Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 8 “Lullaby” (B+)

I liked this episode a lot. The destroying time stuff has proven confusing to say the least, and I think this episode did a really solid job of exploring the repeating-day storyline, certainly leagues better than “Edge of Tomorrow.” Jones sending Cassie back to 2020 to kill her younger self so that time travel could never be created was a formidable start, and I like that, after she pulled the trigger the first time, she returned to that original moment and found Cole there with her. The best part was running into an overly excited Jennifer, who was thrilled to see them and ready to spew plenty of riddles about what was going on. I liked seeing Aaron Stanford’s former “Nikita” costar Xander Berkeley as Colonel Foster in what might be the most patient guest spot ever, stating almost the same lines over and over again. The notion that saving someone instead of killing someone is what puts time back on the right path is great, and I like that Cole was able to ask Jones before he got them all executed by firing squad to make sure that she was okay with being reunited with her daughter twenty-five years later. That was a cool reveal, and I think it’s great that the timeline rebuilds itself around its characters in that way. Now, let’s get back to less coherent business like Ramse and Cassie going after the witness in some strange place to finally kill him and reset things back to an easily solvable problem like a highly contagious virus.

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