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12 Monkeys Final Season Delivers A Much Needed Change in Narrative. 

Creators: Travis Fickett, Terry Matalas

Release Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017

Release Format: Syfy

MPAA Rating: TV-14

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.


Part I of III 


12 Monkeys the third and final season airs tonight on Syfy. With an outstanding debut in 2015, Syfy has opted not to continue the series for a fourth season. The showrunners for this film to television adaptation are Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas. News on Syfy’s forthcoming series debut captured attention. From the viewpoint of this writer, the initial reaction dueled between interest and condemnation. The opening season secured decent viewership.

According to figures obtained by  TV series finale 12 Monkeys season one accrued 0.795 million viewers. With demographics, the average viewership within the 18-49 age bracket was 0.25 million. 12 Monkeys season one had thirteen episodes. Note, that ratings dropped after the third episode.

12 Monkeys season two did not meet the expectations from the preceding season. It’s expected. The first season was compelling yet there is only so much movie based substance that can accommodate extended seasons. Audiences lost interest including that of this writer.

The second slate of thirteen episodes received  0.402 million viewers. The demographics also suffered a severe dip with a paltry 0.12 million viewers within the 18-49 age bracket. Much as the 1995 film, showrunners Fickett, and Matalas focused on the protagonist named James Cole, a character first interpreted by Bruce Willis. Portraying the principal part in the television series is Actor Aaron Stanford.

The 12 Monkeys storyline finds a determined James Cole traveling trough time. His desperate mission is to prevent a global plague from ever taking place. The outbreak leads to billions dead and an ominous future.

The review below covers the three-part broadcast of 12 Monkeys on Syfy tonight. The event kicks off a three-day weekend marathon. Stay tuned for our three (3) part coverage including a summary in our upcoming podcast.

• Episode 301 titled Mother 

• Episode 302 titled Guardians 

• Episode 303 Titled Enemy

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Aaron Stanford as James Cole (top) Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly (bottom)

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The third installment opens with a different perspective to the narrative. This alteration was a much-needed approach. Yet, the update appears too late to impress a fourth season continuation.

Searching for The Order of the 12 Monkeys and The elusive villain The Witness remains a priority. Those mentioned are key to the development and release of the plague. The first two episodes focus on a separate story, a side mission. The aim is personal for Cole. His emotions are driving resources and patience to the limit in his hopes of rescuing Dr. Cassandra Railly. Titan, a time traveling fortress housing the nefarious sect is also on Cole’s radar. The locale is where Dr. Railly lives in captivity. The pretext justified the means of his continued travel through time.

Find Titan results in Dr. Cassandra’s rescue.

As the narrative progresses a well-known character makes a dramatic return. Cole’s long-time ally set turncoat José Ramse surrenders himself. Yet, he is not alone. In his possession is a pivotal figure that can turn the tables against the Order of the 12 Monkeys and The Witness

Who is The Witness? It seems the writers could not establish a more sophisticated plot twist. The Witness hides in plain sight but for viewers that have followed the chain of events, the revelation is obvious. Cole and Dr. Railly are the principle factors to this projected story arc.

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12 MONKEYS — “Arms of Mine” Episode 113 — Pictured: Aaron Stanford as James Cole — (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)


The action proposed includes a stable, uninterrupted measure. Each connecting story draws to the overall theme in the 12 Monkeys narrative. Yet, the less than stellar element exists with rescuing Dr. Railly. This story component lags and overstays its welcome.

Episode two, Guardians had a profound note. Viewers may encounter a surprising deep relationship with a treacherous source.

Kirk Acevedo‘s character José Ramse never had an established position in the storyline. It seems season two elevated this character. Yet, Acevedo gives an admirable performance as the war-torn veteran and heartbroken father. Ramse made peace with himself and doesn’t fear the results of his deeds. Acevedo executes this composition with high acclaim.

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12 MONKEYS — “Arms of Mine” Episode 113 — Pictured: Kirk Acevedo as Ramse — (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

The environments and costume design are some of the prominent features to 12 Monkeys. Yet, in season three these areas appear better distinguished. The villainous time travelers mock an outstanding Steampunk appearance. The attire is worthwhile for an ambitious series enthusiast/cosplayer to mimic.

Actress Emily Hampshire infuses comedic relief when needed. The tonality to the third and final season of 12 Monkeys is darker. Hampshire’s depiction of Jennifer Goines diffuses any lingering melancholy and apprehension. The figure although comical plays a larger fundamental role this time around.

Actress Alisen Down impresses and steals the spotlight. Beginning with the latter part of chapter two Down’s performance is authoritative. Episode three, Enemy appears to be dedicated to Down’s character. As an adversary or friend, it grows problematic to understand a read on the figure’s objectives. Down executes her task with impressive elegance. The figure has an impressive presentation that an added comedic skit doesn’t taint Down’s purpose. 12 Monkeys should have a recognition for its principal figures and Down’s role fits the category.

A defeat to the unfolding episodes is the maiden in distress factor. The writing team neglected to communicate an alternative resolution for Dr. Railly’s dilemma. Amanda Schull‘s performed her role well but the weakness her character offers hinders evolution.

Dr. Railly’s fear factor and self-destruct options become overrated in this, the twenty-first century. It seems the writers had a time jump to a bygone era where women depend on men for protecting.

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