According to television line, Sam Beckett appears in the reboot’s pilot as a photograph of predecessor Ben Song (Raymond Lee). This revelation fueled rumors that Bakula would return to the series, or at least make a cameo appearance. Those hopes were dashed when Bakula took up Instagram to resolve speculation. In a post with a photo of him and co-star Dean Stockwell (who played his hologram guide Al), he announced he would not be returning.
“To Quantum Leap fans around the world, in an attempt to dispel the rumors and move on… First of all, thank you for sticking around for decades! Here’s a simple version of what’s happening with the Quantum Leap reboot and me: I have nothing to do with the new show in front of or behind the camera,” Bakula wrote.
Bakula continued that while he still cherishes his time on the original Quantum Leap, he had to abandon the rebooted project. He called it a “difficult decision” and admitted that the move hurt and confused fans. “However, the idea of someone ‘jumping’ through time and walking a mile in someone else’s shoes remains a very attractive concept and worth exploring, especially given the current state of humanity,” he continued, wishing the new team the best of luck in capturing the magic of the original show.
In a world awash with reboots and revivals, it remains to be seen if this one can survive without Sam and Al’s charm and likability.