time travel

Time travel has always been one of the pillars of the science fiction genre. Over the years, it’s only become more and more popular. Between Doctor Who, Outlander, Timeless, The Edge of Tomorrow, and more, pop culture has been full of varying styles. The world is now full of people slipping, falling, and adventuring through time. The most recent addition to the group is Avengers: Endgame, the superhero film to jump into tons of other films.

To keep people coming, time travel has quite a few common themes and rules across the genre. They may all be very different, but these similarities tie them together to create a sort of unspoken lore behind time travel that deviates depending on the material. However, they generally follow similar threads.

Endgame, though, has its own deviated version of time travel. Using a couple of the biggest, most common time travel principles, let’s see how it measures up.

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Despite having had almost four years to prepare for this moment, Jake finds himself running out of time as he races to the Texas Book Depository and Lee Harvey Oswald. The past is pushing back hard as Kennedy’s motorcade is starting it’s long, slow journey up Dealey Plaza. But as much as the past doesn’t want to be changed, has Jake ever stopped to consider; SHOULD it be changed? (more…)

TV RECAP: “11.22.63” – Episode 7 – “Soldier Boy”

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Jake lies in hospital fading in and out of consciousness, flitting between visions of the present and the future and Al admonishing him for not fulfilling the mission whilst also involving Sadie and Bill. Deke tries to comfort him, saying all he needs is time to heal. But Jake’s time is fast running out, and November 22nd 1963 is hurtling towards him at frightening speed. (more…)

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It’s one month before John F Kennedy is due to be gunned down in Dealey Plaza and Jake Epping’s plans are in disarray. He’s spending most of his time looking after the injured Sadie back in Jodie, leaving the surveillance and sheer monotony of constantly watching Lee Harvey Oswald to Bill Turcotte. Oswald has got himself employed at the Texas School Book Depository and, still with no conclusive proof he is to be the shooter – or, indeed, the only one – Jake is in a race against time. (more…)

TV RECAP: “11.22.63” – Episode 5 – “The Truth”

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Sadie’s growing mistrust of Jake derails their relationship and Jake starts to take stock and realise he’s back in the past for one reason and one reason only – to save JFK. But when Sadie is put in danger at the most crucial phase in his mission, Jake is torn between duty and love. Just which will he choose? (more…)

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With the help of the eager Bill Turcotte, Jake continues to monitor and gather evidence on Lee Harvey Oswald, at the same time holding down his teaching job in nearby Jodie and falling hard for colleague Sadie Dunhill. But Miss Mimi from school has rumbled Jake’s real identity, Sadie’s estranged husband turns up and Bill starts to become emotionally involved with Oswald’s wife, making this double life increasingly complicated. Is Jake becoming too involved with the history he’s trying to change? (more…)

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Jake brings Bill Turcotte into his confidence and enlists his help with the mission at hand, and the duo head to Dallas to prepare for the arrival of Lee Harvey Oswald. With three years until Kennedy’s assassination, Jake takes a job at a local high school where he meets beautiful librarian Sadie Dunhill. Thoroughly enjoying his 1960’s life in Smalltown USA, can he remain focused to the task in hand and save Kennedy?  (more…)

TV RECAP: “11.22.63” – S01E02 – “The Kill Floor”

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With three years and plenty of time to track and investigate Lee Harvey Oswald, Jake decides to see if he really can make major changes to the past. Tracking down Frank Dunning, father of his janitor friend Harry from 2016, Jake resolves to stop him butchering Harry’s entire family in a drunken rage on Halloween, an event that completely changed the course of Harry’s life. But will the past continue to keep pushing back? And who else wants Frank dead? (more…)

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It’s a Stephen King, 8-hour television series adaptation, made by an outlet totally unused to creating original content and starring perhaps today’s most unlikely leading man. Set over fifty years in the past, offering nothing really new in it’s time-travel tale and with wish-fulfilment for the middle aged at it’s central core, what could possibly go right?   (more…)