Season 1 Reviews

For a list of reviews and interviews covering all 4 seasons, see the 12 Monkeys in the Press page.

12 Monkeys S1E5 Review: The Night Room


It’s official ladies and germs, 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 5 takes the honor of being my first five star review at TV Fanatic.

Every so often, a sci-fi show comes along that’s well written, has a great cast and delivers consistently on its promise to dazzle us. I’m talking The X-files, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and, yes, 12 Monkeys is already right up there for me.

If you’re not watching yet, get on board now, otherwise we face losing another brilliant genre show before its time.

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12 Monkeys S1E4 Review: Atari


I found this week’s West 7 storyline fascinating because it gave us a glimpse into the kind of human beings Cole and Ramse are. Also, we now know Ramse has the stronger moral compass of the two. That’s interesting right?

12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 4 was quite different from the first three installments. There were more flashbacks than time travel for one, but not just that, the tone was incredibly bleak and unpleasant. We really had a chance to see how awful 2043 is.

Todd Stashwick was brilliant as Deacon too, so I’m hoping we’ll see the character again.

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12 Monkeys S1E3 Review: Cassandra Complex


Let me just start by saying this show gets better and better every single week. It’s brilliantly written and the cast blows my mind.

12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 3 allowed us to witness the events in Haiti that lead the medical community to lose faith in Dr. Railly. We learned how Cole’s first visit already impacted the course of her life. Imagine knowing a deadly plague was coming; you’d be freaked too.

We met and learned secrets from “the one that got away,” and the Pallid Man proved to be stronger than he has any right to be.

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12 Monkeys S1E2 Review: Mentally Divergent


Let’s hear it for Ms. Emily Hampshire guys! 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 2 is all the proof we need that she was capable of handling Brad Pitt’s role. Not just that, with a few subtle changes she’s made it completely her own.

This installment felt very much like the second half of the pilot. It served to expand the show’s universe and mythology by introducing Jennifer Goines and the Pallid Man (Tom Noonan). Both are key figures affecting Cole’s future timeline and the decimation of mankind.

Until we learn otherwise, it’s safe to assume this psychotic new villain is the leader of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.

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12 Monkeys S1E1 Review: Pilot


Was that a phenomenal start to the series or what? 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 1 quickly established its world and characters making you forget all about the feature film that inspired it.

No disrespect to the classic Terry Gilliam movie, but the madness and confusion of Willis’ hero has been replaced by a more focused “man on a mission” in Aaron Stanford. Ultimately, I think that creative decision will serve the series well.

The trippy nature of the film was fine for 127 minutes. However, that would drive me bananas (see what I did there?) if it lasted 13 hours. Syfy’s on a roll guys… they have another winner with 12 Monkeys!

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