Quantum Leap (Season 2) DVD Review

Despite its short run (March 1989 – May 1993), Quantum Leap is nevertheless one of the more memorable dramatic series in television history. Although the show borrows from a concept employed in other realms, such as Highway To Heaven (with its theme of a mysterious force interceding to transform a single life), it adds a unique twist by utilizing elements of science fiction. Created by Donald P. Bellisario (creator of Magnum, P.I., JAG, and countless other hit shows), Quantum Leap developed a loyal cult following, making its short network run all the more difficult to understand…

Quantum Leap stars Scott Bakula as Dr. Samuel “Sam” Beckett, a cutting-edge experimental researcher in the field of physics. Developing a theory that an individual can travel throughout the span of his life, Beckett builds the Quantum Leap Accelerator and uses himself as the test subject. But rather than traveling within his own lifetime, Beckett finds himself mysteriously transported into the lives of various individuals, each of whom faces a problem Beckett must rectify (thus changing history for the better). When he does, he can make his next “quantum leap” (which he hopes will restore him to his pre-experiment self). Aiding Beckett on his various missions is Rear Admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci (Dean Stockwell), one of the quantum leap experiment observers who periodically appears as a hologram in order to communicate with Beckett. With each new episode, Beckett finds himself in a new body, facing new circumstances, with a new mission he must decipher and complete if he ever hopes to return home…

The Quantum Leap (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the season premiere “Honeymoon Express” in which Sam is teleported into the life of a New York City police officer on his honeymoon. Sam must save himself from a jealous and murderous ex-husband. Meanwhile, Sam learns that he must prevent a U2 flight from being shot down over Russia, or else risk being stranded in his current state due to the cancelled funding of the Quantum Leap Project… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “Blind Faith” in which Sam becomes a blind concert pianist forced to save his girlfriend from a killer despite his disability, and “So Help Me God” in which Sam leaps into the body of a 1950’s attorney defending a poor black woman accused of killing the son of one of Louisiana’s most powerful men…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Quantum Leap (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 10 (Honeymoon Express – April 27, 1960) Air Date: 09-20-1989

Episode 11 (Disco Inferno – April 1, 1976) Air Date: 09-27-1989

Episode 12 (The Americanization of Machiko – August 4, 1953) Air Date: 10-11-1989

Episode 13 (What Price Gloria? – October 16, 1961) Air Date: 10-25-1989

Episode 14 (Blind Faith – February 6, 1964) Air Date: 11-01-1989

Episode 15 (Good Morning, Peoria – September 9, 1959) Air Date: 11-08-1989

Episode 16 (Thou Shalt Not – February 2, 1974) Air Date: 11-15-1989

Episode 17 (Jimmy – October 14, 1964) Air Date: 11-22-1989

Episode 18 (So Help Me God – July 29, 1957) Air Date: 11-29-1989

Episode 19 (Catch a Falling Star – May 21, 1979) Air Date: 12-06-1989

Episode 20 (A Portrait for Troian – February 7, 1971) Air Date: 12-13-1989

Episode 21 (Animal Frat – October 19, 1967) Air Date: 01-03-1990

Episode 22 (Another Mother – September 30, 1981) Air Date: 01-10-1990

Episode 23 (All Americans – November 6, 1962) Air Date: 01-17-1990

Episode 24 (Her Charm – September 26, 1973) Air Date: 02-07-1990

Episode 25 (Freedom – November 22, 1970) Air Date: 02-14-1990

Episode 26 (Good Night, Dear Heart – November 9, 1957) Air Date: 03-07-1990

Episode 27 (Pool Hall Blues – September 4, 1954) Air Date: 03-14-1990

Episode 28 (Leaping in Without a Net – November 18, 1958) Air Date: 03-28-1990

Episode 29 (Maybe Baby – March 11, 1963) Air Date: 04-04-1990

Episode 30 (Sea Bride – June 3, 1954) Air Date: 05-02-1990

Episode 31 (M.I.A. – April 1, 1969) Air Date: 05-09-1990