Monday, July 25, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys (Season Finale)

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 13 “Memory of Tomorrow” (B)

Let me start by saying that I do like this show a lot and I’m definitely in it for the long haul. I’m not totally sure where this season went, so focused on destroying time that it ended up in a completely different place than I ever imagined it would. Now we have people using time machines to travel to other places without actually time traveling and others traveling through time with nothing more than a hallucinogen to propel them from year to year. Starting out with everyone we saw actually dead and a very happy Cole and Cassie expecting a child together in the home they made in the past presented a fascinating trajectory of events, but of course that couldn’t last for a while. I very much appreciated the casting of Madeleine Stowe, who starred in the original film that inspired this series in the Dr. Railly role, as Lillian, harbinger of doom who forced Cole to take action and change the future. I guess undoing events that took place in 2044 doesn’t undo the two years they had together – though I’m not sure that makes sense – and that’s why Cassie is still pregnant. Going far into the future is a cool idea that should make season three exciting, though the creepy sight of a hooded cult and the notion that Cassie’s unborn child will grow up to become the witness veers a bit towards the supernatural for me. It’s been a fun if relatively insane ride, undoubtedly, and I’m intrigued to see where this show continues to go. More Jennifer repurposing famous movie speeches to motivate the troops, please!

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Aaron Stanford as Cole

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