Quantum Leap Season 2 is right around the corner! The reboot of the popular 1980s series Quantum Leap is returning to NBC with all new episodes. And after Season 1’s success, fans are ready for more leaps!
Here’s what we know so far about Quantum Leap Season 2. Spoilers ahead from the first season.
Quantum Leap Returns for Season 2
Quantum Leap is returning to the small screens this year with Season 2. NBC announced the renewal not long after the first season aired. The new season also comes a year after Season 1 premiered on the network.
Quantum Leap follows the time-jumping physicist Dr. Sam Beckett. The original series premiered in 1989 starring Scott Bakula. Quantum Leap was an award-winning series during its four-year run, earning Emmys and Golden Globes.
Fans of the show have called for a reboot when the fifth season ended with negative reviews. The reboot premiered on September 19, 2022 on NBC. This time, the Quantum Leap reboot focuses on another time-jumping doctor, Dr. Ben Song. One year later, fans were given a glimpse of what to expect for Season 2 when the promotional images were released.
Martin Gero will also remain as showrunner for Season 2. Steven Lilien, Margarita Matthews, and Drew Lindo penned the scripts for Quantum Leap. Tom Scanlan, Meg Fister, and Marc Bienstock serve as producers. Lilien, Chris Gismer, and Deborah Pratt serve as executive producers.
What Happened in Season 1
Quantum Leap Season 1 left fans with a lot of questions that maybe Season 2 could answer. Such questions include the location of Ben’s body and the possibility of more leapers. There are also plot points that are set to be addressed in the coming season. The first season included a lot of character drama compared to the original series throughout its five seasons.
Season 1 also added new plot points to the project which allowed for more storytelling for future seasons. The finale’s twist pretty much guaranteed that a Season 2 was needed. It was also clear that Ben had yet to make it home, resulting in more leaps to add to the next season’s story.
Despite preventing a disaster from happening, there was still a lot for Ben to do to make it home. One change made to the reboot was giving Ben the ability to travel into the future.
Quantum Leap Season 2 Cast
We can expect many of the show’s cast in Season 1 to return for Quantum Leap Season 2. This includes Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song, Ernie Hudson as Magic, Mason Alexander Park as Ian, Georgina Reilly as Janis Calavicci, Caitlin Bassett as Addison, and Nanrisa Lee as Jenn.
There will also be new faces joining the ensemble for Season 2, with Eliza Taylor and Peter Gadiot on board. Taylor will be playing Hannah Carson. Hannah is described as a “complex young woman, who may be more than she appears” and will make her debut in episode three.
Gadiot will play Army intelligence officer Tom Westfall. Tom is described as “thoughtful, centered, a spiritual kind of warrior who both men and women admire, but whose humility keeps him from ever being arrogant. Tom will take on a crucial role overseeing the project.”
Other actors joining Quantum Leap Season 2 include Melissa Roxburgh, P.J. Byrne, and Aaron Adams. Quantum Leap showrunner Martin Gero has also talked about the possible return of Bakula as Sam Beckett. Roxburgh plays Lt. Ellen Grier, who will make her debut in the Season 2 premiere.
What to Expect for Season 2
There has yet to be an official synopsis for Quantum Leap Season 2, but NBC Insider revealed a bit of what it would be about.
“Season 2 picks up with Ben still leaping around the time stream, and we can expect him to pop up in all kinds of wild places, meeting all kinds of cool guest stars along the way.”
Knowing that Ben could leap forward in time unlike the original series, anything could happen in Season 2. Fans can also expect the coming season to take a closer look into the government’s dark plans. We can also look forward to seeing how Ben’s time-jumping abilities further affect his relationship with Addison.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Gero revealed what fans can expect for the coming season. Gero also revealed the changes they made to the reboot. The showrunner said Season 2 will follow the narrative format of the original series. Season 2 will also focus on the self-contained stories of the people Ben assumes the identity of, according to Gero.
“We want to take our incredible cast and give them the ability to do more,” Gero revealed. “So for us closing the loop on the mythological questions, like ‘why did he leap?’ lets us have the serialized elements be more in the emotional space in Season 2 as opposed to the heavy plot space.”
The official trailer for Quantum Leap Season 2 also revealed the years that Ben will jump to, including 1879, 1198, 1943, 2012, 196, and an unspecified date in the future.
Quantum Leap Season 2 Release Date
Quantum Leap Season 2 will premiere on NBC on October 4, 2023. There will be a change in the timeslot this time around. For comparison, Season 1 aired at 9 p.m. ET. For Quantum Leap Season 2, it will air earlier at 8 p.m. ET. The show will air live on NBC with new episodes available on the Peacock platform the day after it airs.
There will be 13 episodes for the coming season. However, not every episode was finished when the WGA and SAG-AFTRA began their strikes. On the flip side, TVLine reported that most of the season was already done before the strikes were in effect this year.
While there’s no official confirmation yet, Gero talked about a possible Season 3 for Quantum Leap.
“It’s such an unusual show. When we were doing Blindspot, I really did have an idea of what that last season was gonna be about, or what each season thematically was about,” Gero told Collider.
“With this one, we’ve known, since pretty early on, what Season 2 is gonna be, and we have a brief idea for what Season 3 is gonna be. Beyond that, it’s a show that is a little more segmented than other TV shows. We’re trying to make it feel like a series of novels that you really love, with each season having a very clear beginning, middle, and end. And so, we have a great novel planned for Season 2 and a really great idea for what Season 3 would be,” Gero added.