Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 10 “Fatherland” (B)

It’s fortunate that this show gets a full thirteen episodes each season over which to cover its plotlines, since most cable series these days seem to be relegated to ten, which just passes by too quickly. This show was recently renewed for a third season, which is great, and I think I’m starting to anticipate the arrival of a new direction soon since things are plodding along a little slowly right now. That’s not to suggest that this episode wasn’t impactful or even surprising, since it did contain the first act of joint rebellion by Ramse and Cassie, who, with help from the usually silent Dr. Adler, subverted the mission that Jones and Cole wanted to run and instead went back to 1961 to hunt down the witness. It was good to see Jay Karnes’ Agent Gale again, who seemed to indicate that Cole would go back and visit him at an earlier point in the near future, making his ultimate sacrifice a little less finite. Identifying Olivia as the Nazi doctor’s creation shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, but it does pinpoint her as a more legitimate threat than the Pallid Man since her ability to regenerate and age at a less rapid rate makes her an almost invincible enemy. For now, it seems like the end of time is the biggest danger facing them, and the increasingly red, violent skies are going to overtake them before too long, creative the ultimate paradox that is going to be almost impossible to undo.

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