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Don't like this idea at all.
MOST of all... Despite the fact that "I" have no problem with him time-traveling in to save the day on occassion... a LOT of people do NOT like the 'mary sue/Deus ex machina' plot point of Spector....
Now with the Quantum Leap concept thrown in... now that time That He-man saved the day... or Orko outfoxed someone... or Snout Spout was awesome...
yeah... it wasn't them. It was Spector all along!!!
It gives too much potential to steal OTHER people's cool moments in time... DC once did a mini-series with Deadman that was a LOT like that... going through time and taking over Superman/Green Lantern/Jason Todd,Robin, at the most 'epic' moments of their lives and worked them like puppets...
Even if he didn't leap into other characters, I think the basic premise of having something else in control of his time jumping is a good idea. Time travellers can be a deus ex machina, a lazy storyteller's way of allowing anything to be fixed. It makes the battle un-losable; if your strategy fails, just send Spector back to tell you to use another one. I think having Spector being somewhat trapped by the power, perhaps ping-ponging through time at the behest of the Power/Spirit of Grayskull, makes him less of weak plot device and more of an interesting character. There would still be events outside his control, and that could give the character and story a bit more depth.
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Good points, Scott. In that scenario, the Power Pellets he uses could still allow him to control his leaps temporarily, but when he runs out, it's back to fate calling the shots. Oh crap! I just gave myself an idea!!! What if instead of some nebulous concept like 'fate,' it's actually being controlled (unbeknownst to SPECTOR) by the GREEN GODDESS! This could also explain how he's able to get more Power Pellets; she makes sure that he gets to a place and time where he can acquire more of them (whether it be King Adam's court, or Duncan's shop where he can synthesize the Pellets, etc.) whenever she decides he should be in control again.
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I don't know so much about the "leaping into other characters" bit, but the part of being bounced around in time by some other force than "hey, I think I'll visit (whatever year) this afternoon" actually works much better for me. The scenario presented in his bio has just waaay too many implications and problems for my liking.
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Not for me. I really don't like time travelling elements unless that's the main focus of the property. so for Quantum Leap, Back to the future etc it's fine, but for MOTU, and such no thanks, UNLESS the entire story is shifting to a different time like the idea behind the powers of Grayskull line. but no jumping in and out of different times for a character, unless it's a one off storyline.
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i thought about this idea myself. Its a very fun & cool way to explore the idea.
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