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April 2009
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What I learned from Quantum Leap



For those who have never seen it, Quantum Leap is about scientist, Sam, who 'leaps' back in time (but only time periods that span his own lifetime) and inhabits the body/life of someone else for a period. He is not able to leap again until he avoids some upcoming tragedy or fixes some problem. While some of the episodes are flakey nothingness, others are very good.

I find it interesting to think about what happens when the original owner of the body comes back to see their life changed in some major way. I got a tattoo of What!? Where!? While their were no mysterious tattoos, there were new girlfriends (I kissed Who!? Where!?). But most interestingly there is often a major life challenge, complete and in the past.

Image this, waking up one day, and a life defining event where you needed to act is in the past. You did act; you acted heroically you acted nobly, against great odds, where failure might have meant death, where even doing the right thing might not have been enough. The only problem is you don't remember, and worse you weren't really there. You have been robbed, in the name of science, in the name of entertainment, in the name of profits from residuals for syndication and later for DVD releases, of your moment of glory.

Does it even feel better to know that you would have failed, in fact you did fail, and that was why he was there? It is the old adage: "It better to have tried and failed then to let some time hopping scientist do it for you".

I have heard that many people who win large lotteries often squander all their winnings and sometimes end up with less money than before they played (I wonder what percentage this really is). It would be interesting to see a post Quantum Leap where the character who has his life fixed comes back and screws it up worse than when Sam first got there. At first he is elated with this wonderful life he has received, but then he becomes morose, he feels robbed of his chance. He begins at first sub-consciously and then consciously to sabotage his life in order to give himself a chance to be the hero.

There are so many things I would love to be able to do and used to have childhood fantasies about achieving these things. That god would feel bored one day and say, "hmmmm wouldn't this be interesting…" and give me the ability to speak any language, or to play any musical instrument, or give me all knowledge of physics and the workings of the universe. I didn't ask for much.

I wonder if I had gotten any of these, how boring my life would be. If Sam had jumped in and filled my brain with language knowledge, music skills, or physics would I be happy. It is hard to answer because everything I try to learn, I really want to be able to do, and learning something new can be very frustrating, but making progress can feel so wonderful.

So is Joy of a known skill > (Joy of mastering a step – frustration of learning a step) * number of steps towards mastery.

Due to having a ton of hobbies and being master of none, I really think in my mind I get greater joy from the individual steps even with the frustrations than I would from the actual knowledge. Something tells me no one breaks a world record in anything and just never tries to be faster or stronger or smarter, the real goal is the striving for each step, and in reality there is no endpoint. So future scientist, stay out of my body (although a hint in the next Mega Millions drawing would be cool!).

Current Mood: Thinking of learning accordion
Current Music: Escualo - Astor Piazzolla
Comments

But do we know they don't remember?

that's what I was thinking?

I think they actually swap bodies with Sam so in essence he is living there life and they (looking like Sam) are back in the lab twidling there thumbs waiting for Sam to leap to the next person and them put back into there own bodies.

I think this was covered during the Lee Harvey Oswald episode, or the episode with the talk show sex therapist. The old woman? Who gives Al advice for his problem marrying women and then divorcing them.

So they wouldn't remember anything from Sam's experince they would remember being in a lab wearing a white jumper.

Yeah

What he said.

What do they remember?

There was one with the hit man.

Al explains to him a way that he may be able to force himself out of the guy's body and end the whole cycle, so he recreates what he (the hit man) was doing when he arrived, which just happened to be an illicit rendezvous with the Don's moll, and sends a couple cronies to plug in a hairdryer at a particular address.

((While the hairdryer doesn't make sense at first, it's entertaining to see them on Frat Row during a huge party night looking for an external outlet and threatening people. Naturally, the hairdryer is 600(or so) watts too much and a chunk of the city blacks out.))

Anyways, he gets bumped into someone else's body who is still in a position to make what needs to happen...uh...happen, and the hit man reappears, thoroughly confused. The only problem is now that I've written this much, I can't remember what he's freaking out about when he swaps back in. It definately wasn't being a rider in his own body, though.

There were also references to being 'In the Waiting Room' which I don't think were ever explained.

Supposedly when you were in the waiting room, you could see and hear everything that was going on. Didn't Q sometimes speak with people in the waiting room?

Besides, there are events in my life when I wish I were in a waiting room and someone else was actually experiencing it for me.

Q

I think you are mixing up television shows.

(Anonymous)
Re: Q

You're right. It's my tv withdrawal talking. I'm mixing up my Quantum Leap with my Star Trek (it's really tough withdrawal).

What was the side kick's name in QL? I thought he could speak with the people in the waiting room.

Re: Q

Al (played by Dean Stockwell)