Save the Future with ’12 Monkeys: Season 2′

12_Monkeys_700x700It’s been a while since there has been a solid time travel/alternate reality TV show on the air. Hell, you may have to go back to the 90’s to find such a show. But Syfy is in its second season of 12 Monkeys, a time travel series inspired by the trippy 1995 Terry Gilliam film (starring Bruce Willis)–about a dude who is repeatedly sent back in time to save the world from some very bad things that are soon going to happen.

The first season (available to watch on Hulu) received critical acclaim, and now Syfy is debuting 12 Monkeys: Season 2 on April 18 at 9/8c.

The show jumps between a dystopian future, the present day and various eras of the past 60 years as the show’s main character (Aaron Stanford) attempts to track down and stop the workings of the Army of the 12 Monkeys, which will eventually lead to humanity’s near-destruction. It’s a great premise to be made into a TV show. The show raises questions about fate–and whether we can change it–and throws in concepts of betrayal and redemption as well.

Watch the trailer for season two:

About the show

In the year 2044, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) has been chosen by fate to travel back in time to save humanity from the apocalyptic conspiracy of the Army of the 12 Monkeys.  Cole forges a bond with a brilliant immunologist from our time, Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull)–who becomes his strongest ally against the 12 Monkeys.

Season 2 finds Cole and Railly confronted with circumstances that alter their perspectives, pitting them against each other morally despite their common goals.

Despite the conflict, an early victory changes history and delays the 12 Monkey’s plague born apocalypse, but soon an even more nefarious plot with even farther reaching consequences is uncovered with the very fabric of time and reality as we know it hanging in the balance.  Their relationship strained by fierce conflict increasingly disparate ideals, Cole and Railly are joined by a volatile band of comrades (enemies by nature, but cohorts by necessity) from both the future and the past.  Together the team begins travelling back to various points in time to both uncover and put a stop to the 12 Monkeys plan before time literally runs out.

By Erik Samdahl
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