Liked the opening narration, very happy this is a sequel rather than a reboot.
I definitely would have gotten rid of the opening showing Ben's life. If he's going to have amnesia, we should only know as much as him (in my opinion) otherwise, why does he not know what we do? (nevermind, we see later its to create drama in the present) Introduce him already in the past, confused and swiss-cheese brained. Though, maybe that's just me looking back at what the original was? I chose not to do a rewatch before jumping into this (last time I watched this was over a decade ago) but from what I remember, the most we got in episode 1 was Sam leaping, and then the information Al gave us.
So in that case, just starting at a point of "Who am I and why am I here" would have been way more interesting and intriguing than introducing all these modern characters— but maybe the show will go somewhere interesting with it!
Yay for the white turtle-neck time-travel suit!
Man the dialogue/chemistry when she first finds him and he says he has no memory is rough
(chemistry over all is rough, dialogue clunky) but leaping in mid bank heist is a fun intro.
that green screen is so bad
in the hologram room. How the heck did the original do it better? C'mon, guys, we have technology.
The wife who needs dialysis expositioning their money problems and showing up with their daughter right when Ben is trying to guess why he's doing this was COMICAL. Also, "Ryan's not a criminal"
GEEZ the rotoscoping in the car. Guys, I know we were going for the same feeling as the original, but did you have
to make the rotoscoping look like it was from the 80's too? Sitcoms have looked better.
So you gave us both the visual exposition of the foreclosure and the sparknotes dialogue exposition, and then one scene later give us another summary? Why are you repeating yourself.
Ben you totally just screwed over they guy you leaped into by threatening this Romanian man.
If Ben just tells Ryan he's psychic we can just have a Quantom Leap + Psych mashup.
I feel like they keep jumping back to the present because they don't have enough story to do in the past, and yet they don't really have anything to do in the present.
I was under the impression that Ryan and Nick were good friends, was he actually just some guy who walked into his restaurant?
Ben, buddy, you're not trying hard enough with that friction.
YOU DON'T START A SONG LIKE THAT AND JUST GO TO COMMERCIAL BEFORE IT PICKS UP.
The hospital just took care of Katies treatment pro bono and Ryan got his restaurant back? Huh? Just a "It's not easy, but things get better for them." Would have been fine.
AL'S DAUGHTER??? I can get behind this legacy stuff.
EVEN THE MOTION TRACKING ON THE PHONE IS SKETCHY.
Fun leap cliff hanger, like the good ol days.