In the 11-22-63 (TV series), Jack goes back in time to...

prevent Kennedy's assassination

...to change the course of time.

But since he has such an easy way to go back in time, why doesn't he bring high-tech devices to spy on people? He could also bring a charging device to keep them working.

Note: I haven't read the book. If there are any references to this, please post them under a spoiler tag.

  • I don't this the basic premise of a show, which is apparent from the trailer, is a spoiler. Plus, once you mention 'back in time', the date in the series title makes it pretty obvious what the premise is. Mar 8, 2016 at 15:28
  • @ThePopMachine I'm not sure if that was for me but, the most spoilery thing in the series is not going back in the time.
    – apollo
    Mar 8, 2016 at 15:49
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    I know -- the fact he goes back in time to do exactly what you put in the spoiler block is not a spoiler, IMO. It's all over the media releases and trailer. Mar 8, 2016 at 16:13
  • @ThePopMachine if I wouldn't put that under spoiler tag, someone would say something about putting it under a spoiler tag. If that bothers you so much...idk, can't do anything about it.
    – apollo
    Mar 8, 2016 at 16:42
  • it doesn't -- just a comment. No harm is done. Mar 8, 2016 at 17:22

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Specifically, he doesn't want to risk polluting the time-stream with unexpected changes from someone in the 60s finding incredibly advanced electronics and reverse-engineering them.

He forgets and brings his cell phone with him, and disposes of it, as well as change with future dates, in a lake.

Also, the 60s were in the midst of the Cold War. Someone with unusual devices, particularly someone who lacks a good paper trail for his existence, might be suspected to be a Commie spy.

And, in fact, Jack faces just that situation with the Secret Service in Dallas when they start exploring his history and find he has none.

  • The thing from your first spoiler: This happens in the series, too. And before getting rid of it, he uses it once to distract someone.
    – unor
    Oct 2, 2016 at 13:23

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