TV Guide named the science fiction TV series Quantum Leap as one of its “Top Cult Shows Ever“. We have to concur. Fandom, of course, is very aware of the indelible mark the show has made on the history of sci-fi in media, so fan made stuff involving Quantum Leap resonates with us particularly well.
Today’s Video of the Day is one made by Josh Leys in 2004 for his single, Bye Bye Baby. The song is inspired by the show, and not only does it make for some truly great story telling, it’s SCIFI.radio playlist worthy too. Here’s the video. Be sure to pause the SCIFI.radio stream while you watch this. It’s okay, you can turn it back on when you’re done.
The show ran from March of 1989 to May of 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who leaps through spacetime during an experiment in time travel, by temporarily taking the place of other people to correct historical mistakes. Dean Stockwell co-stars as Admiral Al Calavicci, Sam’s womanizing, cigar-smoking companion and best friend, who appears to him as a hologram.
Josh Leys is a native of New Zealand. He can not only sing, he can act. This whole video is a love letter to the character, and the series, and Josh would frankly be perfect for the role if they wanted to reboot the series. Josh should seriously consider pitching the idea to Bellasario, who is still around – he’s 82 at this writing, but still working as a producer, with NCIS as his current on-going project. Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen? The time may be ripe for this.
It’s always fun to watch productions done by people with some real creative chops, because they pour an unbelievable amount of that creative energy into whatever it is, and we get to witness the quintessential essence of joy the artist found. Watching this video and listening to Josh’s music gives you a window into that joy, and if you watch it first thing in the morning it’s enough to sustain you for the rest of the day.
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