Old 08-09-2003, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Quantum Leap and The Pretender

The characters Dr. Sam Beckett and Jared are very similar in that they are both geniuses and that they both save the lives of many people. Even though I've mentioned the following before, I have to say that Gary Hobson is also similar to Sam and Jared. Gary strives to right the wrongs before they happen and Sam and Jared both have the ability to be anything they want to be. Does Sam really leap himself? I believe so. I also believe that the bartender directs him where exactly to go. Sydney is a little like Al and so is Charles "Chuck" Fishman from Early Edition.
Michael T. Weiss as Jared w/ multiple last names
Scott Bakula as Dr. Samuel Beckett
Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci
Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson, citizen of Chicago.
Fisher Stevens as Chuck Fishman.
Patrick Bachau(spelling?) as Sydney

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Old 08-10-2003, 05:29 PM   #2
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Yup, you're right Ross! I love the parallels between Pretender and QL... especially since Jared and Sam are both such nice guys, with more than a little innocent streak. There is the constant search for home and family too!

Actually, I was a huge Pretender fan before QL... and when I finally found it, I thought it was the same show with time travel thrown in! LOL!
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Old 08-11-2003, 02:26 PM   #3
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Please forgive my ignorance... but can somebody fill me in about "The Pretender"? I'm afraid I've never heard of it...

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Old 08-11-2003, 05:28 PM   #4
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The Pretender is a show about a man named Jared who was kidnapped as a young child and brought to a place called the "Centre" which exploits the brilliance of young geniuses called "Pretenders". Jared was one of these children, who escaped from the Centre when he was old enough and is now on the run. While he's running, he uses his genius to help those in need and pretends to be a different person every week. He also hopes to find his family and discover the truth about his past, much of which is missing from his memory.

Or to sum up:
There are Pretenders among us; geniuses with the ability to become anyone they want to be. In 1963, a corporation known as The Centre isolated a young Pretender named Jarod, and exploited his genius for their research.
Then one day, their Pretender ran away.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:56 PM   #5
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Yup, I liked The Pretender too. I remember the first promo I saw for the show, he was in a hospital and this old lady asked him, "Are you a Doctor?" to which his response was "I am today!" I saw that (along with the general concept of having a different identity every week) and thought, "Oh look, a Quantum Leap ripoff!"

All joking aside, it WAS a good show! And of course, NBC canned it too.
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Quite a few alumni from QL worked on the Pretender (i.e., directors, writers, producers, etc.)
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Old 08-15-2003, 11:15 AM   #7
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Hey Yo,

The Rod feels He was the only cat who did not dig The Pretender. He felt it was (almost) a clone of Quantum Leap. Same with Early Edition. The Rod couldnt stand that show for some reason.

Hell, why clone a show when you can bring it back!
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Old 08-16-2003, 05:19 PM   #8
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that's okay Rod...

Personally speaking, The Pretender was yet another attempt (a successful one!) by the powers that be to bring about good family entertainment with action/drama/suspense/humor and the like... without making it stale, or CSI/Dr. Quincyish.

The history of television is filled with these types of shows. By no means, was Quantum Leap alone in this field. Yes, like almost all tv shows, it started out with a premise and ended it (mostly) with the conclusion to that one issue, but also brought about a Soap Operaish quality of a continuing storyline, where you get to know the characters a bit more each story that happens. But Q.L. didn't own the rights to this format!

The Pretender was another story that followed the same BASIC premise...

*Jared was born a gifted child.
*Sam Beckett was too.
*Jared was taken from his family when he was ten years old.
*Not the same with Sam, although he distanced himself from his family in his quest for knowledge and discovery.
*Jared was used and lied to by the organization that he worked for... The Centre.
*Sam took control of his own experiment, fearing the cancellation by the nozzles in command.
*Jarod learned that thousands of people died to to the many scenarios that he personally invented.
*Sam realized that he had the ability to not only interact with the past, but he could make changes in the timeline.
*Jarod is on a journey of self-discovery.
*Sam is as well, thanks to his swiss-cheese memory. But he got better as the series progressed, as did Jarod.
*Jarod helps the weaker, the down-trodden, as he himself once was.
*Sam's a perpetual boy scout.
*Jarod has an older mento figure that he reaches out to for a bit of advice, but mostly he's a base - a living embodiment of an umbelical cord (sp?)
*Sam has not only Al, but a whole section of people that are trying desperately to get him home.
* Jarod has a hell-bent biatch (Miss Parker) that won't rest until he's back and she can get her own revenge.
* Some might equate her with the nozzles at command for Quantum Leap..
* Jarod actually BECOMES the people he's pretending to be, if only for a short while.
* Sam leaps into people that are those certain characters... and if he doesn't know how to do it, he doesn't!! Al might be able to help here and there, but mostly, it's Sam just muddling throu it all.

Yes, there are tons of similarities, but in no way did I ever think of that show as a rip off. Jarod could get quite vengeful, whereas Sam was kind, and tried not to take a life if he didn't have to. Jarod usually chose his next assignments, where Sam didn't. Jarod couldn't 'fix things that had gone wrong in the past' but could instead make it right for the future... by making the guilty ones that were responsible... pay!

Jarod and Sam had one other real similarity... although not distanced by space and time, they both couldn't touch the immediate family that they missed. Like Sydney or Jarod's mother... or Sam and Al.

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