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12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 9 Review: One Minute More

Apparently, like the 12 Monkeys audience, the splinter team is looking for things to come full circle, and as a result, the return to the mission to stop the plague seems both logical and foolhardy. "One More Minute" piles more tragedy upon our already weakened hearts in this final episode of the night, but there’s never a point where death becomes a gratuitous manipulation of audience emotion. Everything makes sense, even during a necessarily rushed montage of the months between Matthew Cole and Hannah and the heretofore exceedingly unlikely circumstance of Dr. Cassie Railly releasing the M-510 virus. Wrapping up this many loose ends is no mean feat for an established series nearing its end! READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 8 Review: Demons

This is where it becomes clear that 12 Monkeys is ending for real, sad as it may be. Yes, a reset could undo all the misery, but does anyone believe that’s what we’re headed for? In an episode that appears to have foiled the team’s only chance to use the weapon that the Seers made for Cole, the story takes a decidedly darker turn, raising the stakes to a shocking height at the top of a long and winding stair while adding tons of depth to an already deep mythology far in the distant past. Sprinkled with just the right amount of Jennifer humor, this tragic episode seems to mark the beginning of the true ending of the series. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 7 Review: Daughters

With the story of Hannah and Emma bookending the third night of Syfy’s triptych of episodes, "Daughters" poetically introduces a side mission that becomes the key to a major mystery of 12 Monkeys: the identity of Cole’s mother. By juxtaposing the differing experiences of Jones’ daughter and Olivia’s daughter, the emotional journeys of each character are reinforced like overlapping wave states. Combined with the daring plan to get the team to 1491, this episode is rife with deception, disillusionment, and a visit from another "Mother" we haven’t seen in awhile. Some may have forgotten that the machine in the Emerson Hotel is still back in 2043, overlapping with the early missions of season one at a time when elder Jennifer was still alive. Her arrival just after younger Jennifer leaves is likely no coincidence, but her presence remains somewhat of a mystery until later episodes. The urgency with which she encourages Adler to finish the splinter vest is disconcerting, but perhaps moreso are her multiple nosebleeds, which indicate that history is changing and the "the circle is not perfect anymore." We probably haven’t seen the full scope of what she means, but her tone feels more foreboding than hopeful that the changes are good. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 6 Review: Die Glocke

Who’s to say 12 Monkeys doesn’t deserve a Nazi romp in its swan song season? Besides giving us the acquisition of the very important "weapon" referred to in the tale of the serpent, "Die Glocke" delivered a reconciliation of sorts for Deacon, a worrisome manifestation of Jones’ deteriorating health, and the immeasurable entertainment that Jennifer Goines always provides. Although the legend of Die Glocke is based on actual accounts of a secret weapon in the Nazi Wunderwaffe collection, the escalation of the episode from a Vichy France adventure to a tale that includes the assassination of Hitler may have been a bit over the top, but it’s understandable that the temptation to tackle the quintessential time travel mission was too great to resist. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 5 Review: After

Once again, 12 Monkeys hearkens back to what made its first season so great for those of us who enjoy brain-melting time travel, and that’s its causal loops, in which everything you do in the past has already happened. In a wonderfully intricate sequence of re-dos in the Emerson Hotel, the mission may appear to have stalled due to the "oops loop," but Jay Karnes’ welcome return as FBI Agent Robert Gale (not to mention the more in-depth turn for Christopher Lloyd’s character) rejuvenates the search for the weapon to defeat the Witness. Add to that the surprise endings for both Deacon and Cassie, and we’ve got ourselves another perfect episode and definitely the best of night two for those watching three at a time on Syfy. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Legacy

Like the previous episode of 12 Monkeys, "Legacy" brings forward a loose end from a previous season and wraps it up in the intrigue of the new storyline surrounding the Witness and the true purpose of Titan. Although most viewers were probably willing to write off Elliot Jones as an egotistical genius whose loss of focus on the science made him easily corruptible by the Army of the 12 Monkeys, the different ending for his character offered here is a nice little bit of redemption. With a good dose of humor and adventure, this episode lightens up just enough to allow us to breathe before the next mind-blowing chapter. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 3 Review: 45 RPM

Did anyone expect this many answers this early in the final season of 12 Monkeys? "45 RPM" opens our eyes to the big picture in the same way that Olivia’s eyes now see the great Djinn of never-ending cycles, and the results are awe-inspiring. We may not want this series to end, but if it has to, at least we’re getting to see the man (or in this case, the woman) behind the curtain, and the pieces are all starting to fall into place. The tragedy of Cassie’s failed mission contrasts nicely with the success of Cole opening the Ouroboros key in this episode that introduces a new mission and adds a new question: who is Olivia’s child? READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Ouroboros

Revisiting season one of 12 Monkeys from a new perspective is quite simply the perfect nostalgic use of time travel. What an amazing storytelling idea! "Ouroboros," written and directed by creator and showrunner Terry Matalas, is like a love letter to the series, revisiting moments that remind us of the naivety, cruelty, and hubris that existed in the earlier seasons and how far they’ve come. Everything from Jones’ encounter with herself to Cole’s interaction with Ramse was played beautifully with layered meaning in the conversation but without overindulging in the sentiment of the moment. With Jennifer continuing to struggle in the past and finally making a shocking "irrationally rational" choice at the end, it was difficult to find time to blink in this episode. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 1 Review: The End

With total defeat literally on the horizon at the end of 12 Monkeys season three, it shouldn’t have been so surprising that such complete and utter devastation awaited everyone in the season four premiere, but actually the sheer scale of it all was pretty breathtaking. The resulting feeling was that, even though like Cole we may want to believe that the mission can continue, we also understand Cassie’s desire to retreat, and another darker part of us admires Olivia’s commitment to end the battle once and for all while she has the advantage. But Jennifer’s mysterious mission in 2018 and the surprise ending of where — or when — the team ended up guarantees a thrilling and unexpected adventure ahead. READ MORE...

12 Monkeys Season 4 Premiere Review: Breaking the Cycle

It's so much easier to understand larger parts of the 12 Monkeys'story when you don't have to wait hour by hour to receive additional information. As 12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 1 kicked off, Olivia had barely had time to wear the robes of the Witness. She was grasping at straws to find her endgame before even warming up to the idea that she was the thing she had once despised. By the end of 12 Monkeys Season 4 Episode 3 , Olivia was fully entrenched as the Witness thanks to Cassie's need for vengeance, but the heroes had also made their first step in putting an end to her reign -- forever.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2018/06/12-monkeys-season-4-premiere-review-breaking-the-cycle/