Created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.
Starring Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo and Noah Bean.
Regular PoP visitors should be aware that 12 Monkeys is probably my favorite movie of all time. See why here. So you can imagine my trepidation when I discovered that SyFy had done a TV series based on the Terry Gilliam-helmed classic.
Well, to be honest, it’s not as bad as I feared. The basic premise has been retained.
Time traveller James Cole (Aaron Stanford) travels from the year 2043 to the present day in order to stop the release of a deadly virus by the enigmatic organisation known as “Army of the Twelve Monkeys”. That virus, in Cole’s original timeline, caused the death of 93.6% of the world population. Cole will be helped by the brilliant virologist Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) and a math genius with mental issues, Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire).
Well almost. Railly was a psychiatrist in the original movie and Brad Pitt’s character Jeffrey Goines has changed gender and character purpose. Being a TV series, the oddball quirkiness of Gilliam’s original has been straightened out completely – 12 Monkeys is now pretty much standard scifi fare.
However, there were enough twists at the end of the pilot – mostly centered around time travel’s favorite side effect (i.e. paradox) – to at least keep my interest until the next episode.