This new Stephen King adaptation is a hit. The concept of a TV show set in the '60s after Jake Epping (James Franco) has travelled back to stop the assassination of JFK.
With Stephen King and J.J. Abrams as Executive Producers, we were bound to see something spectacular. Time travel is a topic some producers may steer away from because of the issues that arise with plot holes. 11.22.63 doesn’t try and offer an explanation or detail of the ‘how’ but instead gives the series a bigger purpose and focuses on the ‘why’.
The ‘why’ being to remain in the past three years and prevent JFK from being shot and killed on November 22nd 1963. Learning all he could from Al Templeton (Chris Cooper) whose passing spurred Jake to take the jump and commit more than three years to his friends theories of a better America.
Although the task may seem simple enough on the outset, this seems to change quickly enough once relationships are made and the past starts to push back. Most of the characters are charming and given depth throughout the series. However, I can’t help thinking that some are more trouble then they’re worth, distracting Jake from the main purpose of his trip.
You could argue that his relationship with Sadie sets him back completely and causes his attack and memory loss. If he hadn’t been placing bets as often for the money for her facial reconstruction, could he have avoided his beating? Or perhaps not sharing the winners with Billy?
Ah Billy, such a sad tale of love and loss. First his beloved sister is taken from him, then he’s betrayed by his friend and loses Marina who he’s fallen in love with after living so close to her over the past two years. And then of course the betrayal of a friend who he thought he could trust, he meets an end that seems to befit the life he’s lived.
So we come to the finale, and we’re expecting big things. For me it felt obvious that Sadie would pay the price for stopping Lee Harvey from shooting JFK. So now we’re travelling back to see if it was all worth it, and this was the point I’d been waiting the entire series for!
After travelling back to a derelict wasteland of the home town he once knew and finding out he’d actually just made things worse. There’s a surprise, or not. I don’t know what I was expecting but it was something other than the obvious.
However, not all is a loss, after going back and basically wiping the three years of changes he’d made and realising he can never be with Sadie without it ending badly, we see him return to Jodie and see that Sadie had led a happy life after all.
Have you watched the series? Let me know what you think!