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alsplacebartender 02-18-2003 11:58 AM

101 The Pilot Episode <AKA Genesis>
 
Edwards Air Force Base, Kern County, California / Waco, Texas


Dr. Sam Beckett, being pressured by the threat of loss of funding for his time-travel project codenamed "Quantum Leap," decides to hop in the nuclear accelerator early...and vanishes into the past.

He awakens to discover that he is an Air Force test pilot named Tom Stratton. But that's about all he knows. He has amnesia and can only remember portions of his life. He can't even remember his last name. And to make things worse, he doesn't even have his own reflection in the mirror. Everyone sees the physical aura of Tom around Sam's body.

Enter Al, a friend from his own time that appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. Al informs Sam that the project has gone "a little ca-ca." Best he can tell, God or fate or time has grabbed Sam and now he must put right a wrong in the life of Tom Stratton in order to leap back home. He has to break Mach 3 in the experimental X-2 jet and live, since in the original history, Tom died in the test.

Later in the episode, Sam leaps again, this time into the life of a ballplayer named Fox. Here Al tells Sam his last name, and he is able to contact his father who is still alive at the time.


Written by: Donald P. Bellisario
Directed by: David Hemmings


Rate and comment on the feature-length pilot episode!

Vince Beckett 10-05-2005 09:57 PM

one of the best episodes in the series. great way to start it all off. It was like a movie that leaves you hanging for a sequel.

LadyKayoss 02-21-2006 09:33 PM

This was an excellent start to the series, and I wish I'd been able to see it when it first aired, rather than have to wait several years until I found it on a video at the flea market. I felt so bad for Sam; he was so lost and confused, and couldn't even remember his own last name, much less his best friend. And it was an exciting first Leap, too! Also, the part where he finally got the chance to speak to his father was beautiful.

Definately one of my favorite episodes.

Quantum Bakula 06-07-2006 07:50 AM

A great start to a great series.

leaper1 11-26-2006 04:27 PM

Peg
 
I just caught the opening minutes of "Ghostbusters" on tv, and thought to myself - that female student looks and sounds familiar.

It was Jennifer Runyon who plays Peg Stratton. I must have seen Ghostbusters at least half a dozen times, and never realised before!
Ok, so I'm dumb, but now I've finally worked it out, I'll look at the film differently.

Al The Observer 11-27-2006 01:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by leaper1
I just caught the opening minutes of "Ghostbusters" on tv, and thought to myself - that female student looks and sounds familiar.

It was Jennifer Runyon who plays Peg Stratton. I must have seen Ghostbusters at least half a dozen times, and never realised before!
Ok, so I'm dumb, but now I've finally worked it out, I'll look at the film differently.

Every time I've watched Genesis, I've thought to myself, "I know I've seen her before, but where?" Now you've cleared that up for me. Thanks! :)

SamBeckett94 01-24-2007 02:56 PM

Pilot Episode
 
I thoroughly enjoyed watching 'Genesis', as it explained much about what was actually going on. It was a perfect start to the series, and it was interesting to see Sam's reactions to having a different mirror image to himself. I also liked the title music for it (especially the bit when the words 'Quantum Leap' fly across the screen and it plays the start of the title theme which to me sounds similar to a part of the original Quantum Leap theme).

Sam Beckett Fan 04-28-2007 03:11 AM

I am watching it now, and I love it. So much awsome Al Humor and Gooshi Humor. A little fun fact I read in Another Time Another Place.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dennis Wolfburg
"It was time to film and I was doing the scene where Sam goes into the chamber prematurely and I am screaming to Al "He's leaping! he's leaping!" Now I am doing these lines with no knowledge whatsoever as to what they meant. Talk about blind reading. Nobody told me what they meant. But they did say I was doing good."

Haha, Poor Dennis.

I love this episode even more after reading the book version. It describes in slightly more detail how he is feeling this affection for Peg. Now I am a hopeless Romantic so I just love the way that Sam thinks that Peg and her pregnant form are so beautiful and how he loved having her in his arms while they danced. It almost makes me wonder if there is a timeline out of many created where Sam had left a pregnant Donna to try out the machine, of course expecting to return. So when he met Peg his subcontious thought of Donna. I don't know but the way he Narrirates:
"Even at six months I found Peg stunningly beautiful, although I doubt she'd believe me. I wondered if Pregnant woman held some strange affection with me, but I think it was Peg."
It just makes me think that there is something going on in his subcontious.

Another thing I love was the little forshaow they have in this ep when Sam first meets Al and thinks
"If this is a nightmare, I think I just found the boogiem*n"
In the book it's kind of funnier though cuz he says Angel of Death hahaha. But eaither way I love how that is kind of forshadowing the B-Man ep.

The other thing I loved was Sam getting to talk to his dad when he leaps into Tim Fox, and when he tries it before while he is still Tom. I love how dramatic it is and how Sam gets so sad when he can't remember any of the information needed to make the call. Kudos to Scott for those scenes that is yet another desplay of his great talent.

One more thing. Poor Scott, I feel so bad because he hates his left handed baseball swung as Tim Fox and they they go and put it in the theme song. haha.

This is such a great launch to a great series. :)

Snish 04-28-2007 11:04 AM

First, I love the pilot. I've watched it over and over. Every scene a classic.

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Originally Posted by Sam Beckett Fan
It almost makes me wonder if there is a timeline out of many created where Sam had left a pregnant Donna to try out the machine, of course expecting to return.

Probably a topic for another thread, but if Donna was pregnant, I really don't think Sam would have leaped. He had to be aware that there were major risks involved in leaping before the project was ready. Anything could happen. He could have died in the Accelerator if it malfunctioned. Did he realize that he could become trapped in the past and be unable to return? Or did he simply think that it wouldn't work and he would just be standing there while nothing happened? At any rate, I don't think he would take the risk with a child on the way.

In the timeline where he's married to Donna, I have to believe he would tell her what he was planning, and she would have to agree to it. Sam is too honest and ethical to take such a risk without telling his wife. So I take that as one reason why she waits for him--she agreed to it and took the risk.

Sam Beckett Fan 04-28-2007 02:55 PM

Yeah I was thinking of that too Snish, you are right. It was just a thought though.

oh and another thing I liked about this ep. Scott in his boxers, man is his body yumola in this episode. :dreaming

isz 06-24-2007 03:54 PM

It was a nice pilot,but no more. the scene i'll always remember from "Genesis" is the scene when sam called his dad.

HologramIAm 07-05-2007 02:21 PM

I intend for 93 (?) of my posts to be ratings of the episodes starting with this one (been meaning to start this for a while):
"Genesis" was a TERRIFIC beginning to the show.

The Best Part: When Al gives Sam his last name so he can finally call his dad. Thought I would cry.

The Funniest Part: Responding to Sam when he asks "why watch the ballgame, you already know how it will end", Al quips something to the effect of knowing how a fling he once had would end, also, but he still did it. Ha!

The Worst Part: The effects... they weren't there yet, so this is the only time I'll mention them as a "worst part". I liked when the handlink and I.C. door get better. The Leap light, too.

Bexter 10-07-2007 10:44 AM

Really good ep as a pilot because it gave you a good explanation as to what happens. I hate series that give you little hints here and there as to the reason things are going on, it get really boring really quickly. Just give it to us straight up. I got really antsy about him having to fly the plane not realising of course that Al would step in to help (which I loved by the way) I also really felt for him when he was so confused and didn't know what was going on (mainly because I always feel like that and I aint even leaping around in time). Loved the kiss when the wife touches her lips like you can tell she's starting to beleive he's someone else and not her husband.

Wasn't too fussed about how he then leaped into the ball player, I know that they probably put that one in there so they could do the ringing his dad scene but I wished they'd ended it when he saved the baby. I couldn't see the point of the little extra bit at the end.

Most of all I instantly fell in love with Al, his personaility and his mannerisms and just the fact that he's there. Wish I had a buddy who'd just materialise in front of me (and no one else could see them) who'd tell me what to do when I'm confused or just give moral support. *sigh*

ChickenStu 12-15-2007 01:02 PM

Good
 
It's good, but not outstanding. In fact, when I watch the series, I always kinda skip it! Lol. But yeah. For me, the show really got going in Episode 2.

AlyssaCalavicci 07-25-2008 04:53 PM

I loved this episode to though at the start I thought Al was a bit angry with Sam for going into the chamber and leaping when they wasn't ready based on how he was talking to him being sarcastic I dont know I thought Al could have gone a bit eaiser on Sam what got me was how he walked out on Sam at the bar. Sam was scared and Al left in frustration He could have stayed and calmed him down some.

ohboy 07-25-2008 07:36 PM

Funny story. I just started watching this when it came on ION, and this was the first episode I watched. Don't ask me why, but I actually thought at first that Al was Sam's father. :lol It took me until episode 3 to realize different, though.

This was a great episode, though. I did like Al's sense of humor right off the bat.

Snish 07-25-2008 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by ohboy
Don't ask me why, but I actually thought at first that Al was Sam's father. :lol .

I think that's interesting. Al is Sam's surrogate father, as far as I'm concerned. He's Sam's guardian, teacher, and guide in many ways--things a good dad should do. (He even tries to teach Sam about women--without much success, from his own point of view.)

You sensed that right vibe between them right away. Don't know if anyone else has thought that, but it's not a bad guess.

JuliaM 07-25-2008 09:37 PM

You're not alone getting a paternal vibe from Al. In the stories that I've written (mostly pre-leap stories), the concept of Al being a surrogate father-figure for Sam comes up a lot.

ohboy 07-26-2008 12:52 AM

Well I am glad I wasn't the only one. I look forward to reading the fan fictions, now that summer classes are over. Especially the Al-paternal-relationship theme.

JuliaM 07-26-2008 01:23 AM

The relationship between Sam and Al is one of the things that really drew me in. There's just an amazing friendship between the two that is, a lot of times, more familial. That's what's inspired a lot of my writing.

All of my completed fanfiction but one can be found on my website here: http://www.sbscreencaps.com/j__moniz.htm I think there's 25 - 30 completed stories. My newest story is only on my fanfiction account (http://www.fanfiction.net/u/159290/).

hree of the stories were written with a close friend. We have our fourth one finished - just going through the editing process with it. Once it's done, it'll go up on the fanfic.net account we share (http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1152557/). I won't be adding anything new to my site until I finish the redesign I'm doing).

I have to say, seeing posts in this thread was really coincidental for me today. I just started rewatching QL from the beginning and watched Geneis yesterday morning and this morning (I usually watch an episode before leaving for work). It's really coincidental to see new posts here after just watching it...and this isn't the first time it's happened. There have been a bunch of times when I've watched an episode and then come over here only to find someone's posted in the thread about that episode. It's just....weird.

NYCSciFiFan 07-30-2008 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ohboy
Don't ask me why, but I actually thought at first that Al was Sam's father.

I never got that vibe - Al's too flippant and flamboyant to be a father role model IMO. (I still don't seen him as a military officer, lol)

Now we know better - Sam had a great father and he misses him terribly.

I loved Genesis - the confusion, the panic, and the slow recall of details.
I still use the phrase "swiss cheese memory" regularly - Al had the best lines!

Lightning McQueenie 09-12-2008 12:21 AM

It was an excellent episode.

What I particularly like is, there's a scene with a clock... and when I was watching it the first time, it was exactly at that time...

I particularly like how, for the first and last time, we see the leaps from Sam's point of view... First off as a race through the clouds, and then an instantaneous change in time and space... There should have been more leaps like that.

marie1439 09-29-2008 07:40 PM

I was watching Genesis again and I was wondering something. Does anyone know the song that Al was listening to when he was driving down the road before he stopped for Tina.

isz 09-30-2008 05:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marie1439
I was watching Genesis again and I was wondering something. Does anyone know the song that Al was listening to when he was driving down the road before he stopped for Tina.

I don't think It was Tina.

leaper1 09-30-2008 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by isz
I don't think It was Tina.

It was and it wasn't...

In the credits it lists the character that Al picked up as being called Tina, but I don't think it is supposed to be THE Tina that Al dates on and off later in the series. It is just one of those cases where the same name crops up for different characters.

Snish 09-30-2008 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marie1439
I was watching Genesis again and I was wondering something. Does anyone know the song that Al was listening to when he was driving down the road before he stopped for Tina.

I don't know the song, and it sounds like a fairly generic jazz piece to me--so now I'm wondering if the DVD has the original music for that piece. There's a list of songs in the episode guide, which starts with "Picnic/Moonglow," but I don't think that's it. Not that I know what "Picnic/Moonglow" is either. :) Anyone?

leaper1 09-30-2008 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snish
I don't know the song, and it sounds like a fairly generic jazz piece to me--so now I'm wondering if the DVD has the original music for that piece. There's a list of songs in the episode guide, which starts with "Picnic/Moonglow," but I don't think that's it. Not that I know what "Picnic/Moonglow" is either. :) Anyone?

This refers to the music Moonglow in the 1955 film "Picnic".

As I recall, this was supposed to be Hille's favorite film in the episode "Goodnight Dearheart", and Sam kept playing the LP when he went to her room.

MikeKraken 03-31-2009 11:11 PM

After going to the convention, I just had to watch "Genesis" tonight (after getting some catch-up sleep, of course!). Of all the pilots for television shows, this has to be one of the best. It lays out the groundwork for the whole series and starts the viewers off as confused about Sam's situation as we are.

Although all of the visual effects weren't there, this was a pilot after all - as all of us Leapers know, this entire series is about the story and not the special effects. I watched the mirror scenes in more detail and appreciated how well they pulled them off, even if you can see a slight delay between Sam and the person "in the mirror".

Thanks to the poster who put up the quote from Dennis Wolfberg - funny how he didn't even know what "Sam's leaping!" meant! :lol

... Mike.

Siggy 05-30-2009 10:38 PM

I'm going to be making my way through all of these...so bear with me while I resurrect old threads!

Anyway, as pilot episodes go, this one was very good. It hooked me enough to keep watching, and that's the real goal of any pilot.

I fell for Sam right away. I think it was the uncertainty and hesitation in his voice during his inner thought monologues. How confused he was, how much he wanted to go home...it's a bit heart-wrenching, really.

I also admit that for about the whole first season I found Al to be annoying. I didn't like his brash personality, and his voice really grated on me. He definitely, definitely grew on me though, and when I rewatched this episode, I found myself seeing it from his point of view. It's very sad when you think of how much he "lost." Sam, his very good friend (though we don't quite know that yet), doesn't remember the project, has no idea who he is, and treats him kind of badly. You can see it in his eyes on a rewatch...it hurts, though he won't admit it. He can't tell Sam anything (why? I'm not sure on that one), and you can just see that it's killing him.

After finishing the series and going back to the pilot, it was a bit strange to see Al just appear and disappear without any warning. Sometimes he'd just pop out while Sam was talking to him. I did like the door effect in the pilot though. I think I like the "random door in the scenery" effect more than the big slab of light.

I liked having him leap into a very small story at the end. It sets up what the show is going to do without turning into two full stories. And yeah, the scene on the phone with his dad was wonderful.

sonea 07-12-2009 12:58 PM

In an effort to find TV shows that both my daughter and I could watch together and like I came across QL on the satellite guide. I had watched it when it first aired and loved it. We watched The Right Hand of God that day. She discovered a new show; I rediscovered a favourite.

Since then I've acquired all the seasons on DVD and watch them often. Just saw Genesis again today.

I think this episode is wonderful. It perfectly sets the stage and gave us just enough information a bit at a time to keep us interested and to keep us watching more.

This from my daughter:

One of my favourite lines in the show is when Al says to Sam, "your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased." And Sam's response was, "that's called death."

I have to admit that when I first watched QL on TV I didn't really like the Al character. I don't know what I was thinking. Seeing these episodes again, I just love him. Sam and Al were perfect together.

One thing though, I don't understand how Sam was able to answer all those questions on the memory questionnaire considering he had such a swiss-cheesed memory. He couldn't remember his own last name yet he remembered mini skirts. Streaking? Sam? Sam says the answers are all true and we know that Sam always tells the truth.

Scott and Dean are perfect for their roles. This episode-equally perfect. :bow

leaper1 07-14-2009 02:29 AM

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Originally Posted by sonea (Post 54294)

This from my daughter:

One of my favourite lines in the show is when Al says to Sam, "your best shot is freezing the brain until all electrical activity has ceased." And Sam's response was, "that's called death."

I have to admit that when I first watched QL on TV I didn't really like the Al character. I don't know what I was thinking. Seeing these episodes again, I just love him. Sam and Al were perfect together.

One thing though, I don't understand how Sam was able to answer all those questions on the memory questionnaire considering he had such a swiss-cheesed memory. He couldn't remember his own last name yet he remembered mini skirts. Streaking? Sam? Sam says the answers are all true and we know that Sam always tells the truth.

Scott and Dean are perfect for their roles. This episode-equally perfect. :bow

That's one of my favorite lines too.
I have to admit when I first watched I thought of Al as little more than a device to give Sam information - a foil. That is why I found him so hard to write as a character. I soon came to appreciate how much more he is!
As far as the test goes, my thought was that Al helped him do it and used his own experiences, enjoying messing with Sam's head. I can picture Al streaking through the convent orphanage, scandalizing the nuns!

Lightning McQueenie 07-15-2009 11:34 AM

I also think that the answers to the memory quiz were much more Al-like than Sam-like...

jassian 07-23-2009 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lightning McQueenie (Post 54366)
I also think that the answers to the memory quiz were much more Al-like than Sam-like...


Very true.
I was thinking about putting it in a thread to talk about it.
They probably adjusted the character after that.

Lightning McQueenie 07-25-2009 03:25 AM

Either that or Al just helped Sam answer the questions...

quantumwonderer 07-14-2010 09:34 PM

If Sam is in control of his own destiny, how did he fight the return leap being he had amnesia? If you remember the first part of the episode was Sam trying to figure out who why he is in someone elses body. He did not know about time travel and leaping until Al later explained it to him?

It was greatly written as we saw the premise of the show as Sam was learning it! Would like to know why Al was forbidden to tell Sam about many things including his own name. Al broke a rule later to tell him that got him temporarily fired in a later episode. This was never revealed.

RossBeckett 06-21-2011 12:06 AM

Updated scene from Genesis
 
(TO FIT THE MODERN ERA & TECHNOLOGY) (More like a couple lines than a scene)

Wierd Ernie[reading from Tom Stratton's(Sam's) personal trivial pursuit questionaire]:
"When feeling lonely I rent a DVD and listen to my iPod. THIS IS GIBBERISH!"

Doc Berger:
"Very creative gibberish. Capt. Stratton answered every question as if he'd been born in '76 and lived in the future."


~Steve B.

RossBeckett 06-21-2011 12:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lightning McQueenie (Post 54366)
I also think that the answers to the memory quiz were much more Al-like than Sam-like...

Pilot episodes are always like that. Let's use Everybody Loves Raymond as an example. In the pilot, Ray and Debra's twins have the same names as Ray and Anna Romano's twins(assuming their twins in reality) Matthew & Gregory. In the rest of the series their names are Michael & Geoffry. The name of the girl remained Alexandra(Allie).

It's best to pretend Sam's answers are different for continuity's sake.

~Steve B.

feldon30 06-22-2011 02:20 AM

Not that I would ever admit to having watched Golden Girls ;) , but if you ever watch the Pilot you will be shocked. Most of the character traits are switched around. Betty White's character was not the ditz but in fact rather mean if I recall.

gigibean 07-14-2011 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by leaper1 (Post 54325)
That's one of my favorite lines too.
I have to admit when I first watched I thought of Al as little more than a device to give Sam information - a foil. That is why I found him so hard to write as a character. I soon came to appreciate how much more he is!
As far as the test goes, my thought was that Al helped him do it and used his own experiences, enjoying messing with Sam's head. I can picture Al streaking through the convent orphanage, scandalizing the nuns!

Wow! Al Calavicci is so important aside from being a man that has been there done everything.Yeah, he's the sidekick and comic relief but he's a pivitol character Sams only contact with PQL, home, and a person with whom Sam can confer. Aside from all of that I think Al character is wise, kind, and very important. He(Al) can be silly but their situations were often ridiculous. Where would Sam be without his pal Al?

Lightning McQueenie 12-09-2011 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Siggy (Post 53265)
You can see it in his eyes on a rewatch...it hurts, though he won't admit it. He can't tell Sam anything (why? I'm not sure on that one), and you can just see that it's killing him.

I would expect that it's because the "official" intended purpose of the project was to VIEW the past, not to change it. Too much information of the future would mean too much temptation to change it.

Of course, as we now know, Sam had always intended to put right what once went wrong, and with GTFW's interference "trapping" Sam in time to fulfil his life's work, caused the official rules to be chucked out.


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