Friday, June 10, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 7 “Meltdown” (B)

Cassie getting possessed by the witness at the end of last week’s episode was the start of much messier and more troubling business in the future after she got picked up and splintered back to 2044. The appearance of a number of time-related anomalies was confusing to say the least, especially with the soldiers transported there who considered Cole and Ramse intruders since, in their time, they weren’t authorized to be on the base. Cassie not being in control of her actions was the most disturbing part of the whole thing, particularly when she grabbed a terrified Sam and held him hostage as Cole fought desperately to tunnel in from underneath, benefitting from the sudden splintering back of the soldiers to their original time period. We barely knew him, but Dr. Eckland made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the machine got back to normal, and the way in which he seemed to evaporate out of the timestream didn’t look terribly pleasant. I wonder if we’ll see him again, considering that Sam didn’t die but instead got sent very far back in time. It seems that all traces of the witness have been eradicated from 2044 and the red forest is relatively under control, but I’m sure it can’t be that easy. We’re only halfway through this season, and while this installment feels more like something that might air right before a season finale, I’m excited that there’s plenty more ground to be covered and a lot more craziness for this show to explore.