Old 11-09-2021, 04:19 AM   #1
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So very sad to read of Dean's passing on 7th November 2021.
Dress code or not, I'm sure he's joking around in heaven now!
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Old 11-09-2021, 12:14 PM   #2
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Very sad.
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Old 11-09-2021, 02:16 PM   #3
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I've just heard of the sad news just before today's episode of Quantum Leap. I know I've not been around for quite a few years due to other commitments (my business took off unexpectedly) but I could not help but convey my condolences to all the lepers out there and to Scott Bakula to whom was a good friend. Very sad news indeed. May the leap continue. Love to all, Sue
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Even though this news is not completely unexpected (knowing he hasn't been in the best of health in quite some time), it's still hitting me hard. Quantum Leap was a series that literally changed my life, and Dean Stockwell was and always be a huge part of what made it so memorable and meaningful to so many of us. He will be greatly missed.
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I too was very sad to hear of his passing from Deborah's post this morning. Time has moved on and it's been hard to keep up with the site as much as I'd like, but so good to see you all here tonight. Dean brought us all together in a way, and I'm grateful to know you and thankful to him for it.
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Just read about Dean’s passing. Very sad indeed.

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It was very sad to hear about the passing of Dean Stockwell. 85 years of life is a very good age, 70 years on screens, millions of joyful faces of TV viewers, several generations and millions of destinies lived in one breath next to Dean. And all this thanks to such a talented actor as Dean Stockwell. The last time I watched a TV show with him was NCIS: New Orleans. Already in it, Dean was not in the best shape. It was very sad to hear that the beloved actor and wonderful friend had passed away. He will forever be remembered as Admiral Al Kalavichi. Rest in peace, our friend.| Я
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Old 01-13-2022, 09:22 PM   #8
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Dean Stockwell will be missed. I loved him and Scott on QL and then Dean showed up on two other shows Scott stars on. That was special for me.

RIP Dean Stockwell
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It's an absolute travesty they announce a reboot sequel 2 months after Deans death, its either a sick joke or terribly bad taste when they knew of Deans ill health and old age. It's complete stubbornness and ignorance on behalf of the producers and new writers in not rebooting sooner when the fans had been calling for it for over 10 years.
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Dean Stockwell's stroke was in 2016 and he had little memory of his time on Quantum Leap after that. He officially retired from acting. It hasn't been a remote possibility that he'd be involved in a Quantum Leap project for the last 5 years. There was just no chance of it.

Things happen in Hollywood at a glacial pace and I have to assume that a new series had been in talks before Dean's death. Don Bellisario had shut down prior attempts to continue the series specifically the Sci-Fi channel, so he likely set the timetable on this.
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Thanks for clarifying that. Dean’s Wikipedia entry says the stroke was 2015. But never assume it is accurate.

When Dean retired from acting I knew any revival of QL would not involve him long before he died.

It was also my understanding that Don halted any efforts before this. His approval makes optimistic.

I think there are numerous ways to deal with Al’s absence in a respectful way. Starting with having Susan Diol reprise her role as Beth. Possibly using that alternate ending we know her and Dean shot.
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Thanks for clarifying that. Dean’s Wikipedia entry says the stroke was 2015. But never assume it is accurate.

When Dean retired from acting I knew any revival of QL would not involve him long before he died.

It was also my understanding that Don halted any efforts before this. His approval makes optimistic.

I think there are numerous ways to deal with Al’s absence in a respectful way. Starting with having Susan Diol reprise her role as Beth. Possibly using that alternate ending we know her and Dean shot.
If they can film QL and do it tastefully in the same way they did for Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters afterlife or Paul Walker in Fast & Furious it would work. It would be really emotional and epic to see Sam and Al together one last time on screen and then we can pass the torch into a new series of quantum leap.
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Old 01-17-2022, 10:43 AM   #13
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Let's see what they can do.
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:26 PM   #14
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I was thinking about the tribute to Harold Ramos. Do not want spoil the movie for those who have not seen it yet.

It occurred to me a way of doing a tribute only QL can do. The original ending was going to have Al leap to find Sam. You could have a character who Al leaped into. But we do not know it at first. But when Sam and Al touch we see it’s really Al using CGI. Similar to when Sam and Alia discovered each other. Maybe it’s a younger Al in the past. That older Al leaped into.

It will be a challenge but it can be done. Suspecting this would happen for years I have thought about it a lot. Scott and Dean did convention appearances together. I wonder if there is any footage of them hugging on stage… that could be repurposed.
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