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TVFanatic.com 12 Monkeys Season 1 Report Card

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It’s great to see Syfy cranking out smart, well-written and acted television again!

12 Monkeys Season 1 was easily one of the best series the network has released in the post-Battlestar Galactica years. Our hero, Cole, didn’t quite save the world but he sure took us on a wild ride. The series was loaded with memorable good guys and baddies whose actions were never black or white.

Plus, the twist and turns kept us engaged and coming back for more each week. What more can a TV fan ask for?

Let’s break down the first season even further and discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes, a couple of standout moments and our hopes for 12 Monkeys Season 2 in our TV Fanatic report card.

Click here to check it out: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/04/12-monkeys-season-1-report-card-grade-it/

12 Monkeys S1E13 Review: Arms of Mine

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What a phenomenal finish to an outstanding first season!

I’ve got to say, 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 13 delivered most of the answers we were looking for, while introducing several 12 Monkeys Season 2 mysteries. What’s up with the Blue Man Group anyway?

Okay, so Cole and Cassie didn’t kiss, but we get the complete story of those two missing years next season. There will be plenty of kissing, I’m sure.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/04/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-13-review-arms-of-mine/

12 Monkeys S1E12 Review: Paradox

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There were so many brilliant moments in the penultimate installment of 12 Monkeys Season 1.

However, I’ve got to say that Cole meeting a younger Jones in 2015 was not only my favorite scene in 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 12, but probably of the entire first season so far. Everything just clicked into place and I fell head over heels for Jones.

The glass of milk/bullet flashes were revealed and we met some strange new characters at the end of the hour.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/04/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-12-review-paradox/

12 Monkeys S1E11 Review: Shonin

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I’ve got to say, though I enjoyed this installment, 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 11 was not at all what I was expecting.

There had been such a build up to 1987, that I guess I assumed we would spend more time there. Certainly more that those first eight minutes or so.

It’s okay though, because Ramse’s role in the bigger picture is now clear and the pieces all fit together rather nicely.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/03/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-11-review-shonin/

12 Monkeys S1E10 Review: Divine Move

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What the heck?!?

I admit, the thought that someone with knowledge of the future was interfering with Cole’s mission hit me early on. However, watching the events go down in 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 10 was simply thrilling.

Obviously Ramse survived the jump, but I never expected him to be in 1987 for Cole’s big meeting with Leland Goines. Things are about to get even crazier!

12 Monkeys can easily be classified as “sci-fi,” but the brilliant storytelling transcends genres. This series pushes all kinds of buttons; it’s a masterpiece.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/03/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-10-review-divine-move/

12 Monkeys S1E9 Review: Tomorrow

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This week, we picked up right where we left off with Cole smack in the middle of the outbreak in 2017.

12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 9 is easily my second favorite of the season, and yes my eyes watered up during that scene. If Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull failed to move you, double-check that you’ve got a heartbeat.

The writers packed so much into these 43 minutes; it was one helluva non-stop thrill ride.

By the way, 12 Monkeys was renewed for a second season so the story will continue!

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/03/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-9-review-tomorrow/

Inter-dimensional Dave: It Seems Like “Yesterday”

It’s that time again ladies & germs… Here’s Inter-dimensional Dave’s clever recap and theories for 12 Monkeys Episode 8 “Yesterday.”

He’s Alive!

That’s the good news for Cole, whom, as we last saw him, was on the receiving end of a Predator Hellfire missle. The bad news is the year is 2017 and as Cole stares across the valley of death he learns the plague was not stopped.

So what went wrong? Everyone and thing should have been incinerated by the missle how could the virus possibly survive?

Follow this link to read all Dave’s theories now: http://interdimensional-dave.blogspot.com/2015/03/12-monkeys-it-seems-like-yesterday.html


12 Monkeys S1E8 Review: Yesterday

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Nowhere was Cole surviving that blast mentioned in all the theories floating around on the interwebs. I admit, I never considered it for a second.

12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 8 continued to flesh out the show’s intricate mythology, and we learned a whole lot about Jones. Who, by the way, is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters on this show.

We now understand Jones’ motivation better, but how far will she go to get Cole back?

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/03/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-8-review-yesterday/

12 Monkeys S1E7 Review: The Keys

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Well it took seven episodes, but the writers finally managed to confuse the hell out of me with 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 7.

Until tonight, I was following the Back to the Future style causality loops pretty well. Now, I’m as lost as the next guy.

If Cole died in Chechnya, what comes next? Does the timeline change again at some point? Let’s start at the top.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/02/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-7-review-the-keys/

12 Monkeys S1E6 Review: The Red Forest

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Did you think Cole would correct time so quickly? Man, these writers aren’t messing around are they? 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 6 picked up right where we left off and Cole set things right.

I love the way the writers are resolving certain mysteries while introducing brand new ones. This week, they gave us Operation TROY, Wexler and the “Striking Woman” who appears to be the Pallid Man’s superior.

I’m absolutely loving 12 Monkeys and I’m hoping more sci-fi fans jump aboard before it’s too late. Yeah, the ratings are not good.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/02/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-6-review-the-red-forest/

12 Monkeys S1E5 Review: The Night Room

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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.

Read the full review here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2015/02/12-monkeys-season-1-episode-5-review-the-night-room/