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 12 Monkeys on Syfy season one review
I've never seen the movie that Syfy's 12 Monkeys sci-fi series is based on, but I've seen the premise of it. And the series starts out in a grand fashion, showing us a world where a horrible plague has been unleashed. After a a period of time a group of people who were trying to find a cure to the disease ends up making a time traveling machine to send a man back in time and stop the development of the plague. Period.

The premise is sound, and the early half of the season is executed as expected: Cole goes back in time to stop the virus. But his target seems to not be the actual moment or event that will stop it. So he heads "home" to his time, and after some research from his team or by what he discovers on his "trips," they re-target the time machine to send him back to a new destination, with a new mission.

Along the way, he encounters this other fellow who is also looking for what Cole is looking for, but instead of stopping the virus, he and his team want it to happen. (And this creep is always smiling! Yikes!)

Also along the way Cole meets Cassandra and convinces this beautiful doctor of who he is and what he does, and from that point on, he pops in and out of her life, leaving her with assingments to figure things out while he's gone.

As the season progresses, the time travel almost gets a bit muddied for any casual watcher as Cole goes back in time to point A, goes home, goes back to time B, goes home, goes back to time C, which is earlier than A, goes home, goes back to time D, which might be in parallel with his trip to time B, but comes back fixing what happened in time B, while fighting this other guy in the various times and jumping around and around and around.

And as the season progresses, the jumping gets heavier, as we start encountering various bad guys who oppose our team. But our team is led by a woman named Katarina, who works on achieving her team's goals, as we find out, at all costs. Whether she's right or not. Or is she?


Over on IMDb the series has a 7.6 score after nearly 14k votes. And I'm surprised considering how muddied the story can become. This is NOT a show that you can put on in the background and follow it happenstance. You need to pay attention or get lost trying to figure out "when" Cole is.

To deal with the issue of when, I quit caring about what time he came from or to and just thought of his "home time" as home base, because as the season wound down, we were following stories in 1987, 1990, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2040-something and the like.

It all did make sense to follow once I started to put my life on hold and concentrate watching it. Binge watching helps too.

The end of the season seemed to be grasping at straws but also seemed still fairly interesting. If that makes sense.

Will I watch the second season of 12 Monkeys when it comes back to Syfy? Maybe. It depends on what else is on. But if it had to contend with anything else I watch or competed for space issues on my DVR, out the window it goes.

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