I had never thought to get Hulu before hearing about 11.22.63. That’s the honest truth. Whenever you hear the names Stephen King or JJ Abrams, you know something awesome is coming. When you hear those two names together along side James Franco, you know you’re about to see brilliance on your screen. When I heard this project premiered, I was on Hulu ordering my subscription within minutes. For me it was a great decision, I love the service on top of this wonderful mini series. ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS!!
During the eight weeks of episodes, we have been taken on quite the ride, from the very beginning. We start with a teacher, Jake, listening to a very powerful moving story from one of his adult night class students. A story of how this man’s father murdered his siblings and mother and almost him. You watch Jake sign divorce papers that he seems reluctant to sign but does anyhow. You see Jake talking to his diner owner pal, Al. You see Al go in back at the diner and within a few minutes come back looking completely different than when he first there and sick.
Right from the start, the show made sure to get it’s hooks deep into you. It worked for me! Now 11.22.63 had set the stage for a very epic show, they did not disappoint over the very short weeks it was on. The plot was brilliant right from the start. If you could go back in time and save JFK, would you? If you did, how would the world change? Would it be better? Would it be worse? How far would you go to accomplish your mission?
11.22.63 answers these questions and more. The further down the rabbit hole you go, the more crazy everything seems to get as the past doesn’t want to be changed and will do anything to keep itself from being changed.
On this final episode, Jake had done so much to save JFK, he and Sadie were right there….and so was the past. After some dodging and talking, Jake managed to do what he had set out to do 3 years before. he saved JFK. But it cost him Sadie. Oswald was dead, JFK was safe, but Jake was the patsy. After Jake threw out some information about Oswald, JFK gave him a call and thanked him for saving his life.
His mission was over, it was time to go home, back to the future (no puns intended). Jake road a bus all the way back to Lisbon. He stepped back through the rabbit hole. Everything was completely different and most certainly not n a good way. Al’s diner was destroyed, in fact all the buildings around were destroyed. It looked like a huge bomb went off in every building. Jake set out to find answers, although there weren’t many people around, none that wanted to talk to him.
He came across a few men jumping an older man and trying to take his stuff. He ran the guys off and realized the older one was Harry. Harry, his student who read the awful story, Harry, the man who he saved when he went back in time. Jake followed Harry back to his “place” and explained what had happened over all these years since JFK was not killed. Harry knew Jake from the past and couldn’t understand how Jake hadn’t aged. he asked why Jake had saved his family, why he killed his dad. Jake realized everything he had worked for over the last three long years was for nothing. Nothing had gotten better, everything had gotten much much worse, and on top of it, he had lost his beloved Sadie.
Jake went back to the rabbit hole intending to reset everything. Find Sadie, marry her, settle down, and live happily ever after. He reset everything, the pink car drove by like before except this time he realized Sadie was in the backseat. Remembering she had told him she was there visiting her cousins at that time, he chased her down. He found her at a restaurant and started talking to her. As strange as he must have seemed, she still sat and listened to everything he had to say. After a few minutes, Jake saw the man with the yellow card standing outside, staring him down. he excused himself and went to talk to the man. The man told Jake he was now stuck in his own loop and no matter what he did Sadie’s fate would be the same if he stayed. Jake said his goodbyes to Sadie, heartbroken but caring about her more. He went back to his time, 2016.
Jake, in his time, in his class, just didn’t seem happy anymore. Harry, his normal self, came and thank Jake for his recommendation though Harry did not get the promotion. Jake broke down and cried on Harry’s shoulder saying over and over he was sorry he didn’t save him. Harry told him it was ok, that Jake was a good man. Later Jake looked up Sadie on the internet. She was still alive and her school was honoring her for all her time and work at the school. Jake flew out there and talked to a much older, but just as beautiful Sadie. They danced, laughed, talked. He asked if she had a happy life, she did. It ended with Jake seeing his Sadie dancing with him.
I think it ended so perfectly. In the end, it’s best not to jack with the past, everything happens for a reason. Me, personally, I probably would have tried to stay in the past with the love of my life at least once. Yes, the yellow card man probably knows what he’s talking about, but then again all he’s ever trying to do is save his daughter, if Jake wouldn’t have been trying to save JFK, Sadie’s life most likely wouldn’t have been in danger. If he would have kept talking to her when he first went back into the past after everything was messed up, she wouldn’t have married her crazy husband that cut her face all up. They just might have been able to live nice and happy like they did for the two years they were together. They could have taught together all that time. Or the past could have been like screw you Jake, get your ass back to your own time or I’ll keep killing her. Who knows. I wish there were rabbit holes, I’m not even going to lie, I would love to hop back to the past, live there for a while, really see our roots and history.
Have any of you been watching? Let me know your thoughts below. If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend you do. It was brilliantly done.
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