Ok, so it was pretty well established that Sam stepped into the accelerator and “leaped” into people in the past. Sam’s conscious occupied their body, and their conscious occupied his body People saw Sam as the person he leaped into and others saw the “leapee” in the accelerator as Sam.
At the same time, they have a device called the imaging chamber where Al is able to lock on to Sam, advise him, and create years of good entertainment. We are good so far.
But then there is the episode where Sam and Al leap together due to a lightning strike. Al is now in someone else’s body in the past and Sam is in the imaging chamber. Al has the (now worthless) handlink and Sam has no way out of the imaging chamber. They (steal?) the trick from Back to the Future II and mail a letter to the future to tell them to open the imaging chamber. It works and Sam walks out and gets to share some time in the future/present and find out he is married.
My question: Even if we take the Sci-Fi as stated in the movie, how does a lightning strike transport Sam’s body from the accelerator into the imaging chamber? And we must assume (unless it was explained otherwise) that Al’s body was transported into the accelerator and is now occupied by the soul that he has leapt into.
But then (spoilers for a nearly 30 year old episode)----
Al is in danger so Sam then enters the accelerator and leaps into Al. More questions:
Wasn’t the accelerator already occupied with Al? We see him later walking out with a headache.
Why can’t they use this trick to bring Sam home? Just send the leaper back into “Sam” and series over?
I know it is TV, but this show tried to be fairly tight with the technology.