The Quantum Leap Reboot Surpasses The Original In One Major Way

This quantum leap the review contains spoilers.

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Dr. Ben Song (Raymond Lee) lands this week on a luxury international airliner and into the body of a carefully groomed rookie flight attendant hidden under a pill box. Service with a smile from Ben is all about offering strong drinks, slicing rare beef, and figuring out how to save all the passengers from the accident that claimed their lives in the past. The cause of the plane crash was unknown, so it’s up to Ben to figure out why the plane crashed and how to prevent it from happening (again).

This episode jives with some of the best who quantum leap offered this season with its twists, thrillers and MacGyver strategies, such as “O Ye of Little Faith”, “Fellow Travellers”, “Leap, Die, Repeat” and “SOS”. In fact, Ben is nothing if not an unconventional problem-solver, and we see that this week when he manages to neutralize two armed hijackers, puts the co-pilot and his accomplice girlfriend to sleep in order to gain access to the cockpit and stabs someone in the neck. Ben deserved this opportunity after taking such a stabbing himself in the last episode, “Ben, Interrupted”.

Ben’s ability to get out of the worst traffic jams is remarkable, but so is his ability to relate to people in his jumps, to encourage them and ultimately to convince others to do the right thing, even when it’s the hardest thing to do. I will remain forever corrected in my observation after the quantum leap pilot that Ben Song is not charismatic. Maybe it was hard to love a guy who dumps his fiancé, Addison Augustine (Caitlin Bassett), whose love language could very well be that simple: information.


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