The series actually traces its roots to the original Battlestar Galactica, which Donald P. Bellisario wrote and produced for. The show's revival spin-off, Galactica 1980 was to originally center around Time Travel and returning changes in history back to normal. The concept was dropped after the pilot, but Bellisario stuck with the concept to develop into Quantum Leap. The concept of Sam inhabiting the identity of another person to incorporate change for the better was partly inspired by the 1978 movie Heaven Can Wait, which in itself was practically a "word for word" remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"(1941), with the one exception of changing the lead character from a prize fighter, in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan", to a L A Rams quarterback in"Heaven Can Wait".
Donald P Bellisario established Sam's birth year 1953 by reversing digits of his own birth year 1935.
Though no special mention is made during the series, with the exception of Gooshie, Project Quantum Leap is run almost entirely by women. They include: Dr. Donna Eleese, Sam's wife, also a physicist; Dr. Beeks, a medical technician; Teena Martinez, Al's girlfriend and assistant programmer; an unnamed military envoy; and, though she is never seen, Dr. Sammy Jo Fuller, Sam's daughter sired during a leap, also a physicist. In addition, Ziggy, the sentient computer that controls the project, displays female characteristics.
Quantum Leap (1989) has several references to producer Donald P. Bellisario's previous series, Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982), including a character named "Gushie". Quantum Leap: Ghost Ship - August 13, 1956 (1992) featured Captain Cutter, who was the main character in Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982), |