Thursday, June 8, 2017

What I’m Watching: 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys: Season 3, Episode 3 “Enemy” (C+)

I’m really not sure what to make of this episode. I thought that I might have missed an episode since I’m watching only once a week and I couldn’t for the life of me remember where we left Deacon, who still makes me think every time he appears on screen of Todd Stashwick’s detestable role on “The Riches.” After what felt like an eternity of being tormented by what I guess must have been his own mind, Deacon broke free and showed us that there is still hope for Cassandra to make it out of all this okay, and that maybe she’ll be reunited with Cole sooner rather than later. Olivia being in captivity demonstrated a fiery anger and cruelty from both Jones and Cole that we haven’t really seen before, and I wouldn’t have imagined that time travel could be used as a torture tactic. It sure looked painful, and though it didn’t quite do the trick, there’s no denying that there is an incredible brutality in it. I’m really foggy on a lot of the details that got us here, which I blame on the show’s confusing nature and the fact that I don’t really believe that it’s all plotted out ahead of time and not merely directed by whatever tangent seems the most appealing in the moment. Ramse having turned evil might have been a simple explanation, but the fact that he does indeed want to kill the witness isn’t actually good news since the only way he and Olivia have concluded that they can really rid the world of him is to kill Cassandra, a sobering solution indeed.

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