Quantum Leap: Where and When in the World is Dr. Sam Beckett?

This page is a record of all the times and places that Dr. Sam Beckett has been to in his five seasons of televised time-travel adventures on Quantum Leap.   I’ll be updating it (and reposting it) as I continue to make my way through the series.

What’s the closest that you’ve ever come to running into Sam Beckett on his adventures?  So far, I would have been about an hour away in 3 and a half hours away from him in October of 1979. It’s possible that I went into New York City between the 6th and the 9th, but it’s unlikely that I frequented the same haunts as Rod “The Bod” McCarty.

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Kate & Leopold [50 New-Old Movies for the 51st Year #4]

Not long ago, I turned 50 years old!  And to add to all the real life goals and challenges that that brings, I’ve created at least one as it relates to movies and this blog–watch a film I’ve never seen before which cam out in each year of my life (thus the “Old-New” terminology), and then write a bit about it.  This is Post #4.  Spoilers ahead.  

Kate & Leopold

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Cafe Funiculi Funicula

For the third time, I have found myself drawn to a Japanese time travel movie while on the plane.  First, it was Summer Time Machine Blues, way back in 2006.  Then it was Orange, in 2016.  Now, it’s Cafe Funiculi Funicula, a melodramatic, sentimental supernatural drama about time traveling coffee.  It’s not my favorite movie, but it was emotional and interesting, and I think it’s sealed the deal for me on Japanese time travel movies–I’m going to be checking for them on every plane ride I take from now on.

Some spoilers here.

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Weekly Geeky Question #6: Japanese Science Fiction Slapstick Comedy…the Sequel!

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 #6, and the question has to do with one of my favorite movies:  Summer Time Machine Blues.

What would the theoretical sequel to Summer Time Machine Blues be about?

Summer Time Machine Blues Plot Summary 9

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47 Great Movie Moments #22 – Summer Time Machine Blues (part 1)

Continuing with this series of 47 moments in film that I love (Why 47?), today we hit #22.  This week we’re going to be talking a lot about Summer Time Machine Blues, a favorite film of mine from 2005.  It’s the focus of our Weekly Geeky Question, and I just posted a detailed plot summary in order to make sense out the Question I’ll be posting in a couple of days.

Anyway, I wanted to feature the movie here a couple of times to highlight two of my favorite moments, so it felt appropriate to do it now.  

Incidentally, because I’ve just done a whole bunch of screenshots for my other posts, I thought I’d use them here to better visualize the moments I want to talk about.

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Presenting: Call Me

It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally finished with Call Me, a short film shot in June 2016 which I wrote and directed.  It’s hard to say much about it without giving away its premise, except to say that the story is about a woman named Reg who comes to her office to find a note from a colleague asking her to call him.  When she does, he expresses complete surprise about the note.  As the conversation continues, the two discover something much stranger is actually happening.

Please enjoy it here and let me know what you think.


47 Days of Doctor Who–Day #30: Best Timey-Wimey Nonsense

Welcome to Day 30 of my 47-day series about the revival version of Doctor Who (2005-present). I’ve come up with 47 topics / questions to answer, all of them basically positive and upbeat about the program. Each day (or as often as I can actually write these–so far so good!) I’ll pick one of them at random (using this convenient random number generator) and then write up an answer. Continue reading 47 Days of Doctor Who–Day #30: Best Timey-Wimey Nonsense

Quantum Leap – Genesis [1.1]

A scientist named Sam Beckett engages with his time travel experiment before its fully ready and ends up traveling into the lives of other people at different points throughout his own lifetime.  The first person he “becomes” is an air force captain named Tom Stratton in 1956.  With the help of his friend and contact, Al, who appears to him as a hologram that only he can see, Sam realizes that he cannot stop being Captain Stratton until he fixes something that went wrong, which in this case turns out to be successfully breaking a flight speed record and surviving, and preventing Stratton’s wife from being born prematurely and dying.  Sam then leaps into a struggling baseball player and prevents him and his team from finishing in last place.  Before he leaps, he is able to remember enough to speak to his father on the phone, who died over 20 years earlier.

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