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12 Monkeys is Returning- Why You Should Be Excited

12 MONKEYS -- "One Hundred Years" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS — “One Hundred Years” Episode 203 — Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

As of late, it seems that science fiction is returning to SyFy; they recently wrapped up an adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke classic Childhood’s End and are running The Expanse, which is based on the beloved book series by James S.A. Corey.
Hence the excitement for 12 Monkeys; based on the film of the same name which, in turn, was based on the short movie La Jetee, it’s a television show about a mysterious time traveler who gets sent to the year 2015 in order to stop a virus from decimating humanity. It’s less goofy than its Gilliam-directed father and far less French Arthouse Cinema than its short grandmother- but it’s action packed and has plenty of its own personality.

The last season of the show was a sleeper hit; it had the thing that a good show about time travel should have: it had consequences. As much as I’m a fan of Doctor Who, one of my biggest gripes with the show is that it often sacrifices a plot of consequence in exchange for a happy ending. I’m not calling for a grimdark Doctor Who, but honestly, when the time-traveling immortal eccentric snaps his fingers and forty minutes of problems are suddenly gone, a whole storyline can suddenly feel quite lame.

12 MONKEYS -- "Primary" Episode 202 -- Pictured: (l-r) Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines, Aaron Stanford as James Cole -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

12 MONKEYS — “Primary” Episode 202 — Pictured: (l-r) Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines, Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy)

12 Monkeys, on the other hand, avoids this. Every action that the protagonist takes has a ripple effect- that which is done is not quite so easily undone. There was always something satisfying about watching the way that the show’s stories unfolded; plot threads you nearly forgot about resurfaced in interesting ways, and character arcs tended to terminate well. If you haven’t yet watched 12 Monkeys, I recommend getting caught up– the next season is set to debut April 18, 2016 on SyFy.
I’d rather not spoil things, but if you’re familiar with La Jetee, I think it’s worth mentioning that the producers plan to end the series like La Jetee– this in itself seems like a perfect end and exciting homage to a classic bit of sci-fi cinema.
Will you be watching 12 Monkeys this spring? Sound off below or hit us up and follow @Blackmannrobin on Twitter for all the latest game and sci-fi news, reviews, previews and interviews; follow me for my own views.

See also: our coverage of 12 Monkeys from NYCC.

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