Quantum Leap: Why Ben and Hannah's relationship worked for the series

While many of us wondered where Dr. Ben Song was leaping next, we were also invested in his romance with Hannah Carson, a scientist who he met in 1949. Their relationship was one for the books and here's why.
QUANTUM LEAP -- "Against Time" Episode 213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song, Eliza Taylor As Hannah Carson -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)
QUANTUM LEAP -- "Against Time" Episode 213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song, Eliza Taylor As Hannah Carson -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC) /

If television brewed up the perfect relationship with the highs and lows, love, and superiority, then the tale of Dr. Ben Song (Raymond Lee) and Hannah Carson (Eliza Taylor) of Quantum Leap checked all the boxes. Since their first encounter in "Closure Encounters," their chemistry has exploded, and while Hannah and Ben have fallen in love, she serves a greater purpose for the narrative of season 2. Hannah formulates an equation to bring Ben back home.

Ben leaping back to Hannah multiple times wasn't just a coincidence. With each leap, Ben hoped to see her again. Every time they met, they devised incredible problem-solving scenarios that rewired history and their chemistry. Hannah found her equal in Ben, and although she may have married and had a son, she never lost her connection with the time traveler.

Even though their love story seemed to have wrapped up in the season 2 finale, there's the possibility that Hannah could meet Ben again. In the very end, Ben and Addison lept to World War II Europe, and since Hannah's background involved being a computer tech during the period, she could very well be in the scene.

If Taylor continues her groundbreaking role, then the roads are endless for Hannah. Not only could she continue her romance with Ban and solve equations with him, but she could also be the tech mentor for her son, Jeffrey, for the QL program. It'll be a cool character dynamic if the writers choose this.

That is, if Quantum Leap is greenlit for season three.

Quantum Leap Ben and Hannah
QUANTUM LEAP -- "As the World Burns" Episode 212 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eliza Taylor As Hannah Carson, Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC) /

How future TV relationships could learn from Quantum Leap's Ben and Hannah

Let's face it. Relationships are one of the core reasons we gravitate towards our favorite shows. They allow us to see emotion from another perspective, even though, at times, it may seem invasive. Yet, characters are the show's investment, and if developed correctly, they greatly increase the chances of watching it until the end.

In the case of Ben and Hannah, future TV relationships could learn a thing or two from them. For instance, the chemistry between naturally flowed, allowing their bond to feel authentic to the viewers. It all began with a common ground-their love for science, building up on that. Ben and Hannah kept connecting through their leaps, despite the time gaps and Hannah's marriage to Josh. In fact, Hannah meant so much to Ben that he wrote her a letter about her husband's heart condition. His kind gesture may have caused a ripple in their relationship, but Josh was granted another eighteen months with his family, a gift Hannah will always be grateful for.

Writers tend to add tension or animosity or create a love triangle among the characters to give the arc more drama. When Addison (Caitin Bassett) is introduced to Hannah, she only supports Ben in his new life, although she was his ex-fiance in season 1. Hannah, for her part, respects Addison, which only adds strength to Hannah's overall structure. It's rare to have neutrality regarding relationships, and seeing it on screen is refreshing.

If QL is not renewed, then Ben and Hannah's possible potential would be nothing more than a dream.

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