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Old 09-30-2008, 03:32 PM   #26
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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?
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:41 PM   #27
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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.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:11 PM   #28
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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!

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Old 05-30-2009, 10:38 PM   #29
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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.
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:58 PM   #30
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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.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:29 AM   #31
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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.
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!
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:34 AM   #32
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I also think that the answers to the memory quiz were much more Al-like than Sam-like...
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:51 PM   #33
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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.
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:25 AM   #34
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Either that or Al just helped Sam answer the questions...
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:34 PM   #35
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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.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:06 AM   #36
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(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!"

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


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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.

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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.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:22 AM   #39
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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?
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:02 PM   #40
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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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Old 10-24-2012, 06:27 PM   #41
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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 never mistook Al as being Sam's father either, but because he's so much older and more experienced than Sam the dynamic of Al as mentor, guide and maybe a little bit father figure is there by default. But to me it's only a very small part of what is a rich, multi-faceted friendship and comes from Sam not Al, or at least that's my interpretation. Then again a lot of times Sam came across as the parental one to me because Al is so often just a big old kid.

Although not a favorite episode I consider this one of the best pilot episodes of any television series.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #42
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Good pilot movie. Donald P. Bellisario is written all over it. You really get the picture that things about the air force, air force bases, pilots, tests, and everything that has to do with big planes and military-like stuff is what rocks his world and gets him going, or at least used to. It's of course the episode that sets the series. Not on its entirety, but to some extent.

I agree with the person who said that every scene is a classic, but I was not too crazy about some of the constant scenes with the airplanes and Peg. They kinda dragged a bit, in my opinion.

The second story was a nice touch. I was in tears the first time I saw the scene where he calls his father, but, for some weird reason, this whole part with the baseball game is very relaxing. It has this effect on me.

My rating: Average.
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When Al said "you now who that guy looks like?", that went over my head. Who was it?
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Since paradoxes don't seem to be a problem for time travel in the QL universe, why not just write a letter to himself and have it dated for the date Sam steps into the chamber and tell himself not to step into the chamber.
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Since paradoxes don't seem to be a problem for time travel in the QL universe, why not just write a letter to himself and have it dated for the date Sam steps into the chamber and tell himself not to step into the chamber.
I would say he wanted to step into the chamber and didn't want to stop himself.

And of course no show.
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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*
Actually, the second leap was entirely necessary. Remember that this is the pilot episode of the show, so it needs to set everything up. If it had just been the air force leap, then casual viewers will likely think it's a show about being on an air force base, not an anthology about a time traveller.
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Just rewatched this for the first time in ages. I liked the X-2 scene when Al is showing Sam how to fly the plane, and telling him what to call to Edwards. Then Sam hears the fuel start to boil. He asks Al if he could hear it, and Al, still totally into flying this plane, responds, "Mach 2.6. Yes." Then he says dead serious, "It's the fuel, Sam. The heat is boiling the fuel. Shut 'em down, Sam, shut 'em down!"

My question is, why didn't Sam immediately shut down the rockets when the fire warning light came on, and Al told him to? Was it because the needle wasn't quite to Mach 3, and he knew he needed to hit 3 to Leap?

Still, I loved seeing Al in Pilot Mode. This episode, and my stint in the jet sims at Aviation Challenge (the Air Force side of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL), gave me a much greater appreciation of pilots everywhere - especially military jet pilots.
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I watched Genesis again last night, and something actually really grated me. Obviously this is from having seen the whole series before, but it was really annoying me that Al constantly had a hangover. We find out in Play Ball that Al is a recovering alcoholic and gave it up thanks to Sam's intervention. While I guess it is possible that (a) Al only ever drinks occasionally on special occasions now (like the time travel project proving a "success"), or (b) he was so depressed about Sam becoming stuck in the past that he had a relapse. But it really did annoy me.
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