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11.22.63 | Most Shows Recapped Ep 20

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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward), Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino), Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) and special guest Jessica Liese (@HaymakerHattie) sink their teeth into 11.22.63, the new series on Hulu based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

The show, from J.J. Abrams and starring James Franco, centers on a teacher from Maine who travels back in time to the 1960s thanks to a portal hidden inside a diner. From there, he’s on a mission to find out who really killed John F. Kennedy, and stop the assassination at all costs — hopefully changing the future for the better in the process.

Josh, Rob, Antonio and Jess get into the nitty-gritty of time travel, the differences between the show and the book, and much more. Plus, they talk about another show currently on Hulu, and the end of one of Rob and Antonio’s favorite shows: Review.

Next week’s Most Shows Recapped will focus on the new HBO series Vinyl.

Read Jessica Liese’s review of the first episode of 11.22.63

  • ryan

    Team Josh: I will watch but will wait til every episode available

  • TrentC

    Haven’t listened to the pod yet. Enjoyed the book and was surprised with the opening episode, enjoyed that as well.

    I need to go back in time and start listening to the podcasts before commenting, brb…..

  • Team Rob: I like the Hulu release format because it allows a discussion. One of the things I like so much about TV is chatting with friends about we think will happen next. By releasing it all at once the discussion is thrown off. I was with a group of friends the weekend OITNB season three came out and we were all at different points (someone finished it, I was about three in, another was six, and so on). Plus I hate being spoiled online. The day House of Cards season two dropped there were articles everywhere about an event in the premiere!

    However with Hulu’s release it allows people to watch weekly and if anyone does want to experience it in a binge nothing is stopping them from waiting 8 weeks (or next year) to watch when all the episodes are up. It’s the best of both worlds!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I think this is right, and like I said, it is definitely where our bread is buttered in terms of recaps of some shows. I also think Hulu wants to be the service that replaces your DVR, whereas Netflix wants to replace your DVD/Blu Ray collection. So Hulu is more in business of having episodes available one at time rather than en masse. It is their distinguishing factor, and one in which they are invested in maintaining.

      The good news for Hulu I think is that whether you are Team Rob or Team Josh in this equation, it doesn’t matter as long as you watch.

  • TrentC

    I’m back after listening to the podcast. A couple of minor things. Jessica touched on the reason Jake just didn’t go back and immediately kill Oswald. The cook (in the book) said that they needed further confirmation that Oswald was guilty. Establishing the surety rate from 95% to 98%. Another related incident had to be witnessed to help with that confirmation.

    Some possible reasons for food tasting better? Less preservatives and no hormones or chemicals in the fertilizer and feed. Thanks for the podcast, enjoy listening to this group of four talking heads.

  • Hornacek

    The showrunner has said on Twitter that the reason they changed Jake’s arrival date from 1958 to 1960 (meaning he only has to spend 3 years in the past instead of 5) was so that he could arrive during an election year, which helps tie it into Kennedy more.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I did laugh at the Nixon pitch from the tailor for sure. So it adds comedic value as well.

  • Charles Bikle

    Yes, fictional characters have hosted SNL:

    Bob & Doug McKenzie from SCTV hosted:

    Also, I think Father Guido Sarducchi hosted once too.