12 Monkeys is filled with moments between or beyond the dialogue—often the moments easily missed. I’d like to share a few of them with you so that we can fully appreciate them.
Today we’re taking a closer look at episode 1×12 “Paradox”. Cole is dying from the aftereffects of the splintering. Aaron keeps watch while Cassie is away in New York, and Cole starts going into a grand mal seizure. Aaron watches helplessly, not sure what to do. Cole stops seizing, his body lifeless and still. Foam dribbles from the corner of his mouth.
Aaron stares, and stares again, hesitating. Is it in his nature to help Cole? If he doesn’t, wouldn’t that make all his problems go away? Can he live with the guilty conscience of his inaction hanging over his head? Maybe he can, because watch him closely. His mouth forms the smallest of smiles before he changes his mind and calls Cassie. A great, expressive moment from Noah Bean here.