Saturday, July 16, 2016

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 2, Episode 11 “Resurrection” (B)

I’m not entirely sure what the plan is here since time travel is no longer the way that our friends are going to save time, and one thing that happened in this episode would almost certainly create a paradox in just about every other cinematic interpretation of time travel. I’ve always thought that this show had a much more complicated theory about the way time travel works but hadn’t ever gotten to the place it wanted to, but I still have faith that it will get there, especially after this destroying-time nonsense is hopefully resolved by season’s end. Following the yellow brick road in Jennifer’s head to find the witness in the red forest is one thing, but what was really trippy was Cole going back to the moment he left to bring the Jennifer from 2016 to 2044 so that her daughters wouldn’t kill everyone. What’s most intriguing about it is that the elder Jennifer’s whole entire role as mother to many was based on her traveling to the future to see the part that she would play and be inspired to greatness. As usual, Jennifer’s token eccentric nature was my favorite part, with her line about how you must be this tall to ride this ride as the standout of the hour. Dr. Adler is no longer a part of this world, and it seems like Jones might also be doomed to being consumed by the red forest’s increasing reach. I suspect that Jones will be back in a major way, even if not in the future, and I also think that time might have a way of resetting itself once the newly reunited team of Cole and Cassie put things right and set time back on track.

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