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 1×03 “Cassandra Complex”. You know, the one in Haiti, particularly the scene where Cole runs after Henri.
Cassie sends Henri out on a supply run. Cole goes after him, because he’s sure Henri can tell him where the Night Room is. Well, turns out he can’t, but he can give Cole some pointers. Cole is about to let Henri go, but then…
There’s a point at which Cole realizes that it can’t be as easy as that. Henri is not supposed to get away. History says that he’ll never make it off the island. So if history says it, it must be made just so, right? Ah, the paradox of time travel.
And then Cole takes it on himself to murder Henri right there in the alley. One shot is all it takes to
Now look closely at this sequence again. When exactly is it that Cole realizes he’s supposed to mess with the timeline and make the decision to kill Henri? It’s subtle, but it’s there. See if you can spot it yourself.