The more I watch 12 Monkeys, the more I realize it‘s all about subtlety and those moments between or beyond the dialogue—often the moments easily missed. Which is why I think we should appreciate them more, and in the coming weeks, I am going to share those that I ran across with you.
Today I’d like to start with a Moment Easily Missed from episode 1×06 “The Red Forest”. Cole is starting to feel the effects of the splintering taking their toll on his body. There’s also the altered memories that start haunting him. After the debriefing with Jones and her team, he stays at the table, his head in his hands.
Jones walks up to him. She’s worried, hard to tell if it’s for the mission or for Cole. I’d like to think both. Cole doesn’t notice her, and she lightly touches his back with her palm. Look very closely, because when he moves, she quickly retracts her hand, breaking the physical connection.
And that, right there, says so much about their careful truce, their guarded almost-friendship, their fragile mutual trust. Kudos to Barbara Sukowa in this scene for the understated, yet powerful gesture that says so much.