Thursday, 1 June 2017

12 Monkeys Series 1 and 2 Recap - Netflix Review including Time Travel Rant

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I know that the new series is out so I thought while I wait for it to be available in the UK, I would share my thoughts on seasons 1 and 2. This is another series that came out of nowhere for me, I hadn't heard much about it and then about two weeks ago Boom, its all everyone is talking about. So I saddled up and binged through 2 seasons in the last few days and here we are!

This series is oddly one that would probably benefit from you not knowing too much about the film. Any avid fan of the 1995 time travel movie with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt will probably dislike the series because it veers very far from the plot quite quickly. 

It all starts the same, post apocalypse (definitely the favourite setting for TV series in the last few years), seeming random dude is chosen to travel back in time to stop a virus that kills most of the world. The tone is quite similar at the beginning as well which instantly makes you wonder how they will make the story last more than a few episodes. 

When it becomes clear that stopping the virus won't be so easy, as there is a seeming time-travel aware organisation trying to make sure everyone in the future snuffs it, things get infinitely more complicated. 

The actors make a good show of this, although sometimes it's hard to accept that they are supposed to have spent years waiting in various time periods, because their personalities manage not to change at all. One of the main characters Ramse turns bad for like 30 years and then comes back round almost immediately. 

I have to admit I don't follow this kind of Time-Travel theory, as far as I'm concerned if someone travelled back in time they wouldn't be able to stop anything because they would have always made that trip. This is true in 12 Monkeys sometimes, but not others.

Often they will do something making no difference at all because it always happened, and other times they can make a choice leading to a change in history. This is explained away with a slightly convoluted Doctor Who-esk explanation of time, its wiggly wobbly timey whimey stuff. 

After logic takes a nose dive off this series, the stories start to get increasingly more silly and hard to follow. Series 2 is based around chasing people trying to collapse time by killing key people via a "paradox". I find the idea of time being reliant on humans kind of dumb. 

Another thing that grated on me for this series is that they explain a paradox as matter being introduced to itself via time travel, which isn't correct. If time-travel is possible, then matter coming into contact with itself isn't a paradox because logically it makes sense. 

Destroying something back in time while holding a version of it from the future is a paradox, because if the item is destroyed, how did it make to the future to be brought back? This only makes sense if when you destroy it, it disappears and you never had it. 

So, there are plenty of paradox's in the series that don't get any attention and other things called a paradox, that aren't really. 

Anyway, time travel itself doesn't make a huge amount of sense (at least not in the year 2017) so a lot of my speculation isn't really an issue with the show and probably only bugs me. 


This is a reasonably good show with some interesting if slightly hard to follow ideas.

3.5/5 Slices
3.5/5 Slice Rating

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