Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

12 Monkeys: Season 3, Episode 10 “Witness” (B+)

Here we are, over two months after this show wrapped up its weekend run. I think that watching it all in one binge might have helped the first half of the season go quicker and feel more exciting since there wouldn’t be any sort of wait for things to actually happen and get more coherent, but it was nice to experience the creative resurgence with the final three episodes of the season, which were really great and helped to close a loop of sorts. This was a transformative episode for Athan, who we only really met as an adult an episode ago, and to see him go from destroying his mother’s vest so her father would have to choose between saving her or coming after him to realizing that, thanks to Jennifer nursing him back to help, he was supposed to sacrifice himself to save his parents was pretty incredible. I loved how Jennifer suggested to Athan that, since they both see time the same way, they should fast-forward through everything to get to the important part. We’ve seen two false witnesses now, which seems just about right for many religions. Olivia makes far more sense as the true witness, since she has an ambition to see the dark destruction of time fulfilled. I liked Athan’s clarifying point: “I have witnessed.” I’m excited to see what Jennifer’s new role will be, and equally intrigued by the seeming revelation that she is Cole’s mother. I eagerly await season four, whenever it’s slated to be released. The end of this season has left me on a high.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Emily Hampshire as Jennifer

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