Will Sam Beckett Return Home? NBC Orders Quantum Leap Reboot Pilot

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  1. The Knappos

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    Yay! Addison had to hit the hand link ala Al!!!
     
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  2. Christopher

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    With the same sound effect, too.
     
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  3. Amaris

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    That's a fair point, I just don't want them to lose that heart. I often feel it's too easy for these shows to become more procedural and losing the humanity that makes them worth watching. I don't want it to happen here.

    Well, poo. I like my interpretation better, but yeah, you're probably right.
     
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    And next week’s preview looks very promising. This show has found its confidence, I think.
     
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  5. Christopher

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    That's exactly what concerns me. If it's always about saving a life, that's very procedural. The emphasis should be on the character drama. Of course, it was about that here with Francois Chau's character and with the doctor and her father, but still with life-or-death stakes in every case.

    Also, the show still has the same problem of making it too easy for Ziggy to define the purpose of the leap right off the bat. That's really procedural. There should be more uncertainty about what Ben's goal is. Trying to figure it out should be part of the story. Ben should've been dropped in there without a clear idea of who he had to help. With so many patients, it would've been a mystery which one(s) he had to help, and they would've discovered along the way who needed saving. That would've avoided the utterly pointless scene of Ben asking about the patients before they'd checked in and then having to handwave it to Sumalee Montano's character later, a beat that went nowhere.
     
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    EMH: Well, Mr Kim. Now you've had a little taste of what it's like to practice medicine. Save lives. Be the hero of the story. Especially when aided by a rather attractive and useful hologram.
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    Given Bob Picardo's presence next to a large, segmented ring bathed in shimmering blue light, it's probably a Stargate crossover.

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    Soi went to on Demand to see abot the next episode,becuase i didn't recall any new date mentioned, and was disappointed to see that it won't be back until January 30.

    That kind of crazy programming makes me almost think like someone wants it to fail.

    If they are gonna take a break, they ought to at least run it for a while, until another "logical" break.

    Also, this shows seems "kid friendly" enough to be aired earlier in the evening. I mean, they could pair it up with Night COurt, and maybe have a small hardcore following. "Revivial Monday" or something that speaks to it being old AND new.
     
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    Was renewed for Season 2 back in December.

    This is just the crazy scheduling bullshit that goes on with the tv networks at this time of year as they try and stretch the new content out till May.
     
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  10. Amaris

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    Indeed, it's frustrating. An on again/off again schedule just frustrates people, and by people I mean me. I hate the new tendency to have half seasons spaced out by several months anyway, especially considering modern shows tend to fall in the 10 - 15 episodes category. I realize COVID changed a lot of things, and I want everyone to be safe and to take precautions, but if they're filming consecutively, why hold back completed episodes for months at a time?
     
  11. Christopher

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    There's nothing new about it. It was pretty standard for cable shows as far back as 15-20 years ago to have a fall half-season and a spring half-season.


    I don't know if it still works this way, but networks used to concentrate their episodes around the ratings sweeps periods, like November, February, and May. Holding back episodes is a way to save them for the times when they're most needed. If it's necessary to space out the episodes, it's better to put the break in the midseason than close to the end. (I was rather frustrated by Ultraman Decker just recently putting a two-week holiday break between the third and fourth episodes of its five-episode endgame arc.)

    The ideal thing, of course, is to film the entire season ahead of time so it can all be aired without a break. But that's easier with shorter seasons, and with cable or streaming shows. Traditionally, the reason networks spread out their episodes is because it takes more than a week to film a single episode, so they need breaks in the broadcast schedule in order for the production not to fall behind.
     
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    Yeah, this is just the same old bog standard way network shows are always scheduled. It's annoying and irritating, and I know I've been spoiled in recent years by cable and streaming shows running their seasons (or at least half seasons) consecutively, but this is how networks do it, and all other shows on all the other networks are airing in a similar manner. I guess for the SF&F crowd this may seem old fashioned since there aren't many genre shows on the networks at all anymore. Oh well, just think of it as reliving the experience of 90s Trek. True, TNG and DS9 weren't network shows, but they were still aired in the same manner.
     
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  13. Amaris

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    True, I guess I've been spoiled by streaming, too. Knowing I can watch an entire season at my leisure and on demand kind of makes watching network TV, or streaming networks that emulate network TV, a pain in the ass. :P
     
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    I mean, are sweeps even a thing anymore for network TV? Everyone has their own streaming services now, so how do advertisers set their rates between "live" network stuff and their own equivalent streamers, to say nothing of ad-supported stream-only services too?

    Used to be that network shows would deliberately time things so their "big" episodes would be kept for certain periods to ensure higher viewership and thus higher ad rates; pre-2017 Trek and the original QL did just this.

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    Excellent question. And now we have technology to instantly know ratings.

    So a lot of that seems outdated.


    Speaking of outdated... I thought. I remembered that we had blocks of new episodes, then maybe sone re runs, or an OCCASIONAL pre emotion due to due to presidential speech or athletic game. But notnthebrandon new episode Ike we got with Quantum leap
     
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    Maybe he could appear in a historical recording in a Strange New Worlds episode, say. Or in a flashback. Or he could do a voice role in a Lower Decks cutaway gag or something.
     
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    Khan was not dead at the end of the "original version" (SPACE SEED).
     
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    But he was in Wrath of Khan. INTO Darkness gave us a Kopy Khan