Well, the answer is that it holds up just fine -- in fact, I enjoyed it even more than I was expecting. It's an exceptionally well-written, well-acted, well-produced show, but it's really the performances of Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell that elevate the series to another level. Just as Richard Dean Anderson did with MacGyver, Bakula brings a sincerity and humility to the part of Sam Beckett that makes for a character that is easy to root for. And the series is defined by Sam's relationship and friendship with Al -- the dialogue and chemistry between them is wonderful.
Time for some data analysis!
- When it comes to episode locations there were 27 states represented -- the top 3 were California (22 episodes), New York (12) and Texas (7). There were 5 foreign countries visited (Vietnam, Egypt, Japan, Soviet Union, and England), and there were 3 episodes at sea.
- I counted 34 guest stars who were also on MacGyver.
- I compared Mark's final rankings with my own and found that we had two that were in the exact same position: Nuclear Family at #75 and A Portrait of Troian at #91. And I noticed quite a few that were off by just one spot. With MacGyver, we had just one episode in the same spot (The Outsiders at #23).
Thanks to Mark, Highlander, my mom, and everyone else who read or commented on my Quantum Leap posts, and hopefully more people will discover the show in the years to come (and ideally it won't take a lackluster reboot to inspire interest from the next generation). And it would be great if the series would come back to Netflix at some point in the near future.
Next up I'll be covering the 1980's Mission Impossible tv series -- more to come on that in a post very soon!