Katie Watches Stuff: 11.22.63, “The Eyes Of Texas”

11.22.63 ep 4

And we have now officially hit the halfway point of 11.22.63.

If you may recall, last week’s episode ended with Lee Harvey Oswald having a bit of a meltdown at General Walker’s rally, calling him a fascist and threatening him. This episode also begins with Oswald, this time alone, timing himself as he puts a rifle together.

However, this particular episode, while it does have some focus on the Oswalds, seems to be more about furthering the relationship between Jake and Sadie.

First, I would just like to point out that the actor playing Lee Harvey Oswald, Daniel Webber, is quite fantastic here. I believe i may have neglected to mention that previously, so I just figured I’d mention it here.

This episode was all right, but there were moments where I actually felt a little bored. I don’t mind that they focused on Jake and Sade’s relationship more here (it was an extremely important part of the book after all), I just felt that there were moments where the plot moved a bit more slowly than it should.

That isn’t to say that there weren’t aspects of the episode that I didn’t like, however. The scene at the end, where Sadie goes to see Jake and finds the surveillance tape of the Oswalds having sex, is extremely well shot and does a very good job of ramping up the tension.

Then there’s Johnny Clayton. Oh dear god, is there Johnny Clayton.

People who have read the book know who I’m talking about. For those who may not have read the book, Johnny Clayton (T. R. Knight) is Sadie’s estranged husband. He comes back into town basically to tell her that he’s not granting her a divorce. It’s later revealed that Clayton was very emotionally, verbally, and even sexually abusive towards Sadie, and that was why she wanted a divorce. Knight portrays the character in all his punchable glory, and it is extremely satisfying when Jake basically blackmails him into giving Sadie the divorce is extremely satisfying.

“The Eyes of Texas” has its ups and downs, but does its job in moving the series forward. Its pretty clear at this point Jake does have some explaining to do (going back to something Miz Mimi said earlier, that not lying to Sadie is imperative if he wants to continue their relationship). I suppose we’ll have to wait until next week to see how this pans out.

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