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View Poll Results: Shock Theater
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:44 AM   #26
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The alphabet rap under Ziggy's Sounds on the website; the lyrics are different. I prefer the lyrics in the show.

Sorry about double posting.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:42 AM   #27
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One of the highest emotional threads ever that poor Sam and Al have been on! Scott Bakula is just exceptional in this show, and the anquish on Al's face is sooooo believeable!

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It was that very look of anguish Al had when he realized what happened to Sam that made my blood run cold. Excellent actors, they both are.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:33 PM   #28
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I agree that this was a good episode; Scott and Dean really showcased their acting skills in this one. I just think that some parts of the episode could have been handled a little more sensitively.

Also, just curious: did he not leap out because Sam needed to be rejoined with himself before the leap could be done, or because his true objective was to get the other nurse removed from his post? I'm curious to know what people think.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:34 AM   #29
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I agree that this was a good episode; Scott and Dean really showcased their acting skills in this one. I just think that some parts of the episode could have been handled a little more sensitively.

Also, just curious: did he not leap out because Sam needed to be rejoined with himself before the leap could be done, or because his true objective was to get the other nurse removed from his post? I'm curious to know what people think.
I expect it's the first reason. GFTW wouldn't put Sam in a situation he couldn't handle, so it makes sense that he (or rather Sam) wouldn't allow Sam (himself) to leap until he would be able to handle what was still to come...
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:27 AM   #30
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Seeing as I'm on a MAC I couldn't play the video on here of the QL Convention where Dean expressed what it was like to rap in this episode. Could someone tell me what he said?
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:36 PM   #31
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What an emotional, gut-wrenching episode. Was Scott Bakula ever even nominated for an Emmy? This episode proves he should have been. Leaping in only to realize he was about to get electro shock treatment must have been just as horrifying as when he realized he was about to die in the electric chair. Maybe even worse. I really found it disturbing.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:55 PM   #32
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What an emotional, gut-wrenching episode. Was Scott Bakula ever even nominated for an Emmy? This episode proves he should have been. Leaping in only to realize he was about to get electro shock treatment must have been just as horrifying as when he realized he was about to die in the electric chair. Maybe even worse. I really found it disturbing.
I believe the episode was submitted for nomination by Scott and Dean themselves but that's as far as it went to my knowledge. I however completely agree that it's extremely messed up that Scott never relieved an Emmy for this performance he was absolutely amazing.

Personally I would have loved to see behind the leap into how the project was handling this intense situation while Al was not in the imaging chamber. I think it would have been interesting and in this particular case have added to the direness of the situation.

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Seeing as I'm on a MAC I couldn't play the video on here of the QL Convention where Dean expressed what it was like to rap in this episode. Could someone tell me what he said?
I am unsure about this video you speak of but I do happen to know from my BTS book that the rap took around 8 takes because he kept forgetting the alphabet, LOL.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #33
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As amazing as this episode is there are a few aspects of the leapee persona jumping that don't add up for me.
Sam offers information about the leapees that I am certain isn't revealed in the actual episodes from which they originate.

*As Samantha Stormer, the whole smoking bit and the request not to tell Gloria. Samantha was never even revealed to be a smoker.
*Jesse's background and attempt to learn to read, we don't even learn too much about Jesse in the episode if memory serves.
*Herbert 'Magic' Williams' serial number which Sam never had to recite.
How could he possibly know this information?

Is it possible that somehow in this unique state of mind he was able to mind merge with these leapees though separated from their auras?
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #34
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*As Samantha Stormer, the whole smoking bit and the request not to tell Gloria. Samantha was never even revealed to be a smoker.
Yeah,I noticed that one,too.I even checked the episode to look whether there is a scene with her smoking.But I can't remember what was Sam saying exactly there.Was he talking about quitting?
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He basically asked the doctor not to tell Gloria he was smoking because apparently she doesn't approve of Samantha doing so in the apartment, which now that you had me take a close look at that is actually curious. Obviously the main concern of each persona was the thought of being in the institution. Why would he worry about violating a roommate agreement?
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:16 AM   #36
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This is one of my all-time favorite season finales. I've seen it over and over through the years, to the point of losing count. The first thing I loved was that this time it was not Donald who wrote the screenplay but Deborah, which perhaps was quite rare for a QL season finale. The second thing was the sort of twist she gave in some way to the history of television: In most TV shows, being them under any main genre, like sci-fi, comedy or even drama, there's almost always an episode where the recurring characters remember some things that happened to them in past episodes from past seasons. They reunite in a place and talk about their memories from those past episodes. That adds a tone of nostalgia to the current episode and to the audience those sorts of installments are always either a hit or a miss. Some people love that approach and some consider them just pretty boring fillers. In some way, Deborah Pratt did exactly the same thing with Shock Theater. It was a "recall-that-episode/season" story, but she added her own brilliand turns, visions and notes to it, not only making it very interesting and engaging, but fully remarkable. At every point where Sam changes to another personality, the suspense just keeps growing and growing and this is one of the few true times where you keep wondering how or if Sam is going to get out of that safe at all!! The nostalgia factor was handled greatly: Hell, it even makes me miss "The Right Hand Of God", one of my least favorite episodes from the series. Brilliant move and what a brilliant episode it was this finale!!

The part I loved the most: All the final act, where the crescendo has reached its maximum potential (and that potential was pretty intense!!, almost as if I, as the viewer, was the one who was going to get those electro-shocks myself). Another thing I loved was that all the ep. was sort of an introduction to Deborah Pratt's theories on how sometimes a leapee can take mental charge of Sam's mind to some extent, which was later used on her own "Dreams" and on Donald's "LHO". My favorite moment: The simo-leaping, of course.

Favorite Al line: Tibby asks him if the cars fly and the air is clean in the future and he says: "No, the air is filthy and the cars are still on the ground, but we're working on it." Makes me chuckle everytime.

The only thing in this ep. I was neutral about was the character of Tibby himself. I don't have anything against him and I like him but sometimes he was a bit annoying and "meh!"... Just a little bit.

Anyway...

My rating: Excellent!!

Review of the season: Still not my fave one. It had many mediocre or "conventional" episodes throughout, but even with that the way of story-telling had improved as well as the tone of the series. The style of the show settled on this season and defintely the special effects were also better. One important thing this season introduced was the handlink's Gummi Bear design, which is a classic and the most remembered thing about QL even to this day!! The classic "festivity" episodes came from this season, too, and the fact that this is the "middle season" of the show and those sort of episodes (halloween, christmas) were here makes it even more special and that works on its favor. Very good season, and I'm glad it was not the last one, as it was originally intended.

Now finally on to review season four!!! Let's go...
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