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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Based upon the bestselling novel by Stephen King, 11.22.63 is an epic thriller from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who, encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Delving into the darkness of the American dream, viewers are transported to the world of 1960s Texas as Jake explores the mystery surrounding the supposed gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, his family and associates. But Jake’s mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie Dunhill, a beautiful librarian he falls in love with, and from the Past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed. And if the Past doesn’t want to be changed, it will push back…often violently.]]>
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Of course, because the book is so long a lot had to be cut out and changed. Some worked, and some did not work as well. One key point from the book that I do not think came across as well in the series is that, not only will the past resist being changed, but the larger impact the event being changed has on history, the harder the past will push back and try and stop it. The concept gets fleshed out much more in the book because there are different levels of events changing and we get to see the past interfere in different ways, from minor initially to very severe at the end. There is much more jumping forward in the past than in the book. Given that they had to pack as much into 9 episodes as they could, they had to cut a lot, like the interaction between Jake and the students (which get referenced very quickly at one point) is mostly eliminated in the show.
The one big addition/change is expanding Bill's role. He plays a relatively minor role about a third of the way into the book, and that is it. But he is given a much larger role (mainly so they did not have to use voice overs for the exposition that played a large part in the book where we got it from Jake's point of view). Overall I could have done without that change, but I think it worked well enough by the time his character arc played out. The telling of the relationship between Jake and Sadie stayed pretty faithful to the book, but was also trimmed down for time. TR Knight did a great job in the role of her sadistic ex husband, and I was glad they kept his part in.
Overall I think the show told the main part of the story. If you are one who would be bugged by changes to the book however, as I said above, there are some, and they will probably bug you. It is just a question of how much. I think Franco did a good job in the role of Jake, even if he may not have been the greatest casting choice. For those who get the blu rays, the A/V quality is very good, but as is the case with most of the WB tv show sets there is no season play mode, so if you stop in the middle of an episode, you have to find your place again. It is not as big a deal with the small amount of episodes as with a 21 episode series, but still a pain. The only extra is a 15 min featurette called The Past Fights Back, which is basically a making of and behind the scenes feature. There are no deleted scenes or commentary tracks.
All in all I would say the series is worth checking out. It is not as good as the book, but if you can accept that and be okay with it, I think you can find it enjoyable.
This was a review of the show only, not the blu ray.
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