Posted 22 April 2018 - 05:18 PM
Well, that was a good episode. JFK was given a fair, but respectful, characterization-- a charming rapscallion who has a way with women, while managing his health problems and who still has a devotion to family and public service (and who was savvy enough to quickly escape the bunker). The actor who played him did a very good job, handling a wide range of reactions in a short amount of screen time. In particular, that sobering moment when he saw what the future held for his brothers and himself. But there was also his awe and confusion with the future, his immediate chemistry with the cute girl, his pleased reaction at their integrated school, and his easy leadership. I also liked that the girl was not only quick to help him, despite his apparent craziness, but was well educated and aware of the Kennedy Curse and their family history (as depressing as it is to know that my childhood is now the ancient past). It was also nice to see the main characters treat him with the proper reverence, especially in an age where American historical figures are frequently "deconstructed." Especially in the case of Rufus, who (as he did with Hedy Larmarr), deliberately changed the past by telling him to avoid Dallas in November 1963-- which Kennedy did, but perished anyway.
Which brings us to another aspect of the episode-- the idea that there is a plan to life, the universe, and everything. I like that Rufus is an Atheist, but this brings him into conflict with Jaya who feels that there is a higher power (whether this predated her visions or not is unclear). But did the fact that Kennedy died in Austin instead of Dallas indicate that the show is thematically taking her side, or does it mean that Rittenhouse un-fixed what Rufus fixed at some point?
I also like how the Wyatt-Jessica-Lucy triangle is unfolding. Jessica spotted the chemistry between Wyatt and Lucy and was ready to resume her plan to split up-- since in her timeline, she had already considered that bond broken-- until Lucy told her how devoted Wyatt had been. Apparently, absence does make the heart grow fonder, especially when that absence is death, since he had apparently not been so devoted while she lived (or the version of Wyatt that our Wyatt replaced had not). This speaks well of Lucy, but also plants the seeds of her and Wyatt ultimately ending up together, since our Wyatt is really not Jessica's Wyatt.