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 going right back to the beginning, the pilot episode. This episode seems a bit off in places, due to the fact that not all shooting locations and sets used later on the show were established yet, so the look is somewhat different in places (e.g. the scene with Cole in the prison cell, which isn’t underground).
But that’s not what I want to focus on in this post, actually. I’d like us to accompany Cassie and Cole to the party.
Cassie and Cole weasel their way into the fancy evening do to get close to Leland Goines. Cole is clearly uncomfortable. He doesn’t know this time, these people, the habits, the manners, the rules. He feels uneasy in the fancy clothes. You can catch a first glimpse when he fidgets with his collar and tie before they enter, but it becomes more apparent when Cassie is confronted with the fact that they’re not on the guest list.
The focus of the viewer is directed at Cassie in this scene because she’s the one with the dialogue, but I’d like to draw your attention to the wonderfully astounded, bewildered and clearly very ill at ease Cole next to her.
Look at his expression, the awkward looks around. It almost makes you smile, doesn’t it? All props to Aaron Standford here, because the discomfort practically radiates off of him. Great acting work right there.