Sprung from the pages of the homonym novel penned by Stephen King, Hulu’s event series incorporates a good old-fashioned spy thriller with a sweet love story. Along the way, the show’s masterminds throw in the mix a few sci-fi touches and fragments of a classic horror tale to spice things up. The action centers on Jake Epping (James Franco), a high school English teacher who embarks on a journey back in time to stop one of the biggest tragedies in U.S. history. Through his friend, a restaurant owner named Al Templeton (Chris Cooper), Jake gets introduced to a portal that transports users back and forth to October 21, 1960. Al has been using the Rabbit Hole to conduct an investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His dying hope is that Jake will take his years of research and surveillance on Lee Harvey Oswald and change the course of history.
Jake goes through the mill. His father recently died, he just finalized his divorced and his writing career faltered. Therefore, it doesn’t take long for him to accept to continue the mission to stop the murder of the future leader of the free world. Soon, Al’s obsession becomes Jake’s. Apparently, you can spend years in the portal with only two minutes passing in the present day. All of your actions reset once you return back to 2016. Then, you can enter the portal to chance it again. However, time isn’t a fan of extreme makeovers. If you mess with the past, it messes with you. Moreover, Jake ignores Al’s advice to not get close to anyone in the past and his mission runs into complications. He falls in love with a woman who radiates intelligence, suavity, toughness and a special brand of early ’60s sweetness. After gobbling up the first minutes of this series, you will be excited to see where 11.22.63 goes from there. Every time someone utters the words, “You shouldn’t be here”, you will shiver at the prospect that there will be terrible consequences to the mission.
First Aired: February 15, 2016
Air Day: Monday
Air Time: 12:01 AM
Runtime: 80 minutes
Genre: Drama, Mini-Series, Science-Fiction