Based on a Stephen King novel, James Franco stars in the new J.J. Abrams Hulu mini series 11.22.63. As I am new to Hulu, I just caught up on this new series which has a new episode every Monday. Today the 5th episode airs.
Unfortunately, I have not read the book, though I have read a lot of Stephen King’s books. I have always been a fan so when I heard this mini series was coming out, I no doubt wanted to see it. I honestly got Hulu specifically for this show. I’m always a big fan of James Franco, who might I say is doing a great job as Jake.
Let’s briefly go over what has happened over the last few episodes. The man in the picture above is AL and he owns a cute little dinner in Lisbon, Maine. Jake (Franco) is a teacher at a local school. Jake and AL have been friends for several years.
While eating at the dinner one day and singing his divorce papers, Jake helps a very sick AL home, after AL collapses at the dinner. This makes no sense to Jake as AL was fine a few minutes before. AL is kinda a grump, but not really you find out over a couple episodes, he’s just a man with a mission. AL throws Jake out of his house but asks him to meet in the morning.
The two men meet at the dinner the following morning. AL tells Jake he has something really strange to tell him but before he does so, he wants Jake to go into the closet, look around, take as much time as he needs, then come back, and they’ll talk. This really confuses Jake, but eventually he does what AL asks.
Jake walks into the closet and pops out in the past. He looks around, confused. A weird bum runs up to him and screams “you’re not suppose to be here”. Jake goes back to the dinner and AL explains everything. The closet, he calls a rabbit hole, takes you back to October 21, 1960 at 11:58am. Everytime you go back it resets back to that day, that time, and no matter how long you’re there, whether it’s 5 minutes or 2 years, only two minutes will have past in our time. So, to make a long story short and not to give out everything, AL is sick with cancer. He wants Jake to go back to the past and stop the assassination of JFK.
Now this makes no sense to Jake but how AL explains it, it kinda makes sense…at least for the show anyway. Jake is reluctant. AL has spent most of his life creating files upon files of what actually happened to JFK. If Lee Harvey Oswald was actually responsible, if the CIA was involved, if Oswald had a handler. AL wanted to make sure he got the right person responsible for the assassination.
Jake goes back through the rabbit hole with everything he may need to help stop the events from happening. He has 3 years to find out exactly who is behind the assassination and to stop it.
He begins his “mission” scoping out Dallas. But a mishap at a JFK rally makes him change his mind immediately and head back to the rabbit hole. As he’s on his way back, he remembers one of his student’s (older gentleman) life story. The story of how the man’s mother, brother, and sister were murdered by their father on October 31, 1960. Jake figures if I can just fix one thing while I’m here, so he heads to the town it happened. He meets the father and watches him, as it’s just a few days from Halloween. I’m not even gonna lie the father, played by Josh Duhamel, is one scary ass dude.
After some crazy events, Jake stops the murders from happening but doing so he reveals his secret (being a future dude) to Bill, a kid, who wanted to take out the murderer too for killing his sister years ago. They strike up a friendship and Bill gets on board with Jake’s mission and helps him out.
Now these two head back to Dallas with a cover story of them being brothers. They make a life for themselves as they wait for Oswald to return from Russia. Jake becomes a teacher once again, while Bill sets up shop in a little apartment across from what will soon be Oswald’s.
So, they fast forward to 1962, right about the time Oswald returns. They show that the two men have become part of the community. Jake has already followed a man suspected of being Oswald’s handler. It’s like him and Bill are CIA agents themselves.
Now see as they are doing all this, the past is pushing back, it doesn’t want to be changed. So on top of spying and appearing to have a normal life with normal jobs, they deal with crazy accidents happening everytime they change something.
Oswald moves into his apartment and they begin listening and recording him, trying to figure out who, why, and what.
I know I’m kinda jumping around, all over the place, but really just so much has happened in the first four episodes it’s insane. I am truly enjoying this series and recommend it to anyone who will listen. The past is so wonderful to visit each week. This show has a bit of everything, mystery, thrills, romance, humor
It’s just an amazing show.
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