Re: Reboots: The Return of Sliders (?), Quantum Leap, and Other Properties
While I've only ever seen the first two episodes of QL1.0, I understand from REWATCH PODCAST that Deborah Pratt as the voice of Ziggy is a cultural touchstone, a critical pillar of the QUANTUM LEAP iconography akin to MacGyver with his paper clip, Batman with his batarang, Spider-Man with his webbing, Xena the Warrior Princess with her chakram, and the Doctor with his police box.
I wonder why they haven't had Pratt do the voice. She is working on the show as a producer. Has her voice aged too much? Or do they want Ziggy to be gender-neutral for 2023?
In story, we only heard Ziggy’s actual voice a few times during the original series; but that was Pratt / Ziggy that gave the opening narration to every episode.
Even before last week’s episode, I’ve believed Ziggy’s silence is going to be a plot point. Something’s wrong with Ziggy. From the original series, an unintended part of Ziggy’s design is that it has an attitude problem (which is why Al was always arguing with its beeps and whines while slamming his hand on the handlink). To have Ziggy now turn into just a computer with no personality - very odd.