s up to Sam to change the history of each person for the better, and hopefully complete the mission that will someday take him home.

Accompanied by a wise-cracking, womanizing holographic guide, Al (Dean Stockwell), Sam’s twisting the hands of fate with each heart-pounding action packed adventure. And now, you can make the ultimate date with destiny with all 22 second season episodes of this ground-breaking series–available on DVD for the first time ever. Loaded with a time-stopping roster of guest stars including Michael Madsen, Janine Turner and Chubby Checker, this is one highly-anticipated leap you can’t afford to miss.”

Quantum Leap – The Complete Second Season is not rated.

The Movie:
I used to watch Quantum Leap when it first aired on NBC in the late 80′s and early 90′s. My fellow geek friends and I would get together each week and watch the episodes. The premise of Sam Beckett jumping from life to life was quite unique and gave the series a freshness each episode that is rarely seen in other series. It was a great blend of sci-fi, drama, and humor that hasn’t been equaled very often (even if it had a terrible theme song). The show also provided interesting commentary on God and destiny in practically every episode. By the second season, the show was really starting to pick up steam and some more daring things with the characters happened.

Scott Bakula was very good as Dr. Sam Beckett. He always played the same personality, but he leaped from character to character and was always in a wide variety of costumes, locations, and situations. Though he was always Sam Beckett in every situation, he’d occasionally begin exhibiting the personalities of the people he became. Dean Stockwell was also perfectly cast as Al. He and Bakula made a great team. Al’s womanizing character was wonderfully played by Stockwell, yet he still managed to make the character likable. Al is significantly more developed in this second season than in the first, too. Stockwell and Bakula are supported by an ever-changing cast of secondary characters that are all excellent as well. As already mentioned, Michael Madsen, Janine Turner and Chubby Checker all have cameos in this second season.

I think if you followed Quantum Leap when it first aired on TV then you can pick up this second season DVD set without having viewed the first season. However, if you’re not familiar with Quantum Leap then you will probably want to view the previous season’s set first. Each episode’s intro explains the premise, but I think you’ll enjoy the series more if you see the whole story. If you’re a fan or sci-fi or drama, then I think you’ll find Quantum Leap a series well worth checking out.

The Extras:
There are no extras included on this DVD despite the fact that the inside cover says there are some.

The Bottom Line:
Quantum Leap was not only one of the best sci-fi series on TV, but a great drama as well. Though this set doesn’t have any bonus features, the show is well worth checking out.

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