12 Monkeys, S2:E1 & 2

As much as I would love to post a big long treatise on these first two episodes, I won’t. Unfortunately I’m throwing this up so that I can try to be a bit more consistent. Anyway, the season 2 premier was on April 19th, and it was awesome!

I’m not going to do a blow by blow or scene by scene recap, its just not something I would be particularly good at, nor do I find them to be all that interesting. If I were good with witty one liners and great at making nicknames, I would consider doing it. But since there are way more people out there that are better at it than me, I’ll just give you some brief impressions. Hopefully, as the season progresses, I can get more in depth with my posts.

The thing that stuck out the most to me so far is that Cole and Cassie have reversed- Cole is now the one who’s “soft” and Cassie has gotten “hard”. Cassie isn’t hesitating to do what she feels needs to be done in order to stop the virus. Cole is more willing to think things through and come up with a different solution. It makes for an interesting dynamic for season 2, and I’m interested to see where it leads them, and how it affects their relationship.

What hasn’t changed as much is Ramse. He and Cole are back together (yay! I think this was the most compelling relationship in season 1) but of course, he still is willing to sacrifice the lives of millions of people to save his son. The son he only knew about for a day or two probably. Not to say that fatherhood can’t change a person, but this seems to be an extreme measure to go through. And who’s to say that in the changed timeline, his son doesn’t still exist? He may still have his son, just not in the aftermath of the apocalypse. But that’s what happens when you mess with time!

And, Jennifer Goines continues to be a delight.

I am a little concerned about how they are going to keep dodging around the release of the virus. How far back in time will they have to go? If the release of the virus is just fate, then why bother? That’s a central question this season, I think. Do you believe in fate? If events are fated to happen regardless of how the time line is changed, when do they figure that out, and how do they do things differently? Does it even matter? In the words of Sarah Connor, is there no fate but the one we make?

Stay tuned!

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