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Old 20-04-2016, 18:50   #41
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Just saw episode 2, and I'm really not sure what to make of it. Everything I've seen said it was a faithful adaptation of the book, but it's completely doing its own thing. Maybe I need to change my mindset going in and I will get more out of it.
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Old 20-04-2016, 18:53   #42
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I'm reading the book first, it's a really interesting book, really enjoying it
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Just saw episode 2, and I'm really not sure what to make of it. Everything I've seen said it was a faithful adaptation of the book, but it's completely doing its own thing. Maybe I need to change my mindset going in and I will get more out of it.
It is far from a faithful adaptation. It takes the very basic plot, but then does as you say its own thing.

I felt it became a very long 15 rated version episode of Quantum Leap.
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Just caught up with ep 3, thought the guy playing Oswald managed a perfect impression of Gary Oldman playing Oswald in JFK.
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Old 27-04-2016, 17:07   #45
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What accent is he meant to have? Found it pretty fascinating to listen to!
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Just finished, ambivalent about it, could have been better and I imagined
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What's frustrating is that the entire story is essentially pointless.

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It was entertaining enough as was the book, I just got the feeling had I wrote it and not Stephen King it'd have gone in the bin the second they read portal to 1960 in his store room
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In the book it goes back to 1958

I found the book to be basically two stories awkwardly meshed into one. You have the JFK investigative part and the small town America love story part. I got a bit bored in the book at the level of detail King went into in the investigative side and was very confused by the massive tonal shift when he comes back through and it goes all sci-fi. I enjoyed it overall, but I would never consider rereading it.

I think the show did an admirable job of reigning in the JFK bits by getting Bill to do most of it, but I don't think it did the relationship with Sadie justice. Too much "2 years later". The show could have done with being longer and they ignored all the sci-fi elements of Jake's return.
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I didn't want to confuse people, I thought the book rushed the ending when he'd changed history
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Finished this now - very disappointed with TV version. Cut off but chunks of the book I think. Never even explained the point of the yellow card man in the TV version. Pah!
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Finally got to the end of it, more out of wanting to watch it properly. I enjoyed it and can understand the changes to some extent, he can't be talking to himself so needed someone to work with on the JFK angle. However the whole small town plot seemed a little rushed, and didn't really explain the high regard the staff seemed to have for him. As far as I got from the tv show was that he was nothing but a pain as a teacher, and they'd have been glad to be shut of him.

King is a great writer and managed to pull the book off, although I'd have thought anyone would have seen that killing someone so important would change the world immeasurably, as Red Dwarf found, and you just wouldn't do it.
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This has been on my 'Watch List' for years, and finally got round to it this week (not read the book - I'm sure it's better).

I liked the new-to-the-book Diner guy, the acting was generally OK, and the blonde lass (Sarah Gadon) was stunning! The first ep was really intriguing, and the final ep was not what I expected at all.

But as a standalone TV series in 2021, it's barely OK - way too clunky dialogue, we are spoonfed every step of the way (annoying, despite me knowing nothing of the historical subject matter), and there are some ridiculous scenes (eg: the painless face cut).

A full 2 eps too long. Avoid, 5/10.
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This has been on my 'Watch List' for years, and finally got round to it this week (not read the book - I'm sure it's better).
It is, great 'little' book.
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