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“Quantum Leap” Guest Stars Who Shaped Science Fiction

The science fiction theme continues with this look at Quantum Leap.

 

“Quantum Leap” Guest Stars Who Shaped Science Fiction

“Quantum Leap” starring Scott Bakula (later known as Captain Jonathan Archer from “Star Trek Enterprise”) and Dean Stockwell (1984 “Dune’s” Doctor Wellington Yueh with “Star Trek the Next Generation’s” Patrick Stewart) was one of network television’s most ambitious and creative science fiction series. For five years audiences were mesmerized as we watched Dr. Samuel Beckett and Rear Admiral Albert Calavicci work together to “set right what once went wrong” on project “Quantum Leap.” More than fifteen years after the series finale, we are still just as enthralled as ever.

Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell did not solve history’s little problems alone. Instead “Quantum Leap” depended on dozens of guest stars, launching and advancing the careers of everyone from Terri Hatcher to Neil Patrick Harris. Yet for science fiction fans, the guest stars that stand out the most are those by some of the best names in science fiction, many of them with recurring roles in “Babylon 5” and “Babylon 5 Crusade.”

David Allen Brooks: Better known as “Babylon 5 Crusade’s” Max Eillerson, Brooks appeared in the “Quantum Leap” season three episode “Miss Deep South” as sleazy photographer Clint Beaumont.

Claudia Christensen: Appeared as Allison in season one’s “Play It Again Seymour.” Christensen is best known Lt. Commander Susan Ianova on “Babylon 5.”

Joshua Cox: Appeared as Officer Milardi in season five’s “Star Light, Star Bright.” Cox is perhaps better known to fans of “Babylon 5” as Lt. David Corwin, the ever-present junior officer at “Command and Control.”

Denise Gentile: Played Janett in season three’s “Piano Man.” Gentile is better known for her recurring role on “Babylon 5” as Lise Hampton, Michael Garibaldi’s love interest.

Lance LeGault: Guest stared as rancher Chance McGill in season one’s “How the Tess Was Won.” LeGault’s career across film genres is enormous. Fans of the original “Battlestar Galactica” remember him for playing Maga, the Borellian Nomen from “The Man with Nine Lives” and “Baltar’s Escape,” along with “Bootes” in “The Lost Warrior.” Fans of “Star Trek the Next Generation” remember him as Klingon Captain K’Temoc in the second season episode “The Emissary.”

Anne Lockhart: Best known as Sheba from the original “Battlestar Galactica.” Lockhart guest starred in “Quantum Leap” as in season five’s “Star Light, Star Bright.”

Roddy McDowell: Appeared in “A Leap for Lisa” from season four as Edward St. John V. McDowell is best known for starring as Cornelius in the ground breaking “Planet of the Apes” movie series from the 1960s and 1970s.

Robert Duncan McNeill: Appeared in season two’s “Good Night, Dear Heart” as Greg Trusedale. Science fiction fans know McNeill best as Lt. Tom Paris from the starship “Voyager.”

Marjorie Monaghan: Stared in season three’s “One Strobe Over the Line” as model Edie Lansdale. Fans of “Babylon 5” remember her as Tessa Holloran, aka “Number One” from the Mars resistance as a Freya from the “Star Trek Voyager” episode “Heroes and Demons.”

Andrea Thompson: Guest starred in season three’s “The Leap Home, part two Vietnam,” as photojournalist Maggie Dawson She is perhaps better known to “Babylon 5” fans as telepath Talia Winters.

For more information on “Quantum Leap,” “Babylon 5,” and its (guest) stars, please see
Quantum Leap Guest Star ListQuantum Leap Episode Guide TV.comAlbert Calavicci character biographyAl’s Place Quantum Leap Fan SiteBattlestar WikiLance LeGault at Memory Alpha,The Babylon Project

‘Our Last Best Hope’ for Going Where No One Has Gone Before’

Originally published March 14, 2012, this is another article connecting Star Trek and Babylon 5

Majel Barrett guest stars on Babylon 5‘Our Last Best Hope’ for Going Where No One Has Gone Before’

Science Fiction fans are known for their cult followings. From “Star Trek” to “Star Wars” to “Babylon 5” to “Sliders” to “Quantum Leap” to “Firefly” and beyond, fans just love our science fiction series. So when stars from one series guest star on another science fiction series, we consider it a special treat. Here are some favorite “Star Trek” cast and crew members who also contributed to “Babylon 5.”

Walter Koenig: best known for his role as Pavel Andreievich Chekov in “Star Trek (the original series)” and its related motion pictures, Walter Koenig played “Babylon 5” villain Alfred Bester, the Psi Cop who gives the “Babylon 5” command staff-and its resident telepaths Talia Winters and Lyta Alexander-more headaches and adventures than any of them particularly want. Alfred Bester’s first appearance in the series is in season one, episode six, “Mind War.” Also look for Bester in season 3, episode six, “Dust to Dust” and season 3, episode fourteen, “Ship of Tears.”

Majel Barrett Roddenberry: from Christine Chapel to the Enterprise computer voice to Lwaxana Troi, “Star Trek’s” first lady also appeared in “Babylon 5” in season 3, episode nine “Point of No Return” as Lady Morella, the seeress widow of Centauri emperor Turhan whom Londo Mollari seeks out. In one of the most memorable “B5” guest appearances, Majel Barrett proved why she is so cherished in the science fiction world.

Dorothy Catherine Fontana: while not in front of the camera like Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett, Dorothy “DC” Fontana’s contributions as script writer to both “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5” are substantial. She famously wrote “Journey to Babel” for “Star Trek TOS,” “Yesteryear” for “Star Trek Animated,” and co-wrote “The Naked Now” for “Star Trek the Next Generation.” On “Babylon 5” she wrote season one, episode seven, “The War Prayer,” season one, episode seventeen “Legacies,” and season two, episode four, “A Distant Star.”

Honorable Mentions: “Babylon 5” Stars Who Are Known for Contributions to Other Series

Mira Furlan: For fans of “Babylon 5,” Mira Furlan is beloved as Minbari Ambassador Delenn, the descendant of Valen who eventually marries Commander John J Sheridan. After “B5,” Mira Furlan went on to guest star as Danielle Rousseau in ABC’s “Lost” across several memorable episodes.

Bill “Billy” Mumy: As Minbari Ambassador Delenn’s aide, Lenier, Bill Mumy stole our hearts and moved us to tears at times. But years before “Babylon 5,” Bill Mumy starred as Will Robinson on the original 1960s “Lost in Space.”

Daniel Dae Kim: As Excalibur first officer Lieutenant John Matheson, Daniel Dae Kim gave us a picture of telepaths after the “Telepath War” in “Babylon 5 Crusade.” My personal favorite telepath character across the “B5” universe, Kim becomes the perfect “B5” telepath icon. After “B5,” he joined the cast of ABC’s “Lost” as plane crash survivor Jin-Soo Kwan.

Melissa Gilbert: while appearing in just two season three “Babylon 5” episodes “Shadow Dancing” and “Z’ha’dum,” Melissa Gilbert’s performances as Anna Sheridan steal the show as she worked opposite her husband, Bruce Boxleitner. Yet Melissa is best known for playing Laura Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie” in that iconic role.