Friday, June 24, 2016
Quantum Leap Rewatch (Episodes 43-48)
Episodes 37-42 Episodes 49-54
This period of the show, about half way through its run, is a series of “stunt premises” that are not well enough developed to be special.
Episode 43: “8 ½ Months”
Episode 44: “Future Boy”
Episode 45: “Private Dancer”
Sam takes the place of a male stripper to help save a woman from becoming a stripper and later a prostitute who would die of Aids. A refreshing reminder of a time before the feminist movement tried to talk itself into the idea that the sex trade can be good for women. The fact that the dancer Sam is saving is deaf is an extraneous bit that only distracts from the sex-trade-is-bad element.
Episode 46: “Piano Man”
A run-of-the-mill storyline where Sam is trying to get away from a mon hitman out to kill him.
Episode 47: “Southern Comforts”
Only a couple weeks after telling a story about the dangers and demeaning nature of the sex trade, Sam is leaped into a pimp. And the story is not about trying to help the women forced to sell their bodies to live, even though that element is touched upon. Instead, Sam injects the heart-of-gold element into the brothel owner where is presumably wasn’t there before, to help save an abused wife trying to hide out as a prostitute whilst not really being one. I don’t know where they thought they were going with this one.
Episode 48: “Glitter Rock”
The show plays around with the Glitter Rock scene of the early seventies, but without telling a story that has anything to do with Rock, or Glitter, or anything that related to the scene. Instead they tell yet another murder mystery. We are left with no sense of why this guy had to be saved as opposed to all the other people who died on that day.