God. Damn. It.
The wonderful nerds over at io9 interviewed this dude Mark Stern, who’s the Director of Original Programming over at the Syfy-Channel-what-used-to-be-the-SciFi-Channel-Before-Yesterday. In talking about the network’s attempts to reboot “Alien Nation” with “Firefly’s” Tim Minear, Stern dropped this bomb:
So that worked. I would love to find our time travel show — whether it’s literally Quantum Leap — and we’ve been talking to Don Bellisario [show creator] about [doing] that as a possibility, because what is the next really great time travel series.
Look see. I recognize that “Quantum Leap” wasn’t perfect. I recognize that some of the episodes do not hold up well (though a surprisingly vast majority of them do). I recognize that the DVD company pooched the whole fucking thing by being too cheap to license “Georgia on My Mind” for the “M.I.A.” episode. I recognize that the series finale was a clusterfucking, borderline-nonsensical mess. And I get that the show was almost entirely and singularly of Don Bellisario’s vision. I get it.
And I also get that I don’t have the best perspective on this show, because I’m way too personally attached. “Quantum Leap” is the first show I obsessed over. I recorded a number of the shows when it was still on NBC and then decided to step up my game by recording the whole series off of USA reruns. In order, despite the fact that they weren’t often aired in order. On VHS. So I’d have to time out these multiple hour gaps on taps to fill episodes in later. I was ridiculous about it. I worshiped this show. Still do.
But even if I didn’t, and with or without Donny B at the helm, the show should not be touched, remade or rebooted. The magic of Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell in that moment of time, which is absolutely what made the show what it was, can not be recaptured no matter what you do or how you try it. Syfy, you want time travel, fine. Start something new. Don’t rape my baby, please.
(And for the record, that Bakula didn’t get the Emmy win for the “Shock Theater” episode is a travesty, even if he did lose to James Earl Jones.)