So, I think Hulu may have finally made it. It would be a big fat lie if I were to say I love all original Hulu series like I do with Netflix, but they are now pretty close with Stephen King’s thriller book adaptation 11.22.63.
The platform didn’t give us a chance to “binge” the eight-episode mini-series, and six of them already aired and gained a good amount of traction. But I got a problem with that. I’d like to add that it is frustrating to wait in a time where “binging” the series considered as the normal TV experience. And I see some people saying that there is some kind of charm in waiting, but COME ON! I hate waiting for a week when every single episode ends with a cliffhanger.
-- You may consider the things I’ve written below as spoilers. So, proceed with caution. --
Anyway, the show (and the book) is about a time-travelling high-school teacher going back to 1960 to save John F. Kennedy from assassination. This “task” is given to Mr. Amberson -played exceptionally by James Franco- by his friend and without even noticing, he found himself in 1960. He could always come back to our time and only two minutes would have passed, but he kept going, kept digging and this caused us to kept watching. Like Mr. Amberson, the answer to a crucial question, “Would saving JFK will result in a better world?” is what we all want. I don’t know if the show is going to give it or not, but I am dying here out of curiosity.
Although I feel like they are steering away from the intriguing time-travel plot every now and then, I can say the pace of the show is very satisfying. The experience of seeing J. J. Abrams and Stephen King in the executive producers’ seat, watching James Franco in one of his most promising roles and trying to understand an alternative history is an opportunity you don’t usually find on TV. 11.22.63 is very good at keeping you engrossed all the time. The only thing I hate is that it’s going to end very soon and will never come back. If you have the time, 11.22.63 is definitely worth it.
Here's the trailer for you: