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2/9/2016


Quantum Leap Story Guidelines

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:18 am

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator…

“…and vanished…”

Ok, before I get back to Quantum Leap, I need to tell you a story about my own lifetime, and do it in such a way as to not tell you everything, to protect others involved.

A long time ago in an apartment not that far away, I was young (or younger, anyway), and one of the then relatively few people involved with computers - I bought my first computer in the early 1980’s. By the late ’80s I had started a business consulting on computer issues to businesses and individuals, but also spent a lot of time helping out my friends for nothing but the joy it gave me (hum, that hasn’t changed much, come to think of it). One of my friends worked for a large entertainment network (I won’t mention the name, but it shouldn’t be hard to figure from the various series I’ll be mentioning). I helped this person with an occasional computer problem, and this person thought they owed me for it, and so I started to receive all kinds of things…scripts, dailies, even production company gifts! Of course, I felt I owed this friend, so I did more work, so there was more fascinating stuff sent my way, and so…well, you can see where this vicious cycle went.

At any rate, I am trying slowly to catch up on the past fifty-something years of my life, and so I started going through some of this stuff. I was a little surprised to find things I don’t remember receiving (the 50th episode script of Sisters, for example, has an amazing cover!), and while I have a bunch of other things I need to get done, I want to slowly catalog this stuff, and make some of it available. Getting back to Quantum Leap, hopefully I can add a little to the history of the program (a written ending to Mirror Image really was shot), maybe fill in a few gaps with script revisions (some episodes had considerable revisions, each on a different color paper), show some shot-but-never-used footage (Scott Bakula with a Magnum P.I ’stash and shirt!) and if nothing else show you how tedious the making of television is by watching dedicated actors perform the same scenes over and over and over and over…

First up, The Quantum Leap Story Guideline, last revised April 11th of 1991. I’m assuming as an historical document this won’t be a copyright violation, but if anyone from Universal or Belisarius Productions has a problem with this posting, just let me know and I’ll take it down without a takedown, if you know what I mean. Until then, just hit the Download link there below to take along a PDF copy. (It would be really cool if y’all, when you pass this around, would mention from whence it came, thanks.)

icon for podpress  Quantum Leap Story Guideline, Rev. April 11, 1991: Download

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