Imagine you are shipped back to 1960, a few weeks before President John F Kennedy was shot and you have a chance to fix things. But you also find yourself trying not to upset the timeline of others because their futures could depend on your actions. The net effect is ultimately intoxicating if you accept that the digressions are the point of the story, and are inevitable given the sort of person Jake is.
As I watched this eight-part series, I was moved by the earnest urgency with which James Franco’s Jake Epping works to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullets from being fired. 11.22.63 is sometimes a bumpy ride, but the destination is ultimately worth the journey.