Early Edition: Presidential Assassination
What does yesteryear's news have to do with tomorrow's?
In this episode, the same magic that makes the cat a reliable delivery animal gives Gary Hobson another newspaper to study. And he's not sure what he's supposed to do about it. Changing tomorrow's news is one thing; changing 1964's news, when you're in 1997, is kind of a tall order.
It becomes even more daunting for him when he realises that his predecessor, Lucius Snow, would have had to read the same headline twice: first on the day when Snow did everything he could to change it, and again on the day when he woke up to his failure. But exactly what did Snow do wrong?
Doesn't this headline want to be read twice?
Like most stories dealing with the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, this one is thick with conspiracy. For it turns out that someone else knows about The Paper--someone whom Snow met when he was trying to save Kennedy and whom Gary hopes can help him figure out why the headlines referring to a new presidential visit are smudging badly. But that someone else may not want to be found . . . and may be willing to kill to stay hidden.
*Cue paranoid music!*
I saw the twist coming pretty early on, but since I don't read a lot of Thrillers, it was still fun to watch the story unfold. On the other hand, I do watch a lot of Early Edition episodes--and this two-parter's sticking so closely to the conventions of another genre is what makes it such an interesting variation on the show's usual format. And the headline smudging isn't just window dressing, either: I love the moment when Gary finally figures out how he's supposed to read it!
Indeed, I almost included a screencap of that very moment . . . before realising that it would be too spoilery for those who haven't seen this yet.
Your Turn to Be the Hero: If you ever learned the truth behind the "official version" of a historical event in very recent memory, would you take the trouble to set the record straight?