11.22.63 – Other Voices, Other Rooms – Is Anybody Watching – Episode 9

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Episode 3 of 11.22.63 – Other Voices, Other Rooms

Sometimes the past doesn’t want to be changed!

School teacher Jake Epping, (James Franco), travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, thinking that the world would have been a better place had Kennedy not been killed.  However, he finds that easier said than done due to a myriad of obstacles and misfortunes, most notably, the past itself. Jake quickly learns that the past pushes back against being changed.


Episode 3 of 11.22.63 – Other Voices, Other Rooms

Jake and Bill become “partners” and take a road trip to Dallas.  Jake begins working as a a high school English teacher, while he and Billy begin their surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald.

We’re back after an expected hiatus due to travel and health issues (non the least of which were James’ cuticles).

Jake tells the worst car trip passenger ever about the plot to kill Kennedy and that’s he’s here from the future…

Daly Plaza seems like deserted ghost town.

  • Is this the least busiest street in America? Why is no one around?
  • Apparently people only come out to watch a President get shot.
  • The great “reset” debate continues

Bill and Jake, PARTNERS!

  • Bill is super creepy hanging round the school. BillyPerv
  • Jack Ruby… Laura is using this series to learn about history
  • Bill is spilling the beans already after like… a day. Worst. Partner. Ever.
  • First Day of School
    • Mr. Coleslaw?
  • Probably not a good idea to offer a black woman a cup of coffee in pre-civil rights times Texas.
  • Are there rules for going in the closet?

The years pass…. In the weird time warp hallway.

Hellooooo distraction! The past had something up its sleeve! Jodie High School just happens to have a teacher position open? Not trying to hard past, are you?

Fort Worth, Texas

  • Passage of time portrayed well with the car showing an increase in wealth
    • Poe’s Story: Cask of Amontillado
  • Oswald finally gets back from Russia.
    • He is very proud about defecting for someone who comes back to Texas.
  • Have they used that string designation for places before?
  • Super racist landlord, this a terrible neighborhood. Super homophobic neighbors.
  • They don’t have minibars, but they have pretty good spy equipment?
    • Is Bill the bad “leaper”?
    • Bill and Jake bug the apartment
    • Bill is still being creepy
    • Spiders in the attic (or was it the crawlspace?)
  • George de Mohrenschildt???
    • Convenient in for General Walker… Again, seems like this is way too easy so far.
  • The HomoPhobes “ruin” the taps.  Really? Just rewind in on the spools!
    • The past is not trying too hard!
  • Mr. Amberson helps Ms. Mimi. Go Jake!

The school dance.

  • Laura and Miranda are apparently predisposed to distrust her due to their shared gender

General Walker Rally

  • The connection between Oswald and Walker has us all befuddled
    • Oswald really doesn’t like General Walker
    • If Walker is against Kennedy, why would Oswald want to kill Walker and Kennedy?
Final Thought: Did Oswald really have a speech impediment / accent?
From REDDIT:
  1. I did find a bit of broadcast video of Oswald speaking with press that was published by CNN. He says charged, sir, protested and representation with what appears to be very little trouble. I have no experience with analysis of speaking so I will say no further about the way in which he pronounces words. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jY8fRTLtgzA
  2. The actor who plays Oswald, Daniel Webber, is from the city of Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. My wife tells me that non-rhotic accents (accents in which the “r” gets dropped if there’s a vowel before it but not after it) are common in Australian English. She thinks that the accent in question is all the actor, not the character he portrays. She also listened to a radio broadcast of Oswald because she had the same question and she said she couldn’t hear any trace of a non-rhotic accent in Oswald’s speech.
  3. “We had no idea he was Australian,” Springborn said. “He embodied Lee so well. It was so bizarre — he had the right body language, look…even his eye movements. You rarely see that”

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11.22.63 – The Kill Floor – Is Anybody Watching – Episode 8

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Is Anybody Watching 11.22.63 – The Kill Floor

Sometimes the past doesn’t want to be changed!

School teacher Jake Epping, (James Franco), travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, thinking that the world would have been a better place had Kennedy not been killed.  However, he finds that easier said than done due to a myriad of obstacles and misfortunes, most notably, the past itself. Jake quickly learns that the past pushes back against being changed.


Episode 2 of 11.22.63 – The Kill Floor

Jake’s first attempt to change time seems to have been unsuccessful, so he decides there is one thing he can change. He travels to Kentucky to prevent Harry’s father, Hank, from brutally killing his family in hopes he can change at least one small part of the future.  He finds out that even small pieces of the past push back against change.

Harry the Fairy gets chased down by the town bullies.
Apparently this isn’t the first time.
But why do the townsfolk look at him with shame? Is it fear of Frank?
Jake seems to spend a tad too much time looking at the boy in is underwear.
The Third Bullet is a book with a similar theme that Jeff tried to Inception into this show 🙂
Is the past still fighting as hard not to be changed?
i.e. food poisoning is weak!
Thankfully he finds a home with Martha Kent MarthaKent
…er Lana Lang lanaLangOtoole
…..er Edna Price  EdnaPrice
Possible Theory:
The past fights back according to how much change has been made?
Thankfully (or not), the fire didn’t destroy everything.
Sammy’s Townhouse on Dixie Highway is the place to go after work (or to find Frank)
Our VERY first Grammar Tangent before we discuss the James Agee reference.
If Jake can’t kill a cow, will he be able to kill Frank?
Apparently the past doesn’t really care about cows.
Jake’s HOJO Prize plan is not very smart.
However, the story about where he served in the Korean War was BRILLIANT!
Jakey’s Big Mistakey Reference

There’s debauchery here: Ouran Highschool Host Club

The gun store scene was hilarious.

Gatorade and Quaker Oats Tangent

Jake get’s to Frank’s House and quotes Harry’s Story in preparation.

Bartender Billy is back and we get his history with Frank.

The fight between Jake and Frank is quite intense, and without much interference from the past.

Jake wins, but is caught by Bartender Billy with the newspaper clipping of the JFK assassination.

Death Note:


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11.22.63 – The Rabbit Hole – Is Anybody Watching – Episode 7

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Is Anybody Watching 11.22.63 – The Rabbit Hole

Sometimes the past doesn’t want to be changed!

School teacher Jake Epping, (James Franco), travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, thinking that the world would have been a better place had Kennedy not been killed.  However, he finds that easier said than done due to a myriad of obstacles and misfortunes, most notably, the past itself. Jake quickly learns that the past pushes back against being changed.


Episode 1 of 11.22.63 – The Rabbit Hole


The premier episode hooked us right in. We are all glad we decided to give this show a watch.
We start off discussing the J.J. Abrams connection (Bryan Burke) and other familiar faces.

 Kevin J. O’Connor yellowcardman  ChrisCooper Chris Cooper

Leon Rippey leon_rippy  James-FrancoJames Franco

Onto our first tangent lamenting the loss of several TV shows cancelled the week of this recording. (Castle being the one Miranda is most upset about)

We discuss the merits of Harry’s A+ grade on his story, Al and Ziggy’s Diner, and the Yellow Card Man’s creepy vibe (ala Fringe’s observers).

Al goes from zero to dead in 2 minutes.

Time traveler’s rules for success #1 EMPTY YOUR POCKETS

and change clothes first!wrongclothes

 

Rule #2: Test the waters, reset, return making adjustments to the plan.

It’s an interesting way to “learn” about history

  • racial discrimination
  • gender discrimination
  • politics of the 60’s
  • conspiracy theories

The past fights back via the phone booth, phonebooth

the car crash, the restaurant, flirty women, people having sex in restaurants, and burning houses (and kids).

Time to go to Kentucky and perhaps right a smaller wrong the past may not care as much about.

Enter Josh Duhamel as Frank Dunning frank

Just a sweet ol’ guy trying to take his kids out for some ice cream… With a creepy grin to let us know he’s not such a good guy!


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