Friday, May 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 5 “Bodies of Water” (B+)

As if all this time stuff wasn’t crazy enough, we now get to see how the Witness speaks to devout followers, which is by forming messages on a hotel wall after they enter a trance-like state. This show has never been particularly grounded in science despite its extensive and rather secure grasp on what time travel could like, and therefore this and the Red Forest aren’t too out there or surprising at this point. I like that Jennifer was so excited to return to the hotel ever day to see if Cole had come back, and when she saw Cassie she was understandably disappointed. The fact that they don’t get along made their interactions all the more enticing, but it didn’t take long for them to bond and Jennifer to applaud Cassie for threatening to kill her when she realized that she was outmatched. Jennifer stabbing Olivia for hurting her friend (how fast she and Jennifer are now pals) was a positive twist, though I’m not sure that the Pallid Man is any less formidable an enemy. Kyle seems intense, and the fact that he knows Cole is coming is troubling to say the least. The West 7 drama in the future felt a bit irrelevant given the impending end of time, but now Deacon has proven himself to be a real fighter who isn’t going to let two former allies betraying him keep him from gaining the upper hand and showing them that he’s not going down that easily. In other news, Todd Stashwick is now a series regular, so Deacon isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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