12 Monkeys (SyFy Channel)

I’ve decided to post about this TV show because it snuck up on me. As with many nerds and geeks, I have had my issues with the SyFy channel. From the name change to the fact that for awhile it wasn’t actually showing, you know, scifi stuff. The past couple years or so, they have gotten back on the ball. I haven’t watched all of the new shows, but at least when I look at the tv listings for the channel, the programming looks like something that would come from a network calling itself “SyFy”. Anyway, I hadn’t really watched anything on the network since Battlestar Galactica, and I had heard good reviews about the show. So, over the summer they began running the whole first season in the middle of the night. So I set the DVR and started watching. Holy. Cow.

Time travel makes my head hurt. So yes, this show made my head hurt. But it was so engaging, and the characters were ones I could root for, and the acting was great, the concept was straight forward, but complicated at the same time. Its not necessrily the best show on tv, but its a very entertaining hour each week, and I always found myself anticipating the next week’s episode.

Without giving stuff away, the premise is that there is a virus/plague that wipes out 98% of humanity in 2017. In 2043, a man, James Cole, is sent back in time to 2013, to stop the virus/plague from ever happening. He is to do this by killng the man who started it all. Obviously, since this is a tv show, things don’t go as planned. What comes next is a whole bunch of time travel, fixing past events, changing past events, the effect it has on the future, the effect it has on the present day characters Cole meets, and how his time traveling affects their lives… its really cool. The show is not groundbreaking television, I’m not going to put it on the level of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or many other acclaimed shows. But it’s highly entertaining, and doesn’t treat the audience as if it were dumb.

I don’t know if I’m going to be recapping each episode (I’m not really good at that sort of thing), but I will chime in here with my thoughts as season 2 unfolds.

I can.not.wait. I’m going to have to re-watch season 1 a couple more times before the season 2 premiere in April. Because thats the kind of nerd I am.


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