Contact Film: A Science Fiction Quest for Faith

As I have been immersing myself in literary and cinematic representations of the supernatural, I revisited the 1997 film, Contact. Dr. Ellie Arroway, played by Jodie Foster, has searched her entire life for confirmation of life by radio signal. Finally, as an adult, she discovers a signal confirmed from another galaxy. This creates chaos. People…

Twelve Monkeys Quotable Moments

About one year ago, I started my blog with a commentary on the Twelve Monkeys series streaming on Hulu. I also posted a short podcast reflecting on religious themes in Twelve Monkeys. I began streaming the series near the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, an apt time to watch an epic sci-fi story about a…

Podcast: Religion in 12-Monkeys Series

When I first launched this blog, the world was entering lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. My partner and I sued up Twelve Monkeys, the tv series streaming on Hulu at the time. Viewing sci-fi as a biblical scholar has me thinking about many religious themes like salvation, apocalyptic hope, science, humanism, love, death and rebirth,…

Reverse Human Suffering

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the Sci-Fi TV Series, in 2020, Part IX of IX The consistent overarching narrative in the 12 Monkeys plot deals with how and why human suffering should be reversed. As the timeline changes, adapting to various efforts to reverse the conditions of the pandemic, the Splinter Project team constantly work…

For the Girls

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part VIII of IX As I neared the end of the Twelve Monkeys series, I realized how amazing it was to see female characters in unconventional leadership roles. As a fan of science fiction, and of movie entertainment in general, I am accustomed to enjoying…

Let’s Talk About Jennifer Goines

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the Sci-Fi TV Series, in 2020, Part VII of IX Jennifer Goines, who is brilliantly portrayed by Emily Hampshire, is easily the series favorite. She is a gift to Gen-X, citing songs, movies, and books from late twentieth century pop-culture. Her best self-defining quote is “you have no idea how…

The Value of A Life

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part VI of IX The point of greatest contention between the two brothers, Cole and Ramse, happens when each are faced with the extermination of their progeny. For Cole, his son is thought to be the Witness, and he fights to save him rather than…

A Moral Compass

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part V of IX James Cole is the one character whose perspective is most sympathetic to the viewer. He is smart, but often ignorant. He wants to do the right thing, but he’s not sure what that is at all times. He is easily caught…

Science Versus Religion

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part IV of IX It does not take long for the storyline of the 12 Monkeys series to press the often explored issue of science versus religion. There are a number of factions established in the future universe of the Twelve Monkeys. But the one…