Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 9 “Hyena” (B)

There are times when this show seems to slow down and really invest in one possible reality, or in this case, the moment in which Jennifer Goines came into her own and led her own kind of rebellion. Choosing the hyena as the name for her merry band was very interesting, especially as later analyzed by the Pallid Man while he was being tortured for information about other primaries. While Jennifer does surround herself with legitimately mentally ill people, it’s clear that she’s come to a much better place, and that she could almost exist and survive normally in society. Reading Cole’s cues during their shouting match was the ultimate sign, and it’s a good thing that they managed to suppress the mutiny that nearly got them into trouble and cost them the Pallid Man as a valuable source. Ending the episode with the late Dr. Jones, the one who invented time travel and who we haven’t seen since the season one finale, was quite intriguing, and it’s constantly fascinating to see the emphasis on which a role someone will play in history is put. I do feel like this episode got off track a little bit, away from the impending destruction of time but also from a truly invigorating and exciting storyline. I think we need more action and some dynamic change that will enable our characters to continue traveling through time, preventing paradoxes and causing other unexpected effects on time as it continues to exist and be manipulated.

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