Quantum Leap Season 1 Episode 7 Evaluation: O Ye of Little Religion

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There’s lots to be mentioned for a very good old style scary story. Quantum Leap Season 1 Episode 7 delivers on that with a primary half stuffed with spooky, inexplicable happenings and a second half unraveling them with principally passable explanations.

Yay for Janis’s return, nevertheless transient, though we’re nonetheless at midnight about whether or not she’s related to future Leaper X Martinez.

Lastly, anybody else miss Magic’s presence at HQ? Looks like a system lock-out must be one thing he’d be on prime of, does not it?

When scientific minds meet supernatural circumstances, the battle between logic and religion rages. Right here, Ben and Daisy symbolize these two forces, and each should bend a bit of their dogma so as to remedy the thriller.

In the meantime, when the science fails Addison, it is fascinating that it is Jenn that helps her maintain the religion.

For somebody who does not imagine within the supernatural, Ben appears fairly spooked by the Grey residence even earlier than seeing Daisy.

In such shut quarters, it is sensible to retreat to the water closet for a briefing with Addison, and I recognize Addison mentioning that Ben’s presence in 1934 borders on the supernatural already.

Ben: Exorcisms aren’t actual. And even when they had been, I’m not spiritual. I don’t imagine in possession.
Addison: Ben, you’re actually possessing that man’s physique proper now.
Ben: Okay, truthful level.

The writers dedicated to a narrative with penalties. Whereas there have been deaths in earlier adventures, I did not anticipate Aunt Tessa’s homicide. And, truthfully, even understanding who killed her, I am stunned Percy was in a position to get her onto that armoire.

In fact, as an encyclopedia salesman, I suppose he might need constructed up some muscle mass.

Ben: What’s with all of the encyclopedias?
Percy: I promote them. Door to door. Charles says it’s simply an excuse to screw round with lonely housewives all day. To which I say, ‘I’m a salesman and a public servant.’

I might’ve favored to have seen Tessa and Daisy’s relationship explored extra. We by no means see them in the identical room besides within the birthday flashback and when Tessa’s physique is found. There isn’t any interplay in both occasion. I am interested in Tessa’s resolution to depart every part to Daisy.

Timing is vital to each Percy’s and Janis’s plans, respectively.

Percy gambles that Father Davenport will want a stiff drink to carry out his exorcism.

Earlier than revealing the jimsonweed, I suspected some kind of hallucinogenic gasoline was being launched in Daisy’s room. It would’ve been a bit of technologically superior for 1934 however in all probability not unprecedented.

What if Davenport/Ben had been a teetotaler? Would Percy have tempted him with poisoned soup as a substitute?

There are numerous views on religion versus information offered by the characters.

Daisy and Aunt Tessa method the world with a staunch perception within the unseen. Daisy’s description of seeing Ben in Father Davenport as an “angel” signifies that some individuals might be able to see the quantum leapers in sure circumstances.

Ben: You taught me one thing right this moment. Typically we have to step exterior what we imagine to see issues for what they’re.
Daisy: But when the demon isn’t actual, then my uncle’s a assassin. I believe I desire the demon.

In Daisy’s case, she’s tempted to let her religion within the good in individuals blind her to their wrongdoings.

Physician Watts involves the state of affairs as a person of science, however his religion in drugs wavers as he witnesses the occasions within the Grey home.

Ben: Physician, are you beginning to imagine?
Dr. Watts: In medical faculty, we studied the phrases of Hippocrates. “To know is science. To imagine one is aware of is ignorance.” I’m afraid this has gone past the realm of what I do know.
Ben: After I was at school, I used to be taught to look at all of the variables earlier than drawing conclusions.
Dr. Watts: The Vatican teaches that?

(As a result of I used to be curious, I seemed into the historical past of black medical medical doctors within the U.S. and located that Dr. James McCune Smith earned a medical diploma in Glasgow in 1837 and practiced drugs in New York Metropolis, seeing each black and white sufferers.)

The dynamic between Dr. Watts and Ben is fascinating as Ben watches the physician doubt in his personal understanding of the human thoughts and physique whereas masquerading as a person of non secular religion.

With out Addison for steerage, Ben turns to sound boarding off Father Davenport’s mirror presence. It is a unusual factor to reconcile Ben’s recognition that Davenport’s nonetheless in there someplace whereas he is driving the priest’s physique round.

Perhaps simply this as soon as, I put my must rationally and logically clarify every part away, and attempt to be open to one thing I don’t really perceive.


The reflection’s reactions appear to point an precise dialogue happening. Thoughts you, it is also a lingering facet impact of the jimsonweed-laced gin.

After which there are those that have misplaced their religion — Charles, Lola, and Percy. The Nice Despair drove many to desperation and others to innovation. For instance, Charles spins his wheels whereas Lola and Percy make new plans. Thoughts you, for Lola, they’re revived previous plans.

I’ve by no means had something on my phrases. The kid I needed to have. The person I needed to marry. Getting an opportunity at my dream once more? That was one thing value believing in!


I am not solely unsympathetic to Lola’s plight. In fact, plotting her daughter’s gaslighting, poisoning, and homicide is reprehensible. Each she and Percy are dangerous individuals, no query. Nevertheless, that determined instances adage exists for a purpose.

Daisy might communicate of seeing angels, however she’s fairly the paragon of non secular conviction herself. She understands what has occurred to her household, accepts that they really feel forsaken, and nonetheless forgives her mom and uncle for his or her murderous intentions.

Regardless of being poisoned a number of instances, having hallucinations compelled on her, and being traumatized by seeing her murdered aunt’s physique, she one way or the other holds to her religion that good will overcome.

So what’s the final message of this providing?

The crew has religion that they’re going to deliver Ben residence, that they’ve a greater deal with on the expertise than Sam Beckett’s crew had thirty years in the past. They cling to that religion for Ben and Addison and their sense of crew.

The phrases on Daisy’s wall — “OPEN MINE EYES TO SEE” — are phrases from Charles Wesley’s Prayer for Religion. They echo in Ben’s ideas on what he is discovered from his time as Father Davenport and Dr. Watts’s remembrance of Hippocrates’s classes.

What we all know, we all know till we all know in another way.

This may very well be the mantra of the season. We all know Ben leaped. We all know Janis was working with him. We all know Martinez will leap sometime.

However the why and the way of all these identified information might considerably change the context. What’s Janis warning Ben about when he leaps?

Is it easy coincidence that Daisy, the daughter, is poisoned right here whereas Beth, the mom, was poisoned the final time we noticed Janis on Quantum Leap Season 1 Episode 3?

Joyful Halloween, of us! Make sure to watch Quantum Leap online with the lights down low, and the sound turned up. Take pleasure in these bounce scares and be a part of us subsequent week when Ben is Ben once more, simply not Ben Track!

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