In Review: Quantum Leap (S2 – EP11) The Outsider

Ben leaps into the body of a TV producer who is trying to unravel a story and help a once-famous journalist get her career back.
Outsider

Synopsis: In The Outsider Ben leaps into the body of a TV producer who is trying to unravel a story and help a once-famous journalist get her career back.

 

The Story

Ben finds himself back in the 1980s and in the body of a new TV producer who is hot on the heels of a conspiracy involving a commercial weed killer used in farming. Working alongside disgraced news reporter Connie Davis. Ben is hoping that uncovering the truth behind the conspiracy will redeem Connie and help relaunch her career. 

Meanwhile, back at Project Quantum Leap, the shit has hit the fan. Gideon Rydge has found out about the use of his computer chip and has launched a DOD investigation into the time travel project. However, it seems that the DOD is unaware of Tom Westfall’s involvement in helping get the project back up and running as they have him lead the investigation. Unfortunately, even Tom cannot save Quantum Leap without offering up a sacrificial lamb for the slaughter, which gives Magic a really difficult choice to make. 

 

The Acting

James Frain doesn’t have a great deal of screen time in this episode as I suspect a majority of it was used in last week’s episode. But the brief bit of time he is on the screen is just enough to make the point that his character of Gideon Rydge might well be an interesting adversary for the Quantum Leap team.

In the main time travel story. Nadine Ellis puts in a superb performance as Connie and sells the ace reporters’ reluctance to get involved in a controversial story. The scenes she has with Raymond Lee are fantastic viewing from the point of view of you find yourself pulling for her to get back into reporting actual news and wanting to get behind Ben’s efforts to help her find redemption.

 

Overall

This was a pretty solid episode with a strong story and some really nice character development for both regular and guest characters. Added to this is an interesting plot development that could well change the whole dynamic of how Project Quantum Leap is run.

9.4
Quantum Leap (S2 - EP11) The Outsider
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.3
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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