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12 Monkeys is a series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. 27 years after a virus wipes out most of humanity, scientists send a man back to 2015 to stop the plague from ever happening. Cole';s only lead is a virologist, who knows the dangerous source of the outbreak. Cole will be helped by the brilliant virologist Cassandra Railly and a math genius with mental issues, Jennifer Goines. Exploring themes of fate, destiny, love and the possibility of second chances, 12 Monkeys takes place in two separate times: the apocalyptic future - 2043 and the present.
If other aspects of the show were more engaging, perhaps this spiral down into confusion and illogic wouldn't matter. Perhaps then we'd want to set our DVRs in the present, in order to watch the show in the future.
Like the trippy paradoxes it so heartily embraces, the premiere of 12 Monkeys is a bit of one itself: it's more enjoyable when thinking about the teases of what's to come versus the somewhat plodding hour of what's already happened.
I didn't have high expectations for this project, but the pilot-which faced the difficult task of laying out the series' premise -came off as a confident and well-paced homage rather than a watered-down retread.
The series beckons with a broader, intriguing look at the future dystopia, with more background on Cole and even a sidekick Ramse (Kirk Acevedo), and with a creepy killer in the present known only as the Slender Man (Tom Noonan).