Quantum Leap – Disco Inferno [2.2]

As stuntman Chad Stone, Sam must discovers that he is present in 1976 as stuntman Chad Stone to prevent his younger brother from dying on an unsafe film set.  Chad’s actual talent is as a musician, but because his father, also a stuntman, doesn’t respect that vocation, Chad attempts to find approval by doing stunts before he’s ready.  Sam is able to save

Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Gilbert Shilton

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Weekly Geeky Question #8: Bad Adaptations

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #8, and the question is a simple one…

What are the ten most atrocious, terrible adaptations to TV or film of either a storyline or character from comic books, novels, or other forms of media?

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Quantum Leap – Honeymoon Express [2.1]

Sam becomes Tom McBride, a police officer who is on board a train bound for Niagara Falls with his newly married bride Alice.  He must contend with Alice’s advances, even as her jealous ex-husband shows up with murderous intent.  Meanwhile, in the “present”, Al faces an unsympathetic Senate committee who don’t believe that Project Quantum Leap has any ongoing merit.  In the end, saving Tom’s life and helping Alice to pass her Bar examine on the first try and become a lawyer changes the Senate committee–Alice is now it’s chair, which changes the outcome of their deliberations, allowing the Project to continue to be funded.

Written by Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt

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Weekly Geeky Question #4 – The Best of Community

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #4, and Rod’s question is a simple one, related to a TV series that he introduced me to.

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Quantum Leap – Play it Again, Seymour [1.8]

As New York City private eye Nick Allen, Sam must figure out who murdered his partner, and whether he can be together with Allison, his partner’s beautiful wife, who is in love with Nick.  The rumor is that the partner was murdered by a hitman, but Sam eventually discovers that the culprit is Nick’s landlord Lionel, who is love with Allison himself.  Sam stops Lionel and saves Allison, and in the process helps his awkward friend Seymour to launch a career as a pulp novelist.

Teleplay by Scott Shepherd & Donald P. Bellisario.  Story by Tom Blomquist and Scott Shepherd & Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt

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Quantum Leap – Camikazi Kid [1.7]

Sam becomes Cam Wilson, an awkward teenager whose sister Cheryl is about to marry the attractive but abusive Bob Thompson.  Sam must figure out how to help his sister see the truth about her fiancé.  In the end, he gets Bob to blow his cool by winning his car in a street race, using modern means to boost his own speed.  When Bob blows his cool, Cheryl dumps him and pursues her calling in the Peace Corp.  Sam meanwhile, helps Cam begin a romance with his friend Jill.

Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Alan J. Levi.
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The Death of The Flash

So comic book nerds might think I’m referring to the famous scene in Issue #8 of Crisis on Infinite Earths from the mid 1980’s, where Barry Allen sacrifices himself to stop the Anti-Monitor from using his anti-matter cannon from destroying the last five parallel universes.

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Movies on a Plane: Teen Dystopias, Super-Heroes, Unsatisfying Sci-Fi, and Surprisingly Good Mark Twain Update

I’ve recently done a trip across the world (and am still recovering from the jet lag), which means it’s time for another edition of Movies on a Plane, where I surf through Emirates @247 channels of television viewing to find the films that I’ve been curious to see, but which I didn’t want to pay for.  (I’m still waiting for GI Joe: Retaliation to show up on one of these trips.) Continue reading Movies on a Plane: Teen Dystopias, Super-Heroes, Unsatisfying Sci-Fi, and Surprisingly Good Mark Twain Update

Supergirl 2.3 Review Online

I’m a little slow getting this notice out on my own blog, but for a couple of days my review of Episode 3 of this season of Supergirl, entitled Welcome to Earth is up on Cultfix.  I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two episode of the season, or as much as other online reviewers, according to some very quick research.  In fact, my comments have garnered one negative comment over there, which doesn’t sound like much but I think it’s the first comment to come to any of my articles.

Always good to get feedback, though.

Incidentally, an amusing detail about the guest cast for the episode:  an actor named Jaeson Lee plays a DEO agent, while another actor named Jayson Li plays an astronomer.  Two completely different actors playing  different characters, but with names that I assume would be pronounced the same.

Supergirl 2.2 Review Online

Just in time for the third episode, I thought I’d let you know that my review for the second episode of Supergirl, called The Last Children of Krypton, is now online over at Cultfix.  It wasn’t the second part of a two-parter in the traditional sense, but it does clearly serve as the second half of the new season re-establishing itself and its status quo. Continue reading Supergirl 2.2 Review Online