Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

This is an old one, something that’s been irking me for more than ten years (when I first saw this episode). Now is the perfect opportunity to get it off my chest. The premise of Quantum Leap is that there is this scientist Sam who “leaps” into different people’s bodies and takes over their lives for a short time in order to fix something that went wrong in that person’s life. It’s neat because you see lots of different characters and people in a variety of situations. Sam has a sidekick, Al, someone from his own time who appears to only him as a hologram and helps guide him in what he’s trying to fix. In one episode, Sam leaps into a Vietnam war vet who has just become a double above-the-knee amputee. To start with...

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Disabled Actors Found

It turns out, and I am beyond delighted to say this, there are disabled actors working in television. My friends told me about these: Robert David Hall as the coroner, Dr. Al Robbins, in CSI. Michael Patrick Thornton as Dr. Gabriel Fife in Private Practice Zach Weinstein as Sean Fretthold in an episode of Glee (too bad they had him just laying in bed the whole episode) “I just believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to try for parts, whether they’re able-bodied or disabled,” Weinstein says. “And the best actor — whoever that is — should get it.” Well said, I couldn’t agree more. ETA: And more! http://www.tealsherer.com/ Teal Sherer, who has a recurring role on the webshow The Guild and is working on her own...

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Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

This is an old Christopher Reeve movie, from before his accident. In what I consider to be creepy irony, he plays a paraplegic. Sort-of. The basic plot is that there’s this cop who gets shot in the line of duty and paralyzed. Over time he starts thinking that his wife is cheating on him. He decides to kill her. It turns out that he actually is not paralyzed at all or no longer paralyzed or something. So he stands up and shoots her. Then he’s on trial and the entire trial focuses on the angle of the bullet wound and how he would have had to be standing up, but he can’t stand up because he’s paralyzed. In the most ridiculous dramatic act, the opposing counsel stabs a pair of scissors into his leg to prove his point and the cop manages to not...

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People can be dumb

This requires some serious...

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Extreme Ghostbusters

Extreme Ghostbusters

How about something positive for a change, a show that gets it right? In the mid-90s there was a cartoon show called The Extreme Ghostbusters. The idea is that a middle-aged Egon is teaching classes about paranormal stuff at a college when bad stuff starts happening and he recruits his class of four to become a new ghostbusters team. It was a little on the cheesy side, but pretty well written, especially for a spin off. One of the students is Garratt, a fearless adrenaline junkie in a wheelchair. His disability is very rarely mentioned, and no back story or explanation is given for it. There is only one episode where some FBI investigators mention that he was born disabled. He is a classic jock with a big heart, he is always ready to go in first and he’s...

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