Quantum Leap: Prelude (1994) – Ashley McConnell

Ashley McConnell’s fourth Quantum Leap novel, Prelude, reworks some of the events seen at the beginning of the pilot, ties directly in with her second novel, Too Close For Comfort, and takes us back to when Doctor Sam Beckett and a newly retired Admiral Al Calavicci reconnected following the shutdown of Project Starbright to focus…

Quantum Leap: The Wall (1994) – Ashley McConnell

Ashley McConnell turns in another Quantum Leap novel, and except for a quick moment when we are given another limbo moment for Sam between leaps it is a really powerful tale about domestic abuse, alcoholism and breaking the cycle. Sam leaps into Missy, a six-year-old girl (something that couldn’t have been pulled off believably in…

Quantum Leap: Too Close For Comfort (1993) – Ashley McConnell

McConnell’s second Quantum Leap book, Too Close For Comfort, feels closer to the spirit of the show than the first one. The characters of time traveller Sam Beckett, and his holographic connection with the present, Al, seem more in line with their established selves, and gone is the suggestion of what happens to Sam between…

Quantum Leap: The Novel (1992) – Ashley McConnell

I’ve always been a Trek fan, but as much as I love it, Quantum Leap is my all-time favourite television show. I strongly identify with Scott Bakula’s portrayal of the time-travelling Sam Beckett, who is accompanied through his mission to make things right that once went wrong by the holographic appearance of his friend Al…

Lord of Illusions (1995) – Clive Barker

I remember discovering the writings of Clive Barker, and how his writing actually got under my skin, and freaked me out a bit. He definitely won a fan in me, and then the film, Hellraiser, wow! And while Nightbreed garnered itself a bit of a cult following, Lord of Illusions never seemed to, which bums…

Chuck (2009) – Versus the Broken Heart, and Versus the Dream Job

Ali Adler pens the first episode up this week, Chuck Versus the Broken Heart. It first aired on 30 March, 2009. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) begins to think that Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) feelings for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are complicating their ongoing mission, and the team’s protection of him. So she implements a 49B, and sends…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Detained, and Vox Sola

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 24 April, 2002 and featured Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s co-star in Quantum Leap in his only Trek appearance. Archer (Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are captured by…

Quantum Leap (1993) – Memphis Melody and Mirror Image

Here we go, the last instalment of Quantum Leap. Sam’s last two leaps… that we know about. In Memphis Melody, set on 3 July, 1954, Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself as The King himself, Elvis Presley. Written by Robin Bernheim, this episode allows us to see Sam sing one last time, with a couple of…

Quantum Leap (1993) – The Beast Within and The Leap Between the States

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself in rural Washington state on 6 November, 1972. Despite the fact that he is mistaken for bigfoot in the episode’s opener, we soon learn he’s a Vietnam vet, named Henry, who has been living in the woods. The Beast Within was written by John D’Aquino, who previously played Frank in…