Quantum Leap Should Always Use Multiple Holograms

Traditionally Quantum Leap has featured one leaper and one hologram but that needs to change.

Quantum Leap Multiple Holograms
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This article contains spoilers for Quantum Leap season 2 episode 7.

“His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear.”

This description, which accompanied the introduction of most episodes of the original Quantum Leap, firmly set in stone the in-show rules for a hologram from the future. There was only one person, Al (Dean Stockwell), who could help Sam (Scott Bakula). Very rarely did the original series change this and the same held true throughout much of season 1 of the new Quantum Leap series, with Addison (Caitlin Bassett) as hologram to Ben (Raymond Lee.)

Towards the end of the first season, however, the new show began to experiment with this long held paradigm. Without the constraints the original series had, that Al’s brain waves were linked to Sam’s and thus it was difficult for anyone else to contact him, other members of the new Project Quantum Leap have taken on the role of hologram. This increased in season two, with Ben not comfortable having Addison around after their time travel induced breakup. Different members of the team have taken turns as a hologram every episode, each lending their expertise to Ben. But up to now it’s mostly been one person taking on the role of hologram per episode.


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