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 something Elliot Jones said in 1×13 “Arms of Mine” that might just lead to a bit of speculation about the marriage between Elliot and Katarina. I have posted a Moment Easily Missed from this scene before, but there’s just a lot more to it that we should examine. I’m talking about that scene with Elliot Jones where he meets Ramse in the Temporal Facility.
Ramse wants the rights to using the time machine, presumably to jump foward in time and go back to his son in 2043. To do so, he needs more of the time travel serum, which was developed by Katarina. And of course this being 2015, it’s not exactly in great supply.
What we know is that Ramse asked Elliot to obtain the prototype of the serum, which he calls “the item”. Elliot reluctantly hands it to him with the words, “This took a lot to procure.” And that’s quite interesting, because there’s certain implications that come with that statement.
If we remember back to what we know about Katarina’s marriage, it’s mainly that she was married for only six days, and that her daughter Hannah came out of it. So what if…
What if Elliot only got married to Katarina to obtain the serum? She was the only one who could provide it, and perhaps getting cozy with her was the only way for Elliot to get access to it. Would he go that far?
We don’t know, but I daresay it’s a possibility. A rather drastic and cruel one for sure, but I think Elliot was pretty desperate to get that money from Seki. Maybe he’s a desperate man who’ll go for desperate measures. He certainly strikes me as the kind of guy who’d do anything to get his time travel experiments funded and continued.
Hopefully we’ll learn more about his and Katarina’s relationship in season 2.