Quantum Code: the rest of the series hopes to bring Scott Bakula back (and we want to believe it)
Scott Bakula has already said no to the Quantum Code sequel but his showrunner still hopes the comedian will come save the show and bring it back the fans.
Ambitious project or risky crash, the cult series Code Quantum has just been resurrected on NBC. Thirty years after its last episode, the adventures of Dr. Sam Beckett finally have a sequel (more or less) with Quantum Leap. New cast, same concept and we're relaunching the time machine. The science fiction series began broadcasting on September 19and claims to be a continuation of the original story with, this time, Dr. Ben Song (played by Raymond Lee) as the protagonist to take over.
Many dreaded this return, fearing not to find what made the charm of Code Quantum. It indeed seemed difficult to go after the iconic duo of Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, even with good intentions. Certainly, Quantum Leapmay not have played all its cards yet, however the first episodes do not seem to be convincing. Especially since the desire of the series to play on a nostalgic fiber already seems compromised.
Indeed, the possible return of Scott Bakula, interpreter of Sam Beckett, in this sequel seems complicated, the gentleman seems to have turned the page. On his own Twitter account, the comedian was very explicit: he has no connection with the series either in front of or behind the camera and, even if his character appeared in the script for this sequel , he did not want to be part of it. A decision that undoubtedly dealt a blow to the fans who placed their hopes in the return of his character, but even harder for NBC. The channel had long raised doubts about the actor's participation in the project.
(2/5) I have no connection with the new show, either in front of the camera or behind it.
In January, the pilot was sold and a script was sent to me because the character of Sam Beckett was in it, which makes sense, right? As so many of you have been asking me the last…
— Scott Bakula (@ScottBakula) September 15, 2022
Still, Martin Gero — the show's executive producer who became showrunner after a last-minute shakeup — still leaves the door open. He spoke to Collider on the subject:
“I would always come back to ask him, respectfully, to do the series. […] I think that would be very exciting. But I also respect his wish. He knows our enthusiasm for him. Our enthusiasm, love and devotion to the old series. Well, that's a no for now. It would still be great to have it. Although I don't know if it's still possible. […] I'm able to call his managers often enough that they know how much I want him on the show, but not so much that they're like, 'This is a harassment situation, he contact the authorities.” We respect his choice. »
“Bring Scott Bakula back! Quick!”
However, as Scott Bakula also mentioned in his message,the concept of Quantum Leap remains sufficiently exciting to renew itself and offer some good surprises to the spectators. And this, without copying the old formulas. We wouldn't be totally surprised if it was all just a communication game and Scott Bakula made his surprise appearance in a season-ending cliffhanger. Verdict in a few weeks.