12 Monkeys is returning for a third series, bring yourself back up to speed.
12 Monkeys is a TV show that airs on the US channel SyFy. While its reviews have been mixed at best (Rotten Tomatoes gave its first season 62%, while MetaCritic gave it 57%), it has been extremely well recieved by fans of sci fi. It was so successful that it has been commissioned up to a fourth season when the story will come to a close.
The premise of the TV show is that a man, James Cole, travels back in time from an apocalyptic future where a virus has ravaged humanity to the number of 7 billion deaths. He arrives in his past - our 2015 - to warn of a shadowy organization known as “the Army of the 12 Monkeys”. In a bid to avert the disaster that Cole has witnessed first hand, he enlists the help of world-class virologist Dr Cassandra (Cassie) Railly.
And that’s just the first season, season 2 offers yet more twists and turns as Cole has to come to terms with the power of time travel invested in him and his fellow travellers.
Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Fans of ‘90s sci fi will recognize the plot, and name, from 1995’s 12 Monkeys. The TV show is a near exact copy of the film itself. This had a lot if critics turning up their nose. So it would be safe to assume none of them ever enjoyed an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ever, not once. You know just that other cult classic, famously adapted to the small screen from a, well, film.
12 Monkeys Season 3
While commissioned for four seasons, the third season is set to air on SyFy on May 19 2017. There is a trailer released for season 3, watch it below.
12 Monkeys Season 3 Release
The manner in which the series is to be released is a novel approach to cable programming. Releasing on Friday May 19th, the show’s 10 episodes will air over just three nights. Friday will see four episodes shown back to back. Following that, three episodes will be aired on both Saturday and Sunday.
This Forbes article details the *yawn* financial and marketing logic behind that decision. But you as a fan won’t care about that. All you’ll give a damn for is that you can spend one glorious weekend bingeing your way through the whole season.
12 Monkeys Cast
Usually just called Cole, he’s played by Aaron Stanford and is the time travelling hero of the show. Hero may be a bit strong, he starts out as an unwilling and flawed leader but grows into his role over the first two seasons. You may recognize Stanford from the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
Dr Cassandra (Cassie) Railly
Cassie is a world-class virologist whose work is pored over in the future (Cole’s present) as she leaves a message about the origins of the plague. She also mentions Cole’s name, which spurs on Cole’s selection as the show’s unwilling hero. Cassie is played by Amanda Schull who has a long list of past TV appearances, including repeat appearances in One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars.
Fan favorite Jennifer Goines is played by Emily Hampshire. She is integral to the plot of the series but does not feature in the series until midway through the first season. She is the supposedly mentally unstable daughter of Leland Goines, a shady figure in the even-shadier Markridge Group.
José Ramse is played by by Kirk Acevedo. He is Cole’s best friend and although their relationship is regularly tested, it is a close one. Ramse is the only other character, apart from Cole and Cassie to get full credits on the first two seasons. Expect his position to be as important in season 3.
12 Monkeys Movie
The film that the TV show is based on was released in 1995. It was directed by Terry Gilliam, who is famous as the director of films such as Time Bandits, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He was also a founding member of Monty Python. It starred Bruce Willis as James Cole, Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines and Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly.
12 Monkeys is released in the US on May19th 2017 and will be available on Hulu in the USA and Netflix in the UK.
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