Quantum Leap showrunner Martin Gero neatly deflected a question about whether or not Dr. Samuel Beckett (Scott Bakula) remained lost in time.
The Stargate alumn was speaking to TVFanatic about the new series, which stars Raymond Lee, Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park, and others when he was quizzed on the original Quantum Leap‘s infamously downbeat 1993 ending.
Is the mythology going to be connected to the original show? Do we ever find out what happened to that group of people?
Yeah. Some of it is, yeah.
Well, yay! I figure he was lost forever. So if they’re going to be leaping again, they might want to have that on their radar. You know how to keep that from happening again?
Well, that’s a big piece. The fact that he got stuck in time forever is a huge part of the show and a huge part of the basis of the mythology that I can’t wait to tell you more about once you’ve seen the first episode.
Gero was full of praise for the new cast, and the show’s original creators Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah M. Pratt, promising that “it’s just a balancing act of trying to modernize it in a way that it like feels like it demands to be on TV right now, but also being incredibly deferential, too. It’s a really important show to a lot of people, including me.”
He also cleared up that sequel/reboot business, saying, ” It’s a continuation of the story with a brand new set of characters. And again, it allows us to tell great leap stories, but there’s really cool mythology and mystery at its core that takes place in the present day.”
The full interview is absolutely worth a ready, and when you’re done with that – why not revisit Deborah M. Pratt’s incredible live interview and audience Q&A.
The Outer Limits was a proving ground for Stargate talent, showing us Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, and others in chilling new guises.