Sunday, 29 May 2016

11-22-63

The TV series based on the Stephen King book, 11-22-63, about the Kennedy Assassination 22nd November 1963, is, strangely enough, a beautifully romantic tale about what love really means, as well as a great adventure/thriller about trying to prevent one of the more horrible events of the 20th century.

The premise of the story is stated in the first five minutes or so. Al Templeton, owner of a local diner, tells history teacher Jake Epping to go into the wardrobe in his diner. Jake resists at first, but Al's friendship is enough to convince him to go in.

Jake discovers that there is a time portal inside the wardrobe that goes back in time to 1960. He returns and Al tells him that he has been trying to prevent the Kennedy Assassination, but that he's out of time and he needs Jake to take over.

Armed with a book full of sporting stats that in 1960 haven't happened yet, a fake identity, and a few other objects that are going to prove useful as well as a list of facts about the Kennedy Assassination, Jake goes back in time to prevent it from happening.

In order not to spoil the story for you I won't tell you what happened after that! But it is a brilliant, logical story in so many ways.

But the 1960s are realised really wonderfully, the scenery I presume with the aid of computer graphics and some live sets, but it is all very seamless. And the acting and the dialogue combine to give what seemed to me to be a very realistic portrait of that era in America.

As you may already know, the 22nd of November 1963 was not only the day Kennedy was assassinated, but the day CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley died as well, strangely enough. And so I thought it was interesting that Stephen King had his character go backwards in time through what was essentially a wardrobe, although perhaps it's identified as a broom cupboard in the story. Is this a small homage to CS Lewis? Who knows; it really doesn't matter anyhow. Just thought it was interesting, that's all.



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